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Only the iPhone 14 Pro models will have the "A16" chip, while the standard iPhone 14 models will retain the A15 Bionic chip from the iPhone 13, according to insightful Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.


In a tweet, Kuo said that the 6.1-inch "iPhone 14 Pro" and the 6.7-inch "iPhone 14 Pro Max" will get the A16 chip, while the 6.1-inch "iPhone 14" and the 6.7-inch "iPhone 14 Max" will retain the same A15 chip from the iPhone 13 lineup.

The two more affordable iPhone models retaining the same chip as the previous year could be a major new point of differentiation between the standard and "Pro" iPhone models. Going forward, it seems plausible that Apple could only offer a new chip with the "Pro" models, before it subsequently trickles down to the two cheaper iPhone models the following year.

Kuo added that all four of the iPhone 14 models are likely to come with 6GB of memory, with the standard iPhone 14 models having LPDDR 4X memory and the iPhone 14 Pro models having LPDDR 5 memory.

Currently, the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 feature 4GB of memory, while the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max feature 6GB of memory. These amounts are unchanged from the iPhone 12 lineup. For the iPhone 14 lineup, Kuo suggests that all models will feature 6GB of RAM, but the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max's LPDDR 5 memory will be up to one and a half times faster and up to 30 percent more power efficient.

Kuo's claim stands in contrast to a rumor from Haitong International Securities' Jeff Pu, which suggested suggested the iPhone 14 Pro models will feature 8GB of RAM, the same amount as the Samsung Galaxy S22 models. That being said, Pu has a mixed track record with Apple rumors. For example, he accurately claimed that 16-inch MacBook Pro and iPad Pro models with mini-LED displays would launch in 2021, but he was incorrect about HomePods with 3D sensing cameras launching in 2019. This may bring the 8GB RAM rumor into question now that Kuo, a more established analyst in the Apple space with a better track record, is claiming otherwise.

Article Link: Kuo: Only iPhone 14 Pro Models to Get 'A16' Chip, Standard Models to Retain A15
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macrumors 68000
Sep 29, 2016
That would be odd. What would actually be new in the 14 compared to the 13 then if the recent rumors were accurate? No new design up top for the Face ID components, no new processor.

I get the idea of trying to persuade people to get the Pro models but they surely have to add something to the 14 compared to the 13. Usually it is a processor bump.
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macrumors 6502a
Feb 4, 2007
The fact that they have a M1 chip in iPad Pro and don't have software to actually make use of it, highlights disappointment and overkill for these chips in small devices (RIP WWDC2021). My iPad Pro M1 has not been touched in 5 months and only use it for updating the apps to keep the system up to date.

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macrumors 68000
May 30, 2016
We see this every single year.
We saw it with the iPhone 7S, which actually became the 8. All the rumors said that it would have an older processor than the X.
Same with the XR
And The mini series, they would get the older processor while all the big phones got the newer processors. It didn’t happen.
Apple has *never* introduced a new flagship iPhone with last years processor, except for the 5C which… was a failure.
All of the iPhones will have the A16 processor.
Especially if they’re getting rid of the mini, and the base price of the new iPhone *starts* at $799, with an $899 option.
Someone please get Quo off of twitter, he’s embarrassing himself.
First the new SE was supposed to have MM wave according to his Twitter account… and it didn’t.
Now it’s a new MacBook Air that’s according to him going to use a two year old chip, and an iPhone that’s going to get more expensive, but keep last year‘s processor, something that hasn’t been done since 2013.


macrumors 6502
Jan 30, 2007
Erlangen, Bavaria
That’s absolutely bullsh**.
The Message is full of errors.
Why would the Pro models stay lpddr4x and the normal ones with the allegedly old cpu get newer ram-type.
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macrumors 68000
Jun 18, 2014
Because it’s not him. 9to5mac didn’t “confirm” anything. They didn’t talk to him and find out if it’s him. They didn’t investigate at all. They just assume it is.
Both MR and 9to5M claim they were able to verify this is really Kuo, but I also doubt it. Someone like him won't just appear on Twitter and start posting stuff, especially Apple related (which we know Apple is always tracking down these people)


macrumors 68030
Aug 24, 2012
Valencia, Spain.
Ever since this Kuo Twitter account showed up we've been seeing some wild stuff come up from him and I don't know if I like it.
Exactly, very shocking tweets like the next mac mini retaining the same 12 year old design, or this with new iPhones retaining the same A15 SoC. The rumor that the next redesigned MacBook (Air) will come with the same M1 is from this account as well?

No that it is impossible for this to happen, but I consider it highly unlikely. Or strange, at least.
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