Kuo: Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 7s Plus will have 3GB of RAM; only 2GB of RAM will be found on iPhone 7s

Kuo: Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 7s Plus will have 3GB of RAM; only 2GB of RAM will be found on iPhone 7s
Yesterday, we passed along several rumors pertaining to the upcoming 2017 Apple iPhone models. First, we told you that we could see the three new handsets unveiled on September 12th along with the Apple Watch Series 3. The latter is expected to have its own LTE radio, embedded eSIM, and the ability to make/take calls without pairing to an iPhone. Pre-orders for the Apple iPhone 7s, Apple iPhone 7s Plus and Apple iPhone 8 are said to begin on September 15th with the actual launch of the new iPhone units taking place on September 22nd.

Another rumor that we told you about yesterday said that the base model of the tenth anniversary iPhone (aka the Apple iPhone 8) will come with 64GB of native storage. The mid-range version will feature 256GB of storage, and the high-end unit will feature a whopping 512GB of internal storage. This is in line with a report in yesterday's New York Times that had the base 64GB model of the iPhone 8 priced at $999. All summer, we heard that this model could be priced at $1,000 and up.

Speculation has the 64GB NAND Flash memory module for iPhone 8 being produced by SanDisk; the latter is also rumored to make some of the 256GB units. Toshiba is also believed to be delivering similar components. Meanwhile, reports have the 512GB module shipping from Samsung and SK Hynix.

The latest rumor deals with the amount of Random Access Memory (RAM) on the 2017 iPhone models. According to KGI Securities reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 7s Plus will both employ 3GB of RAM. The Apple iPhone 7s will work with 2GB of RAM. Considering that top-shelf Android handsets have 4GB to 6GB of RAM inside, you might wonder whether the lower amount of RAM is a handicap for iOS users. But the truth is, you cannot make a comparison because iOS requires a lower amount of RAM for multitasking than Android needs.

Additionally, Kuo says that DRAM transfer speeds on all three 2017 models will be 10% to 15% faster than the speed on the iPhone 7. The analyst says that this is being done to improve AR performance on the new models.

source: MacRumors

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63 Comments

1. TypicalGeek

Posts: 211; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

2GB of Memory is all I need. LOL On a serious note, Come on Apple, 4GB for iPhone 8 isn't going to kill your margin. It's like $2 different.

4. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

To be fair a 3GB RAM iPhone is plenty fast enough.

7. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

That's what people said when iPhone had 1GB ram too.

8. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Of course it will need to increase at some point, and it wouldn't hurt to have more. But my point is, at its current state, it is enough.

16. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I know it is enough for smooth operations. I am a 7 Plus user.

24. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Ohh I see, enjoy your super fast and fluid phone! Nice having a proper conversation with you, haven't had that in a while here in PA due to increasing number of trolls.

28. BuffaloSouce unregistered

It's like looking in the mirror isn't it?

48. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Yeah I know, trolls are increasing.

45. sgodsell

Posts: 7191; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If anyone buys the iPhone 7s is an idiot. Especially with apps that are using ARkit and unity. Even the smallest app is huge. Plus that low screen resolution really doesn't cut it in 2017, especially at flagship prices.

14. Valinor

Posts: 174; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Yeah but 4 would have been better, especially for the price you're paying. 2gb for the iphone 7s is definitely not enough. Its the shame s**t they did with the ipad air and iphone 6 plus. Not giving it enough ram which is gonna cause alot of page reloads in the browser and other annoyances. The 7s should have gotten 3gb and which should have resulted in the iphone 8 and 7s plus to get 4gb. Actually if the iphone 8 is gonna be the special phone, it should have definitely gotten 4gb.

51. whatev

Posts: 2193; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

But that doesn’t matter, it will outperform all android devices, even the older iPhones and iPads will do just like the iPhone 6 outperforms the GS8

52. sgodsell

Posts: 7191; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Oh yes an iPhone 6 should outperform lots of Android smartphones with QHD displays, especially when an iPhone 6 is only pushing 1/4 of the pixels compared to a device that has a QHD display. Tell us again if Apples AX SoCs are so fast, then why is Apple scraping Imaginations PowerVR. You idolts preach what every Apple feeds you. Idiots.

53. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Now somebody is trolling. Can't even have a decent conversation without an interruption from a troll. What does Android performance got to do with the article? iPhone having good hardware is a moot point because there is no other phone brand that run iOS. Comparing Apple hardware to Android hardware is like comparing to distinctive fruits.

