According to a new report from TrendForce, a research firm, Apple’s next-generation iPhone model will see a boost in its RAM and the device will also boost a waterproof body. The research firm also added that Apple will also be launching a 4-inch iPhone variant next year.
In a new report, TrendForce claims that the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus will incorporate a 3GB RAM module to provide faster performance and better multitasking. However, the research firm fails to comment whether the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 variant will have the same amount of RAM or not. If Apple introduces 3GB RAM only in the iPhone 7 Plus, it would mean that Apple plans on making its 5.5-inch iPhone 7 variant more feature-rich in coming years.
The other reported feature by the research firm is the waterproof capabilities of the devices. The research firm believes that iPhone 7 will be waterproof which seems a plausible new addition. An iPhone 7 being waterproof does not seem far-fetched as many reviewers have found the current iPhone 6s to be exceptionally water-resistant despite the fact that the company has not mentioned anything related to its iPhone being water-resistant.
While one can believe Apple to make its next iPhone model waterproof, but increasing the memory size seems pretty far fetched given Apple’s past pattern of introducing more memory over different iPhone models. It was only last year when Apple upped the RAM module on its iPhone lineup from 1GB to 2GB in iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. All the iPhone models prior to this years’ 6s upgrades were stuck with 1GB of RAM module since 2012.
While Apple didn’t say that its iPhone 6s is very water-resistant, the company might be ready to announce its iPhone 7 having waterproof capabilities, once they are more sure of their water-proof technology. Some of the major Android manufacturers have been making waterproof devices since last few years now.
Like many other reports, TrendForce also expects Apple to launch a 4-inch iPhone variant – widely referred to as iPhone 6c – in the second half of the year 2016. The device is said to come with hardware similar to the iPhone 5s. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respected track record of predicted Apple’s unreleased product plans, also said in a recent report that an iPhone 6c is in pipeline for the launch in 2016.
The research firm estimates 260 million iPhone units to be shipped in 2016, with an annual growth of 12.5 percent, and market share of 18.5 percent.