Report: Apple To Make A16 And Future Top-End Chips Exclusive To iPhone Pro Models

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be the only ones sporting the new A16 processor, according to previous reports. Now, a new report by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that will be the case for future devices, too.

According to Kuo, the latest chips will be reserved for the high end iPhones from here on out.

That appears to also suggest that Apple expects to be selling through mainly Pro devices, with the company’s manufacturing partners set to benefit from the move.

The latest processor chip will be exclusive to iPhone high-end models in the future, so a high shipment proportion of iPhone high-end models will be the norm, favoring high-end camera component suppliers.

Until now, all new iPhones have used the same new chip but rumors have suggested for some time that would change with iPhone 14. The base iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro are expected to use the same A15 Bionic that is currently part of the iPhone 13 lineup.

That’s unlikely to be a big problem, however. The A15 Bionic is a fast chip by any measure and if Apple’s new base models don’t require additional processing power for new features it makes sense to use a cheaper processor. Whether that will also mean that we can expect Apple to reduce the price isn’t clear, but it seems unlikely at first blush.

Apple is set to announce all four new iPhones in or around September, if previous release schedules are any indication.

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