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Apple plans to hoodwink iPhone 14 buyers with sneaky A15, A16, and A16 Pro naming scheme according to leaker

Apple may rename the A15 as the A16 and use an "A16 Pro" in the iPhone 14 Pro models. (Image source: Apple - edited)
Apple may rename the A15 as the A16 and use an "A16 Pro" in the iPhone 14 Pro models. (Image source: Apple - edited)
It has been claimed that Apple will use A16 and A16 Pro SoCs in its upcoming iPhone 14 series. While it was expected that the A16 would be present in the lineup for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, it was also believed that the A15 would be used in the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max. But it is now alleged that Apple will be up to a deceptive renaming scheme for the chips.

Just recently it was reported that Apple would introduce the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max with the latest A16 Bionic SoC while the cheaper iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max would have to settle for the A15 processor that’s already found in the iPhone 13 smartphones. But a startling claim from LeaksApplePro suggests that Apple will dupe some iPhone 14 buyers into thinking their expensive brand-new device actually has a 2022 processor inside it.

According to an article posted by the leaker, Apple will simply rename the A16 that is going into the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max as the “A16 Pro”. While this is certainly far from eyebrow-raising news, the same can't be said for Cupertino’s supposed plans in regard to the A15 for the lower-end iPhones. The tipster reckons the (“slightly modified”) A15 processors will be renamed as “A16”, thus making it look like the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max also have the latest generation of Apple silicon.

It seems that there are issues with supplying enough A16 and M2 processors for all the new devices Apple has coming toward the end of the year, and so a simple renaming scheme could help ease this problem. It could be argued that it would be better for the company to rename an altered A15 as the A16 and introduce the A16 as the A16 Pro rather than delay the iPhone 14 launch, but there also has to be some concerns about customers being potentially fooled into thinking they have an iPhone with a brand-new SoC from 2022.

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Daniel R Deakin, 2022-03-23 (Update: 2022-03-23)