Divisive iPhone 14 leak suggests weird name change - but we're not convinced

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In the classic film 12 Angry Men, Henry Fonda plays one dissenting voice in the crowd, whose intent is to cause the other characters to question their previously-held assumptions. And when it comes to iPhone 14 leaks, we've got a new Fonda in town.

We've heard many, many leaks pointing to there being an iPhone 14 Max, which will have the specs of the vanilla model but a larger display - in fact, we'd heard so many voices claiming that this phone was coming, that we'd stopped questioning their validity. But maybe that'll change going forward.

Korean leaker lanzuk (who has a mixed, but generally accurate, track record), posting on social media site Naver, has claimed that there will indeed be a new member of the iPhone 14 range. However, lanzuk says it will be an iPhone 14 Plus, not Max, that's on its way.

It sounds like it's the same kind of phone as the Max was expected to be, with a 6.7-inch display, with the name being the main change.

If accurate, this would be the first time Apple has used this suffix for an iPhone since the iPhone 8 Plus, though it's still used for software like Apple TV Plus.

Some leakers have already come out against this leak - notable ones who've talked about the 14 Max before - and one such example is ShrimpApplePro, who has as mixed a track record as lanzuk.

We're also not convinced - enough leaks have pointed to the 'Max' name to make it sound very likely. Plus, lanzuk doesn't suggest the iPhone 14 Pro Max will become the Pro Plus, and we imagine that Apple would like to keep its Pro and non-Pro symmetry.

Analysis: what's in a name?

What's in a name? Not much, usually - but in this case, maybe a lot.

You see, lots of iPhone 14 leaks have pointed toward the Max name - if they turn out to be wrong, it means that perhaps lots of the information those leaks provided could also be incorrect.

Perhaps the upcoming phone won't have identical specs to the base model, and maybe the prices we've heard for it could be inaccurate too.

Like Henry Fonda's character in 12 Angry Men, the goal of this leak isn't to convince us of something new, but to cause us to doubt what we previously assumed to be true - and it's totally worked. 

Now, we're going to take each iPhone 14 Max or Plus leak with a pinch of salt - this might not be the new best iPhone after all.

Tom Bedford

Tom Bedford was deputy phones editor on TechRadar until late 2022, having worked his way up from staff writer. Though he specialized in phones and tablets, he also took on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK and now works for the entertainment site What To Watch.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working on TechRadar, he freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist.