Just months ago, famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi-Kuo claimed that the iPhone 14 series will have four devices. But among these four, only two of the iPhone 14 Pro models will have the latest A16 Bionic chip. The rest of the devices will be powered by the older A15 Bionic chip with some tweaks. TrendForce has confirmed this claim.
In a report by TrendForce, it was mentioned that “unlike the previous offerings, only the latest processors are employed in the Pro Series of the iPhone 14”. When it comes to the iPhone 13 series, the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Mini used the A15 Bionic chip paired with 4GB of RAM and a four-core GPU. On the other hand, the Pro models were also powered by the A15 Bionic chip but paired with 6GB of RAM and a five-core GPU. This year’s iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will reportedly have the same chip but with increased RAM and enhanced GPU power.
Now, the reason behind this sort of chip structure with the new iPhone series is probably due to the industry-wide supply chain shortage. Hence, Apple will not be able to provide the same upgraded chip to the lower iPhone 14 models. So, Apple is putting the latest A16 Bionic chip in the expensive Pro models.
Still, whatever the reason is, Two of the iPhones will still be using the older A15 chip. However, the A15 chips are not bad chips. They have the power to compete with the latest processors. So, it is not the deal-breaker as it may sound like one.