Leaks and rumors suggest that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be extremely exciting handsets, but that the standard iPhone 14 could be disappointing, not just because it’s likely cumbersome with a dated design, but because it might not even get a new chipset.
This may not be unique either, with one source claiming the iPhone 15 may also have older silicon.
This is according to a leaker posting on weibo (opens in new tab) – a Chinese social network. The post was discovered by chalk China (opens in new tab)and claims that the iPhone 15 will get the A16 chipset we expect to see in the iPhone 14 Pro lineup, while the iPhone 15 Pro will get a new A17 chipset.
So, in other words, next year’s standard iPhone would likely have a newer chipset than the upcoming iPhone 14 – which is rumored to be stuck with the A15 of the iPhone 13 line – but would still be a year behind Apple’s flagship mobile processor.
The source doesn’t say if this trend will continue beyond the iPhone 15, but we’ve already heard of Ming Chi Kuo (opens in new tab) – an analyst with a great Apple information track record – that this situation is planned to be an ongoing situation.
So while we take that statement with a pinch of salt, the fact that two leakers have said that the latest chipsets will be reserved for Pro models suggests there’s a high chance that this is true.
That said, it’s too early to talk about the iPhone 15, let alone subsequent iPhones, so even if this is Apple’s current plan, it could always change. We hope so, because even the standard models are high-end handsets, so it’s hard to justify them using year-old hardware.
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While this is disappointing news, it’s unlikely to be a big deal as Apple’s mobile chipsets already significantly outperform rivals.
So even if the iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 ship with dated Apple hardware, there’s a good chance they’ll perform comparable to phones using flagship chipsets from the likes of Qualcomm and Samsung.
Also, without a doubt, all major mobile chipsets provide more power than most users actually need, so in general use, the difference is unlikely to be noticeable.
Still, even if the difference is only on paper, it can make the standard iPhone models a lot less appealing to potential buyers. But perhaps that’s the main point, with Apple possibly looking to increase the popularity of the Pro line.
Whatever the reasoning, we think this might also tempt some Apple fans to check out the best Android phones.