Apple is highly expected to announce its iPhone 14 lineup this fall, and a new report adds fuel to existing expectations that at least two of the new handsets won’t get a speed boost.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman wrote in the weekly Power On newsletter and echoed previous reports from Ming-Chi Kuo that the base iPhone 14 models will not get A16 chips and will instead rely on iPhone 13 A15 Bionic parts.
Gurman believes Apple is withholding the A16 chips from its more expensive iPhones, forcing those buying iPhone 14 Pro handsets to make do with last year’s silicon.
This year, for the first time since Apple began designing its own processors, the company will not upgrade the chip in its flagship new iPhone. This fall’s entry-level iPhone 14 models will retain last year’s A15 chip, with only the Pro version getting a new A16 processor.
As Gurman points out, this move would mark the first time Apple has split its new iPhone announcements across two different chips. However, the move makes more sense than not. Apple tends to use chips to provide features and with only the Pro models expected to benefit from a new 48MP camera, only those devices may need the extra processing power provided by a new chip. .
If all goes according to plan, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max with that new camera and A16 chip will be the best iPhones ever made for those who take a lot of photos. That, coupled with new iOS 16 home screen widgets and an always-on screen, will likely make the Pro models the best choice this year — assuming price isn’t a factor, of course.
Apple is expected to announce all four new iPhones in or around September, and the new Apple Watch and other hardware are also likely to be released before the year ends.