Most iPhone users probably don’t know, and don’t care, which A-series chipset powers their handsets. How else can you explain the relative silence and lack of outrage over Apple’s rumored plan to reuse the A15 Bionic chipset on its non-Pro iPhone 14 units next year. That’s the 5nm chip currently found in all iPhone 13 models, both Pro and non-Pro.
When it comes to Apple’s chipset strategy for the iPhone 14 non-Pro models, where’s the outrage?
In other words, those who don’t want to pay for the more expensive iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models and prefer to buy the cheaper iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus (or Max, whatever it’s called) will get the same chip that supports this. year on all iPhone 13 models. In other words, consumers will buy a phone powered by the latest generation chipset and potentially pay more for it.
The iPhone 14 Pro and non-Pro models are powered by different chipsets
Would you pay a new car price for a car powered by the latest generation engine? Of course not. And while the A15 Bionic is a great chip, it doesn’t mean you have to pay a higher price for last year’s processing power.
Apple usually doesn’t use the same process node for three years in a row, although it will with TSMC’s 5nm components. The A14 Bionic is made by TSMC using the first generation 5nm node, while the A15 Bionic is made with the second generation 5nm node. The A16 Bionic will be produced using the new 3rd generation 5nm node.
While all iPhone 14 models can have 6GB of RAM, only the Pro models will use the faster LPDDR5 version
The lower the process node number, the greater the number of transistors that can fit in a chip. And that’s important, because the higher the number of transistors on a chip, the more powerful and energy-efficient the chip is. It is also expected to help improve the performance of the iPhone 14 Pro line by using the faster LPDDR5 RAM compared to the LPDDR4 memory that the non-Pro models will still use. All devices will have 6 GB of RAM.
And the iPhone 14 Pro series (and possibly the non-Pro models) should see an upgrade to the Qualcomm Snapdragon X65 modem. It supports a higher theoretical peak speed of 10 Gbps, which will no doubt be tested on an iPhone 14 Pro model this or next year. You won’t find a cellular network downloading data that fast, but the new modem chip would be better at capturing signals and using less battery power.