iPhone 15 Pro models tipped to get next-gen A17 Bionic with 6-core GPU under the hood

The high-end models of the iPhone 15 series could feature a next-generation A17 Bionic chipset with an upgraded GPU. What does this mean in terms of performance and battery life? Read on to find out.

| Updated on: Aug 10 2023, 14:03 IST
5 reasons why you should wait for iPhone 15, rather than opt for iPhone 14
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1/6 Big camera upgrade: The standard iPhone 15 is expected to get a new 48MP primary camera that was introduced in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max last year. This will be a big upgrade considering that standard iPhones always had to be content with with 12MP cameras.  (HT Tech)
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2/6 Chipset: iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus come with a an year-old A15 Bionic chipset, while the new A16 Bionic chipset was an exclusive on iPhone 14 Pro models. iPhone 15 is expected to get an A16 Bionic chipset. (HT Tech)
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3/6 Dynamic Island: Apple analyst Mark Gurman claimed that this year, all iPhone 15 models will feature Dynamic Island. This means that the iPhone 15 will completely ditch the notch display from the flagship iPhone series.  (Pixabay)
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4/6 USB-C port: All four iPhone 15 models, including the standard iPhone 15 are tipped to feature a USB-C port while replacing the years-old Lightning port.  (Unsplash)
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5/6 Display changes: the iPhone 15 may feature a 6.2-inch display instead of a 6.1-inch. However, the leaks suggest that the iPhone 15 models will stick to 60Hz like iPhone 14.  (HT Tech)
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6/6 Price: The Pro models of the iPhone 15 series are expected to get a price hike of at least $100, Tom’s Guide report suggested. However, there is no word so far on the expected iPhone 15 price. With the huge upgrades it is set to get, the price hike may just be announced although it will be a difficult decision to make for Apple. (REUTERS)
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iPhone 15 series will make its debut at Apple’s Fall event which is tipped for September 12. (Representative Image) (Unsplash)

We're just a month away from the big unveiling of the iPhone 15 and rumors about the devices are now flooding the market. Apple will announce its next iPhone series at its annual Fall event which is tipped to take place on September 12. As per the reports, not only the Pro models but the standard models of the iPhone 15 series are expected to get serious upgrades this time around. These include a USB Type-C port and the fancy Dynamic Island.

Now, a recent leak has shed light on the processor powering the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. Know what's coming.

iPhone 15 Pro models: Expected power upgrades

According to a post on X (formerly known as Twitter) by @URedditor who goes by Unknownz21 on the platform (via MacRumors), the iPhone 15 Pro models would be powered by the A17 Bionic SoC with an upgraded GPU. Last year's A16 Bionic chip features a 6-core CPU and a 5-core GPU. While the CPU is expected to remain the same, Apple could bump up the GPU core count to 6 which could result in a better graphical performance.

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As per the leaker, the A17 Bionic would also be clocked a little bit higher at 3.70GHz, compared to the 3.46GHz maximum clock speed of the A16 Bionic. The A17 Bionic is also expected to be the first processor fabricated on a 3nm process and it would be made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which is the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer. This could lead to a 10-15 percent increase in performance while also reducing power consumption. Therefore, the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will reportedly not only be more powerful but also offer better battery life than their predecessors.

While it was previously suspected that the high-end models of the iPhone 15 series could also get a boost with 8GB RAM, the leaker suggests it isn't the case. Therefore, even though they would feature a new processor, the iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max could still come with 6GB LPDDR5 RAM.

Do note that all this information is based on reports from unofficial sources and should be taken with a pinch of salt. Actual details about the iPhone 15 series will only be revealed when Apple announces the devices at its September event.

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First Published Date: 10 Aug, 13:43 IST