The biggest special event of Apple’s year, most years anyway, is when it reveals its new iPhone. And this year, it looks like there will be four of them. But when, exactly, will they be announced, when will they go on sale and what will they be called? Read on.
July 9 update below. This post was first published on July 6, 2022.
Apple is a creature of habit, so we can deduce a lot of information about what is likely to happen this year from what’s happened previously.
July 9 update. More reports on this year’s iPhone release schedule suggest Apple is about to have the most varied range of iPhones ever. More on that in a moment.
And more reports are pointing to the date I’ve suggested below. Analysis from 9to5Mac hones in on the same date of September 13. Leaker iHacktu tweeted about “the presentation of the iPhone 14 on September 13, 2022”.
Additionally, iDropnews recently claimed, “From what I understand, Apple has something planned internally for ‘Week 37.’ The Cupertino-based company usually holds all of its events on a Tuesday. ” Week 37 is the week commencing September 12, which narrows things down to the same date exactly.
As always, two predictions don’t necessarily indicate extra certainty, but this mention from LeaksApplePro, who has a decent track record, suggests there’s more information at play here. So, that helps.
Meanwhile, Tom’s Guide today confirmed that it also believes September 13 is the most likely date, working this out from the same leaks and information — and the recognition that Apple is a creature of habit so is likely to fit with what it’s done in the past.
It also speculates on other details of the release schedule, specifically on which iPhones are about to be canceled.
It suggests, and I agree, that the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will be removed from sale with the announcement of the new models. So, if it’s a Pro you’re after, snap it up before September 13: Apple retires phones on the day of the announcement, not the day of release of the new models.
Alternatively, if you want a iPhone Pro, you may do better to wait until the iPhone 14 Pro goes on sale. Apple’s routine is interesting: the Pro and Pro Max are the most expensive iPhones so you might expect a company to keep those in the range as long as possible but Apple chooses to delete them after just one year.
What’s also likely is that the oldest iPhone on sale just now, the iPhone 11, will also slide into retirement in September as well. This is the regular Apple routine and has the advantage this year that all the Face ID iPhones will have a uniform design language with flat screen and straight edges instead of pillowed glass and rounded antenna band. This softer finish will be restricted to just the iPhone SE. Again, if you prefer the cosy hand-feel this design offers, move before September 13.
Assuming these details are right, it will leave Apple with the most diverse range yet. There will be the two iPhone 14 Pro models, the regular iPhone 14, all of which are as usual, and for the first time a big-screen iPhone 14.
But there will also be the iPhone 13, at a suitably reduced price and, surely, the iPhone 13 mini. Oh, and the affordable iPhone SE. Plus, two more possibilities: the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini. My guess is that the iPhone 12 will hang around but the iPhone 12 may not. Not because it apparently wasn’t as successful but because it would have to drop to a price not much more than the iPhone SE, which would just be confusing.
In other words, here’s what I expect to be announced on September 13 as the full iPhone range: iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max (if that’s what it’s called), iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Then there’ll be iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 12 and iPhone SE. Eight phones, as now, but with more variety than before, so that it will offer something for everyone.