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Leaked photo of iPhone 14 cases hints at the return of the iPhone Plus name for 2022 and beyond?

As you probably already know, Apple is shaking up the iPhone lineup in 2022. Gone is the 5.4-inch iPhone mini to be replaced by a non-Pro 6.7-inch model. We’re calling this phone the iPhone 14 Max, but there’s speculation that Apple will revive the name “Plus” it first used with the iPhone 6 Plus in 2014. That year, Apple released the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5. -inch iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple has kept the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens through the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, both of which were released in 2017. This year we expect the 6.1-inch iPhone 14, 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus, 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro and the 6.7-inch iPhone Pro Max. Rumor has it that the name “Plus” for the 6.7-inch non-Pro iPhone 14 is used by an image of four iPhone cases posted on the Chinese social media site Weibo and tweeted by @duanrui1205
The name of the iPhone model designated for each case is shown at the top of the photo above each case. You will notice that the third model from the left is listed as the 14 Plus.

Apple really emphasizes the difference between the expensive Pro models and the cheaper non-Pro models. For example, the non-Pro models will reuse the A15 Bionic chipset from the iPhone 13 series, while the iPhone 14 Pro units will be powered by the new A16 Bionic SoC. Earlier this week, TF International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo made it clear that: this is not a one-off due to the chip shortage.

The Pro models also get the ProMotion screens with the 120Hz refresh rate and the triple camera setup with a telephoto lens. The iPhone 14 Pro Max may even have 20% thinner bezels based on renders made with CAD images. Obviously, Apple would rather you spend the extra money to buy one of the more expensive Pro models.

Reverting to using the old iPhone Plus name may help with the potential confusion some consumers may face this year. After all, those who are not smartphone enthusiasts can easily mix up the iPhone 14 Max for the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Still, there are ways to easily tell the two 6.7-inch iPhone 14 models apart. For example, there will be no misunderstanding about the price difference between the pair, or the number of cameras on the back of the two 6.7-inch iPhone models. And let’s not forget that this year, the non-Pro models will still have the notch, while the Pro models will sport the new “sideways i” cutouts.

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