The upcoming iPhone 14 lineup is expected to split into two camps, with the Pro models getting Apple’s new A16 chipset, better cameras, and different screen setups. The vanilla models will stick with the current A15 chip, 12MP cameras and notched display.
The current iPhone 13 lineup already shows a bit of a split in terms of performance – the vanilla phones have 4-core GPUs, the Pros have 5-core GPUs. Also, the vanilla models have 4GB of RAM, while the Pros get 6GB (both LPDDR4X).
The iPhone 14 and 14 Max are expected to get a 5-core GPU version of the A15 chipset plus more RAM – 6GB LPDDR4X – giving them an edge over the current models.
But how fast will the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max be? Macworld is trying to solve this question. The first thing to note is that the new A16 chips will be built on TSMC’s N4P node, which is an iterative improvement over the N5P node used for the A15, but not a complete generational jump.
The new A16 chip is expected to be larger – 18-20 billion transistors, up from 15 billion. The company could also see some improvement by switching to ARMv9. ARM managed to secure some gains Cortex-A715 and X3 coresfor example.
Overall, the CPU can provide a modest 15% performance improvement. Apple is expected to keep the same core configuration (2 large, 4 small).
Upgrading to faster RAM is expected to bring a performance boost – DigiTimes reports that the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max will use a new type of LPDDR5 that offers 50% more bandwidth than LPDDR4X and is more power efficient to boot. However, both models will remain at 6GB.
As for the GPU, it is predicted that Apple will stick with 5 cores to avoid making the chip too big, or maybe move to 6 cores. In any case, a 25-30% increase in GPU performance is expected.
Apple will also need to beef up its ISP and machine learning hardware to handle the higher resolution – the 14 Pro series is rumored to switch to a 48MP camera and 8K video recording. This could also increase the Cinema mode resolution limit from 1080p to 4K.
Finally, Apple is stuck with Qualcomm modems for the foreseeable future, so the A16 chipset will likely be paired with the Snapdragon X65. It is not clear whether the vanilla iPhone 14 will also get the new modem.