Apple is set to launch 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 series is expected to include four different devices on two different screen sizes. iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro will have 6.1-inch screens, while iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max will have 6.7-inch screens.
This will mark the first time Apple has offered 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 equipped with the A14 chip, while the iPhone 13 series is equipped with 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 found in the iPhone 13 series. 9to5Mac can also independently attest to this.
However, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will have upgraded processors. 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 more reasons 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 super TSMC indicates that the A16 chip will be manufactured with the same 5-nanometer process as the A15, as well as the A14.
Sticking to the same build size limits performance improvements year over year, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see not at all improve. From chip A14 to A15, Apple has improved performance and efficiency ~10%. It’s unclear if we’ll see similar bumps this year, but we wouldn’t expect a completely flat performance gain from last year.
A sketchy rumor about the iPhone 14 Pro claims that the first test with the A16 chip shows that the performance will be only “several percent” better than the A15. However, Apple then worked to improve the thermal management of the chip, which resulted in a performance spike compared to what was originally expected.
Apple is supposed to make a bigger jump from the iPhone 14 to the iPhone 15, but that won’t happen until 2023.
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