We’ve previously heard rumors that non-Pro iPhone 14 models will be powered by a version of the A15 Bionic processor that currently powers the entire iPhone 13 lineup, while iPhone 14 Pro and the Pro Max will be the only ones to get the new A16 Bionic chip.
now The Wall Street JournalTim Higgins clarified the situation somewhat. It looks like the iPhone 14 will be slightly more capable than the iPhone 13, but only thanks to the iPhone 13 Pro’s switch to the A15 Bionic.
Apple’s current top models, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, are powered by the same A15 Bionic chip as the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini. The key difference is the five-core GPU, rather than the quad-core variant of the non-Pro models.
By switching to this existing chip, Apple will be able to boast about a 25% increase in graphics performance for the new iPhone 14 when it releases these telling but deceptively vague statistics on Wednesday night. In fact, if accurate, it would be money for an old rope.
Assuming that’s the case, Apple has ditched its latest mobile chip for the first time in a new iPhone.
It’s increasingly likely that the Pro models should be chosen this year. Apart from the possibility of noticeably better performance, we expect the Pro range to have a much slimmed-down pill-shaped notch, as well as a much-improved 48MP primary camera.