The iPhone 14 Pro’s Huge GPU Upgrade Was Canned At The Last Minute, Here’s Why

Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro was supposed to have a big GPU upgrade but issues discovered with the design meant that it was canceled at the last minute.

Apple had planned to give the iPhone 14 Pro a new GPU that was capable of impressive gaming capabilities, including ray tracing, according to a paywalled report by The Information.

However, it’s said that the plan was simply “too ambitious,” with Apple discovering that the GPU required much more power than it could be allowed to use.

The report by The Information claims that Apple allowed the GPU to get all the way through prototyping but it was discovered late in the development process that the GPU used so much power that it had a negative impact on battery life and heat management, causing the iPhone to get too hot.

As a result, the decision was made to cancel the GPU plans and instead revert to something less capable. That’s thought to be why the iPhone 14 Pro’s GPU performance is only marginally improved compared to the iPhone 13 Pro.

Because Apple discovered the mistake late in development, it had to base the graphics processor in its iPhone 14 Pro line—which powers the phone’s user interface, games and everything else visible on its screen—largely on the design of the chip that went into last year’s iPhone model, according to four people familiar with the matter.

It’s thought that this was a rare misstep for Apple silicon team, one that caused some managers to be moved onto other projects as a result.

Apple is said to have lost key members of the team in recent years, perhaps causing the issue to crop up when it otherwise might not have.

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