Apple is widely expected to introduce its iPhone 14 lineup this autumn, and a fresh rumour adds gasoline to the fire of speculations that at least two of the new handsets will not get a speed boost.
Mark Gurman of Bloomberg wrote an article for the weekly Power On newsletter in which he reaffirmed prior rumours by Ming-Chi Kuo that the base iPhone 14 models will not get A16 CPUs but will instead rely on iPhone 13 A15 Bionic parts instead. These reports were previously published.
A16 chips will be reserved for the more expensive iPhones, according to Gurman, thus consumers purchasing the iPhone 14 Pro will have to make due with last year’s silicon.
For the first time since Apple began building its own CPUs, the company will not be replacing the technology inside its main new iPhone this year. The A15 CPU from last year will remain in the entry-level iPhone 14 devices this autumn, with only the Pro version receiving a new A16 processor.
A new iPhone announcement would be made on two distinct chips for the first time, according to Gurman. However, the change makes more sense than it does not. Even if a 48-megapixel camera is expected on just the Pro versions, it is feasible that only those devices require the additional processing power provided by a new CPU. Apple is known for using chips to deliver features.
If everything goes according to plan, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be the best iPhones ever made for those who shoot a lot of images. This, together with the always-on display and new iOS 16 Home Screen widgets, will likely make the Pro models the way to go this year — provided that price isn’t a problem.
It is anticipated that Apple will reveal all four of its upcoming iPhone models in September or around that month. In addition, a new Apple Watch and possibly additional pieces of hardware are also likely to be introduced by the company before the end of the year.