A16 Bionic vs A15 Bionic — what it means for the new iPhone 14

When Apple introduces a new iPhone every fall, you’ve generally been able to count on the fact that the new phone, whatever the model, is going to feature the company’s latest mobile silicon. And given the edge Apple enjoys with its chips over rival phones, picking up any new iPhone means you’re getting one of the best phones for performance, whether you grab the tiniest iPhone mini or the mightiest iPhone Pro Max. Naturally, you’d think an A16 Bionic vs. A15 Bionic transition for this fall’s handset release would mean the same thing.

But that may not be the case with the iPhone 14 launch. For the first time ever, Apple is rumored to be using different chips for its different phones. Rumors suggest the newer A16 Bionic will power the iPhone 14 Pro models — the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro and the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max. The less expensive new iPhones coming this fall will instead use a variation of the A15 Bionic chip Apple introduced as part of the iPhone 13 release in 2021.

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