iPhone 14 with A15 chip from Apple iPhone 13: Why it makes iPhone 14 Max GREAT!

iPhone 14 with A15 chip from iPhone 13 could be a great thing for the iPhone 14 Max, and we tell you why.

| Updated on: Jun 03 2022, 17:27 IST
iPhone 13 Pro Max
iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max are said to the use the older A15 Bionic chipset instead of the A16. (Representational Image) (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
iPhone 13 Pro Max
iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max are said to the use the older A15 Bionic chipset instead of the A16. (Representational Image) (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

The iPhone 14 leaks have painted a shocking revelation! For the first time in many years, Apple could be launching a brand new iPhone that does NOT have the latest chipset! Based on the leaks from some renowned tipsters, we now have an idea that the iPhone 13 could be sharing its A15 Bionic chip with the iPhone 14 for this year. That means there is no real performance upgrade for someone coming from the iPhone 13, and this, it defeats the purpose of moving to a brand new iPhone, especially when the entire series is likely to see a price bump of $100 across the range.

Here's what the leaks say in brief — the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will make do with the 5nm A15 Bionic chip from the iPhone 13. At the same time, Apple is likely to come up with a mildly updated A16 Bionic chip based on the 4nm process that will be used in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. In theory, this will make the iPhone 14 Pro series vastly more powerful than the vanilla models. Does that mean it would be safe to stay way from the iPhone 14 this year and for the years to come? We don't think so.

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iPhone 14 with iPhone 13 chip: Why it could be good?

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iPhone 13 and iPhone SE 3rd Gen use the A15 Bionic chipset. (Apple)
iPhone 13 and iPhone SE 3rd Gen use the A15 Bionic chipset. (Apple)


The iPhone 13 has been around for over 7 months in the market and despite its “old” 5nm manufacturing process, it is no alien to us that Apple has superbly tuned the chip to offer great levels of performance while sipping battery more efficiently. In fact, the A15 Bionic chip has proven itself to be a better chip than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1-powered phones, the latter having complaints of overheating and throttling — you don't get than on the iPhone 13.

Hence, for all those concerned with performance, the A15 Bionic chip should be powerful and capable enough to cater to all the performance needs. Even gamers could be happy with the A15 chip in the years to come.

Battery Life

The A15 may be based on the older 5nm process but it is mighty efficient in power consumption. Add the superb optimisation from iOS and the iPhone 13 offers one of the best battery life figures of any smartphone. We assume that Apple could upgrade the battery slightly on the iPhone 14, which could help this being a reliable pocket partner.


Even though leaks suggest that the iPhone 14 could start at $799 for its base 128GB variant, we think Apple may have a surprise for us. Using an older chip helps Apple save lots of money and it is possible for Apple to pass the benefits to the customers. Hence, a 128GB iPhone 14 starting at $699 won't be a bad deal in any way, right?

It makes the iPhone 14 Max more affordable

The pricing benefit could also be passed on to the iPhone 14 Max. With its rumoured larger 6.7-inch display, and a bigger battery, it is expected that Apple could charge more for this model. Rumours suggest a starting price of $899, but we think Apple could reduce this price by at least $100. That is a price that most of you could be willing to pay – after all, a bigger iPhone is what everyone loves, that too at a reasonable price. Hence, using an older yet mighty powerful A15 chip from 2021 could help Apple register better profits in 2022 and beyond.

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First Published Date: 03 Jun, 17:27 IST