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Apple feels the need for speed, upgrading the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max in two big ways

 

Today is a big day for hardcore Apple fans around the world… as well as tech bloggers and journalists, with the actual release of the highly anticipated iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max giving us the opportunity to explore the remaining blanks of the spec sheets. of four new devices.

Of course, most of the key specs are no longer secret long before the iOS-powered high-end quartet’s official announcement, but in keeping with tradition, a number of smaller details were not shared onstage at the September 7 launch event or at the Apple’s website afterwards.

“Small” doesn’t equal trivial in this case, mind you, like things like RAM counts and battery capacities are said to be often highlighted as major selling points by some Android smartphone manufacturers. When examining the internal components more closely, a WekiHome teardown specialist in China was able to confirm two more small but potentially important details about both the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

All you need is speed

Still mad that the 8GB memory gossip from a while back didn’t come true? You may want to turn that frown on its head now that the other RAM-related iPhone 14 Pro rumor is being confirmed under the hood of a commercial unit.

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That’s on top of the performance gains made possible by the super-advanced A16 Bionic processor, labeled by the Cupertino-based makers as the “fastest chip ever in a smartphone”, presumably without taking into account the aforementioned memory upgrade.

LPDDR5 is of course also used on almost all best Android phones available today, and it won’t be long before Samsung, Motorola and OnePlus can take memory speeds to an even higher level by using the next-generation LPDDR5X technology.

That basically means that Apple is consistently a (half) step behind the competition in this area, although you’d never suspect that from your daily iOS multitasking experiences, which are always virtually flawless.

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And even more speed

This time we’re talking about data rates, upgraded in the iPhone 14 series with a Qualcomm Snapdragon X65 modem. For now, it’s only confirmed to be in the Pro and Pro Max variants mentioned above, but we really don’t expect any compromise from the “vanilla” and Plus models in this particular department.

Compared to the Snapdragon X60 that powers the iPhone 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, the hot new cellular modem should significantly improve 5G speeds (with the help of your carrier), while cutting power consumption. and thus also contributes to a battery of life temper… of some sort.

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It almost goes without saying that the X65 is just a brand new modem for Apple, having already made its way into more Android high-enders than we can count as part of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and 8+ Gen 1 SoCs.

We also fully expect the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor to make the jump in time to an even better X70 5G modem ahead of Samsung’s The Galaxy S23 series will be released early next year. But that certainly doesn’t stop Apple sold a truckload of iPhone 14 units until then… and many of its loyal buyers only care if these bad guys are better than their predecessors, which they sure are.

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