iPhone 14 chip news and what to expect

Apple will unveil the all-new iPhone 14 lineup this fall, with new features like an always-on display and upgraded camera hardware. What about the iPhone 14 chip? Turns out this year is going to be interesting. The iPhone 14 chip will be different from the iPhone 14 Pro chip for the first time.

As a quick refresher, the iPhone 14 lineup is expected to consist of four different devices spread across two different screen sizes. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro will have a 6.1-inch display, while the iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max will have a 6.7-inch display.

This is the first time Apple has offered a non-Pro version of the iPhone with a 6.7-inch screen. But that said, there will be some key differences between the iPhone 14 models and the iPhone 14 Pro models. This includes the chip inside.

The new iPhone 14 chip

Apple has traditionally upgraded the chip in the iPhone every year. For example, the iPhone 12 lineup was powered by the A14 chip, while the iPhone 13 lineup is powered by the A15 chip. With the iPhone 14 chip, that will not be the case this year.

According to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max chips will not be upgraded this year. This means that these devices will keep the A15 processor that is currently in the iPhone 13 series. 9to5Mac was also able to confirm this independently.

However, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will get an improved processor. These two devices are expected to feature the new A16 chip. By distinguishing the chip between the four iPhone 14 models, Apple is essentially giving customers another reason to opt for the more expensive (and more expensive) iPhone 14 Pro models.

iPhone 14 chip performance

While we’re still waiting for real-world testing, the roadmap from Apple’s supper TSMC indicates that the A16 chip will be manufactured using the same 5-nanometer process as the A15, which is also the same as the A14.

Sticking to the same build size limits year-over-year performance gains, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see each improvements. From the A14 to the A15 chips, Apple has delivered ~10% performance and efficiency gains. It’s unclear if we’ll see similar bumps this year, but we don’t expect completely flat year-over-year performance gains.

Apple is expected to make a bigger jump from the iPhone 14 to the iPhone 15, but that won’t happen until 2023.

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