According to leaker ShrimpApplePro, the standard iPhone 14 model will still have better performance than the iPhone 13 despite including the same A15 Bionic chip. In March, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that only the iPhone 14 Pro models will feature the A16 chip and that the standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max models will feature the A15 chip like the iPhone 13.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman argued in his April newsletter that the standard iPhone 14 models “may stick to last year’s A15 processor or a variant thereof.” The rumor has since been reconfirmed by other sources such as Taiwanese research firm TrendForce.
That’s a departure from Apple’s strategy so far to equip all of its latest iPhones with the same chip. For example, the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max are all equipped with the A15 chip.
Despite retaining “some old hardware,” the non-Pro iPhone 14 models “still have some overall performance improvements over the iPhone 13 series,” ShrimpApplePro said in a tweet. This is reportedly due to a new cellular modem and a new internal design, among other changes.
These other improvements could include more RAM, with all iPhone 14 models expected to have 6GB of RAM, 2GB more than the iPhone 13. The iPhone 14’s new, more efficient modem is expected to be physically smaller, consume less power, and leave room for a higher level of performance. So it seems possible that ShrimpApplePro claims that the iPhone 14 will still offer performance improvements.
Earlier this year, Gurman said, “In addition to trying to make the Pro version stand out, the ongoing chip shortage may have contributed to Apple’s decision to limit its upcoming chips to the iPhone 14 Pro models.”
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