Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 14 base mannequin will begin at $799, the identical entry value as final 12 months’s 6.1-inch iPhone 13, in accordance with a brand new rumor popping out of East Asia.
In accordance with a submit from the account “yeux1122” on the Korean weblog Naver, Apple won’t enhance the worth of its upcoming entry-level flagship system so as to increase 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 12 months is alleged to have been made “on the prime govt stage,” regardless of the corporate dealing with 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 12 months’s iPhone 13, it might be the second 12 months operating that the worth 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 12 months after all is that iPhone sizes are altering and there will probably be no 5.4-inch iPhone 14 mini. The iPhone 13 mini was essentially the most reasonably priced flagship choice 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 gadgets 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 aren’t anticipated to function any vital design modifications, and rumors counsel 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 get rid of the show notch that has been a staple of Apple’s flagship iPhones since 2017’s iPhone X. As an alternative, 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 digicam paired with a pill-shaped cutout to accommodate key Face ID parts.
The Naver account that at this time’s rumor comes from has been the supply of some correct data prior to now, together with some particulars concerning the iPad mini 6 earlier than it was launched.
The identical account, did, nonetheless, 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.