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iPhone 14 might disappoint many users — here’s why


The iPhone 14 should continue to use the A15 Bionic chip, according to Mark Gurman, but the iPhone 14 Pro should have enhanced silicon.

The iPhone 14 might not be the next-generation phone for you when it most likely launches in September if power in your smartphone is more important to you than anything else.

That’s because Mark Gurman, a reporter for Bloomberg(opens in new tab) and a dependable source of Apple rumors, has asserted once more that Apple intends to reserve the reported new A16 chip for the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Instead, the A15 Bionic chip now seen in the iPhone 13 series would be used in the basic iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max/Plus.


Given that nearly every new Apple phone has debuted with an improved or modified chipset, this action would seem odd. We’ve heard this idea previously, but Gurman has expanded on it, saying that the chip discrepancy would result from Apple concentrating on its M-series Apple Silicon CPUs for the most recent Mac computers.

According to information Gurman obtained from his sources, “Apple’s silicon engineering group had to shift much of its testing, development, and production resources to Mac processors.”

It’s not unexpected that Cupertino might have its hands full with Mac silicon given the recent introduction of the new M2 chip-equipped MacBook Pro and the impending arrival of the MacBook Air 2022 in addition to the current lineup of Macs sporting various iterations of the Apple M1 chip.


The chip scarcity, according to Gurman, “has significantly raised the cost of making and shipping components.” Apple may be using the A16 as a way to absorb “the price rise without pushing it on to the user” by limiting its availability to the pricier Pro models. The latest rumors of a price increase for the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max may possibly have their origin in this.

Should you avoid the iPhone 14? 

Some people may feel this will be a model to avoid if the basic iPhone 14 is given a less powerful chipset and other speculations indicate it may also be missing out on other changes like a new notch design and 120Hz refresh rate display.

On the other hand, the iPhone 14 Pro versions are expected to finally gain an always-on display, a 48MP main camera, and new cutouts for Face ID and the selfie cameras in the form of a pill and a hole. This suggests that the iPhone 14 Pro is the upcoming model of Apple phone to look forward to, especially if you want the most power in an iPhone, such as for mobile video editing and rendering.


But it’s important to keep in mind that the A15 Bionic is a blisteringly fast piece of silicon that did brilliantly in our tests. In fact, we contend that even A-series chips from two generations ago would provide more than enough power for the majority of people since they are so strong and efficient. The iPhone 14 won’t likely reinvent the wheel in terms of design, but keeping the dependable, beautifully consistent feel of the iPhone 13 series is not a bad thing.

So keep that in mind before you write off the basic iPhone 14 completely. It’s also important to keep in mind that the 5.4-inch iPhone 13 small is expected to be replaced by a larger 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max model, which might convince some users to upgrade for that reason alone.

In either case, you’ll want to keep your browser focused on our iPhone 14 center to stay up to date on all the newest information.


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