Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 14 base mannequin will begin at $799, the identical entry value as final yr’s 6.1-inch iPhone 13, in keeping with a brand new rumor popping out of East Asia.
In accordance with a put up from the account “yeux1122” on the Korean weblog Naver, Apple won’t enhance the value of its upcoming entry-level flagship machine in an effort to enhance gross sales and offset declining demand amid the worldwide smartphone market slowdown.
The choice to impose a value freeze on the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 this yr is alleged to have been made “on the prime government stage,” regardless of the corporate going through elevated manufacturing prices and continued provide chain unrest.
The supply of the rumor is claimed to return from an unnamed “main U.S. monetary establishment” with a observe report for accuracy, a declare that MacRumors is unable to independently confirm.
If Apple does launch the iPhone 14 on the similar entry-level value level as final yr’s iPhone 13, it could be the second yr operating that the value of Apple’s base flagship 6.1-inch iPhone mannequin has remained the identical. The bottom iPhone 12 launched in 2020 with the identical $799 price ticket.
The large distinction this yr in fact is that iPhone sizes are altering and there can be no 5.4-inch iPhone 14 mini. The iPhone 13 mini was probably the most inexpensive flagship possibility in 2021, beginning at $699, however it turned out to be unpopular with prospects, subsequently Apple is specializing in bigger iPhone sizes for its flagship units in 2022.
Apple’s forthcoming iPhone lineup will embrace a 6.1-inch iPhone 14, a 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Professional, a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Professional Max. Notably, the non-Professional fashions should not anticipated to function any vital design adjustments, and rumors recommend they’re more likely to proceed to make use of the identical A15 chip that was launched within the iPhone 13 sequence.
That contrasts with the iPhone 14 Professional fashions, that are anticipated to be powered by a sooner A16 chip. They’re additionally more likely to put off the show notch that has been a staple of Apple’s flagship iPhones since 2017’s iPhone X. As a substitute, the iPhone 14 Professional and iPhone 14 Professional Max are stated to have some mixture of a round hole-punch cutout for the front-facing digital camera paired with a pill-shaped cutout to accommodate key Face ID elements.
The Naver account that at this time’s rumor comes from has been the supply of some correct info previously, together with some particulars in regards to the iPad mini 6 earlier than it was launched.
The identical account, did, nevertheless, incorrectly state that Apple would launch an “iPad mini Professional” within the second half of 2021, which didn’t happen, so we’re taking this newest rumor with a pinch of salt till different sources can corroborate it.