An exclusive CPU and faster RAM could make the next iPhone Pro even more attractive

The big picture: TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple will deviate from its familiar formula with the upcoming iPhone 14 family. Should it prove true, the change would further differentiate the base model iPhones from their Pro counterparts and perhaps justify the higher price tag of the latter.

To date, Apple’s Pro series iPhones have used the same processor as their base model counterparts. That could change with the iPhone 14 family, as Kuo believes the two Pro models will come with a new A16 CPU, while the standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will stick with the iPhone 13-series A15 Bionic. .

They will probably all come with 6GB of RAM, but the Pro models will have LPDDR5, while the others will come with the same LPDDR4X from the current generation iPhone. Today’s Pro models come with 6GB of LPDDR4X memory, while the standard iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini come with 4GB of the same.

Only two Pro models would upgrade to the A16 processor, while the 14 & 14 Max would remain the A15. All four new models will likely ship with 6GB of RAM, the difference being LPDDR 5 (14 Pro & 14 Pro Max) versus LPDDR 4X (14 & 14 Max).

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If true, the move would make the Pro models even more attractive and further differentiate them from the mainstream models. The change could also set a precedent for Apple to first introduce a new chip in Pro models before trickling down to more affordable lines the following year.

It’s unclear what kind of price adjustments would be made as a result of the changes. Presumably the Pro models would get a slight price hike to account for the new processor and faster RAM, but that’s pure speculation at this point.

Apple is expected to unveil its next-gen iPhones sometime in early September 2022.

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