Now that the iPhone 15 and 15 Pro have arrived, I have to say that they are devices that I really like and have a lot of potential to offer. However, not everything is pretty or perfect. In fact, in this post I come to explain one of the things that have been presented to us, and that it is something that I was afraid of. And much to my regret, it has been repeated this year. So in this post I come to tell you what it is about.
Until not long ago, every year we saw substantial improvements in phones. We saw generations that made a difference compared to their predecessor devices. Gone was the “S” surname that we saw in generations like the iPhone 4, the iPhone 5, the iPhone 6 or the iPhone new generation. However, even though this surname is now extinct, today’s topic focuses on phone processors.
When Apple presents a new generation of iPhone, until now we saw new processors in the new generation. What happened on the iPhone 14? They put the processor of the 13. And in the iPhone 14 Pro? They improved the processor, introducing the A16 chip. My fear was simple: That they did this again with the iPhone 15. And yes, that is exactly what they have done. In the 15 and 15 Plus models, we now have the 14 Pro processors. And in the 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max, a new generation of processors.
iPhone 14S? What is the real change of the new generations?
First of all, the iPhone 15 doesn’t seem like bad phones to me, nor that they are underpowered. What’s more, at the same time I write all this, I also think it is a sign of strength. and trust that Apple has in the products it designs. Not all companies dare to launch a new generation phone, with a processor from the previous year. But, however, if we want to bet on power and take the latest, we have to go for the Pro or Pro Max models. Therefore, my first question is: Will the Pro models be the “new iPhone” from now on? And in this way, make the standard models truly “S” versions of the previous ones.
The scenario to which all this takes me is the update cycle. Until now, iOS was not updated on iPhones that had a certain processor, and if each generation had its own processors, the dividing line was clear. Now that we have two generations, with 8 devices, and 4 of them share a processor, what happens then?
- Option 1: Apple cuts the Pro model from the previous year and the Standard from the following year. An example would be the 14 being left behind, while the 14 Pro and 15 receive their latest joint updates next year.
- Option 2: Let the update cycles be longer from now on. Honestly, I think it would be the fairest thing for users. We are paying more than 1,000 euros in many cases for new shipment iPhones. And having 6 or 7 years of updates, instead of the 5 we are used to, would be a good idea.
- Option 3: Let the iPhone 14 “hang”. That it is a model that has a shorter lifespan in terms of official software updates, and that they begin to take the cut from the iPhone 15 onwards.