Apple’s senior director of iPhone design says the base model iPhone 14 is more powerful than the iPhone 13 Pro — despite having the same A15 chip.
This claim was made in a new interview, in which he said that the non-Pro iPhone 14 offers other important advantages over its predecessor…
Apple has historically given all new iPhones in the lineup the same A-series chip upgrade, from mini (when available) to Pro Max. The differentiation between the base and Pro models is achieved through things like camera features.
However, that changed last year, when the iPhone Pro models got the expected upgrade to the new A16 chip, while the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are powered by the same A15 chip used in the iPhone 13.
Macworld He has already made it clear that the difference between the two chips is smaller than usual this year, and the A16 is indeed similar to the A15+. But Apple now claims that even the A15 offers more power this year.
iPhone 14 is more powerful than iPhone 13
This claim was made by iPhone Design Director Richard Dinh in an interview with Apple TV Sydney Morning Herald. This is because the new model is less prone to thermal throttling.
The standard 14 models have better sustained performance than last year’s models, despite sharing the same chip, thanks to some internal shuffling […]
For the iPhone 14, the design has changed significantly to include a central aluminum chassis that acts as the backbone […]
“This central structural plane helps dissipate more heat across the entire surface more uniformly,” Dinh said.
Dinh also mentioned other reasons someone might want to upgrade from iPhone 13 to 14.
While the iPhone 14 may look almost identical to the iPhone 13 on the outside, it actually had a major design overhaul, with benefits you may not immediately understand if you compare it to an older model. These include weight reductions, cheaper and easier repairability, and longer battery life. […]
“We’ve been able to offer a larger main camera than last year’s Pro camera, with a larger sensor, better low-light performance, and there’s a brand new ambient light sensor on the back,” Dinh said. […]
This design also introduces the first four-sided stacked main logic board [which] It really condenses all of the iPhone 14 components into a smaller footprint and allows us to access the panel from either side to improve repairability.”
The iPhone 13, like the models before it all the way up to the iPhone 8, required removing the screen in order to access any internal components. With the iPhone 14, the back glass can be removed instead, facilitating repairs while reducing the risk of damage. The difficulty in accessing older phones is the reason why the cost of repairing a screen failure has almost halved.
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