Wednesday is the day. Apple will finally introduce new iPhones and Apple Watches during the event. A new version of the AirPods Pro may also be released. There are a lot of rumours going around. In this article we list the most important ones. But the biggest question at the moment: what will Apple do with the pricing of its new smartphones?
A Change in the line-up
For two years Apple tried it out, but they never caught on. Don’t expect an iPhone 14 Mini this year. According to analysts, the relatively compact 5.4-inch screen models were never really popular.
Instead, rumours point to an iPhone 14 Plus, which will stand alongside the “regular” iPhone 14. This should have a 6.7-inch screen, according to technology journalist Mark Gurman of Bloomberg news agency. In short, an iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro of 6.1 inches as smaller smartphones, with the iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max with a screen of 6.7 inches.
Pro smartphones more Pro than ever before
Apple expert journalists expect that there will be more difference between the “normal” and Pro iPhones. For example, the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max will get a new and faster processor, while the other two new smartphones will not.
Also, those two smartphones will get new selfie cameras. The sensors for FaceID face recognition have been made smaller. As a result, there is no longer a “notch” but rather a pill-shaped cut-out at the top of the screen. This is what specialist website MacRumors writes and is also confirmed by Bloomberg journalist Gurman.
That screen will also have a function to stay on all the time without using too much battery. For example, you will be able to see the time without having to light up your entire smartphone. A feature that of course has been around for a while on Android phones.
At the back of the iPhones Pro, the main camera will almost certainly get a substantial upgrade from 12 megapixels to 48. This will make recording in 8K resolution possible. The other cameras will also get better, but the differences seem to be minor.
Will there be an increase in price?
With the exception of 2018, the cheapest new iPhone according to Apple’s recommended retail price always costs 809 dollars. That year, in addition to the iPhone 8 at that price, Apple also introduced the iPhone X at 1,159 dollars. This not only set the tone for the next five years of design, but also for the price point. It remained stable with the iPhone Xs and also with the Pro models of the last three years.
According to rumours, it’s not just the range of iPhones that will be shaken up, but also the price points. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in August that the average selling price would be 15 per cent higher than last year.