Apple to make significant changes to 2022 iPhone line-up, ditch Mini - report

The Apple iPhone 13
A new 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max could make its debut in 2022. Photo credit: Getty Images

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says there are likely to be major changes to this year's iPhone line-up, including a new big screen phone and chip changes.

Kuo, a supply chain analyst with a history of accuracy in his reporting about the Cupertino-based company, said on Twitter that he expects four new phones in the second half of this year.

That's not uncommon, however only the two Pro models would get the latest A16 processor, Kuo wrote, with the other models retaining the A15 Bionic chip from the current iPhone 13 range.

The company hasn't done this for more than a decade since the 5S model got an A7 chip, but the cheaper 5C got the older A6 chip instead.

If Kuo is correct, it will also be the end of the line for the 5.4-inch iPhone Mini, instead replaced by a non-Pro version of the Max phone.

This would mean an iPhone 14 with 6.1-inch screen, an iPhone 14 Max with 6.7-inch screens and two Pro models with the same size screens.

The two higher-specification phones would also get a RAM boost. All will come with 6GB RAM, but the Pros will have faster LPDDR 5 onboard.

The latest rumours come less than a week after Apple announced its updated iPhone SE. The model, which is available from the end of this week in New Zealand, uses the same A15 Bionic chip as the iPhone 13 range.

It has a 4.7-inch Retina HD display and maintains the home button that has since disappeared on the more expensive iPhone models.

It also has 5G connectivity as well as a 12MP camera offering Smart HDR 4 and Portrait modes for the first time on an SE.

As well as the iPhone SE, Apple introduced a new Mac Studio computer and Studio Display monitor last week.

The company discontinued its 27-inch iMac at the same time, one of the last remaining Apple computers still using Intel processors.

Rumours had been circulating a new 27-inch version called the iMac Pro would replace the older model, but website 9to5Mac says that's no longer the case.

Citing the same sources that revealed the Mac Studio and Studio Display in advance to the website, it said Apple had currently "no plans to release a larger-screen iMac in the near future".