According to predictions, Apple iPhone 14 series phones will be classified in 2 different ranges. Pro models including iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will use Apple’s new A16 Bionic chip, better cameras and screens with different configurations. In contrast, regular iPhone models will use Apple’s current generation A15 Bionic chip, 12-megapixel cameras, and notch displays.
The iPhone 13 series handsets partly represent the performance outlook for the non-Pro models of the iPhone 14 series. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini phones are equipped with a 4-core graphics processor, and the Pro models are equipped with a GPU with 5 processing cores. Also, regular models are equipped with 4 GB, and iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max models have 6 GB of RAM (the RAM used in all models is LPDDR4X).
According to predictions, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max phones will be equipped with an A15 chip with a 5-core graphics processor and 6 GB of LPDDR4X RAM. Therefore, these handsets will be superior compared to the current generation iPhone models.
But how fast will iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max be? Macworld website tried to answer this question. The first thing to note is that the A16 chip will be produced based on TSMC’s new 4nm process known as N4P. This process is an improved example of the N5P technology used to produce the A15 Bionic chip. However, N4P will not represent a complete generational leap.
Predicted scores for the A16 chip in the Geekbench benchmark: 2000 points for the single-core processing test and 5700 points for the multi-core processing test
According to predictions, the new A16 chip will have a larger size and will contain between 18 and 20 billion transistors. For comparison, it is interesting to know that the A15 chip is equipped with 15 billion transistors. Also, the use of the new ARMv9 architecture will probably bring improvements to Apple’s upcoming A-series chip. For example, ARM achieved significant success with the release of Cortex A715 and Cortex X3 processing cores.
Overall, GPU performance is expected to come with an average improvement of 15%. However, Apple will probably use the same core configuration as the previous generation, including 2 large cores and 4 small cores. According to predictions, the use of faster RAM memory will help improve the processing performance of future iPhones. Digitimes reports that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will use the new LPDDR5 memory. Bandwidth in this group of memories is about 50% more compared to LPDDR4X models. Also, the energy efficiency in LPDDR5 memories is higher compared to LPDDR4X samples. However, the RAM capacity of both models will still be equal to 6 GB.
In the GPU department, it is expected that Apple will use a 5 or finally 6-core graphics processor, thus preventing the increase in the size of the chip. Either way, GPU performance is expected to increase between 25 and 30 percent.
Predicted 3DMark scores for Apple’s A16 Bionic chip
Also, in order to provide the possibility of supporting cameras with higher resolution, Apple should probably strengthen the ISP and machine learning hardware in its chip. According to rumors, the iPhone 14 Pro series will use a 48-megapixel main camera with the ability to support 8K video recording. Also, this camera can increase the resolution limit in cinema mode from Full HD to 4K.
Finally, Apple will continue to use Qualcomm’s modem chips for the foreseeable future. Therefore, the A16 chip will probably be used together with the Snapdragon X65 modem. It is not yet clear whether the standard iPhone 14 models will also use the new modem chip or not.