An iPhone 14 Max? It could have been
It looks like "iPhone 14 Plus" wasn't Apple's first choice.
It seems Apple was close to naming the upcoming iPhone 14 Plus the "iPhone 14 Max" instead. The change must have happened late in the process as iCreate (opens in new tab) recently discovered. The Dutch blog found two instances where the company used the other name on its website.
The first instance occurs on an online support document (opens in new tab) where every iPhone is mentioned. When you right-click the image for the iPhone 14 Plus, you'll see it's named "iPhone-14-Max-colors."
The other error is listed on an EU regulatory compliance page (opens in new tab). Instead of iPhone 14 Plus, the page shows "iPhone 14 Max."
Last minute change?
Although there won't be an iPhone 14 Max this year, maybe we'll see an iPhone 15 Max in 2023.
According to recent rumors, Apple's expected to retire the "iPhone Pro Max" name beginning with the iPhone 15 Pro series, calling its larger premium handset the "iPhone 15 Pro Ultra." This, coupled with today's news, suggests Apple is moving away from the Max name altogether. At the minimum, it could slowly migrate its top-level products to the "Ultra" name.
Currently, Apple offers an iPhone 14 Pro Max, and there are M1 Max chips in the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models and the Mac Studio. The last of these, however, also offers an M1 Ultra chip.
The iPhone 14 Plus replaced the iPhone mini series this year. The 6.7-inch handset is identical to the flagship iPhone 14, except for its size. Unlike that model and the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, the iPhone 14 Plus won't be released until Monday, October 7. Pre-orders for the new handset are currently being accepted.
The iPhone 14 Plus is available in five colors: (PRODUCT)RED, blue, purple, Midnight, and Starlight and starts at $899 in the U.S.
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Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.