Category: iPhone Rumors

iPhone 7

Apple Planning to Release New iPhone in Early 2016, 3GB RAM for iPhone 7 Plus

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, KGI Securities analyst, Apple will be releasing a brand new, 4-inch iPhone in early 2016. This iPhone could slightly resemble the iPhone 5s but would be much improved. This iPhone could be considered a “budget phone”, as Apple will likely be putting the A9 chip into it, rather than the new A10 which will likely be in the iPhone 7. This device is supposedly set to launch sometime in the first half of next year, if the rumors are correct.

As there is still demand for a 4-inch iPhone, we believe Apple will upgrade this product line. Because the iPhone 5s is more popular than the iPhone 5c, we think Apple is likely to launch an upgraded iPhone 5s. We predict Apple will mass-produce this new 4-inch iPhone in 1H16 with metal casings. In order to make the current iOS 9 or next-generation iOS 10 run smoothly, Apple may adopt an A9 chip for this new phone.

Kuo states that this 4-inch iPhone will likely not include 3D Touch support in an effort to keep costs down, and to differentiate it from the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Oh, and this phone will supposedly ship out about 20-30 million units over the course of 2016.

Next up, Kuo expects that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will launch in the usual third quarter of the year, 2016. He believes it will ship with the A10 chip, but what’s different here is that Kuo thinks the iPhone 7 Plus will be favored with 3GB RAM over the iPhone 7 with only 2GB RAM.

TSMC is expected to be the supplier of all of the chips for the new iPhone 7, and the A9 chip in the 4-inch iPhone.

So what do we think?

Kuo has a pretty decent track record for his predictions. He’s often correct, with a few errors here and there. The early 2016 launch of a 4-inch iPhone sounds far-fetched to us. There is definitely a market for a smaller iPhone, but we haven’t seen any leaks as of yet, and it just doesn’t sound “like Apple” to do that type of a launch.

iPhone 7 Plus having 3GB RAM? Yeah, we believe that is definitely a possibility. The reason Apple would do this is because with the bigger display, it’s known to be a little slower than the small models. Even with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, or the 6s and 6s Plus, the non-Plus iPhone always is slightly faster. This is really due to the fact that the Plus models have to push more pixels.

We do believe that TSMC will be the main supplier of the new chips for iPhones in the future thanks to their better battery life in the current iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models.

What do you think? Let us know below.

iPhone 7

iPhone 7 To Be As Thin As iPod Touch

The iPhone 6S still hasn’t even been officially announced, yet we’re already hearing rumors that the iPhone 7 will be as thin as the iPod touch lineup. This speculation is thanks to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In one of his recent reports, he states that in 2016 ( a year from now), Apple could release the iPhone 7 with the thinness of an iPod touch. The current iPod touch is 6.1mm thin. Kuo suggests that Apple may be pushing to make the iPhone 7 between 6.0mm and 6.5mm thin. Right now, the iPhone 6 comes in at 6.9mm thin, and the iPhone 6 Plus is at 7.1 mm thin. The iPhone 6S is reportedly going to be about 7.1mm thin and the iPhone 6S Plus will be around 7.3mm thin.

So what does all this mean? Well, for starters, Apple is uppingĀ the thickness of the iPhone 6S this year, probably because they’re tired of replacing people’s bent iPhones. But there could also be yet another reason. Apple is sneaky, and this year if the iPhone 6S is 7.1mm, and next year they release the iPhone 7 at 6.1mm, they have a great selling point, that the iPhone 7 is “1 whole mm thinner than the previous generation!”. Clever right?

With all this in mind, it’s helpful to understand why so thin? Personally, we’d rather see improved battery life on our device rather than a razor thin iPhone. Thin does look good, though. Kuo believes the iPhone 7 will stick to the in-cell touch panel rather than opt for the glass-on-glass. With glass-on-glass, we would possibly see a bezel-free iPhone which would be sweet! But alas, Apple wants to have fewer production issues, and using glass-on-glass could slow production down considerably.

Here’s what we think Apple wants. Apple wants us to use our Apple Watch more and rely less on the iPhone. If people did this, they’d notice their iPhone battery not deplete as quickly. However Apple needs to understand that not everyone has an Apple Watch, nor does everyone want one.

So what do you think? Wouldn’t you rather a slightly thicker iPhone if it meant we didn’t have to carry around backup batteries all the time?