iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max just tipped for serious price hike

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The new premium iPhone 14 models could be really, really premium if this new leak is legit. The tipster @TheGalox_ (opens in new tab) on Twitter claims that both the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max will cost $100 more than their predecessors, which is a pretty big gamble when we're in the middle of fighting record inflation.

According to the leaker (via PhoneArena (opens in new tab)), the iPhone 14 Pro will start at $1,099 (up from $999) and the iPhone 14 Pro Max will be priced at $1,199. For those scoring at home, the latter is the same price as the new MacBook Air M2

And this is not the first time we've heard about a price hike for the new Pro iPhones. Back in January, LeaksApplePro also claimed that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max would get the same price hike (opens in new tab). And then again in May a separate tipster Shadow_Leak said the iPhone 14 Pro would start at $1,099 (opens in new tab)

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So what would you be getting for this alleged price increase? Quite a lot, actually. As you'll see in our iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro preview, we could see the biggest differences ever between the two new iPhone lineups. This includes a 48MP main camera for the Pro phones (up from 12MP), which is also mentioned in this latest leak, and 8K video recording. 

Though, the iPhone 14 Pro could be a big letdown since it's tipped to use the iPhone 13 Pro's 12MP 3x optical zoom telephoto camera from last year. 

@TheGalax_ reiterates the rumor that we've heard about the iPhone 14 Pro series getting an always-on display. This would presumably work hand in hand with some of the new customizable lock screen features in iOS 16

Other iPhone 14 Pro specs spilled in this tweet include storage options ranging from 128GB to 1TB (sorry, no 2TB option), 8GB of RAM and battery sizes of 3,200 mAh and 4,323 mAh for the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. The iPhone 13 Pro has a battery size of 3,095 mAh and the Pro Max 4,352 mAh. 

In terms of design, the iPhone 14 Pro series should also stand out because it's tipped to ditch the notch in favor of a new punch hole and pill-shaped cutout for the display. And we could see a titanium alloy finish option, but that seems up in the air at this point. 

In a more upbeat economy, a $100 price hike would already raise eyebrows for the iPhone 14 Pro series. So Apple will really need to justify all of these upgrades for would-be shoppers.

The good news is that the iPhone 14 Max (or should we call it iPhone 14 Plus?) will reportedly offer a big 6.7-inch screen for a relatively affordable $899. So you might have a lot of people deciding the cheaper Max is good enough. 

Next: See the iPhone 14 camera (opens in new tab) leaks for the biggest rumored upgrades. 

Mark Spoonauer is the global editor in chief of Tom's Guide and has covered technology for over 20 years. In addition to overseeing the direction of Tom's Guide, Mark specializes in covering all things mobile, having reviewed dozens of smartphones and other gadgets. He has spoken at key industry events and appears regularly on TV to discuss the latest trends, including Cheddar, Fox Business and other outlets. Mark was previously editor in chief of Laptop Mag, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc. Follow him on Twitter at @mspoonauer.