Buyers of 2022 iPhone models will have to make tough decisions based on prices

Yesterday we showed you an image of all four front panels of the iPhone 14 that was originally posted on Weibo. Reportedly, the images of a leak in Apple’s supply chain came and confirmed a few things. The panels show that there will be no iPhone mini this year after the phone sold so poorly last year. Instead, as expected, Apple will release two 6.1-inch phones and two 6.7-inch models.
The 2022 iPhone lineup includes the iPhone 14 (6.1 inch), the iPhone 14 Max (6.7 inch), the iPhone 14 Pro (6.1 inch), and the iPhone 14 Pro Max (6.7 inch) . The leak indicates that the Pro variants will have the new “i-shaped” cutout that replaces the notch, while the latter can still be found on the non-Pro variants of the phone. The Pro’ models will be slightly larger with more rounded corners and thinner, symmetrical edges.

Apple’s controversial decision to repurpose the A15 Bionic chipset could backfire and might not go over well with consumers

One of the most controversial issues surrounding the iPhone 14 series has to do with the chipsets that Apple is reportedly planning to implement on the new phones. While the Pro variants are expected to be powered by the new 4nm A16 Bionic, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max are expected to feature the return of last year’s 5nm A15 Bionic.

And if you think Apple is going to cut the price of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max because they are powered by last year’s chipset, guess again. But with the new lineup, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman notes that the non-pro buyers can now buy the iPhone with the largest screen and expects this year’s 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max to be about $200 cheaper than the iPhone 14 Pro Max with the same size display.

Based on Gurman’s comment and the $1,099 starting price of the iPhone 13 Pro Max, the iPhone 14 Max could cost $899, which would be an attractive price for the 6.7-inch non-Pro model. But previous leaks ask for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max with starting prices of $1,099 and $1,199 respectively. If so, we can start with prices of $799 for the iPhone 14, $999 for the iPhone 14 Max, $1,099 for the iPhone 14 Pro, and $1,199 for the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Apple tries to widen the gap between the Pro and non-Pro models of the iPhone

Apple has attempted to widen the gap between non-pro and pro models. Therefore, the 48MP camera sensor is expected to be found on the more expensive models along with the 120Hz ProMotion display. Other differences include the replacement of the notch on the Pro units with the “i-shaped” notch. But asking iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max users about Apple’s plan to reuse the A15 Bionic may be asking too much.

Here’s the bottom line. If Apple prices the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max for $999, you might be able to spend just $100 for the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro with the new “i-shaped” cutout, a 48MP camera, a larger battery, a more powerful and energy-saving chipset, and the ProMotion display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. For just $200 more, you could get the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max with everything on the iPhone 14 Pro, but with an even bigger battery and screen.

And since you can finance your purchase in 36 months without interest from major carriers, we’re talking about adding $2.77-$5.54 per month to go from an iPhone 14 Max to an iPhone 14 Pro or an iPhone 14 Pro. Max going, consumers may have the toughest purchase decision when choosing the iPhone 14 model that suits their needs, wants and budget.

The iPhone 14 series is likely to be unveiled in early September with pre-orders starting a few days later and a release later that month. That leaves plenty of time for more leaks, renders, and tips to cross our desks before the iPhone 14 lineup is announced in about 135 days. Stay tuned!

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