So far, there has always been an unwritten law in the iPhone range. When Apple brings a new generation onto the market, it also gets a new chip – which has always been very different from its predecessor. Irrespective of the iPhone version, Apple always used the most powerful processor, even the SE series received the fastest chip. According to a report, Apple wants to change some things and diversify its portfolio more in the future. Accordingly, the plan for the iPhone 14 is to only install an A16 in the Pro models, but not in the cheaper versions.
So there would be another distinguishing feature between pro and non-pro. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the latter continue to rely on an A15, i.e. the chip of the iPhone 13. According to his information, the following line-up is planned for autumn 2022:
iPhone 14: 6.1″, A15
iPhone 14 Max: 6.7″, A15
iPhone 14 Pro: 6.1″, A16
iPhone 14 Pro Max: 6.7″, A16
From now on, all versions have in common that six GB of RAM should be used – in the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini it was only 4 GB so far. However, there are differences in the type of memory, because the Pro models receive LPDDR 5 instead of LPDDR 4X as in the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max. In benchmark tests, there should be measurable differences between the versions, but in everyday use it also delivers an A15 will have more than enough performance for a while. Kuo does not provide any new information on the case design. It has been heard several times in recent weeks that the notch in the Pro models could be replaced in favor of a solution integrated into the display.
It is unknown whether Apple is only taking the step to differentiate the models more clearly, or whether it is a reaction to the chip crisis. The latter is certainly conceivable, as the prices for components and production continue to rise. With the Pro models, Apple has a little more pricing leeway, which is why new, more expensive chips may only be used there. On the other hand, the A16 would also be an upselling argument in a different way, because new software features often require specific chip generations. For example, if the A16 were to make a bigger leap in the Neural Engine, image enhancement features would be possible that the A15 or older simply couldn’t offer.
Source : mactechnews
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