It used to be the norm for Apple to equip all its new iPhones with the same chip, but from from this year, the regular models will be equipped with a one-year-old chip and the Pros will be equipped with a brand new SoC. That’s no reason to look down on the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, though.
The A15 Bionic that powers the iPhone 13 series is faster than the chips that power the best android phones today. Other than that, the iPhone 14 and 14 Max would have too more basic RAM (6 GB vs. 4 GB) than the models they will replace. However, the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max will still have an edge due to the faster LPDDR5 RAM standard and this may make some people salty.
The bigger picture is that despite the old hardware, the iPhone 14 and 14 Max will still offer better performance than their 2021 counterparts. This scoop comes from leaker ShrimpAppleProwho was the first to talk about the rumored new front design for the Pros late last year.
They say a number of things, such as a new modem and a new internal design, will help the standard iPhone 14 models outperform their predecessors.
This is consistent with an earlier report that said the iPhone 14 will be a 5G radio frequency (RF) chip that would be based on TSMC’s 6nm process. The chip is expected to be smaller and more efficient than the one in the current setup and the freed up space can be used for larger batteries. The chip may also support Wi-Fi 6E, resulting in faster data rates, lower latency, and greater bandwidth.
The iPhone 14 and 14 Max will most likely look the same as the current stock models. Unlike the Pro models, they are not expected to have a 48MP camera, pill-shaped cutouts and holes, or Samsung’s best OLED LTPO display with support for the always-on mode. However, they could have a new front camera.