If you value the power in your smartphone over anything else, the iPhone 14 might not be your next generation when it arrives most likely in September.
This is because Bloomberg (Opens in a new tab) Mark Gorman, a reporter who usually works closely with Apple, claimed that Apple plans to keep the rumored new A16 chip for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Meanwhile, the standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max/Plus will get the A15 Bionic chip currently in the iPhone 13 range.
This may seem like an unusual move, as nearly every new Apple phone has been released with an upgraded or modified chipset. But while we’ve heard these rumors before, Gorman elaborated, noting that the chipset discrepancy will stem from the fact that Apple is focusing its efforts on its own M-series Apple Silicon chips for the latest Macs.
“Apple’s silicon engineering group has had to divert many testing, development and production resources to the Mac chips,” Gorman said regarding the information he received from his sources.
With the release of the new MacBook Pro equipped with the M2 chip and MacBook Air 2022 on its way, along with an existing batch of Macs with variants of the Apple M1 chip, it’s no surprise that the Cupertino is packed with silicon Mac.
Gorman also noted that “the lack of chips has significantly increased the manufacturing and shipping costs of components.” Introducing the A16 only to the more expensive pros may be Apple’s way of swallowing “price hikes without paying them to the consumer.” This may also explain the recent rumors about the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max price hikes.
Should you avoid iPhone 14?
If the standard iPhone 14 is saddled with a less powerful chipset, and with other rumors suggesting that it might also miss out on other upgrades like a new design and 120Hz refresh rate display, some people might feel this would be a model to skip.
Conversely, iPhone 14 Pro models tend to have new bead-and-hole notches for the Face ID and selfie cameras, a 48MP main camera, and an always-on display after a long time. This makes the iPhone 14 Pro look like the next-generation Apple phone you’ve been waiting for, especially if you want to get as much power in an iPhone as, say, for video editing and viewing on the go.
But it’s worth remembering that the A15 Bionic is a very fast silicon chip that performed great in our tests. In fact, we’d argue that A-series chips are so powerful and efficient that even those two generations ago would have provided a lot of energy for most people. And while the iPhone 14 might not change things in terms of design, retaining the tried-and-tested feel of the iPhone 13 range, which is wonderfully consistent, isn’t a bad thing.
So with that in mind, don’t ignore the standard iPhone 14 just yet. It’s also worth noting that the larger 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max model has been changed back to replace the 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini, and that may provide enough reason for some people to upgrade based on size alone.
Either way, you’ll want to keep your browser closed to our iPhone 14 hub to see the latest news and rumors about the device.