The technology support was supposedly planned for the Pro version.
Apple was planning to equip the iPhone 14 Pro with ray tracing support, sources say. The tracking support was supposedly abandoned at the last minute.
According to the sources of the publication, hardware acceleration of ray tracing was implemented in the A16 Bionic chip, originally designed for the new smartphone. But then it turns out that the GPU chip consumes a lot of power.
To ensure an acceptable smartphone operating temperature and normal battery life, the A16 Bionic GPU was replaced with the A15 GPU used in the iPhone 13. They never re-engineered the GPU again.
The Information reports that the A16 chip has caused a shift in the design team for the GPU. Beam tracking is supposed to be in one of the company’s future chips.
Now, TechSpot notes, there are already smartphones on the market with hardware-accelerated ray tracing built on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip. These include, for example, the Moto X40 and Xiaomi 13.