iPhone 14 Plus Was Originally Called iPhone 14 Max, And There's Proof

New evidence suggests that the iPhone 14 Plus was initially supposed to be called the iPhone 14 Max. In the lead-up to the iPhone 14 announcement, almost all leaks and rumors identified the iPhone 14 Plus as the iPhone 14 Max. Even seasoned Apple insiders, such as Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and TF International Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo, referred to the device as 'Max' instead of 'Plus' in their tips and analysis. So while the eventual nomenclature was a bit of surprise, the device itself was pretty much along expected lines.


The iPhone 14 Plus is one of the four models in the iPhone 14 lineup that was announced at Apple's Far Out event earlier this month. It is one of the two base models alongside the vanilla iPhone 14, while at the higher end of the spectrum, there are the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max that offer plenty more features, albeit at higher price points. In essence, the iPhone 14 Plus is the exact same device as the vanilla iPhone 14, but with a larger 6.7-inch screen as opposed to the 6.1-inch panel in the base model. It is a new addition to this year's lineup, replacing the 'mini' from the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 series.

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Convincing evidence has emerged that the iPhone 14 Plus was almost called iPhone 14 Max before the powers that be at Apple had a change of heart. Believed to have been first spotted by Dutch blog iCreate, Apple's own website refers to the iPhone 14 Plus as 'iPhone 14 Max' on not one but two separate occasions.

iPhone 14 Plus Nearly Named iPhone 14 Max

iPhone 14 And iPhone 14 Plus

In the first case, an image depicting the various color options for the iPhone 14 Plus is named 'iPhone 14 Max colors' in an official Apple support document. In the second instance, a page containing regulatory and compliance information about Apple's products identifies the device as iPhone 14 Max instead of iPhone 14 Plus.

While there's an off chance that one of these could have been an error, it is doubtful that Apple repeated the same mistake in two separate areas. So it's highly likely that the iPhone 14 Plus was supposed to be called the iPhone 14 Max up until the very end when the company executives decided to opt for 'Plus' instead of 'Max.' That said, the name hardly matters in the larger scheme of things, as the device remains the same — a larger version of the iPhone 14 with identical hardware components and software features.

Source: iCreate, Apple 1, 2