why did Apple reserve this new for Pro models?

In all likelihood, the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max will be the only ones to benefit from the A16 chip. A change in strategy for Apple, which often offers the same SoC throughout its scope.

Apple to present the iPhone 14 in the fall and many improvements await for the membership. The most symbolic change is the end of the mini model which should give way to a Max version. This choice will allow Apple to better position itself against Android models, while its mini has never been more convincing. For a few months, that too was expected only two out of four iPhone 14s have benefited from the A16 Bionic chip. A significant change for the American manufacturer.

Every year, the apple brand offers us a new in-house SoC to accompany new smartphones. The opportunity for the company to boost its growth and compare itself to the competition, despite a good run in 2021. For the first time, Apple launched two different variants of the A15 Bionic with one version with a 5-core GPU (iPhone 13 Pro) and the other with a 4-core graphics feature (iPhone 13).

In 2022, it will be the A16 Bionic that will have to point the tip of its nose to equip some models. According to TrendForce, the new chip will be provided for iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. These smartphones, which are set to be released this fall, are accompanied by iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max (6.7 inches); to remain an A15 Bionic SoC. This is not the first time this option has been discussed with insistence.

In March, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple would reserve the A16 chip for Pro models. The information that the 9to5Mac site is able to verify and confirm, i.e. three reliable sources.

Should we worry about this new strategy?

As we showed in March, this change of direction will mark a change in the history of the iPhone. However, it’s unreasonable to see that Apple wants to differentiate between these “Pro” and “classic” components; especially in a market disrupted by the component crisis.

Analysts also believe this shortfall was behind Apple’s decision to reserve its supply chain for making the most expensive models. In addition, China’s “zero covid” policy also complicates Apple’s ambitions.

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The new chip will occur in the main models, this does not mean that the level of penetration will not improve. It is rumored that the The iPhone 14 and 14 Max will ship 6 GB of LPDDR4X RAMagainst 4 GB on the iPhone 13. This increase in the amount of RAM is insignificant and it may be possible to offer “high-end” version of the current SoC A15 Bionic. As explained earlier, there are two different versions of the A15 chip today. The first with a quad-core GPU equips models with 4 GB of RAM, such as the iPhone 13. The second offers a five-core GPU for the iPhone 13 Pro with 6 GB of RAM.

This is the last variant that should happen on the iPhone 14. So can Apple create new from “old”promotes a slight improvement in performance.

As things stand, it should also be considered that the The A15 chip is too far to break. It will still be on market benchmarks and remain a high-end SoC in 2022. Finally, the latest rumors WARRANTIES that the The A16 chip is still sculpted at 5 nm and will not bring significant improvements. Have to wait for the A17 and the 3 nanometer range to see a remarkable evolution.

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