Back in March, famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that the first two tiers of iPhone 14 (expected to be the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max) will sport an A15 chip while only the iPhone 14 Pro models will equip a new A16 Bionic chipset. A new report from TrendForce corroborates with this information.
Apple iPhone 13 lineup
In the Industry report by Trend Force it’s mentioned that “unlike prior offerings, only the latest processors are employed in the Pro series,” of the iPhone 14. While the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 used the A15 chip, it did so with 4GB of RAM and a four-core GPU while the iPhone 13 Pro models used the A15 chip with 6GB RAM and a five-core GPU. It is believed that the 14 and 14 Max will use the latter chipset with more RAM and GPU power.
The reason for this hardware decision is likely due to industry-wide supply chain shortages and thus Apple would be unable to provide the newest chipset to its lower-tier models. Apple would rather focus its supply chain on producing the more expensive Pro models.
Regardless of the reason, Apple’s A15 chip is no slouch with current competing chipsets and having entry-tier iPhones with the chip will certainly not be a deal breaker.