Apple’s upcoming iPhone 14 family is expected to be launched this fall and consists of four models: iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The “mini” model is discontinued after the dismal sale of the iPhone 13 mini.
According to a research note from 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 screens and memory volumes used.
In fact, all four iPhone 14 models are said to have 120 Hz screens, not just the two Pro devices (as is currently the case in the iPhone 13 generation). Not only that, but all four iPhone 14 models will also have exactly the same amount of RAM: 6 GB. Also this is in contrast to the current situation where iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 have 4GB while Pro and Pro Max have 6GB.
Earlier, Pu said that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max would increase it to 8 GB, but that apparently does not happen anymore. A “supply chain check” revealed that cost considerations are to blame for the change in strategy.
Since these features are identical between the cheaper non-Pro models and the more expensive Pro models, 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 are sure that cameras will continue to be such an area of differentiation – but until now it was also screen refresh rates and amounts of RAM.
For what it’s worth, the Pu says the pros will start at 256GB of storage (while the non-professionals apparently start at 64GB), and the Pro models also come with the much-rumored 48 MP main camera.
It’s still pretty early in the iPhone 14 rumor cycle, so do not take any of these things for granted yet. There is plenty of time for other rumors to either confirm or challenge these statements.