The iPhone 14 series will probably arrive in late Q3 or early Q4 of 2022. This means that we still have no less than 9 months before the official release of these devices. However, there have been several reports regarding the upcoming iPhone 14 series. Jeff Pu of Haitong International Securities reported in a recent analysis report that Apple will release four iPhone 14 series in September next year. This series will include the 6.1-inch iPhone 14, 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max.
In terms of configuration, he claims that the four iPhone 14 models come with a 120Hz high refresh screen. Furthermore, the entire series will have a 64GB internal storage model. However, the Pro model will come with 8GB of RAM and the two Pro models will use a triple rear camera setup. In addition, he also claims that the triple rear camera setup will have a 48MP wide-angle sensor as well as two 12MP super wide-angle and telephoto cameras.
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According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 14 series may not use 64GB internal storage. The entire iPhone 13 series starts at 128GB. Apple has no reason to downplay the iPhone 14 series to 64GB.
In addition, LG and BOE have not yet produced 120Hz LTPO displays. However, Samsung alone cannot support such a high shipment volume of iPhone 14. Thus, it appears that the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will not use the 120Hz LTPO display.
After canceling the mini version, the new 6.1-inch iPhone 14 will be the cheapest in the series. This will be followed by the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max. However, the cost of the screens purchased by Apple has always been high. Considering that the size of the display is now increasing, the cost is also increasing. Thus, Apple needs to water down some other aspects of the display to keep the cost low.
The 120Hz LTPO panel in the iPhone 13 Pro series is currently only available from Samsung. Apple does not have high bargaining power and Samsung’s production capacity is not enough to support three mobile phones with annual shipments of hundreds of millions of units. Of course, it must be noted that in terms of time, the iPhone 14 series should still be in the EVT engineering stage, and Apple has not finalized the mass production form.
Thus, Apple is not only considering the price, it is also looking at the manufacturing capacity of the panel. Nevertheless, the iPhone 14 with 60Hz will be retrograde considering that it will be official in 2022. The use of 60Hz displays is becoming obsolete even for some mid-range smartphones in the Android market.