There haven’t been rumors on the release date for the next iPhone. We know that Apple is hosting WWDC 2022 starting June 6. It’s likely Apple will announce iOS 16, the next major software version for the iPhone, during the keynote on the first day. Apple hasn’t announced a date for a fall event, when the newest iPhone is typically announced. Typically Apple hosts the annual fall iPhone event in September with releases coming shortly thereafter. Read more: Hey, Apple, Here’s What I Want to See on the iPhone 14
When will the iPhone 14 be released? Here’s what we can deduce from Apple’s past and present rumours. The iPhone 14 is predicted to be Apple’s next flagship phone in 2022. There are various reports circulating about the upcoming iPhone’s design, pricing, and new features (maybe it will finally be notchless with Touch ID), but most leaks and rumours should be treated with a grain of salt at this point in the production cycle. After all, a lot of iPhone 13 speculations turned out to be untrue.
There’s also another theory that’s been floating around for a few years. In 2018, CNET took a deep dive into the Apple event timeline and emerged with a compelling Labor Day hypothesis. Based on the 2022 calendar, the Labor Day rule would put the September Apple event (and the iPhone 14 unveil) on Wednesday, Sept. 7, with a Friday, Sept. 16, release date. However, the Labor Day prediction was a week off for 2021 — and, because of coronavirus delays, about a month off in 2020.
Apple tends to unveil its new iPhones either on the first or second Tuesday of September. Last year, the iPhone 13 series officially made its debut on Tuesday, Sept. 14, followed by preorders beginning on Friday, Sept. 17, and then the phones went on sale Sept. 24. For the iPhone 14, Apple could hold its fall event either on Tuesday, Sept. 6, or Tuesday, Sept. 13. Since iPhones usually go up for preorder on the Fridays of the same week, I’d expect that to happen next year on Friday, Sept. 9, or Friday, Sept. 16. iPhone release dates are usually a week and a half after Apple’s announcements. Sometimes launch dates are staggered for specific models, especially when introducing a new design or size. So it’s possible the iPhone 14 lineup will have more than one release date.
For a more in-depth look at iPhone rumors, check out every rumor we’ve heard about Apple’s iPhone 14 and our story on whether there will be a foldable iPhone. Also, take a look at how the iPhone 13 compares with the iPhone 12, the best iPhone cases you can buy in 2021 and our guesses about the next Apple event in general.