With the latest debate concerning iPhone 14 Pro storage, it won’t be a month before the iPhone launches without some back and forth rumours.
iPhone 14 Pro presented by Ian Zelbo
While research firm Trendforce had predicted that the iPhone 14 Pro models may debut with 256GB of storage, Haitong International Analyst Jeff Pu today predicted that the upcoming Pro models will debut with 128GB of storage.
Pu initially agreed that the iPhone 14 Pro model would start at 256GB, but he added a 128GB tier to his specs chart for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max in his latest research note. Pu now assumes that the Pro models will be available in the same storage capacities as the iPhone 13 Pro models, including 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.
Based on our recent supply chain survey, we maintain our iPhone 14 build plan at 91m in 2H22, versus the iPhone 13’s 84m in 2H21, as there are no significant issues on the supply chain. Next watch will be iPhone 14 price and wait-times when it hits the market.
Notably, we see the addition of 128GB of storage to the Pro line-up.
Earlier this week, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the iPhone 14 Pro models will see “price hikes”, suggesting they will be more expensive than the iPhone 13 Pro models. Kuo didn’t reveal exact pricing, but he did say that the average selling price of the entire iPhone 14 lineup, including the lower-end models, would increase by about 15% overall.
In the United States, the iPhone 13 Pro starts at $999 and the iPhone 13 Pro Max starts at $1,099. If there is a 10% increase in the price of the Pro model, the price of the iPhone 14 Pro could start at $1,099, while the price of the iPhone 14 Pro Max could start at $1,199. However, the exact price hike if any for the Pro model remains to be seen.
The rumored price hike could be due to inflation, new features expected for the iPhone 14 Pro model, supply chain disruption and other factors.
Rumored major new features for the iPhone 14 Pro include a new pill-shaped cutout and hole instead of the notch, a faster A16 chip, an upgraded 48-megapixel rear camera with support for 8K video recording, and an always-on display. which shows time, date and new iOS 16 has features like lock screen widget and battery percentage icon.
Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 14 series in September as usual, so we’re only a few weeks away from having pricing confirmed.