The differences between the iPhone 14 and Pro models include pixel quality

The expected differences between the basic iPhone 14 and Pro models continue to grow. A new report today says that ProMotion displays will not only be limited to Pro models, but even the pixels themselves will be of higher quality on higher end models.

Display supplier Samsung reportedly uses the highest grade of OLED materials for the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, while the two base models will use lower-quality materials…

Differences between the basic iPhone 14 and Pro models

We expect a number of differences between this year’s base and Pro iPhone models.

The iPhone 14 Pro Max is said to have a new design, improved cameras and a better processor. This phone will also have a high-end stainless steel and glass finish, a telephoto lens, a LiDAR scanner, and ProMotion technology.

Without all of these “premium” features, the iPhone 14 Plus/Max will be priced under $1,000, which is the perfect choice for those who want a larger iPhone but without having to pay the “Pro” price starting at $1,099.

But the new Supply Chain Report suggests that’s not all.

Pixel differences too

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Samsung Display will apply different grades of materials to the OLED panels it will make for the upcoming iPhone 14 series depending on the model’s layers, TheElec knows.

The sources said that it will use its latest and most advanced combination of materials for the higher-tier iPhone 14 models while it will use the previous generation that was set for the lower-tier models. They said this step is being taken to save cost […]

The OLED array consists of dopant, host, prime, etc. used to form red, green, and blue pixels […]

Samsung Display will use its own M11 material assembly for the standard 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch models in the iPhone 14 series [while] The two higher-end models in the iPhone 14 series will use the Samsung Display’s M12 material assembly.

It seems unlikely that the average iPhone user will notice much difference, if any, but it does add to the evidence that Apple intends the base model and Pro to diverge increasingly in both features and materials.

Farewell, little one, hello plus / max

Another major difference we expect this year is that Apple will abandon the iPhone mini model, which has suffered from poor sales, and replace it with the opposite: a larger, non-professional model with the same screen size as the Pro Max.

Just two months after the launch of the iPhone 12 lineup, a report from analysts at CIRP indicated that the iPhone 12 mini accounted for just 6% of iPhone sales in the first two months. […]

In fact, the iPhone 12 mini, despite being one of the new “flagship” iPhones, was often outdone by older models, including the iPhone SE, iPhone 11 and iPhone XR.

The iPhone 13 mini was released in September of 2021, and despite improvements in battery life and screen brightness, sales are still slow. Recent data from CIRP indicated that the iPhone 13 mini accounted for only 3% of all iPhone sales in the second quarter […]

The iPhone 14 (codenamed D27 and D28) will be available in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch sizes. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max (codenamed D73 and D74) will also be available in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch variants.

If you want an iPhone mini, the iPhone 13 mini is expected to still be on sale, possibly with a price cut once the iPhone 14 launches.

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