Citing technology media 9to5Mac, Apple will also launch four models of the iPhone 14 series this year, but this time there will be no Mini version.According to reliable sources, the new iPhone 14 (codenamed D27 and D28) will be available in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch versions, while the current 5.4-inch iPhone mini model will be discontinued.
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These mid-range phones will have the same display resolution as the current iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. However, the flagship iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max (codenamed D73 and D74) may have slightly higher displays, and the notch area will be replaced with a “punch hole + pill” design.
In terms of chips, 9to5Mac sources have confirmed that there will be two new iPhone 14 models based on the A15 chip, while the other two will feature brand new chips. It’s worth noting that Apple already has two different versions of the A15 chip, one of which has an extra GPU core and 6GB of RAM (for the 13 Pro model).
Apple may be using a higher-end version of its A15 Bionic chip in the entry-level iPhone 14 models, as 9to5Mac has also learned from sources that all of this year’s iPhones will have 6GB of RAM. The company could even rename the chip “A15X,” as it has done in the past with the A12Z chip for the 2020 iPad Pro — which is basically an A12X chip with an extra GPU core.
As another example, the Apple Watch Series 7 has the same CPU as the Apple Watch Series 6, but due to minor internal changes to the SoC, the chips are named “Apple S6” and “Apple S7”.
● Satellite function
In the weeks leading up to the iPhone 13 launch, some reports suggested that Apple had been working on satellite communications for the upcoming iPhone models. While these features were never added to the iPhone 13 lineup, 9to5Mac sources tell us that Apple is still working on satellite communications for the iPhone.
It’s unclear if the technology will be ready for this year’s iPhones, but the company has been testing prototypes capable of sending text messages via satellite. The internal code name for the system is “Stewie”.
The iPhone 14 and 14 Pro are expected to launch this fall. Be sure to check out our guide, which includes everything we know so far about Apple’s next smartphone.