Could iPhone 15 Pro become the go-to gaming console? AMD CEO shares her thoughts

Speaking to the Verge, AMD CEO Lisa Su shared her thoughts on whether the iPhone 15 could replace gaming PCs and consoles, the importance of AI, and more.

| Updated on: Sep 27 2023, 13:42 IST
iPhone 15 done and dusted, check what is likely coming in iPhone 16
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1/11 Exciting rumors surround the iPhone 16 already - solid-state buttons, larger displays, under-display Face ID, Wi-Fi 7, and the potential for a port-less iPhone 16 Ultra model.   (Apple)
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2/11 1. Dynamic Island Standard: Building on the iPhone 14 Pro models, Dynamic Island is now a standard feature across all iPhone 15 models, enhancing user interactions and multitasking capabilities.  (Apple)
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3/11 2. USB Type-C Port: Apple has bid farewell to its proprietary lightning connector, opting for a USB Type-C port in the iPhone 15 series, aligning with industry standards for charging and connectivity.  (Apple)
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4/11 3. Action Button and Titanium Frame: Notable design changes include the introduction of the action button and a titanium frame, enhancing both aesthetics and durability. (Apple)
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5/11 4. Periscope Camera: The iPhone 15 series introduces a periscope camera, likely improving zoom capabilities and overall photography experiences. (Apple)
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6/11 Now, let's delve into the rumored upgrades expected in the iPhone 16: 1. Solid-State Buttons: While the iPhone 15 series retained physical volume buttons, it's rumored that the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max models will introduce haptic solid-state buttons, replacing the physical volume buttons for a sleeker design. (Apple)
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7/11  2. Bigger Displays: Apple analyst Ross Young has claimed that even bigger iPhones will come next year. Apple may continue its trend of larger displays, with the iPhone 16 Pro featuring a 6.3-inch screen and the iPhone 16 Pro Max boasting a massive 6.9-inch display.  (Apple)
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8/11 3. Under-Display Face ID: Apple is considering incorporating under-display Face ID technology, eliminating the need for a notch or visible sensors for a cleaner, full-screen design, possibly arriving in 2024. Notably, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple may introduce a full-screen iPhone in 2024.   (Apple)
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9/11 4. Wi-Fi 7: The iPhone 16 Pro models might feature Wi-Fi 7 technology, offering faster data transmission across 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz bands, with speeds of up to 40 Gbps, promising improved connectivity performance.  (Apple)
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10/11 5. Port-Less iPhone 16 Ultra: There's speculation that the iPhone 16 Ultra may eliminate the USB Type-C port entirely, further simplifying the design. Additionally, this model might feature a faster processor and enhanced camera capabilities.  (Apple)
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11/11 6. Potential New iPhone Lineup: Some reports suggest that the iPhone 16 Ultra could be a completely new addition to the lineup, distinct from the existing four models, offering unique features and capabilities. (Apple)
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Apple is bringing console titles to the iPhone 15 Pro models, starting with the Resident Evil Village next month. (Apple)

Apple is known for making premium products that offer the very best in technology to consumers. However, there is one sector where the Cupertino-based tech giant has been lagging behind for years - gaming. While Apple's MacBooks, iMacs, and even iPhones are some of the most powerful devices in the market, none of them are marketed as gaming devices, nor are they used as that. However, that all changed this year with Apple shifting its focus on gaming with its latest devices, especially the iPhone 15 Pro models.

At its Wonderlust event, Apple announced that the A17 Pro chip would enable “true-to-life gaming”, and it would be bringing console titles such as Resident Evil Village, Death Stranding, and more to the iPhone 15 Pro models. But could the iPhone replace gaming PCs and consoles and become the best gaming console? The CEO of chipmaker AMD isn't too sure about that.

AMD CEO on: iPhone 15's gaming prowess

Apple says that the iPhone 15 Pro brings true-to-life gaming to the palm of users' hands with console titles. It gets hardware-accelerated ray-tracing which the company claims is 4 times faster than software-based ray-tracing. When asked about whether iPhone 15 could become the go-to console for gamers, Su told the Verge, “I don't know about that”.

“We're gonna continue to push the envelope on the highest performing PCs and consoles' chips, and I think we're gonna be pretty good,” she further said.

Could a potential shift to cloud gaming on devices like the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max replace gaming PCs? Su told the Verge, “I see PC gaming strong, I see console gaming strong, and I see console gaming also having legs. They all need similar types of technology but they obviously use it in different ways.”


With the growing influence of artificial intelligence (AI) in nearly every sector, it is “10x, 100x more” important than the internet, phones, or even PCs, according to the AMD CEO, although it is expected to be a cycle that lasts more than 10 years.

“Generative AI, you know, is kind of the killer app for high-performance computing”, Su said.

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First Published Date: 27 Sep, 12:31 IST