iPhone 14 Pro models will tout new A16 chip, while the iPhone 14 reuses the A15 Bionic
Apple is reportedly going to break a long-time tradition with the iPhone 14 series by using two different chipsets across the lineup. Apple has usually equipped all their contemporary iPhones with the same chipset, but this time, the iPhone 14 will allegedly reuse the A15 Bionic from this year, and only the iPhone 14 Pro will feature the new A16 chipset.
Apple to differentiate iPhone 14 Pro with the faster A16 chipset
With that said, Apple has done some form of this with the iPhone 13 series as well. The iPhone 13 and 13 mini models feature the same A15 Bionic as the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, but the Pro models enjoy an additional GPU core. Apple might still be offering an upgrade with the iPhone 14 by giving users the full A15 Bionic, but the iPhone 14 Pro models will probably still offer a much larger upgrade, considering that Apple has made sizable generational leaps over the past years.
Only two Pro models would upgrade to the A16 processor, while the 14 & 14 Max will remain the A15. All four new models will likely come with 6GB RAM, with the difference being LPDDR 5 (14 Pro & 14 Pro Max) vs. LPDDR 4X (14 & 14 Max). https://t.co/tHcszIz6gX
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One thing that might please a lot of heavy users is that the entire iPhone 14 series is slated to tout 6GB of RAM. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, a prolific leaker, the Pro models will get faster LPDDR5 memory, while the non-Pro ones settling for LPDDR4X. Given Apple’s impressive memory management, I do wonder if Apple will start rolling out more extensive multitasking capabilities to the iPhone 14. Part of the reason why Apple is reusing the A15 Bionic might be to avoid any supply issues that might arise from the newer 4nm node that they will be reportedly be employing for the A16.
Speaking of which, we might not see an iPhone 14 mini, with Apple expected to release the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The Max variants will come with 6.7″ displays, making it the first time you can get a larger display without shelling out for the Pro Max option. This will definitely disappoint fans with smaller hands, but given how popular gigantic smartphones are today, I guess Apple wants to be able to cater to that market as well.
Of course, you will have to take all of these with a pinch of salt, as Apple is still quite a few months away from announcing the iPhone 14 series. I do wonder if Apple will continue catering to the small-handed crowd by reusing the iPhone 12 mini’s chassis for the next-gen SE, as that would be a really nice upgrade from the rather outdated designs of the past iPhone SE releases.
Pokdepinion: I guess phasing out the mini makes quite a bit of sense. While I like the way it fit in my hand, the screen size is not exactly enjoyable to use for viewing content and stuff.