27. Cat97

Posts: 1858; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Actually Apple does this in order to force you to upgrade sooner. If the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 had 2GB of RAM, they would be very useable today and many people would not want to upgrade. But as of today, both models are very slow due to iOS upgrades and low 1GB RAM amount, such that most people will eventually upgrade. As such, more RAM means more years of ownership. The processor and graphics speeds for many tasks are already quite enough nowadays.

30. path45th

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

My iPhone 5s is actually performing very well for a four year old model. So well performing that I don't find the reason to upgrade to a newer iPhone. I hope iOS 11 won't slow it down. If iOS 11 performs as well as iOS 10 I will upgrade next year. What you say is wrong. You haven't tried an iPhone 5s.

47. sgodsell

Posts: 7191; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Clearly you are wrong. You don't even know that the iPhone 5s is now 5 years old.

50. whatev

Posts: 2193; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

These fandroids think they are the smartest and they can’t even do a simple maths operation *rolls eyes

54. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

a single fandroid (sgodsell) gets math wrong. whatev bashes "these" fandroids. LOL You also think that you are smart but can't even see yourself as the same as those fanboys of the other side that you bash.

58. whatev

Posts: 2193; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I’m sorry, but you can’t see me trolling android articles, it’s annoying to me when I see Apple articles and then the comment section is plagued with Android insects, so I’m not related to your statement

61. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"but you can’t see me trolling android articles" LOL. "Whatev"-er you say darlin' "it’s annoying to me when I see Apple articles and then the comment section is plagued with Android insects" So it's annoying to you when Android insects troll Apple articles, but not when Apple insects troll Android articles? Such double standards, you're just proving my point that you're a biased fanboy.

62. whatev

Posts: 2193; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I’m talking about me, I’m not trolling on android articles, am I? Sometimes I see android articles but I don’t make any comment, and I agree I see trolls from apple side but if you go statistically you’ll see a really lower portion of apple trolls in comparison to android ones on apple articles, you can’t deny that fact, and you say you’re an unbiased person but I can see you take sides sometimes

63. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Android trolls are numerous in numbers because of the sheer number of Android users, so if we are talking in percentages per side, it's just the same. Also times are changing, ever since the Note 7 fiasco anti-Samsung trolls have skyrocketed in number, if you didn't notice. That's the keyword, "sometimes", depends on the situation, when I see a huge hypocrite, I side with the one pointing him out. And no one can ever be completely unbiased, we'e just humans, but I'm pretty darn sure I'm less biased than most people here.

59. whatev

Posts: 2193; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

And he’s not the only one wrong about the iPhone 5S, 6 age, I saw the same mistake in another comment section, that’s why I’m saying this

55. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Read post 50 and 51 again and let us know who is the smart Alex? I know iPhone is a great device otherwise no body would pay the high price to own one. I also have no doubt that 2Gb ram would be sufficient for iOS 11 because apple would not compromise usability in a newly release iPhone 7s. That's a simple logic no need to bring an unrelated things into the discussion. Your need to bash android only show me the insecurity in your iPhone purchasing decision. I can afford to buy 4 iPhone every month but choose not buy even one is because of its value proposition and its ecosystem does not resonant with me. I want Android phone because I want total control of my data and don't mind taking the time to research for a Android phone that would meet my specific needs.

60. whatev

Posts: 2193; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I am not insecure about my purchase, if all, I’m really happy with my devices and I think they are the best products for me, I’ve said many times I’ve used many systems (from Symbian all versions, Maemo 5, Android, windows phone and mobile 10, and now iOS), so I think I have enough experience and knowledge to pick the device that’s best for me, what I can’t stand is people telling me I’m stupid or I’m a sheep for spending my money on Apple because androids have better specs, I think people have freedom to choose whatever they want and that’s why I go nuclear with android trolls, they have been trolling since Symbian^3 times; and on the other hand, throughout these years I have learnt to value more the user experience in general than hardware, for me a hardware that is not used to its potential is just for bragging rights, period

40. mrochester

Posts: 976; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

The iPhone 5S is now 4 years old. If it's only just getting to the point now where users might need to consider upgrading, that is an amazingly long life for a smartphone. The iPhone 5S is Galaxy S4 era. The S4 didn't even make it to Android 6 in 2015 nevermind 7 and 8 in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Pathetic.

49. mikehunta727 unregistered

The 5S and 6 are still very usable today, just pretty frequent page and app reloading

19. willytbk

Posts: 252; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

they don't compete just for the sake of specs.

23. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

on a rough estimate $2*30 million units=$60 million, its a huge margin.

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3099; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I'm drowning in my 8GB One Plus 5. Come on Apple really?

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