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Rumor Claims IOS 14 To Support All The Same IPhones As IOS 13 'LINK'

This rumor should be treated with some skepticism, though. Last year, iPhonesoft said that iOS 13 would drop support for the iPhone SE, but that ultimately was not the case. The site did accurately predict that the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 would be left on iOS 12, however.

Rumor Claims iOS 14 to Support All the Same iPhones as iOS 13

The Verifier claims iOS 14 will be the last update for the iPhone 6S series and original SE, which were introduced in 2015 and 2016, respectively. A further two years of software support will be granted to iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the report said.

Apple is likely to announce iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and a new rumor claims the next major version of iOS will support the same iPhone models as iOS 13, while iPadOS 14 will trim its compatible devices list.

Over on the iPad front, the site's source claims that Apple will drop support for the iPad mini 4, originally released in September 2015, and the iPad Air 2, released in October 2014. That would leave the following devices supported by iPadOS:

Now, a new report claims that the upcoming version of iOS will come to all the previously supported devices including the almost five-year-old iPhone 6s, the year younger iPhone SE and the 7th generation iPod touch.

In addition, the new rumor also speculates that iPadOS 14 will cut two devices from its support list with the iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 2 being left off. The main culprits here are the outdated Apple A8 and A8X chipsets.

Apple's last two iPhone lineups have featured the same 6.1-inch size for the base model, going up to 6.7 inches for the Pro Max. According to the same Nikkei Asian Review report, Apple will stick with these sizes for the iPhone 14, but delete the 5.4-inch Mini. This rumor is corroborated by a March report from 9to5Mac. Reports showed sluggish sales of the iPhone 12 Mini, so it'll be no surprise should Apple retire the small phone in 2022.

Although the size of the next iPhone is expected to stay the same, the display bezels for the Pro Max are rumored to be 20 percent smaller compared to previous iPhone generations, according to CAD renders shared by Twitter leaker ShrimpApplePro. This means the screen would be slightly larger. However, it's important to note that this rumor should be taken with a grain of salt since ShrimpApplePro doesn't have an extensive track record to support their speculations.

However, other rumors suggest that the iPhone 14 will share the same price as last year's model, or will be even cheaper. A Korean leaker who goes by the handle yeux1122 suggests Apple plans to "freeze" the price of the base model of the iPhone 14.

As far as colors go, Prosser's render colors were not based on any actual information from his sources, except for a pale gold color, which he claims to have seen evidence of himself. However, like all other rumored specs, we won't know the true color options for the iPhone 14 until it's released.

If you find yourself in an area without cellular coverage and need to send an emergency text, the new iPhones could let you do it with iPhone 14 support for satellite communication. The hardware side has already been tested reportedly, but analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple is in negotiations with operators to get a deal done.

There are two conflicting rumors about the price of the iPhone 14. The first, from "yeux1122" on the Korean blog Naver(Opens in a new window) that has since been picked up by most of the major Apple publications, claims that the iPhone 14 will retain the same $799 starting price as the iPhone 13 (the Mini, which likely won't happen this year, was cheaper). According to the poster, the information comes from a "major U.S. financial institution." While it's hard to verify, it does make sense for Apple to keep the entry price the same to help create a strong launch for its latest iPhone.

There are some rumors regarding the colors of the next iPhone. According to a sketchy leak that has since been deleted, the Pro series will be getting a different color like it has the past few years. This year, it will be a purple shade. The two entry-level iPhone 14 phones will have the same color options.

Also, customers can expect to get the same one-year limited warranty and 90 days of tech support as you get with the iPhone 13 series. You will be able to extend that one-year warranty and get accidental coverage, hardware coverage, 24/7 priority access, and express replacement with AppleCare+ for two years. For an additional fee, you can get theft and loss coverage.

@Shadow_Leak isn't yet established in the leaks community but has managed to provide accurate info in the past. The leaker now claims that Apple will ship high-refresh-rate displays in the baseline models for the first time with iPhone 14 series. He claims that iPhone 14 will come with support for the ProMotion. In a series of tweets, Sam mentions that the bigger iPhone 14 Max would come with a 90Hz display while the smaller vanilla iPhone 14 model could feature up to a 120Hz display. According to the leaker, Apple still hasn't decided on the refresh rate (between 90Hz and 120Hz) for the vanilla iPhone 14 model, but it would definitely be higher than the 60Hz found on the previous generation iPhones.

