New insight from analyst and insider Ming-Chi Kuo indicates that Apple’s plans to only upgrade the processor in the iPhone 14 Pro this year will extend beyond this year to future devices.
In a note this week Kuo stated that Apple is focusing on the iPhone 14 Pro and plans to sell more of this compared to the regular iPhone than in previous years as a result. However, he also left a snippet about Apple’s future plans for iPhone 15 and beyond:
The latest processor chip will be exclusive to iPhone high-end models in the future, so a high shipment proportion of iPhone high-end models will be the norm, favoring high-end camera component suppliers.
That’s right, Apple’s decision to not upgrade the iPhone 14’s processor is not just a one-year event. If this report is true (and Kuo’s usually are), we can expect future iPhones not to get every single latest and greatest A-series processor upgrade from Apple, which will instead be reserved for Apple’s ‘Pro’ iPhone lineup going forward.
As Mark Gurman noted this week when he reiterated these claims,, this year should mark the first time since Apple started designing its own processors that it will not be upgrading the chip inside its main iPhone. The regular iPhone 14 is expected to retain the A15 chip from Apple’s current best iPhone, the iPhone 13.
That might sound disappointing to some, however, Apple has struggled in recent years to differentiate its ‘Pro’ lineup from the regular phones. A more powerful processor is a very easy way to convince more people they need to make the leap, and will also help keep the price of Apple’s regular iPhones down.
Apple’s processors have not been a limiting factor in its iPhones for some years, with Apple only including the processing power it needs to deliver the features it includes in each yearly upgrade. It stands to reason that processor upgrades for the ‘Pro’ models this year and in the future will help unlock more potential in these devices, for instance, better image processing of photos, or control of features like an always-on display, which is another rumored upgrade for the ‘Pro’ iPhone this year.
Next year’s iPhone 15 has already made headlines because Apple is expected to make a major U-turn, ditching its Lightning port in favor of USB-C to comply with new EU regulations.
Like it or not, it looks like Apple’s split processor strategy for iPhone 14 is here to stay.
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