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Apple To Reportedly Power All IPhone 16 Models With A18 Chip

Team Gossip  |   Jul 3, 6:48 AM   |   6 min read

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Highlights

  • Apple’s iPhone strategy is reportedly about to get a major overhaul. Apple fans might get to see all four iPhone 16 models get powered by the same processor.

  • A leak discovered by Nicolás Alvarez suggests all four iPhone 16 models could ditch the tiered chipset system and go for a single heart - the A18 chip.

  • The news comes after months of rumors hinting that Apple could go ahead with a unified chip strategy this time.

Apple’s iPhone strategy is reportedly about to get a major overhaul. Apple fans might get to see all four iPhone 16 models get powered by the same processor. A leak discovered by Nicolás Alvarez suggests all four iPhone 16 models could ditch the tiered chipset system and go for a single heart - the A18 chip.

 

The news comes after months of rumors hinting that Apple could go ahead with a unified chip strategy this time. The fresh leaked code changes within the company’s internal systems now suggest five new iPhone models, each seemingly equipped with the A18 chip.

 

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Will Standard iPhone 16 Models Pack A18 Chip?

 

Usually, there’s a connection between iPhone model identifiers and the processor used. In the iPhone 15 lineup, for instance, the standard iPhone 15 and 15 Plus featured the A16 Bionic chip, while the Pro models came with the more powerful A17 Pro.

 

All five leaked identifiers start with the same number, strongly hinting that the A18 chip will be common across the entire iPhone 16 lineup. While four iPhone 16 models are expected, the presence of a fifth identifier in Apple’s backend has sparked speculation of a potential future iPhone SE model.

 

This leak suggests more than just a processor change. The iPhone 16 and 16 Plus might also see a RAM upgrade from 6GB to 8GB. Moreover, there are reports about a significantly faster Neural Engine for the whole iPhone 16 lineup.

 

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Apple Could Launch Monthly Subscription For Its AI Features

Apple Intelligence might not be free in the future and the company could launch a subscription-based service for its advanced AI capabilities. According to a report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the company will likely put a price tag on its AI features, potentially introducing a service called "Apple Intelligence+."

 

Gurman has a reputation for his accurate reporting about Apple, suggesting that while Apple Intelligence will initially be free, the company might have plans to convert these features into a paid service. This strategy would mirror the company’s existing model with services like iCloud, where basic features are available at no cost, but additional capabilities require a monthly subscription.

 

"There’s an opportunity to turn AI features and other software into paid services, but it will take time. Though Apple Intelligence will be free to start, the long-term plan is to make money off the capabilities," Gurman noted.

 

Gurman also emphasized that Apple could keep a part of the subscription revenue from third-party AI partners integrated into their platform. This potential shift to a subscription model shows the company’s aim to diversify its revenue sources.

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