We’ve been hearing for months that Apple will release an iPhone 14 Max in place of an iPhone 14 mini, with this new model going in the opposite direction – serving as a large-screen iPhone 14 (without the extras of the Pro lineup), rather than a small screen. But while the existence of this phone isn’t too dubious, its name now is.
Their initial evidence for this comes in the form of a photo of a case pack with the name ‘iPhone 14 Plus’ printed on it, and they followed up with another Tweet linking to the source – case maker. ESR official website (opens in new tab)where an iPhone 14 Plus is actually mentioned, and a screenshot of a Casetify page (opens in new tab) that we found and which also mentions the same name.
Both are respected third-party cover makers who may have advance information about the name, so it’s certainly possible that ‘Plus’ is accurate.
On the other hand, they may also be guessing or using placeholder text until the name is officially revealed and with most leakers pointing to the iPhone 14 Max. As such, we would certainly take this new rumor with a pinch of salt.
Analysis: Max makes more sense
While we certainly can’t rule out the iPhone 14 Plus moniker, we would argue that the iPhone 14 Max is the most logical identifier.
Just as the iPhone 14 Pro Max will be a larger version of the iPhone 14 Pro, the iPhone 14 Max is expected to be a larger version of the standard iPhone 14. Adding ‘Plus’ to the mix just complicates things.
That said, typically Apple’s ‘Pro Max’ models have a little more than just a bigger screen, so there could be an argument for using the Plus when it’s literally just the screen size changing, but the Max still looks simpler. and more obvious.
While we don’t count on seeing an iPhone 14 Plus in our best iPhone guide, an iPhone 14 Max could appear as soon as the iPhone 14 lineup launches on September 7th.