Maybe the A15 will disappear after all – I just came across an interesting idea from a sometimes correct leaker who spoke to Forbes (opens in new tab).
LeaksApplePro has suggested that the iPhone 14 WILL come with an A16 Bionic chipset – but it will be a rebadged A15 and the iPhone 14 Pro will pack an ‘A16 Bionic Pro’ chip.
Now Apple has a precedent here: The S6 chip in the Apple Watch 6 was essentially just rebranded as the S7 for the Watch 7, albeit with a faster charging capability.
Would Apple do something so daring with the iPhone 14? This brand has gone to great lengths to say how powerful the silicon is, and to skate over that with a small upgrade would be a big change.
Speaking of which, one of the strongest (and most credible) rumors about Apple this year is that the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro models (and the related Max devices) will have different chipsets.
The new iPhone 14 will stick with the A15 Bionic chipset, where the iPhone 14 Pro will have the A16, and probably a bit more RAM in it.
While you could see Apple making the iPhone 14 worse (and I suppose it is, considering every iPhone has always had the very best CPU), I see it as a good thing to help consumers decide.
Because while the Pro series is always marketed by high-powered creatives and people who need a lot of power, in reality they are popular because they are simply the best iPhone.
So making it clearer that the Pro series is really the phone for the pro – just like the MacBook Pro versus MacBook – will simplify the choice for many.
However, that brings us back to the price – unless Apple keeps the cost of the iPhone 14 the same as the iPhone 13, due to a similar engine, then it won’t be fair to the customer.
Sure, make the iPhone 14 Max more expensive than the iPhone 13 mini – it’s bigger and all the bigger components cost more – but otherwise let’s hope for equality.
OK, the next discussion is your friend and mine: the iPhone 14 Max.
I can’t tell you I was excited when I started hearing late last year that this phone started leaking because it was the phone I thought Apple should make those years.
What is it? It’s the iPhone Pro Max without the Pro bit – so my expectation is that the 14 Max will have the A15 Bionic chipset inside (from 2021) and only two lenses on the back, with the 14 Pro Max having the best of everything .
Guard! Don’t ignore it just yet — what I’ve happily used the 13 Pro Max for is simply battery life, and a larger 14 Max could have that without the cost of the Pro Max.
Sure, the best camera is something brilliant – and I’ve got some great shots of the 13 Pro Max – but in these most budget-conscious times, I think the 14 Max will be a winner.
That means we’ll see the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max — that’s a nice symmetry there.
We recently did a good analysis of the release date of the iPhone 14 – let’s go over it here, because I have a pretty good feeling about this.
My prediction is that the iPhone 14 launch date will be the 13th of Septemberand then – regularly like clockwork – on September 23 we’ll see it on store shelves.
I can say this because I’ve attended all the physical iPhone launches since iPhone 6, many years ago – and they’ve always been on or around my birthday. The rumored launch date of September 6 doesn’t fit that, so it has to be the week after.
I once complained to a fellow journalist that I always had a disrupted birthday because of the iPhone launch, and he looked at me sadly and told me that he missed his entire 40th birthday because he crossed the date line and the day just disappeared. was to come to an iPhone unveiling.
I was silent afterwards.
Speaking of live, we just published a story that Apple isn’t expecting a hit for its orders of the new iPhone 14 series, despite the cost of living soaring in recent months.
That’s right, despite the alleged 15% price hike, Bloomberg reports that Apple has ordered 90 million units of its phones, clearly confident it can move them over the course of the year and anticipating no slowdown in demand.
That’s surprising and touches on something I’ll go into in more detail later: the expected absence of the iPhone 14 mini. To keep orders at that level, which is reportedly in line with previous years, this shows real confidence at this point — and means Apple needs to have new features that it thinks will resonate with consumers.
Right, let’s start with a live one: the price of the iPhone 14. Recently, the respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo pointed to some strong results from one of the iPhone vendors, saying that they believe it is a vast majority of the would make iPhone models.
That manufacturing company, Hon Hai/Foxconn, has suddenly raised its financial outlook, prompting Kuo to confirm his belief that the cost of the iPhone will rise by about 15%.
(1/2)Hon Hai/Foxconn is one of the winners of the iPhone 14 series increased ASP. I estimated that the iPhone 14 Series ASP would increase about 15% (vs. the iPhone 13 Series ASP) to $1,000 – 1,050 (USD) as a result of two iPhone 14 Pro price increases and a larger number of shipments. https://t.co/UgiW0kom4FAugust 10, 2022
What would that mean for you if you wanted to buy one of the new iPhone 14 models?
Based on the fact that Apple likes to run its iPhone prices at $49 or $99, I suspect the new iPhone 14 will start at $799 and the smaller iPhone 14 Pro down to $1099. However, this is only an educated guess – the ASP (average selling price) mentioned means it could be Apple spreading costs across the range to balance it out.
Right, so here we are – our first live, on-the-go dissection of some of the best rumors we’ve seen over the past week (and a little bit of the stuff we’re pretty sure we’ll get to next month). based on consistent leaks over the past year).
I’ve been writing about and covering iPhone launches since 2008, and one thing that’s clear is that since the iPhone 6 or so, we’ve seen leaks of key elements of the phones leading up to the launch, a far cry since. the days when the iPhone 4 was found in a bar (opens in new tab) and everyone loses their mind…