06/21 Update below. This post was originally published on June 18th
For the first time in iPhone history, Apple is expected to release its new iPhones different chipset generations† The differences between them were expected to be small, but a new leak may have blown those suspicions away.
In a shock to the system, anonymous leaker iHacktu reports that Apple’s new A16 chip, which is exclusive to iPhone 14 Pro models, delivers seismic performance and battery gains over the 2021 A15 that is retained for non-Pro models. And the findings have garnered support from one of the industry’s most respected insiders.
Breaking down the results, iHacktu says the A16 has 42% and 35% faster CPU and GPU performance, respectively, compared to its predecessor. Gains of this magnitude haven’t been seen since the iPhone 7’s A10 chip in 2016, which had 40% better CPU performance and 50% better GPU performance than the A9 in the iPhone 6S.
In addition, iHacktu claims major battery improvements with an additional 2 hours and 10 minutes of staying power and a jump in fast charging speeds, with iPhone 14 Pro models reaching a 50% charge in just 16 minutes. That’s half the time of 30 minutes Apple quotes for the iPhone 13 Pro.
Historically, iHacktu’s track record has been mixed, which should dampen expectations, but what really adds excitement here is the response from reliable industry insider ShrimpApplePro who supports the numbers. The leaker states that Apple gets the performance jump “mainly from LPDDR5 RAM, so that makes sense”.
Update 06/20: Speaking to iHacktu, the leaker revealed that his A16 performance data comes from “the initial stages of testing, which means it may vary”, but it’s from sources that have proven their accuracy over the years.
Interestingly, iHacktu has also revised its expectations of the A16 on Antutu’s popular benchmark software. Initially have Posted that the chip would achieve a score of 896,000 (vs 777,000 for the iPhone 13), the leaker states that it can deliver a score of 920,000 from launch.
Furthermore, iHacktu told me that there will be room in the chip with the iPhone 14 Pro Max potentially hitting 950,000 on Antutu with later versions of iOS 16. All of this paints a hugely exciting picture for upgraders willing to pay extra for Pro models. .
And this fits into a broader story, as several smaller leakers have broken out after posting information about the iPhone 14 lineup that contradicted details from other more established sources (hat tip for ShrimpApplePro† It was then the established sources that changed their tone. Whether that will happen with this A16 data remains to be seen, but with Apple act against leaks over the past year, the pattern makes a lot of sense as newer names sneak under the radar.
Update 06/21: More news has come out about the components of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 14 lineup and it points to an additional area where performance will be significantly improved: the display.
ET News reports that Samsung, Apple’s main display partner, will supply 80 million OLED panels for its new mass-production iPhone lineup “scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year.” The killer detail in the report, however, is the composition of those screens.
ET News states that the panels are set up to use Samsung’s “M12 OLED material set,” which includes the doping, host, and prime elements of the red, green, and blue pixels in OLED displays. Rumored to be eligible for iPhone 14 models first back in february, M12 brings improved display performance and color accuracy and was surprisingly left out of Samsung’s own flagship S22 smartphones. The Elec has previously claimed that this is a cost saving decision†
While the Galaxy S22 Ultra and Galaxy S22 Plus had M11, which was used in S21 models, the standard Galaxy S22 only had M10 which was first used by Galaxy S20 models in 2020. As such, despite being the dominant smartphone screen is maker, there is now every chance that display elements of Samsung’s own phones are up to two generations behind the iPhone 14 series.
The news comes at a time of controversy over a minority iPhone display provider, BOE. Long touted as a future partner, BOE finally secured a small contract for iPhone 13 screens just for widespread use last year media reports to claim that the company has secretly changed the circuit width of the thin-film transistors on its OLED panels. Apple would then have demanded that the company stop production. Obviously the two companies have now resolved their differences, but it remains to be seen what role BOE will play – if any – in iPhone 14 production now that Samsung has brought M12 to the table.
It’s a big jump. LPDDR5 is a whopping 1.5x faster with 30% lower power consumption than LPDDR4X, which was used in previous iPhones. That last one is too what leaks claim? Apple will use again in standard iPhone 14 models.
So if the claims are correct, Apple could be on the cusp of blowing fans’ expectations. Given the design improvements and exclusive camera upgrades on iPhone 14 Pro models, the company would also make its most compelling upsell argument since the iPhone X debuted alongside the iPhone 8.
It seems more and more that there is a even higher price to pay to ‘go-Pro’ this year, but based on what’s leaked so far, it may just turn out to be a price worth paying.
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