All three new iPhones to have 3GB RAM, deluxe iPhone to come with "two packs of batteries", according to analyst

The three new iPhones that Apple is set to unveil in 2017 will likely come with 3GB of RAM, according to Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri.

Arcuri published a research note in late March, outlining his prognosis for several key hardware areas of the new Apple flagships. These conclusions are based on his examinations of Cupertino's supply chain, and an excerpt from the note can be found below, courtesy of MacRumors:

If this turns out to be correct, it would mean that only the smallest 4.7-inch model will actually get an upgrade in the system memory department, as last year's iPhone 7 Plus already sports 3GB RAM. 

While we're really not sure how to visualize or comment on the "extended battery life with two packs of batteries" for the alleged deluxe 5.8-inch iPhone model, what's a bit concerning is that the base variants of the two regular "7s" models are tipped to only start at 32GB of internal storage. Granted, it is surely better than the minuscule 16GB that Apple offered for the iPhone 6s/6s Plus and earlier models, but as one of our colleagues rightly pointed out, 64GB is the new storage standard for 2017 and Cupertino needs to get on board, especially since it doesn't include Micro SD slots in its phones.

The research note also backs up earlier information from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who stated that the three new iPhones will stay with Lightning connectors, but will be based on a USB Type-C system in order to ensure faster charging. Kuo is known to be a reliable source of information (so much so that some call him the "Apple Guru"), thus it is very likely that Tim Cook & Co. will opt to stick with Lightning, as opposed to the infamous WSJ article which said that the 2017 models will have a USB-C port. 

source: MacRumors



1. peace247 unregistered

So basically its same as expected.

2. TheVarnimal

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 22, 2015

What are you talking about? Did you even read the article, or the headline? The 6S Plus itself only had 2GB of RAM and there was no 32GB option, nor a 256GB one from what I recall. The only similarity to the 6S will be the Apple logo. Considering it'll have more RAM, different and larger storage options, a completely new model with what is apparently greater battery capacity than before and what everyone has been asking for. There was really no point or backing for your comment.

4. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Where's the innovation Apple? Everyone starts complaining that Samsung didn't do much to the S8 when it's actually a phone which has changed a lot of things. But it's totally innovative when all Apple does is add more storage,RAM,CPU,Battery. Genius

8. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Apple following the Android trend of more and more hardware as the main selling point.

13. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

No one is claiming that adding more RAM is innovative. Why are you so salty about this?

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The iPhone isn't out yet Zack, we've seen the S8, and yes it's awesome. Let's let Apple officially unveil its devices, before blasting it. You talk as if it's October already.

17. kiko007

Posts: 7523; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You're wasting your breath. This Zack character went straight to bashing without even the slightest clue what the iPhone X/8/whatever has in store. Probably just another dude more worried about the outside of his phone more than the inside. Ironic really, because I guarantee you if the S8 was a blown up S7, half the people here would still clamour about it like schoolgirls about the varsity QB. Sad how tribalism can make people blind to any and every other perspective.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good post. These trolls are so pathetic man.

27. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Lol the hypocrisy in your comment is hilarious. Accusing others of tribalism and being blind... Comedically it doesn't get better than this. Also, I assume you know what the iPhone 8 is then, since you claim he doesn't know what it isn't. Because as far as the most recent rumors go, the iPhone 8 seems to be just the same as the iPhone 7. They can't even get the depth camera right or get the curved screen anymore.

20. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Chill, it's all rumors. Wait for apple to say what they are doing and how they are doing it.

3. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Two packs of batteries? Meaning one spare that I can replace on the go? (holding my breath)

5. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Not like that buddy, never gonna happen. It's just another battery inside to fully utilize all the space inside the phone. Since batteries cannot have unusual designs, nor is it feasible to manufacture such batteries.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

just like what I think :D just look at macbook (or other ultrabook and tablet) battery

10. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I know. But still nothing wrong with hoping.

6. Guaire

Posts: 897; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Once upon a time Microsoft was working on 2 smaller batteries each calibrated for different tasks instead of single big one for extended battery life. 32GB perfectly makes sense from Apple's perspective. Base model of iPhones always will come like that as long as masses lined up for it, because its profit margins are lower. It must be insufficient enough to force large number of Apple addicts to spend more for larger storage model, but not that insufficient to force them to ditch them for another brand. Would 64GB be insufficient enough for basic needs at 2018? I don't think so.

7. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

I don't get the 2 battery pack thing, wouldn't it be more efficient to have just 1 big battery. Not only that, it would mean double the chance to explode.

14. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Maybe one of them is an unusual shape?

26. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Please read the comment I posted about the battery thing above. It answers your question.

11. davthom123

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

doesn't gionee have a phone with 2 battery packs.the m5 or m6 I think

28. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Considering the money Apple makes and how big IOS and applications for it have gotten, they surely should be offering 64GB as a minimum option. But they keep the base iPhone with smaller storage, not for cost reasons, but because it pushes buyers to get the more expensive option. Samsung made the best move in finally making both S8 models 64GB. Since iPhone's dont have extended capabilities like split screen apps and isn't pushing 2K+ displays, then I guess 3GB is enough. But the iPhone really should be 5.1 and 5.7" by now. The base model should be 1080p for what it costs and the Plus would be so much better at 1440p. They should go back making them a tad thicker so they can actually placed a single large battery. Putting 2 separate packs inside a phone seems weird even if technically larger batteries are 2 cells in a single package. The iPhone 7 cost $220 to make. For $230 it can be 64GB. Apple is plane cheap. As one YouTube poster showed, not only is Apple cheap, even though the base iPhone is now 32GB, they bought the slowest possible option and he clearly showed how the 32GB Flash storage is considerably slower than the larger capacity model. Samsung doesn't do this or any other OEM we know of. Yet iFans always bragging about Apple;'s money. Well since so many people buy their products, they have even more reason to make them more better. Makign an ever better product would land even more sales.

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