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Gurman: Apple won’t upgrade chips for entry-level iPhone 14, while the Pro models will get new chips, more updates to Apple products

A disappointment for the first time in Apple iPhone history (but good news for the Pro model).

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Gurman: Apple won’t upgrade chips for entry-level iPhone 14, while the Pro models will get new chips, more updates to Apple products
The Apple A15 Bionic chip. (Credit: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg)

Mark Gurman’s latest newsletter of Power On suggests that the iPhone maker company won’t be upgrading the chip inside of its main new iPhone, which means the entry-level iPhone 14 models will remain the same A15 Bionic chip as we saw in every iPhone 13 model in last year. According to Gurman’s newsletter, only the iPhone 14 Pro models will be getting new A16 chips.

“Apple didn’t even bother to compare the processor’s speeds with the A14. The company focused instead on the A15 being 50% faster than rival chips. That’s a shift from the past, when Apple liked to tout that its new iPhone chips were 20% to 50% faster than the prior generation,” he adds.

Undoubtedly, Apple‘s A15 Bionic chip in every iPhone 13 model is a more powerful and advanced processor including an improved graphics processor, a new CPU design with a focus on efficiency and upgraded video encoders.

Reportedly, Apple also struggled with its initiative to develop a cellular modem, a move that would replace a component from Qualcomm Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently said that Apple’s modem project has “failed” for the time being. Also, the company has been struggling with its modem prototypes overheating over the past year or so.

Talking about Apple’s popular wearable device, Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Series 8 will be able to tell you if you have a fever. You can expect some new health-tracking features in this year’s Apple Watch. Apple has been aiming to add body-temperature detection to its Series 8 model, assuming the capability passes muster during internal testing.

Also, both the standard Apple Watch Series 8 and a new rugged edition that’s aimed at extreme sports athletes. It’s unlikely to be available in the new version of the lower-end SE, which is also coming this year.

The body-temperature feature won’t give you a specific reading—like with a forehead or wrist thermometer—but it should be able to tell if it believes you have a fever. It could then recommend talking to your doctor or use a dedicated thermometer.

For other Apple products, this year’s AirPods Pro is unlikely to get heart-rate monitoring (part of Gurman’s newsletter). The next-generation AirPods Pro will be arriving later this year.

Deal alert: If you’re willing to buy the original AirPods Pro which was launched in late 2019, take $20 off on AirPods Pro with Wireless/MagSafe Charging at Amazon.com and the same discount on Best Buy and Adorama stores, while the AirPods 3 with MagSafe Charging discounted $9 at Amazon.com and Adorama stores, also, the AirPods Max price slipped by $20 at Amazon and Best Buy, you can check the price below:

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