According to the ShrimpApplePro leaker, the standard iPhone 14 models will still perform better than the iPhone 13 despite containing the same A15 Bionic chip.
In March, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that only the iPhone 14 Pro models will come with the A16 chip, while the standard “iPhone 14” and “iPhone 14 Max” models, like the “iPhone 13”, will come with the A16 chip A15 chip should be equipped. In an April issue of his newsletter BloombergMark Gurman agreed that standard “iPhone 14” models “will likely stick with last year’s A15 or some variant thereof.” The rumor has since been repeated by other sources including Taiwanese research firm TrendForce.
This differs from Apple’s previous strategy of equipping all current iPhones with the same chip. For example, the “iPhone 13” mini, “iPhone 13”, iPhone 13 Pro and “iPhone 13 Pro” Max are all equipped with the A15 chip.
Despite retaining “some legacy hardware,” the non-Pro “iPhone 14” models “will still have some overall performance boost over the “iPhone 13″ series,” said ShrimpApplePro in a tweet. This is reportedly due to a new cellular modem and a new internal design, among other things.
Those other improvements could include more storage, with all iPhone 14 models expected to have 6GB of storage, 2GB more than the iPhone 13. The iPhone 14’s new, more efficient modem is expected to be physically smaller, using less power and offer a high level of performance. Therefore, ShrimpApplePro’s claim that the “iPhone 14” will still offer performance improvements seems likely.
Earlier this year, Gurman said that “beyond trying to single out the Pro,” ongoing chip shortages may have contributed to Apple’s decision to limit its upcoming chip to the iPhone 14 Pro models.
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