Hardly any device is surrounded by as many rumors as the iPhone 14, with Ming-Chi Kuo leading the way by constantly spreading new information in the tech world. According to a tweet from the leaker, not all models of the series come with the latest chipsets. Especially the vanilla variants of the iPhone 14 could suffer from this.


New rumors about the iPhone 14 series have stated that not all models will receive the A16 chipset. We can also expect differences in the memory architecture.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, there is a turning point at Apple. The difference between the standard version and the Pro edition of the iPhone could become even greater in the future.

In a tweet, Kuo says that the iPhone 14 Pro and the Pro Max will get the new A16 processor. The weaker variants – the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Max – will continue to use the A15 SoC. If the rumors turn out to be true, the differences between the different versions will grow considerably. In addition, it would be questionable to what extent the iPhone 14 offers an actual upgrade to the iPhone 13.

Only two Pro models would upgrade to the A16 processor, while the 14 & 14 Max would remain the A15. All four new models will likely ship with 6GB of RAM, the difference being LPDDR 5 (14 Pro & 14 Pro Max) versus LPDDR 4X (14 & 14 Max). https://t.co/tHcszIz6gX

— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo)
March 13, 2022

Less performance than expected?

While all models are expected to have 6GB of RAM, there could be even more differences in the performance of the devices. The standard iPhone 14 is expected to continue to use LPDDR-4X memory. In return, the Pro variant gets an upgrade to the LPDDR5 architecture. The newer DDR RAM should deliver up to 30% more performance than the previously used LPDDR 4X.

With this statement, Kuo disagrees with previous leaks about the memory size of the iPhone 14. According to Jeff Pu, Haitong International Securities, the new smartphones should have 8 GB of RAM. However, Pu is wrong more often than some other analysts. While he was right to expect the iPad Pro model with mini-LED to launch in 2021, he was completely wrong with the launch of the HomePod with 3D sensors in 2019.

The leaker does not provide any information about a possible reason for the different chip variants. On the one hand, the prevailing supply bottlenecks or manufacturing issues with the iPhone 14 may be possible. Or Apple could pursue a new strategy by wanting the Pro variants to differ even further from the standard version. However, we will have to wait for a definitive answer.

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