Kuo: Only The iPhone 14 Pro Models Will Get The A16 Chip This Year
Apple is expected to announce four new iPhones later this year and while they would all normally get the latest Apple silicon, that might not be the case this time around according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Writing via his Twitter account, Kuo says that only the Pro models of iPhone 14 will get the benefit of a new A16 processor later this year, leaving the standard iPhone 14 versions to use the same A15 Bionic chip that currently powers the iPhone 13 lineup as well as the new iPhone SE.
The move would be the first time that Apple has split the chips used in a newly-announced lineup, and it’s one that is causing quite a stir online right now.
Only two Pro models would upgrade to the A16 processor, while the 14 & 14 Max will remain the A15. All four new models will likely come with 6GB RAM, with the difference being LPDDR 5 (14 Pro & 14 Pro Max) vs. LPDDR 4X (14 & 14 Max).
The same tweet suggests that all four new iPhone 14 models will use 6GB of RAM, although the new Pro versions will have LPDDR 5 RAM for improved performance and, presumably, better energy efficiency.
Apple is expected to announce a 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max later this year. The Pro models will come in the form of a 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max if previous rumors are to be believed.