While Apple has just formalized the iPhone SE 2022, rumors continue to circulate about the next high-end devices from the Cupertino company. All sources agree that this year, Apple will no longer offer a “mini” model.
This one would rather offer an iPhone 14, an iPhone 14 Max, an iPhone 14 Pro and an iPhone 14 Pro Max. And according to an article recently published by 9to5Mac, which relays a publication which would have been made by the analyst Ming Chi Kuo, the new A16 Bionic chip would be reserved for the Pro models, while the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max models would be satisfied of the same A15 Bionic chip as the iPhone 13 series.
It is normal to be perplexed by this new rumor, since it suggests that Apple will break with its traditions. But it should also be remembered that Kuo is one of the most reliable sources when it comes to rumors about future Apple products.
This already happened in 2015
In addition, the 9to5Mac site claims to have been able to independently corroborate this information. Another source would have told the site that Apple is developing two models equipped with the A16 Bionic chip, and two other models with the A15 Bionic chip.
The last time Apple used two different chips for the same generation of devices was in 2015. Indeed, while the iPhone 5S was equipped with the A7 chip, the iPhone 5C used an older chip and less efficient: the A6 chip.
In essence, if this info is true, then the iPhone 14 would have no (or almost no) performance gain over the iPhone 13, as far as CPU and GPU are concerned. On the other hand, according to the 9to5Mac article, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max would have more RAM memory than the iPhone 13: 6 GB instead of 4 GB.
It is also expected that the iPhone 14 Pro will differ from the iPhone 14 on other elements of the technical sheet. For example, the ProMotion display with 120Hz refresh rate could still be reserved for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. In addition, these “Pro” models should also have a better camera. And according to some rumors, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max would still have a notch on the screen while the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max could have a different design.