The iPhone 14 lineup is fast approaching, with September 7th confirmed as the date for Apple’s next big release, and where we will almost certainly see them.
But of the four rumored handsets, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is expected to be the best, the most expensive, and arguably the most interesting.
Speaking of a significantly different design, no more notch and major camera upgrades, among other improvements, there’s a lot to be excited about here. In fact, if all the promising leaks happen, the iPhone 14 Pro Max could be the most exciting update Apple has released in years.
Below, we’ll talk about everything we’ve heard about this super phone so far, including the likely release date and price. We’ll also add to this article whenever we hear something new, so check back soon to stay in the Pro Max loop.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The best iPhone of 2022
- When do you leave? Almost certainly September 7
- How much will it cost? Expect well over $1,200 for the base model
iPhone 14 Pro Max release date and price
Despite our best efforts to try to calculate when Apple would likely introduce the iPhone 14 lineup — even finding several leaks that echoed our predicted release date or September 13 — it now appears to be earlier.
Apple sent out invites to an event on September 7, and while the iPhone 14 lineup isn’t mentioned, we’re almost certain to see it there.
Prior to that, Bloomberg writer and well-known Apple expert Mark Gurman also claimed that Apple’s next iPhones will arrive on September 7, including the iPhone 14 Pro Max. With the phone on sale nine days later on September 16th.
There was a time when it was thought to be later than expected, especially after reports of lockdowns in China seemingly delaying production a few weeks, however the company was taking steps to get it back on track and it looks like it paid off. whether this most recent date is to be believed.
As for pricing, one source suggests we might be looking for similar pricing to the iPhone 13 range, which would mean a starting price of around $1,099 / £1,049 / AU$1,849 for the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
However, another source claims the next phone will start at $1,199 (about £955 / AU$1,665) – so $100 (approximately £80 / AU140) more than the iPhone 13 Pro Max. A price increase would certainly be believable given the number of updates expected on this phone, and it’s something we’ve heard about for the second time.
iPhone 14 Pro Max Project
The iPhone 14 Pro Max may not look like any previous iPhone, as Apple is changing the notch. We’ve heard this from a number of sources, with the first one dating back to September 2021 with the rendering you can see below.
The source adds that the frame is apparently made of titanium rather than stainless steel – something we’ve heard more than once.
This original leak comes from Jon Prosser, but several other high-profile leakers like Ming-Chi Kuo and Mark Gurman have also said that the iPhone 14 Pro Max will not have a notch.
However, some of the details in the above render now appear to be off, as instead of just having a single camera cutout, multiple sources now suggest the iPhone 14 Pro Max will have two – a small hole-punch one and a larger pill-shaped one. next to. You can see what this might look like in a leaked schematic and in the leaked CAD (computer-aided design) renderings below.
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But since then, a major change has been ‘discovered’ and it makes a lot more sense to us: the pill and puncture hole mix will actually be combined into a longer, pill-shaped cutout – and this will provide the symmetry that is farther away. in keeping with the iPhone’s aesthetic.
That’s true. It looks like a wide pill-shaped cutout. Having this separation would look weird during use. https://t.co/SrAtYQsENxAugust 31, 2022
We also have an idea of the colors of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, with most leaks suggesting it will arrive in shades of gold, purple, green, graphite and silver. Although a case leak includes a selection of other possible – if less likely – colors.
iPhone 14 Pro Max screen
While the iPhone 14 Pro Max appears to be a major upgrade in many ways, its display might not be one of them, with Ross Young – a leaker with a good track record – claiming it will have a 6.68-inch display 1284 x 2778 OLED display. with 120Hz refresh rate and 458 pixels per inch. Those specs would make it identical to the screen on the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Likewise, we’ve heard from Ming-Chi Kuo that the next phone will have a 6.7-inch display and we don’t expect Apple to change the size as this isn’t something that happens often.
It’s still possible that some screen details will change, such as brightness, but so far it looks a lot like the iPhone 13 Pro Max’s screen. Except, of course, this time there probably won’t be a notch sticking out of the top.
iPhone 14 Pro Max Camera
The camera looks ready for a major upgrade on the iPhone 14 Pro Max, as in place of the 12MP main (wide) sensor on its predecessor, this phone will get a 48MP one. This is according to respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has made the claim several times, but another analyst has also now echoed that claim.
According to another source, this camera will be “the best on a smartphone if there’s enough light,” but it’s currently said to be a step down when there isn’t much light.
This camera would apparently be capable of recording 8K video (up from 4K on the iPhone 13 Pro Max) and would be accompanied by two other cameras.
That would likely include a 12MP ultra wide-angle camera like the current model, but that could also be upgraded, with 40% larger pixels apparently planned, meaning it should be able to take better low-light shots.
There have been rumors of a periscope camera capable of 5x optical zoom as well, but the current consensus seems to be that this won’t arrive before the iPhone 15 lineup next year.
iPhone 14 Pro Max Specifications and Features
The iPhone 14 Pro Max will have an A16 Bionic chipset, which is no surprise as the current model has an A15 Bionic.
How much of an upgrade this new chipset will be is less clear. While some sources suggest it could be done on a 4nm or even 3nm process – down to 5nm for the A15 Bionic – the latest leak points to 5nm.
Smaller numbers are better here and a move to a smaller number usually suggests a significant increase in power and/or efficiency, but even if it stays at 5nm, we’re sure to see some improvements.
Meanwhile, the RAM can stay at 6GB or go up to 8GB, depending on who you ask. However, we’ve heard the 6GB claim more than once, so that seems more likely for now.
That said, even if the phone stays at 6GB, it could still be an upgrade, as one report points out that it’s faster, more energy-efficient LPDDR5 RAM – above the LPDDR4X RAM in the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Storage could be getting a big boost, potentially reaching a whopping 2TB. That’s double what you can get on the iPhone 13 Pro Max, although we’ve heard elsewhere that it will hit 1TB again.
Another possible but less likely change is the use of an eSIM in place of a physical SIM. Current iPhones have both, and if Apple makes this change, there will likely also be versions of the iPhone 14 Pro Max that support physical SIM cards, as not all mobile networks support eSIMs at the moment.
iPhone 14 Pro Max battery
The iPhone 14 Pro Max may have a bigger battery than its predecessor, according to a source. This is a promising statement as the iPhone 13 Pro Max already has excellent battery life.
That said, we’ve heard elsewhere – from a more suspicious source – that its battery might have a slightly lower capacity at 4,323mAh – down from the 4,352mAh on the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Charging could be getting an upgrade, with 30W potentially planned according to leaker @Jioriku on Twitter (opens in new tab).
Meanwhile, in the realm of unlikely features, there have been rumors of a switch from Lightning to USB-C. That will likely happen eventually – especially now that the EU has made this a requirement starting in 2024 – but we doubt we’ll see it happen in the iPhone 14 lineup.
There was also talk of a portless iPhone at some point in the future that would only support wireless charging, but it doesn’t seem likely that Apple will go that far for the iPhone 14 Pro Max.