You may be disappointed with the reported chip for the iPhone 14, but do not be deterred.
According to the latest reports, Apple’s next smartphone range will be unveiled in September, just in time for the approaching debut of the iPhone 14 series. As of right now, we have a good understanding of what the basic and Pro editions of the iPhone 14 will look like, as well as what its cameras and displays will be capable of. However, one strange rumor persists.
The A15 Bionic chip seen in the iPhone 13 series will remain in the iPhone 14, while the A16 chip featured in the iPhone 14 Pro variants will be new and more powerful. Apple hasn’t even hinted at this yet, but a number of well-respected tech tipsters have already called attention to the discrepancy in the processors.
It would be the first time Apple has not equipped a next-generation iPhone with new silicon, let alone split the regular and Pro models. This lack of a chip update is an easy excuse to reject the iPhone 14 out of hand; that’s before you consider that it will supposedly not get the new pill and punch-hole camera cutouts to replace the controversial display notch.
When I put on my reasonable thinking cap, I’m not persuaded that leaving the iPhone 14 with the A15 processor is a big problem.
An abundance of virtuosity
A-series CPUs from Apple have consistently outperformed the Snapdragon and Exynos chips featured in the finest Android phones for years. We found that the A15 Bionic chip in the iPhone 13 Pro Max outperformed both the powerful Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and the gaming-focused Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro in our tests.
After switching from Android to the iPhone 13 Pro about 8 months ago, I have yet to encounter anything that slows down the A15 chip. I’ve yet to come across anything that will put a strain on a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or even an earlier Snapdragon 888 phone, so that’s good news.
Since most apps and games are designed to function on a wider range of phone hardware than the handsets that top our best phones list, I believe that the differences between iPhone and Android phone performance are largely meaningless outside of extremely specialized uses, such as video rendering on the go.
Because of this, the rising likelihood that the iPhone 14 will be powered by the A15 Bionic isn’t a big deal. In addition, Apple is likely to have improved iOS 16 to guarantee that the iPhone 14 never seems sluggish; I’ve never encountered an iPhone that has let me down on the performance side, which isn’t something I can say about Android devices.
My biggest concern about the regular iPhone 14 is that it may continue with the 60Hz display of its predecessor. No matter how much stock you place in high refresh rates, I think it would be a little shameful to have a 2022 flagship phone with a 60Hz display costing $800 or more. A 90Hz panel would be much more acceptable for the iPhone 14, according to rumors.
Is the iPhone 14 Pro worth the upgrade?
Now let’s talk about the iPhone 14 Pro and its A16 Bionic processor. Well, it’s likely to be faster and more efficient than its predecessor, but I don’t think it will make a significant difference in real-world use.
Macworld’s Jason Cross(opens in new tab) has estimated that A16 Bionic CPU performance will improve by 15%, graphics performance by 25% to 30%, and memory bandwidth by 50% after delving into the current chip manufacture process. Those numbers are outstanding, too. There have been several times in my life when I’ve felt that my iPhone was sluggish or couldn’t keep up with the number of apps I was running. It’s quite unlikely, even if you were using an iPhone from a previous generation, that you would have experienced this.
Even though the A15 Bionic gives more power than most people require, I believe Apple would be forced to upgrade the iPhone 14 Pro’s chip in order to keep the high price tag justified. iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro are likely to have different chips because of the iPhone 14 Pro’s speculated 48MP camera.
An increase in the main camera from the iPhone 13 range’s 12MP to 48MP enables 8K video recording, although the current iPhones can only handle 4K video capture. More detail and higher resolution means more data for a phone to deal with, even if it produces 12MP images.
As a result, I agree with Cross that the A16 chip will be heavily focused on picture signal processing and powering Apple’s Neural Engine. Neural processing and smart algorithm powering has been a major focus of A-series CPUs in recent generations. In addition to improved Siri responsiveness, the improved image processing on the iPhone 13 Pro Max places it atop our ranking of the best photography phones.
It’s possible that Apple may employ the A16 chip to its full potential for the iPhone 14 Pro models, which are mostly used for semi-professional photography and video capturing. Semantic Rendering and processing improvements should result in photographs and videos that are noticeably better than those produced by earlier IPhone Professional models, and I fully anticipate to see that presented on September 13th.
However, despite these flaws, the iPhone 13’s main camera still produces some stunning images with it. Even if there are any software enhancements with iPhone 14, I expect it to perform similarly. You really have to look for defects or large variances in image composition, as well as generational advancements, using today’s smartphone cameras.
After all this is taken into consideration, I would not dismiss the iPhone 14 out of hand if you are at the stage where you are looking at an upgrade or fancy converting from iOS to Android. Otherwise, the iPhone 14 Pro is a better choice if you plan to utilize video editing programs and take images that you plan to publish.
The iPhone 14 series is expected to be unveiled in the second week of September at the Apple Event, which is expected to take place in September. However, it appears like Apple will unveil two iPhone 14 models that, while they may not have the highest features on paper, will more than make up for it in actual use.