So far, the leaks about the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models have focused on the features. Pro shows will likely ditch the iPhone’s signature notch in favor of a pair of cutouts, for example, and the iPhone 14 Pro could see its main camera hit a 48MP sensor. Meanwhile, the mini model introduced in the past two years appears to be giving way to the iPhone 14 Max, a 6.7-inch version of Apple’s standard iPhone.
Although this detail is not official, it looks very solid. The iPhone 14 release date is pretty much a mystery, with most Apple watchers pointing to an unannounced release date sometime in the fall. The boldest forecasters will be speculating about the September launch window, in large part because that’s the month when Apple usually shows off its new phones.
While the release date rumors haven’t surfaced yet, we don’t have to wait for them to make some educated guesses about when the iPhone 14 will appear. While Apple keeps a lot of details close to its jacket, it has a certain pattern of doing things that make pinpointing the exact date easy. To some degree, even before the rumors could confirm if we were on the right track.
Here’s a look at when Apple could set an iPhone 14 release date based on how the company handled recent iPhone launches, along with other issues that could affect iPhone 14 timing.
iPhone 14 Release Date: When Previous iPhones Released
Nobody knows what the future holds, but Apple’s recent past holds some clues about what could come out of Cupertino and when. Here’s a quick summary of when Apple has scheduled the launch of its last eight iPhones.
|Telephone||Announcement date||release day|
|iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max||September 14, 2021||September 24, 2021|
|iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro||October 13, 2020||October 23, 2020|
|iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max||October 13, 2020||November 13, 2020|
|iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max||September 10, 2019||September 20, 2019|
|iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max||September 12, 2018||September 21, 2018|
|iPhone XR||September 12, 2018||October 26, 2018|
|iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus||September 12, 2017||September 22, 2017|
|iPhone X||September 12, 2017||November 3, 2017|
|iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus||7 September 2016||September 16, 201 / 6|
|iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus||September 9, 2015||25 September 2015|
|iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus||September 9, 2014||September 19, 2014|
Pattern recognition skills do not need to be sharp to identify the trend in this chart. In all but one year since 2014, Apple announced its iPhones in September. More specifically, this announcement usually comes during the first two weeks of September.
There was one exception, and that was 2020. You might remember that the first year of the coronavirus pandemic disrupted a lot of manufacturing that year, including the iPhone. So Apple has postponed its iPhone 12 launch event until October 13.
This wasn’t the only unusual thing about the iPhone 12 launch. Apple also had to organize the release of its newly announced models. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro debuted 10 days after the launch event, but the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max didn’t ship until November.
The launch of the iPhone 12 was actually the third time that Apple had released its phones. The iPhone XR came out a month after the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max debuted in 2019, while the iPhone X didn’t debut until early November 2018 — roughly six weeks after the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus debuted.
In 2021, things are back to normal with all four iPhone 13 models shipping at once (although there are supply issues, especially for iPhone 13 Pro models during the holiday shopping season). Until Apple or rumor mongers suggest differently, let’s assume a single release date for all iPhone models is Apple’s preferred way of doing things.
Again, looking at the chart above, I noticed a pattern. Apple tends to put the actual launch date of its phones 10-11 days after revealing them in the waiting world. While there are exceptions — the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus ship beyond that time frame — you’d expect the iPhone 14 to fall into a similar pattern.
iPhone 14 release date: When we think Apple will announce its phones
In the absence of definitive rumors about the iPhone 14 release date, we only have a prior Apple date to go on. This date indicates that Apple will hold an event in the first two weeks of September 2022 to showcase the iPhone 14 models.
Another useful thing to know about Apple is that it prefers to hold its press events every Tuesday whenever possible. This is significant in regards to the launch event in early September because the first Tuesday in September – September 6 of this year – falls right after the Labor Day holiday in the United States. Since Apple doesn’t usually like to have a three-day weekend before the launch of its big products if it can help it at all, this rules out September 6 as a possible date for the iPhone 14 event.
So if you buy the ideas, 1) Apple holds its iPhone events in early September; 2) Apple loves Tuesdays when it’s time to hold product events; And 3) Apple won’t do anything right after Labor Day, which leaves only one day when the iPhone 14 can debut.
We believe the iPhone 14 was announced on September 13th. If Apple sticks to its track record or releases the phone 10 days or more later, that puts September 22nd as the tentative iPhone 14 launch date, which could be the day new models hit stores.
We want to confirm – there’s nothing official about this date, and it could change as more information about Apple’s plans for the iPhone leaks out. But if you want to make your plans now, September 13th seems as good a date as any to pay attention to what is happening in Cupertino.
iPhone 14 release date: Possible delays
There’s nothing strictly written about the iPhone 14 release date, of course, even if subsequent leaks confirm or deny our guess. Things could come up that could push the iPhone 14’s launch later than expected, and it’s worth paying attention to one issue in particular.
Despite the relaxation of mask mandates and other Covid-19 measures, the pandemic is far from over, and cases may rise again. Take a look at China, where entire cities are on lockdown as Covid-19 cases soar. This is particularly relevant for Apple’s iPhone 14 plans, as the phone is assembled in China.
Earlier in April, Zhengzhou closed some areas near iPhone manufacturing facilities operated by Foxconn, raising concerns that iPhone 14 production could be delayed. However, subsequent reports indicate that Foxconn’s facility in Zhengzhou is operating as usual. However, any change may affect the iPhone 14 release date.