Older iPhones Could Support Apple Intelligence, But They Won’t Be As Efficient: Apple

Main Image
  • Like
  • Comment
  • Share

Apple’s head of AI strategy and machine learning, John Giannandrea, explains why Apple Intelligence won’t be able to roll out to older iPhone models. Although older models can run the GenAI features, they’ll be “so slow, it won’t be useful.”

ALSO SEE: Best 17-inch Laptops Price List in India 2024

Here’s Why Older iPhones Can’t Run Apple Intelligence

According to the executive, the new A17 Pro is the ideal chip to run the GenAI features, primarily because of its advanced Neural Engine. For those catching up, the latest processor can handle a processing power of 35 TOPS, while the A16 Bionic can only handle 17 TOPS.

“The inference of large language models is incredibly computationally expensive,” Giannandrea mentions. In other words, the A17 Pro’s raw performance, combined with the new Neural Engine and 8GB of RAM, makes the iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max compatible with running Apple Intelligence.

Apple also explained how the cutoff for its AI features, which are currently limited to the A17 Pro and MacBooks based on the M Silicon, isn’t a way to increase the iPhone’s sales. However, the fact of the matter is that the availibility of GenAI would surely drive some sales.

ALSO SEE: Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Mobile Phones

For the uninitiated, Apple Intelligence is not simply a feature but a suite of AI-based features that will roll out on compatible models later this year. While some of the capabilities are cloud-based, Apple has also included some on-device AI processing, which requires newer hardware to function properly.

ALSO SEE: Tata Sunroof Cars in India

You can follow Smartprix on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and Google News. Visit smartprix.com for the latest tech and auto newsreviews, and guides.

Shikhar MehrotraShikhar Mehrotra
A tech enthusiast at heart, Shikhar Mehrotra has been writing news since college for an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Over the last four years, he has worked with several national and international publications, including Republic World, and ScreenRant, writing news, how-to explainers, smartphone comparisons, reviews, and list-type articles. When he is not working, Shikhar likes to click pictures, make videos for his YouTube channel, and watch the American sitcom Friends.

Related Articles

ImageSamsung Galaxy Z Flip6 Hands-on: 50MP, larger battery, vapour cooling, and AI

Samsung has announced its latest iteration of foldable devices—the Galaxy Z Fold6 and the Galaxy Z Flip6. While the Galaxy Z Fold6 seems like a very minor upgrade, the Galaxy Z Flip6 brings some notable upgrades.  The Galaxy Z Flip6 is the younger sibling and a clamshell foldable, succeeding the Galaxy Z Flip5. It is …

ImageWill Apple Intelligence Get Delayed To 2025? Here’s What We Know

At WWDC 2024, Apple took the stage to reveal an array of GenAI features for its devices. The list included Writing Tools and Image Playground, among others, that will change the way people use their iPhones forever. However, companies like Google and Samsung have already rolled out a bunch of AI-based features for their smartphones. …

ImageApple Could Use M2 Ultra Chips To Power Its AI Data Centers, Could Move To Third-Party Solutions In The Future: Report

Apple’s efforts to catch up in the GenAI race are gaining pace as the WWDC 2024 is right around the corner. The company needs to do enough by June so that it can host a full-fledged event around it, with all the eyes on the GenAI features. That said, renowned journalist Mark Gurman recently shared a few …

ImageiPhone 16 Pro Could Get The 5x Tetraprism Periscope Lens; Apple Could Start Manufacturing iPads In India

Last year, iPhone 15 Pro customers had to compromise with the 5x tetraprism lens. However, according to a report by DigitTimes, the iPhone maker could equip the iPhone 16 Pro with the same periscope sensor as the iPhone 15 Pro Max. The report mentions that Apple has placed more orders for its tetraprism periscope lens …

ImageApple Won’t Integrate Meta AI Into iPhones After All: Bloomberg

Update (June 25, 2024): A new Bloomberg report suggests that Apple has refused to partner with Meta Platforms to include Meta AI (based on Llama 3) in iPhones. The publication’s sources have shared that both companies discussed adding Meta AI to iPhones in March, but the discussion hasn’t reached a formal stage since. Furthermore, Apple …


Be the first to leave a comment.