According to practical Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, only the iPhone 14 Pro model will have the “A16” chip, while the standard iPhone 14 models will retain the A15 Bionic chip from the iPhone 13.
In a tweet, Kuo said the 6.1-inch “iPhone 14 Pro” and 6.7-inch “iPhone 14 Pro Max” will have the A16 chip, while the 6.1-inch “iPhone 14” and 6.7-inch “iPhone 14″. Max” will retain the same A15 chip from the iPhone 13 lineup.
Only two Pro models will upgrade to the A16 processor, while the 14 and 14 Max will remain the A15. All four new models will likely come with 6GB of RAM, the difference being LPDDR 5 (14 Pro and 14 Pro Max) versus LPDDR 4X (14 and 14 Max). https://t.co/tHcszIz6gX
— (ming-chi kuo) (@mingchikuo) 13 March 2022
Two more affordable iPhone models retaining the same chip as last year could be a major new point of differentiation between the standard and “Pro” iPhone models. Going forward, it seems plausible that Apple may only offer a new chip with the “Pro” model, before bumping up to two cheaper iPhone models later next year.
Kuo said that all four models of the iPhone 14 model are likely to come with 6GB of memory, LPDDR4X memory in the standard iPhone 14 model and LPDDR5 memory in the iPhone 14 Pro model.
Currently, the iPhone 13 Mini and iPhone 13 have 4GB of memory, while the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max have 6GB of memory. These amounts are unchanged from the iPhone 12 lineup. As for the iPhone 14 lineup, Kuo suggests all models will have 6GB of RAM, but the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max’s LPDDR5 memory will be one and a half times faster and up to 30 percent more power efficient.
Kuo’s claim contradicts a rumor by Jeff Pu of Haitong International Securities, which suggested that the iPhone 14 Pro model will have 8GB of RAM, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S22 model. That being said, Pu has a mixed track record with Apple rumours. For example, he accurately claimed that 16-inch MacBook Pro and iPad Pro models with mini-LED displays would launch in 2021, but he was wrong about HomePods with 3D sensing cameras launching in 2019. This may now question the rumored 8GB RAM. Kuo, a more established analyst in the Apple space with a better track record, is claiming otherwise.