Earlier this year, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo first reported that some iPhone 14 models might be introduced with the current A15 Bionic chip – a rumor that was later independently verified by 9to5Mac. now a report of trend strength corroborates these rumors by saying that only iPhone 14 Pro models will receive the new A16 chip.
In a report on the global smartphone market released on Wednesday, trend strength notes that Apple will introduce four new iPhone 14 models in the second half of 2022. However, the research firm says only the “Pro series” will receive the latest processor, likely referring to the A16 chip.
Also according to the report, the entry-level iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max models will use the A15 Bionic chip from the iPhone 13, but now with 6 GB of LPDDR4X RAM instead of 4 GB.
While the idea of Apple launching a new iPhone with a chip from last year seems odd, it’s not the first time a rumor like this has surfaced on the web. Just after Ming-Chi Kuo shared a similar report in March, 9to5Mac learned from independent sources that indeed only the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will receive a new chip.
The reasons are unclear and Apple is unlikely to explain it to anyone, but analysts believe the main reason for the decision is the chip shortage that affects the entire industry. As a result, Apple will dedicate its entire supply chain to producing the most expensive iPhone 14 models.
Recent reports from Nikkei Asia and analyst Jeff Pu said production of at least one of the iPhone 14 models is delayed by three weeks. The delays could be worse if the entry-level iPhone 14 models undergo more extensive hardware changes.
iPhone 14 with A15 chip
It should be noted that behind Apple’s chips there is a strong marketing strategy. For example, the acclaimed M1 chip is basically an A14 Bionic chip with more CPU and GPU cores. Apple could have called it the A14X chip, but naming it M1 sounds like something really new.
Currently, there are two different versions of the A15 chip. One with 4 GB of RAM and a quad-core GPU used by the iPhone 13 and another with 6 GB of RAM and a five-core GPU used by the iPhone 13 Pro. Since all iPhone 14 models are supposed to have 6GB of RAM, we’d expect the entry-level versions to get the “high-end” A15 chip.
With this in mind, Apple could even give this chip a new name. The Apple Watch Series 7 has the same processor as the Apple Watch Series 6, but the chips are named “Apple S6” and “Apple S7” due to minor internal changes to the SoC.
Of course, we won’t have the answers to all of these questions until the end of the year, once the company announces the new iPhones.
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