Apple’s upcoming iPhone 14 family is expected to launch in the fall and comprise of four models: the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The “mini” model will be discontinued after the dismal sales of the iPhone 13 mini.
According to a research note by analyst Jeff Pu for Haitong International Securities, this year Apple will make its Pro and non-Pro iPhone models much more alike than before – when it comes to the screens and memory amounts used.
In fact, all four iPhone 14 models are said to sport 120 Hz screens, not just the two Pro devices (as is currently the case in the iPhone 13 generation). Not just that, but all four iPhone 14 models will also have the exact same RAM amount: 6GB. This too is in contrast to the current situation, where the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 have 4GB, while the Pro and Pro Max have 6GB.
Previously, Pu said the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max would bump that up to 8GB, but apparently that’s not happening anymore. A “supply chain check” revealed that cost considerations are to blame for the change in strategy.
With these features being identical between the cheaper non-Pro models and the more expensive Pros, it remains to be seen what other things Apple can pack into the Pros to differentiate them and make the price delta easy to swallow. We’re sure cameras will continue to be one such area of differentiation – but until now so were screen refresh rates and RAM amounts.
It’s still quite early in the iPhone 14 rumor cycle, so don’t take any of these things for granted just yet. There’s plenty of time for other rumors to either corroborate or challenge these statements.