Earlier this year, an intriguing report by well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that Apple may keep the new A16 chip exclusively for iPhone 14 Pro models, while regular iPhone 14 models get last year’s A15 chip. In a new report, Kuo now claims that the entry-level and mid-range iPhone models will no longer feature 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 range will command more attention with a new screen design and significant camera upgrades.
This wouldn’t be the first time Apple has kept major upgrades like a new design exclusive to the more expensive iPhone models. In 2017, iPhone X was introduced with a brand new design, Face ID and other new technologies, while iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were just better versions of iPhone 7.
However, both the iPhone 8 and iPhone X were powered by the same A11 Bionic chip. Apple followed this strategy in subsequent years with iPhone XR and iPhone XS, iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, and so on. Now it looks like things are about to change.
According to Kuo’s report, both 9to5Mac and Bloomberg confirms with independent sources that only two of the four iPhone 14 models will get 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 the iPhone 13 chips.
At first we thought this might be temporary due to the global chip shortage, but Kuo seems to think differently now.