The Wall Street Journal’s Tim Higgins writes that just two days before Apple unveils its iPhone 14 lineup, the less expensive iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus models will include an “improved version” of the A15 Bionic processor.
The story doesn’t go into any information about the processor, but rumors have it that the normal iPhone 14 models will use the more powerful A15 processor seen in the iPhone 13 Pro, which has a five-core GPU for up to 25% quicker graphics performance. The four-core GPU on the A15 chip is present in all iPhone 13 variants.
The A15 chip, which powers both the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Pro, has the same 6-core CPU and 16-core Neural Engine, therefore the main difference between the hardware in the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus is likely to be improved graphics performance.
The rumor asserts that only the iPhone 14 Pro models would be upgraded with Apple’s most recent A16 processor for higher CPU performance, in line with information provided by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo back in March.
There would be an even greater distinction between the basic and Pro versions as this would be the first time Apple confines its most recent chip to the Pro models as part of a yearly refresh of its top iPhone series.
At a special event on Wednesday at Steve Jobs Theater, Apple is anticipated to introduce the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
For the Pro models, many new features are anticipated, including a redesigned pill-shaped always-on display that replaces the notch, an improved 48-megapixel Wide lens, quicker RAM, and more.