The upcoming iPhone 14 series is expected to be split into two camps – Pro models will get the new Apple A16 chipset, better cameras and a different screen setup. The vanilla models will stick with the current A15 chip, 12MP cameras, and a notched screen.
The current iPhone 13 series already shows a small section in terms of performance – vanilla phones have quad-core GPUs, while professionals have 5-core GPUs. Also, the vanilla models have 4GB of RAM, while the Pros get 6GB (both are LPDDR4X).
The iPhone 14 and 14 Max are expected to get a five-core GPU version of the A15 chipset, plus more RAM — 6GB of LPDDR4X — so they’ll have an edge over existing models.
Expected A16 Geekbench scores: 2000 single-core • 5700 multi-core
But how fast are the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max? Macworld tries to address this question. The first thing to note is that the new A16 chipsets will be manufactured on the TSMC N4P node, which is an iterative improvement over the N5P node used on the A15, but not a complete generational leap.
The new A16 chip is expected to be larger – 18-20 billion transistors, up from 15 billion. The company may also see some improvement by switching to ARMv9. ARM has managed to make some gains with its Cortex-A715 and X3 cores, for example.
Finally, the CPU may offer a modest 15% improvement in performance. Apple is expected to keep the same basic configuration (2 large, 4 small).
Switching to faster RAM is expected to improve performance as well – DigiTimes Reports indicate that the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max will use the new type of LPDDR5, which offers 50% more bandwidth than LPDDR4X and is more power efficient when booting. However, both models will stick with 6GB.
For a GPU, the expectation is that Apple will stick to 5 cores to avoid making the chip too big or maybe even 6 cores. In both cases, the expectation is a 25-30% increase in GPU performance.
3DMark Expected Results for Apple A16 Chips
Apple will also have to boost ISP and machine learning hardware to handle the higher resolutions – the 14 Pro Series is rumored to jump to a 48MP camera and 8K video recording. This may also raise 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 unclear if the vanilla iPhone 14 phones will also get the new modem.
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