Apple expands the differences between “Pro” and “non-Pro” iPhone models this year
It is said that Apple will equip iPhone 14 Pro models with a 4nm A16 Bionic chipset while non-Pro phones can reuse the 5nm A15 Bionic SoC that is under the hood of all iPhone 13 phones. This may help Apple widen the differences between the 2022 Pro and non-Pro models. Most consumers have no idea which chip powers their phone and most of them don’t care. Reusing the chip can help Apple make the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max more price-competitive.
The alleged glass panels of the iPhone 14 models were posted on Chinese social media app Weibo
We’ve seen reports that even if Apple reuses the A15 Bionic chips on non-Pro iPhone 14 phones, it could still give them a different name (like calling them A16 Bionic and giving the company the new 4nm SoC A16 Pro). Apple hopes this handy trick will take its customers off the hassle of paying a hefty price for a phone that reuses last-generation chips.
Also likely to come: the long-awaited AirPods Pro 2 and three Apple Watch models
The report calls for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max to start at $799 and $899, respectively. Storage options can include 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB of storage. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max can start at $1,099 and $1,199, respectively. Storage options can be 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB, and possibly 2 TB (although Apple usually makes such modifications every two years, which means that the base option 256 GB and the maximum storage option 2 TB may not even happen year 2023).
Also on the list are AirPods Pro 2. The long-awaited sequel to Apple’s premium TWS earbuds. The wearable can come without legs, features next-generation active noise cancellation, and supports lossless audio. AirPods Pro 2 may also support USB-C charging of the charging case.
But with the iPhone 12 Pro Max, Apple took a breather by dropping the 7.1% battery capacity to 3,687mAh. Battery life is slightly improved thanks to the A14 Bionic chip used in this series. It was the first SoC built on a 5nm process node to be used on the iPhone, and the 38.8% increase in transistors from the 8.5 billion in the A13 Bionic to the 11.8 billion packed inside the A14 Bionic was able to increase battery life.
After increasing battery capacity by 18% last year on the iPhone 13 Pro Max (from 3,687 mAh to 4,352 mAh), we may have to wait until next year to see another huge debut in iPhone battery life.