iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus Reportedly Feature Enhanced Version of A15 Chip

Just two days ahead of Apple unveiling the iPhone 14 lineup, The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins reports that the lower-end iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus models will be equipped with an "enhanced version" of the A15 Bionic chip.

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The report does not provide any additional details about the chip, but there has been speculation that the standard iPhone 14 models will be equipped with the iPhone 13 Pro's higher-end A15 chip with a five-core GPU for up to 25% faster graphics performance. In the standard iPhone 13 models, the A15 chip has a four-core GPU.

Improved graphics performance would likely be the only change to the A15 chip in the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, as the chip has the same 6-core CPU and 16-core Neural Engine in both the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Pro.

In line with information shared by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo back in March, the report claims that only the iPhone 14 Pro models will be upgraded with Apple's latest A16 chip for faster CPU performance. This would mark the first time that Apple limits its latest chip to the Pro models as part of an annual refresh of its flagship iPhone lineup, resulting in even more differentiation between the standard and Pro models.

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max during a special event at Steve Jobs Theater on Wednesday. Many new features are expected for the Pro models, including an always-on display with a new pill-shaped notch replacement, an upgraded 48-megapixel Wide lens, faster RAM, and more.

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Top Rated Comments

kognos Avatar
23 months ago
Someone should check those camera bumps, I think it's infected. Gets bigger every year.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
EugW Avatar
23 months ago

Enhanced means 2% faster and only in benchmark but not real life?
Did you bother reading the article?

Anyhow, I haven't really cared about speed of these chips for a long time, aside from what is necessary to support the cameras, etc.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pavelbure Avatar
23 months ago
Starting to look like a “s” year.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
23 months ago
With an exchanced chip, This is the iPhone 13S version. I wonder if Apple will allow the launch of these iPhones with the Pro line up or it will it be separate?

It also sounds like this is going from S6 > S7 Apple Watch. Just under the hood refinement a little.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
anshuvorty Avatar
23 months ago
I mean, you don't have to be a genius to conclude that Apple will include an enhanced chip in the lower-end phones this year....

Why else would they be selling the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus otherwise? What would be the differentiating factor between these phones and the iPhone 13/iPhone 13 mini that they replace, if not for a slightly better CPU? Everything else are the same in the iPhone 13/iPhone 13 mini:

* same notch
* same battery
* same front-facing/rear facing cameras
* same display
* same RAM

LOL....waste of a headline, IMHO....
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
EugW Avatar
23 months ago

And the iPhone 13 was a 12s. They should just have new phones every 2 years.
No, that would suck for this product category IMO.

Anyhow, nothing is forcing you to buy every year, nor even every couple of years for that matter. However, it's good to have a brand new model available when you do decide to buy. I for one am very, very pleased with the introduction of the iPhone 14 Plus. That is on our purchase list this October.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)