The new iPhone 14 series is expected to have two groups. The Pro models will have the new Apple A16 chip, better cameras, and a different display. The versions that aren’t Pro will have the current A15 chip, a 12MP camera, and a notch-shaped screen.
There are only small differences in performance between the two versions of the iPhone 13 series. The regular version has a 4-core GPU, while the Pro series has a 5-core GPU. Also, the non-Pro models have 4 GB RAM, while the Pro versions have 6 GB of RAM (all using LPDDR4X).
The A15 chipset’s 5-core GPU and 6GB LPDDR4X RAM are likely to be used in the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max. That means its performance will be better than that of the current iPhone 13 Pro.
Details of Apple A16 chip
But how fast will the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max be? Macworld has been looking for answers to this question. The new A16 chips will use TSMC’s N4P process, which is better than the N5P process used for the A15. But this is not a revolution that skips steps.
The new A16 chip is likely to have 18 to 20 billion transistors, up from the old chip’s 15 billion. ARMv9 is also used to make some improvements by the company. For example, ARM has made changes that have helped the Cortex-A715 and X3 cores in some ways.
The CPU of the Apple A16 chip can improve performance by a small 15 percent. DigiTimes says that the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max will use the new type of LPDDR5, which has 50 percent more bandwidth than LPDDR4X and uses less power at startup. Apple is expected to keep the same core configuration (2 large, 4 small). The move to faster RAM is also expected to improve performance. Both devices only have 6 GB of RAM, though.
As for the GPU, it is thought that Apple will use 5 cores or maybe even 6 cores to keep the chip from getting too big. In either case, GPU performance is expected to improve by 25–30%.
Apple will also have to improve its ISP and machine learning hardware to handle the higher resolutions. The 14 Pro series is rumored to switch to a 48MP camera and 8K video recording. This can also make Cinema Mode’s max resolution go from 1080p to 4K.
In the end, Apple has to keep using Qualcomm modems (at least for the foreseeable future). So it’s likely that the Snapdragon X65 modem will be used with the A16 chip.