In a pair of reports 24 hours apart, acclaimed industry insider Ming-Chi Kuo and respected site 9to5Mac have revealed that Apple intends to create a generational performance gap between iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models. This will significantly split the performance within a new range for the first time in iPhone history (Edit: iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C but these were clear premium/budget devices).
“Only two Pro models would upgrade to the A16 processor, while the 14 & 14 Max will remain the A15,” explains Kuo. “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).”
9to5Mac agrees, saying its “sources confirm that there will be two new iPhone 14 models based on the A15 chip, while two others will have a brand new chip… Apple could use the high-end version of its A15 Bionic chip in the entry-level iPhone 14 models, as 9to5Mac also heard from our own sources that all this year’s iPhones will have 6GB of RAM. The company could even rebrand the chip as ‘A15X’.”
By “high-end”, 9to5Mac is referring to the slightly more powerful version of the A15 in the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. It has an extra GPU core and the aforementioned 6GB of RAM. Rebranding it as A15X would rewrite history, but could be justified as a necessary branding clarification for iPhone customers.
9to5Mac also states that iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models may be slightly taller (to accommodate their i-shaped display cutouts) while Apple is still working on satellite communication services for iPhones (codename “Stewie”) though there is currently no indication this will be ready for 2022 models.
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