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Midrange iPhones will not feature Apple’s flagship chips, claims Kuo

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  • Upcoming mid-range iPhones will not have the newest Apple chips, claims Kuo
  • iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will not feature the Apple A16 chip
  • Both to feature last year’s Apple A15

Apple’s mid-range iPhones will not feature its latest chips, reveals famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Reports have revealed that the Cupertino-based firm will announce as many as four iPhones in September this year. The lineup will include the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

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Kuo had previously revealed that the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max would not feature the upcoming Apple A16 Bionic chip. Apple’s next-generation A16 chip is likely to remain exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models.

Only high-end iPhones will have Apple’s latest chips

iPhone 14 render by Jon Prosser

iPhone 14 render by Jon Prosser

Kuo has stated in his personal blog that there will be huge differences between the mid-range iPhone 14 models (iPhone 14 and 14 Max) and the high-end models (iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max). The Pro models are expected to be more popular, accounting for 60 percent of new iPhone sales by the end of this year.

He added that the mid-range iPhones arriving in the future will not feature the latest Apple chipsets. This means the new Apple processor will remain exclusive to the high-end models.

According to Kuo, the high-end models featuring the latest chip will have more buyers as compared to mid-range models. Hence, it appears Apple expects to sell more units of the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max.  As a result, the average price of an iPhone will rise. It will allow Apple to generate more revenue from the sale of iPhones.

The higher proportion will also benefit component suppliers such as Sony, Largan, and LG Innotek, which will generate 20 to 30 percent more revenue than last year. Kuo revealed that the iPhone 14 Pro models will be equipped with Sony’s camera sensors and LG Innotek’s colour correction matrix.

iPhone 14 series specifications (rumoured)

It was previously revealed by Kuo that all four iPhone 14 models will feature 6GB of RAM. However, the iPhones 14 and 14 Max will get LPPDR4x technology, whereas the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro Max will be equipped with LPDDR5 RAM.

The iPhone 14 rumours have revealed that the iPhone 14 and 14 Max will have a 6.1-inch and a 6.7-inch notch OLED panel. On the other hand, the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max will have a 6.1-inch and a 6.7-inch OLED screen, which will feature a hole and a pill-shaped cutout instead of a notch. The Pro models are expected to arrive with support for Always-On Display functionality.

The iPhone 14, 14 Max, 14 Pro, and 14 Pro Max may come with a 3,279mAh, a 4,325mAh, a 3,200mAh, and a 4,323mAh battery, respectively. All four models will feature an autofocus-enabled front camera. The iPhone 14 and 14 Max will feature a 12-megapixel main camera and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera on the back. On the other hand, the Pro models will be equipped with a 48-megapixel main camera, which will carry support for 8K video recording.

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