Thursday, Jun 09, 2022, 12:02 iOS: Hardware

Another Report: No A16 In iPhone 14 – Only Pro Models To Receive New Chip

Apple frequently differentiates each iPhone series every year by changing each device's available hardware and sizing specifications. In the past, there were normally a few differences here and there in terms of the camera system, sometimes even the display technology, and battery capacity or available drive space – all of which tended to result in slightly better performance for the Pro devices. As per another report, there a larger step is pending for the upcoming iPhone generation with display size and iPhone specification no longer bearing a direct link. The trade off is that there will now be a larger performance difference between Pro and standard models.

Differentiation Based More On Series Than Size
Although thus far all new iPhone models have always received the most current, powerful chip, things are set to change a little this fall. TrendForce has now also stated that the standard iPhone 14 will continue to use 2021's A15 chip and only the Pro variations will receive Apple's newest A16 chip. Although the iPhone lineup for each series has always included a model with a smaller display, 2 with an average sized display, and 1 with a large display – Apple is now set to also offer non-Pro "Max" models with increased display size. The iPhone 14 Max and the iPhone 14 Pro Max will both carry displays with the same dimensions but only the iPhone 14 Pro Max will receive the new upgraded hardware.

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Chip Shortage The Reason?
As has already been reported: There could also be other reasons for the lineup rearrangement other than pure differentiation of each model. Considering the still very much bottlenecked nature of the current chip market, there's still the risk that Apple's suppliers might not be able to produce a sufficient amount of the chips necessary to perform a release as usual for all of the iPhone models in the new series. New series also suffer from more frequent defects, meaning not only a higher price but also a lower overall production capacity. Serious delivery bottlenecks are to be avoided as much as possible with a new iPhone release – Apple's best-selling product.

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