After over a year of rumors and leaks, Apple finally dropped the curtains on the iPhone 14 series. The announcement was made during Apple’s Far Out event on 7th September 2022. The 2022 lineup consists of the regular iPhone 14, the all-new iPhone 14 Plus which replaced the iPhone 13 mini from last year, the iPhone 14 Pro, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Apart from the iPhones, the Cupertino tech giant also refreshed the AirPods Pro and Apple Watches with an all-new addition of the Apple Watch Ultra.
iPhone 14 Pro vs iPhone 13 Pro: Apple Did What?
Apple pulled off something unique as a smartphone manufacturer this year. For the first time, they used last year’s processor in half of their new iPhones.
The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus sport the same chip as the iPhone 13 series which is the Apple A15 Bionic.
If we were to go by Apple’s super clean and cherry-picked charts, the A16 is 40% faster than the 2022 competition. A GeekBench listing shines more light on this. GeekBench is a benchmarking tool used to measure the performance of different devices. According to the listing, the Single-Core score of the iPhone 14 Pro series is
1879. The iPhone 13 Pro scored 1707 in Single-Core last year. Furthermore, the Multi-Core score of the iPhone 14 Pro series is 4664 while the iPhone 13 Pro series scored 4659. To sum things up, the A16 Bionic chip in the iPhone 14 Pro series offers a 10% performance increase in Single-Core tasks and barely any improvement in Multi-Core tasks.
I’d take that A16 Multi-Core score with a grain of salt as we saw slightly lower synthetic benchmarks of the iPhone 13 series before they started shipping. Things did get better after a few software updates and we expect the same with iOS 16. Nonetheless, the performance difference between the iPhone 14 Pro and 13 Pro series indicates the super-thin line between the two devices. So, should you really upgrade to the iPhone 14 Pro this year?
Apple A16 Bionic vs Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 vs Dimensity 9000+
Things do not look good when these initial scores get unfolded against Android smartphones, especially in the Single-Core tasks. Here’s a quick look at the GeekBench scores compared with the top 2022 smartphone chipsets
|Device Name||Chipset||Multi-Core Score||Single-Core Score|
|iPhone 14 Pro||A16 Bionic||4664||1879|
|iPhone 13 Pro||A15 Bionic||4659||1707|
|Xiaomi 12S Ultra||Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1||4332||1323|
|Xiaomi 12S Ultra||Dimensity 9000+||4404||1353|
As you can see, the A16 offers a whopping 40% Single-Core performance boost and barely 10% in Multi-Core tasks in the initial benchmarks over flagship Android smartphone chipsets.
All this indicates the iPhone 14 Pro series is certainly going to allow users to push their devices even more. Please note, that synthetic benchmarks never tell the full story so we recommend waiting for the real-world tests to see how well they translate into the real world.
The iPhone 14 Pro starts shipping on September 16. We’ll be conducting our own tests to see if the above claims are true. In the meantime, you can read about how to buy the right charger for your iPhone 14 and our recommendations, or does the iPhone 14 charge faster than the iPhone 13?