According to Apple rumours, iPhone 14 Pro variants would cost more and receive a number of exclusive enhancements. However, a recent source asserts that even though the regular iPhone 14 models are essentially unaltered from their predecessors, they will also see a price increase.
Dan Ives, the leader of well-known analyst firm Wedbush Securities, explained the rise in supply chain prices while speaking to The Sun. We anticipate a $100 price increase for the iPhone 14 in the near future, Ives said. Cupertino must pass on these expenses to the user with this release because prices have been rising throughout the whole supply chain.
If accurate, the iPhone 14 lineup would look like this:
- iPhone 14 - $899 (iPhone 13 $799)
- iPhone 14 Max - $999 (iPhone 13 Mini $699)
- iPhone 14 Pro - $1099 (iPhone 13 Pro $999)
- iPhone 14 Pro Max - $1199 (iPhone 13 Pro Max $1099)
Even if the standard models, which would have the same design, rear cameras, and chipset as the iPhone 13, will suffer from the $100 price increase, the biggest financial damage comes from the range's starting point rising from $699 to $899.
As a result of Apple cancelling the 5.4-inch iPhone 13 Mini in favour of the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max (also rumoured to be dubbed the "iPhone 14 Plus"), which forces iPhone 14 into the base model position, there has been an almost 30% spike in prices.
The big news is that the schematics confirm numerous rumours that Apple will keep the notch, even if it is anticipated that it will only be used on non-Pro models. However, at this point, the dimensions they provide seem to be more intriguing information:
- iPhone 14 Pro Max - 160.71 x 78.78 x 7.85mm
- iPhone 13 Pro Max - 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.65 mm
Even while the variations are minimal, they disprove a common theory that Apple will employ the same chassis for the iPhone 14 Pro variants as its predecessors. Apple already raised the base price for the iPhone 14 range to $799 from the $699 of the iPhone 13 lineup by dropping the Mini, and the company avoids significant extra expenditures by using many of the same components for the regular iPhone 14 models as the iPhone 13.
This makes room for higher iPhone 14 Pro prices, more hardware variety, and better upsell opportunities. If the reports are accurate, this is a marketing tactic that will alienate buyers at a time of increasing worldwide inflation.
One common industry counterargument exists. That is, instead of the $200 difference mentioned above, Apple will maintain the iPhone 13 pricing for the iPhone 14 and the lack of an iPhone 14 Mini will only result in a $100 entry-level price rise. This, however, does not take into consideration the increase in supply chain pricing, thus it can turn out to be unduly optimistic.