Differences between iPhone 14 Pro and non-Pro models revealed
Apple's next-generation Pro-monikered iPhones, likely to be called the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max, will be the only handsets in the upcoming line-up to get an upgraded A16 chipset, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He also claims that the vanilla iPhone 14 and 14 Max will get the A15 processor that is currently available on all the iPhone 13 smartphones.
Why does this story matter?
- Ever since Apple started launching Pro and non-Pro iPhone models, the company has never used two entirely different processors to distinguish between standard and premium handsets.
- The Pro models have benefited from extra cores or RAM but this time around, the difference in performance will be more noticeable than ever considering the A16 chipset will come with some improvements over the existing A15 SoC.
iPhone 14 Pro models will also get faster memory format
According to Kuo, all the iPhone 14 models will come with 6GB of built-in RAM but the Pro models will pair the new A16 SoC with the upgraded LPDDR5 memory. The less expensive, non-Pro versions will retain the A15 chipset and LPDDR 4X memory present in the current iPhone 13 models. The Pro-branded models will likely be offered with more storage as well.
There will be no iPhone 14 mini
The iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max will sport a 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch OLED display, respectively. Both the handsets will boast a 120Hz refresh rate. Meanwhile, Apple will not launch a 5.4-inch "mini" iPhone this year. Instead, the tech giant will introduce a vanilla iPhone 14 with a 6.1-inch OLED display and an all-new iPhone 14 Max with a bigger 6.7-inch OLED screen.
Higher-end iPhone 14 models will flaunt a new design
The iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max will sport a new "pill and hole" design wherein the front camera will be housed in a punch-hole cut-out while the Face ID gadgetry will be packed into a smaller pill-shaped notch rather than the existing wide display cut-out. The non-Pro iPhone 14 models will continue with the signature notch design with flat metal rails.
What else do we know about the iPhone 14 series?
Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 14 series sometime in September this year. All four handsets will run on iOS 16, which should be announced at WWDC in June. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will also boast an upgraded rear camera system, including a new 48MP main sensor. The handsets are also expected to offer 8K video recording support.