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

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34 Comments

1. peace247 unregistered

So basically its same as 6s....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: 31045; 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: 7493; 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: 31045; 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: 7112; 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: 886; 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. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/528201/digital-summit-microsoft-aims-for-smartphones-that-run-for-a-week/ 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.

12. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

How about "there are a lot of people with 10-20 GB of free storage out of 29 GB, that don't need to spend 100$ to get a base model of a phone"?

15. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Those people would not have to spend $100 more (or even more than that outside USA) if base model was 64GB. And a lot of currently 128GB users would stick with 64GB. They are ultimately unimportant at Apple's offers. http://bgr.com/2015/09/09/32gb-iphone-6s-6s-plus/

18. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Show me a Samsung S8 that costs 650$ (in US) for the base model and I will believe you.

22. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I can't see your point. What Samsung has to do with Apple's pricing scheme? Did I need to succesfully defend Samsung S8's price to point out how Apple decides base storage for the iPhone? Most of OEMs have/had similar policies. Even Xiaomi which pride itself with selling its phones at near cost. When OEMs didn't encourage consumers to their more expensive models with insufficient storage, they are doing it with other ways. Remember LG G3. It had MicroSD slot, because of that, base model came with 2GB RAM. At the time 2GB was not really flagship grade. Samsung S6 had 32GB/64GB/128GB storage options because it had not MicroSD. When it has returned with the S7, storage options has disappeared. Because Samsung customers demanded expandable storage. Once it has MicroSD slot, except a small crowd most of the consumers would get a cheap MicroSD instead paying $100 more for each step extra internal storage despite the fact internal storage and is faster more reliable. Samsung would like to better margins too. Later Samsung find a way to creating premium perception with it curved screens. Today NAND storage within smartphones costs as low as around 0.25USD per GB. And Apple is one of the biggest buyers out there and can cut the best deal possible. So safe to assume 128GB has around $76 more profit margin. Costs going to plummet further with 3D NANDs. Today what makes an iPhone more premium comparing to other iPhone? 1. Screen size. 2. Storage. iPhone SE shares very similar hardware with 6s, but it was $250 cheaper at launch. Old Plus models used to be $100 more expensive. Surface area wise S8 (not S8+) has slightly larger screen than iPhone 7 Plus, not counting diagonal. So from Apple's perspective it should be more premium if Apple had directly comparable product. It also has twice as storage comparing to base model, which is also more premium again. And it offers the opportunity for even more storage. Don't get me wrong, I'm not defending Samsung, just trying to show you if it was Apple, it most likely would be even MUCH more expensive. Remember rumors about 5.8" OLED screen iPhone 8 gonna start from $1000.

24. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It's not about the price of Samsung devices but the price of higher storage base model. The price of the base S7, without taxes, was 650$, the price of the base S8 is 720$; why should I have to pay 50-70$ more so that you can pay 30-50$ less for your higher storage need? Let me have the 32 GB model for 650$, you can pay the same 720$ for your 64 GB and we can all be happy. The rest of what you have written, although interesting I suppose, it's for another topic.

25. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

For clarification, I'm neither a Samsung user nor saying iPhone should have 64GB for base model, because I'm not an Apple user too. Ultimately I don't care. Apple users are happy enough with their iPhones, Apple is happy with its profits. I was just trying to explain why it's starting from 32GB and probably that won't change until 2019. If S8 had a flat 5.1" 16:9 screen they couldn't ask that price for 64GB storage alone.

32. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Yes, they could.

31. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Leo the increase in S8 price come from the new screen much more than for the new onboard memory size.

34. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Today there is a 200 euro (with taxes) difference between S7 and S8 - base models; S8 costs 100 euro more than S7 did when it was launched.

21. verbalize

Posts: 150; Member since: May 03, 2013

32 GB is not intended for the private owner in most cases. They make this 32 GB for corporate America. Thousand of companies hand them out to do basic stuff like phone calls and emails. They would probably be fine with the 16 GB. I work for a very large company and all the employees have the 32 GB phones. Yes... there are a large chunk of privet owners that 32 GB works fine for them. If it's not for you then don't buy it.. think out of the box everyone. It's not all about YOU!!'!!

23. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I am a private owner and I bought a 32 GB (base) model, because I only need 20 GB. The only thing I'm saying is thous who want more storage should pay out of their own pocket, not out of mine, which I'm ok with base model storage.

30. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Leo in todays world a 64 gb chip cost less than a 16 gb chip 3 years ago.. So thats a nice excuse.

29. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Leo if you dont use your phone why pay so much for an iphone? Just get any phone priced at half the price of the iphone and you gonna be served. Why pay700$ if all you do if call ppl and text?

33. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I use my phone more than one that has filled it with 200 GB of media. I manage hundreds of messages daily, I use the cloud, the internet, Facetime etc.

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.

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