iPhone 16: The new range should differentiate itself from the old ones on a crucial point

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For a few years now, we have had to expect that the new iPhone range presented in September by Apple is divided into two types of models: those with a new chip, the Pro and Pro Max models, and those equipped with the previous generation chip, with the classic and Plus models. Clearly, this strategy that paid off for a few years is no longer bearing fruit, since Apple is reportedly about to go back on it, starting this year.

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Thus, the code discovered in Apple's backend by an Internet user, Nicolàs Alvarez, then relayed by MacRumors, confirms that Apple would plan to launch 5 iPhone 16 models this year, all equipped with the same A18 chip.

A unified chip across the entire range?

The next iPhones thus have the following identifiers: iPhone17.1; iPhone17.2; iPhone 17.3; iPhone 17.4; iPhone 17.5. To compare with previous ranges, here is the code that was used by Apple for its iPhone 15 models: the classic iPhone 15 with an A16 Bionic chip had the code 15.4. The iPhone 15 Plus (A16 Bionic chip) had the code 15.5. On the other hand, the 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max models, both equipped with an A17 Pro chip, had the codes 16.1 and 16.2 respectively.

As you can see, the numeric code takes an additional unit depending on the chip used. Since the next iPhones all belong to the 17 category in their code, they should all have the same range of chips within them. It is still possible that Apple will differentiate the models offered in the Pro and Pro Max versions, by offering a classic A18 chip for its base models, then an A18 Pro version for the most expensive and powerful models. Note that it is also expected that the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus models should benefit from more RAM, going from the usual 6GB to 8GB.

To find out more, you'll have to be patient: new iPhone models are usually unveiled during the month of September, and this year should be no exception.

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