Earlier this year, an intriguing report by highly acclaimed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that Apple may keep the new A16 chip exclusively for iPhone 14 Pro models, while regular iPhone 14 models will get the A15 chip. from last year. In a new report, Kuo has now claimed that entry-level and mid-range iPhone models will no longer have Apple’s latest chips in the future as the company has changed its business strategy.
iPhone 14 with A15 chip
Apple is expected to announce four new iPhone models this year: iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max (a larger 6.7-inch version that will replace the iPhone mini), iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. While the regular iPhone 14 models will retain the same design as the iPhone 13 with minimal internal upgrades, the Pro line will grab more attention with a new screen design and significant hardware upgrades. camera.
It wouldn’t be the first time that Apple has kept major upgrades like a new design exclusive to the more expensive iPhone models. In 2017, iPhone X was introduced with an all-new design, Face ID, and other new technologies, while iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were just better versions of iPhone 7.
However, iPhone 8 and iPhone X were powered by the same A11 Bionic chip. Apple followed this strategy in the following years with iPhone XR and iPhone XS, iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, etc. Now it looks like things are about to change.
Following Kuo’s report, the two 9to5Mac and Bloomberg confirmed by independent sources that only two of the four iPhone 14 models will receive a new faster chip. Although some analysts believe Apple will use a more powerful version of the A15 chip with 6GB of RAM instead of 4GB in the new phones, the architecture will be the same as found in the iPhone 13 chips.
At first we thought this might be a temporary move due to the global chip shortage, but now Kuo seems to think otherwise.