Apple is set to announce an all-new iPhone 14 lineup this fall, bringing with it new features like an always-on display and upgraded camera hardware. What about the iPhone 14 chip? As it turns out, things are going to be interesting this year. For the first time, the iPhone 14 chip will be different from the iPhone 14 Pro chip.
As a quick update, the iPhone 14 lineup is expected to include four different devices on two different screen sizes. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro will have a 6.1-inch screen, while the iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max will have a 6.7-inch screen.
This will be the first time Apple offers a non-Pro version of the iPhone with a 6.7-inch screen. But with that said, there will be some key differences between the iPhone 14 models and the iPhone 14 Pro models. This includes the chip inside.
New iPhone 14 Chip
Apple has a tradition of upgrading the chip inside the iPhone every year. For example, the iPhone 12 series is powered by the A14 chip, while the iPhone 13 series is powered by the A15 chip. That won’t happen this year with the iPhone 14 chip.
According to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max chips will not be upgraded this year. This means that these devices will retain the existing A15 processor in the iPhone 13 lineup. 9to5Mac can also independently attest to this.
However, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will receive a processor upgrade. These two devices are expected to feature the new A16 chip inside. By differentiating the chips between the four iPhone 14 models, Apple is essentially giving customers one more reason to choose the higher-end (and more expensive) iPhone 14 Pro models.
iPhone 14 . chip performance
While we’re still waiting for real-world testing, the roadmap from Apple’s dinner TSMC indicates that the A16 chip will be manufactured with the same 5-nanometer process as the A15, as well as the A14.
Sticking with the same build size will limit performance improvements year over year, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see not at all improvements. From chip A14 to A15, Apple has improved performance and performance by ~10%. It’s unclear if we’ll see similar fluctuations this year, but we wouldn’t expect a year-over-year performance gain to be completely flat.
A sketchy iPhone 14 Pro rumor suggests that the first test with the A16 chip shows that performance will be only “several percent” better than the A15. However, Apple then worked to improve the thermal management of the chip, resulting in a huge jump in performance from what was originally expected.
Apple is expected to make a bigger leap from the iPhone 14 to the iPhone 15, but that won’t happen until 2023.
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