Apple is expanding the differences between Pro and “non-Pro” iPhone models this year
Apple will reportedly equip the iPhone 14 Pro models with the 4nm A16 Bionic chipset, while the non-Pro phones could reuse the 5nm A15 Bionic SoC found under the hood of all iPhones -13 phones located. This could help Apple widen the gap between the Pro and non-Pro 2022 models. Most consumers have no idea which chip is powering their phone and most don’t care. Reusing the chip could help Apple price the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max more competitively.
Glass panels allegedly for the iPhone 14 models have been posted on Chinese social media app Weibo
We’ve seen reports that even if Apple reuses the A15 Bionic chips on the non-Pro iPhone 14 phones, they might give them a different name (e.g. call them A16 Bionic and give the new 4- nm-SoC A16 Pro). Apple hopes this trick will take the sting out of its customers paying a hefty price for a phone that reuses the last-gen chipset.
Also coming: 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 could include 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max could start at $1,099 and $1,199, respectively. Storage options could be 256GB, 512GB, 1TB and possibly 2TB (although Apple typically makes such adjustments every two years, meaning a 256GB base option and a 2TB maximum storage option might not be available until 2023).
Also on the menu are the AirPods Pro 2. The long-awaited sequel to Apple’s premium TWS earbuds. The wearable could come without stalks, offer next-generation active noise cancellation, and support lossless audio. The AirPods Pro 2 may also support USB-C charging for the charging case.
But with the iPhone 12 Pro Max, Apple took a breather, dropping the battery capacity by 7.1% to 3687mAh. Battery life has improved slightly thanks to the A14 Bionic chip used in this series. It was the first SoC built on the 5nm process node and used on an iPhone, and the 38.8 percent increase in transistors from the 8.5 billion in the A13 Bionic to the 11.8 billion in the A14 Bionic could extend the battery life.
After last year’s 18 percent increase in iPhone 13 Pro Max battery capacity (from 3687 mAh to 4352 mAh), we may have to wait until next year to see another huge increase in iPhone battery life.