The A16 is a 6-core design with two high-performance and four efficiency cores. Interestingly, Apple only claimed 20% lower power on the high-performance cores, which is welcome for thermal and battery life reasons but not necessarily congruous with having the highest-performance cores. Apple made no claims around power or performance with the four high-efficiency cores, which indicates they are likely also only marginally better than the A15. Overall, I would expect that the A16 Bionic's CPU die shrink from 5nm to 4nm would yield some minor power and performance improvements, but it seems that Apple targeted power rather than performance in this generation. The new neural engine is similarly incremental, delivering 17 TOPS of performance with 16 cores. This is just a slight improvement over the 15.8 TOPS the A15 achieved last year using the same 16-core configuration. According to Apple, the A16's 5-core GPU features 50% more memory bandwidth.

In addition to killing off the SIM slot in favor of eSIM, Apple also talked up the phone's connectivity capabilities, including, for the first time really praising 5G. Something to consider is that the new iPhone brings multiple 5G bands into the fold, including Dish's Band 70 and Band 26 and AT&T's new 3.45 GHz midband spectrum currently in roll-out. The new iPhone 14 also supports Band 53 which satellite operator Global Star uses for its comminications. This band will enable the iPhone 14 to communicate with satellites for its new 'Emergency SOS' feature, which hails emergency services and helps them find your location. This new feature has been rumored for years, driving the entire industry to discuss satellite services like T-Mobile and SpaceX's partnership coming next year. While I believe that Apple may have pioneered satellite connectivity on the iPhone, Huawei did claim the same capability the day before in China. I expect we will see much better services down the road from Apple's competitors, and Apple might also evolve its services in that time to add iMessage. With chips capable of NTN (non-terrestrial networks) coming down the pipe with the 3GPP's Rel. 17 update to the 5G standard, I think we will see much more enhanced satellite connectivity for 5G, beyond just emergency SOS.

The recent iPhone Pro models can only record 4K videos. This is a major challenge for Apple, especially when Samsung is actively arming its ultra-premium range of smartphones with futuristic features and technologies. Three generations of Samsung Galaxy S smartphones support 8K recording. The same feature is available on Galaxy Fold smartphones as well. Analyst Ming Chi Kuo claims that the iPhone 15 Ultra will include a periscopic zoom lens for superior optical zoom.

This comes from an unverified rumor at Apple Track(Opens in a new tab), so there's not a lot of other information to corroborate it. Writer Sam Kohl references a tip from an Apple enthusiast, who claims that a purple iPhone 14 and 14 Pro could be on the way. The new color wouldn't be unheard of, since Apple did release (Opens in a new tab)a purple iPhone 12 in 2021. But this new purple colorway could also change tones depending on the angle and lighting, which sounds like a holographic dream.

The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max use Apple's new A16 Bionic chipset. However, the performance bump isn't expected to be significant, since the A16 is based on the same 5nm fabrication process as the A15. The A16 Bionic retains the core specs of its predecessor, with a six-core CPU consisting of two performance and four efficiency cores, which Apple claims is 40 percent faster. The five-core GPU claims to offer 50 percent more memory bandwidth to improve gaming performance.

As previously rumored, Apple has gotten rid of the physical SIM card on the new iPhones. This means users will need to rely on eSIM for connectivity. Given that eSIM is readily available from all major carriers, this shouldn't affect the user experience. Apple continues to provide dual-SIM support via eSIM.

Additionally, a report from TrendForce this week suggests that the regular iPhone 14 may see a price between $749 and $799. This report does seem to gel with other rumors that also suggest the same price point.

One report claims we could see price rises for certain models. iDropNews claims higher prices are being discussed at Apple. While the standard iPhone 14 would start at the same $799 (or 779 in the UK) as the iPhone 13, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max would both see price tags of $100 more than their iPhone 13 equivalents.

While we Android users might still be recovering from the whirlwind that was Google I/O, Apple fans are preparing for their own developer conference. WWDC's keynote address is next week, promising an early look at iOS 16 before its launch later this year, and already, rumors are starting to fly. Once again, analysts expect to see always-on display support finally come to iPhones, starting with the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. Unfortunately, all these rumors demonstrate just how behind the times Apple is, with a feature many of our readers rely on daily.


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