In a new report focused on global smartphone production from TrendForce, it has been indicated that only the ‘iPhone 14 Pro’ and ‘iPhone 14 Pro Max’ models will sport the next-generation A16 chip (via MacRumors).
According to the Taiwanese research firm, Apple is looking to release four new iPhone 14 models in the second half of this year, but only plans to include its latest A16 processing chip in the Pro models. Back in March, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had also made a similar claim.
Kuo noted that only the iPhone 14 Pro models will sport an A16 chip, whereas the standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max models will come with an A15 chip.
Similarly, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has also said in the past that standard iPhone 14 models are “likely to stick to the A15 from last year or a variant of it.”
Gurman said that “beyond trying to make the Pro stand out,” ongoing chip shortages may have contributed to Apple’s decision to limit its upcoming chip to the iPhone 14 Pro models. This would differ from Apple’s current strategy of equipping all flagship iPhones with the same chip.
The iPhone 14 lineup is expected to make its debut in September 2022 at a dedicated Apple event.