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A code in the tvOS 17 beta hints at the types of chips Apple injected into its new iPhone 15 models. The code was reportedly included in the first beta of tvOS 17, but Apple later removed it with the release of its fifth beta.

Well-known Apple leaker Aaron (@aaronp613) shared the discovery on X, saying Apple added four “unreleased iPhone models” to the tvOS 17 beta. It apparently points to the upcoming iPhone 15 line in September. Here are the code references shared by the leaker:





Although the two latter iPhone models include “16” in their names, they don’t refer to the iPhone 16 models, which others might initially guess. Instead, as explained by 9To5Mac, the numbers actually refer to the chips the phones have or, specifically, the family of chips to which the phones belong. Proof of this is the “iPhone14,x” identification of iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 14, and 3rd generation iPhone SE due to the same A15 chip they are using. Another is the “iPhone15,x” identity of iPhone 14 Pro due to the A16 Bionic chip it uses. 

With all this, it can be deduced that the code mentioned above refers to the iPhone 15 models, albeit they differ in chips. This is where things get sizzling. Based on past reports, the two standard iPhone 15 models will have the same chip as the iPhone 14 Pro. This will explain the first two iPhone15,4 and iPhone15,5 codes, complementing the “iPhone15,x” family identity of the iPhone 14 Pro, which has an A16 chip. Meanwhile, iPhone16,1 and iPhone16,2 pertain to the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, but no past code samples (iPhone16,x family) can be compared to them. The reason for that is the rumors that Apple will be using NEW chips the public still hasn’t seen. This means the iPhone16,x is a new chip family identification, reflecting rumors of the upgraded 3-nanometer A17 chip in the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.

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