Most iPhone 14 rumors so far have suggested that Apple won’t produce an iPhone 14 mini and will instead release an iPhone 14 Max as the fourth flagship model of 2022 – but a new leak is against that tide.
According to 91 furniture (opens in new tab) and Evan Blass — two known sources of leaks with a strong track record — one of Apple’s Asian partners plans to stock seven new devices next month. These devices apparently include an iPhone 14, an iPhone 14 Pro, an iPhone 14 Pro Max, and… an iPhone 14 mini.
If that wasn’t enough to raise a few eyebrows, the list is rounded off by the 10th-gen entry-level 10.2-inch iPad and two new iPad Pros (an 11-inch model and a 12.9-inch model). Most other insiders are predicting that we won’t see new iPads until October, but this leak made them appear at the launch of the iPhone 14.
the truth is out there
Add it all up and it looks like this partner information could be wrong – but it’s worth reporting simply for the history of the sources involved. Blass accurately leaked information in advance about the Google Pixel Watch, among many other devices, for example.
The fact that these details have surfaced is evidence of how difficult it is to produce devices in secret. While companies like Apple, Samsung and Google can keep tabs on their own employees, a host of third parties – from international retailers to phone case makers – need to know what’s coming in advance.
With that in mind, we present this tidbit for your consideration: it would be quite a surprise, but perhaps there will be a successor to the iPhone 13 mini after all. And maybe Apple wants to save time by unveiling its new iPhones and iPads all in one go.
Analysis: separating the rumors
As we said, it is difficult for new smartphones or tablets to be released without any kind of leak or rumor happening in advance. As with the UK and European football transfer window, these days most announcements are talked about well before they actually happen.
Not only do companies have a hard time keeping their plans in check, they also know that there is a lot of interest in these upcoming devices. This, in turn, leads publications and social media users to divulge as much speculative information as possible – which again is similar when it comes to players switching football teams.
We wouldn’t say that’s the case for this particular rumor: the sources involved here are generally reliable and don’t post predictions just for the clicks. As noted in the 91mobiles article, details about the iPhone 14 mini and iPads come from one of Apple’s biggest distributors in the Asian region.
It’s crucial to take any leaks or rumors out of context, and considering we’ve seen so many sources mention two standard-size iPhones and two larger iPhones that make up the iPhone 14 lineup, let’s take this new information with a pinch of salt. However, you never know…