- Apple's iPhone 14 lineup may not offer a mini model this year – but a new variant instead.
- Apple could upgrade the lightning connector speed to USB 3.0 on iPhone 14 Pro models.
- USB 3.0 will offer up to 10x data transfer speed versus the current USB 2.0.
iPhone 14 molds indicate a missing mini model
Aside from the rumored pill-shaped punch hole and 48-megapixel camera, the iPhone 14 series is allegedly receiving a slight design makeover. A set of molds allegedly used for cases production has been spotted in China and may hint to the final models of Apple's iPhone 14 lineup.
Noticeably there are four models shown – but only two different screen sizes. It's the 5.4-inch iPhone 14 mini's size that's missing. This asserts that Apple could eventually drop the mini from the lineup due to the lackluster demand.
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According to the leak, the iPhone 14 Max will replace the mini model while sharing the same 6.7-inch display size as the Pro Max. The vanilla iPhone 14 and the Pro model on the other side are said to have a 6.1-inch display. We'll know for sure once Apple announces their new iPhones in September 2022.
iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max could use USB 3.0 standard
The second claim comes from an established Apple leaker. According to iDrop News, the iPhone 14 series will be – once again – stuck with a lightning connector instead of a USB-C port. However, the Cupertino company could upgrade the transfer speed of iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max from USB 2.0 standard to a faster USB 3.0 level.
The USB 2.0 standard has a maximum transfer speed of 480 Mbps compared to USB 3.0 which is rated with 2.5 to 4.8 Gbps — that means a tenfold transfer speed increase.
Another benefit of having USB 3.0 interface is a support for higher power transfer from 0.5 to 0.9 amperes between supported devices. However, the USB 3.0 standard requires eight connectors instead of four. This is not a problem on the lightning connector since it currently utilizes eight connectors on its port.
In addition to more connectors and wires, a dedicated physical bus that supports the faster USB 3.0 interface is also needed. Possibly, that's one of the reasons why only the Pro models are said to get the upgrade for now.
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