iPhone 14 plus? No SIM Card? New rumors before Apple Event

Apple’s annual iPhone-centric fall event kicks off on Wednesday, September 7, and unlike last year, members of the media will be invited to test the new device for themselves. As we approach the launch event, we will hear more rumors about Apple. Let’s list the more popular rumors below.

iPhone14: Plus or Max?

The biggest change to the iPhone 14 is the elimination of the 5.4-inch iPhone mini, which is being discontinued due to lackluster sales. The iPhone 13 mini will be the last iPhone at the 5.4-inch size, but there are still four iPhones coming this year.

Apple is replacing the 5.4-inch ‌iPhone‌ with a larger 6.7-inch model, so we can expect to see the 6.1-inch ‌iPhone 14‌, the 6.7-inch “‌iPhone 14‌ Plus” or “‌iPhone 14‌ Max,” the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, and the 6.7-inch ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max. For much of the rumor cycle, the standard 6.7-inch ‌iPhone‌ in the works was assumed to be called the ‌iPhone 14‌ Max after the Pro Max naming scheme, but rumors now suggest that it could instead be called the iPhone 14 Plus.

Aside from the new size, the standard ‌iPhone 14‌ models are going to look almost identical to the ‌iPhone 13‌ models, with most of the changes reserved for the more expensive Pro models. There will be no design changes and the Face ID notch will remain, nor are the ‌iPhone 14‌ models expected to adopt ProMotion technology.

In fact, rumors suggest the ‌iPhone 14‌ and 14 Max aren’t even going to get an updated A-series chip, and will continue to use the A15 that was in the ‌iPhone 13‌ models. The ‌iPhone 14‌ models are more of an ‌iPhone‌ 13S refresh, but there are a few new features that are coming.

The ‌iPhone 14‌ models are getting the upgraded Ultra Wide camera that came to last year’s ‌iPhone 13‌ models, and they’ll also have an upgraded front-facing camera with wider f/1.9 aperture and autofocus capabilities.

We’re expecting 6GB RAM, up from 4GB, and all of the ‌iPhone 14‌ models are rumored to feature an updated Snapdragon X65 10 Gigabit 5G modem from Qualcomm. The X65 modem enables some satellite connectivity features, so there have been rumors that Apple is going to implement satellite-based emergency features that will let users send texts in emergency situations and report major emergencies in areas where there is no cellular coverage.

SIM Card Removing

Apple has internally discussed the idea of launching some iPhone models without a SIM card slot by next year, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. In his latest Power On newsletter, Gurman said the move would be part of Apple’s push towards eSIMs.

Gurman said the SIM card slot could be removed on some iPhone 14 models, which Apple is expected to announce in just three days from now, although he said there is a possibility that the change will not happen until the iPhone 15 next year. The eventual removal of the SIM card slot has been rumored a few times previously.

“Apple will give eSIM a bigger push this time around, with carriers preparing to steer users toward the digital, embedded SIM cards rather than physical ones,” Gurman wrote in his newsletter. “In fact, Apple has considered removing the physical SIM card slot altogether beginning either this year or next for some models.”

An eSIM is a digital SIM that allows users to activate a cellular plan without having to use a physical nano-SIM card. eSIM availability is rapidly expanding, but the technology is still not available in all countries, so some iPhone models with a SIM card slot may remain available for at least a few years amid the transition.

iPhone 13 models sold at Apple Stores and on Apple.com already lack a nano-SIM card in the box, with users typically able to activate a cellular plan via eSIM by turning on the iPhone, connecting to a Wi-Fi network, and following the on-screen instructions. iPhone 13 models also support multiple eSIM profiles, allowing users to subscribe to several cellular plans digitally and switch between them, which is useful for travel.

The removal of the SIM card slot could help to further improve the iPhone’s water resistance, and perhaps free up a tiny amount of space inside the device.

Customize Pill-Shape Cutout

A viral video on Twitter claims that on the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro, Apple will let users choose between a single large pill-shape cutout or one pill-shape and one hole-punch design at the top of the display to replace the notch. The video, although possibly convincing, is unlikely to be true.

The ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ and ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max are expected to include two physical holes at the top of the display to replace the notch: a pill-shaped hole for the TrueDepth camera system and a smaller hole-punch for the selfie camera. Recent leaks suggest that Apple will digitally merge the two holes into one by closing the pixels between them to create a larger pill-shaped cutout. Apple plans to use the pixels between the holes to display things like the iOS privacy indicator.

A video originally sourced from Weibo suggests that ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ users will actually be able to customize the appearance of the pill shape on the upcoming high-end iPhone. The video shows a person switching settings to turn the pixels between two physical holes on and off, allowing users to choose how they want the top of the iPhone 14 Pro to look.

The video purports to show an early hands-on with an actual ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ device, but several aspects of the device shown in the video clearly exceeded our expectations, including the actual placement of the pill shape, the thickness of the bezels, and more.
Apple is unlikely to let users choose between two possible pill-shaped looks. Like the notch on every iPhone since the ‌iPhone‌ X, the pill shape will be a distinct aspect of the ‌iPhone‌’s silhouette. Apple is unlikely to let users customize the visual characteristics of what it considers the latest “iPhone.”

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 14, ‌iPhone 14‌ Plus, ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ and ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max at an event on Wednesday, September 7, with the tagline “Far out.” In addition to the new iPhones, we’re also looking forward to the rest of Apple’s lineup.

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