Next-gen iPhones to switch to 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM, surpass 50 million quarterly shipments?

Next-gen iPhones to switch to 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM, surpass 50 million quarterly shipments?
If KGI Securities' Ming-chi Kuo's analyst predictions haven't fulfilled your daily prescription of next-gen iPhone leaks, consider this ample dose of insider information courtesy of research firm TrendForce! From their report, we get to read some very interesting, and genuine-sounding statements regarding the next Apple flagships' shipment orders, RAM and memory capacity, Force Touch capabilities, and LED back-light. Here's a breakdown of the report outlining all the promising details scouted by TrendForce.

24 to over 50 million quarterly shipments


TrendForce says both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the iPhone 6s will enter mass production in June. This jibes with Ming-chi Kuo's predictions for an early September launch. Shipments will begin in the third quarter of 2015, to an initial tune of 25 million units, the bulk of them being 4.7-inch iPhones. Throughout the fourth quarter, Apple expects to double the shipments, eventually surpassing 50 million.

2GB of LPDDR4 RAM memory


TrendForce says Apple will increase the iPhone's RAM memory to 2GB, matching the iPad Air 2. It will also utilize LPDDR4 RAM modules supplied by Samsung and SK Hynix. According to analysts' estimates, memory production for the next iPhone will consume an additional 20,000 wafers per month at both facilities. Additionally, the next Apple flagship will have its minimum storage capacity raised to 32GB, with 16GB options being entirely omitted. According to TrendForce, approximately 18% of all NAND flash consumption this year will come from the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Force Touch a "strong possibility", tough not a killer feature at first


TrendForce is another institution that claims Force Touch will be incorporated in the new iPhones. It will represent a pressure-sensitive touch module housed below the display, which will produce different commands and feedback depending on how long and strong the user presses on it. The component itself will involve a flexible printed circuit located under the LCD module that controls a pressure sensor. US-based Analog Devices is expected to supply the integrated controllers, with Apple designing and implementing the firmware.

TrendForce speculates the technology won't offer tangible user experience improvements at first, as app developers will have to understand it and incorporate it in their apps. However, the analysts refer to Force Touch as "an important milestone in Apple's innovation in touch sensor technology" and it's likely that developers will find meaningful ways to interact with it, making iOS apps stand out from competing platforms until Android manufacturers produce a competing answer to it.

Thinner LED backlight and dual-LED camera flash


Apple will trust its Japanese suppliers for LED chips used in the next iPhone's backlight module. The backlight will see a reduction in size, from 0.6t (3.0 x 0.85 x 0.6mm) to 0.4t (3.0 x 0.85 x 0.4mm), allowing for a thinner device.

Moreover, the camera's LED flash will once again utilize two LEDs of different color temperatures to create a more natural light when shooting low-light scenes. We already know Apple will continue using Sony camera sensors, and we've pondered the possibility of switching to a 12MP unit from the 8MP shooter people know and love.

So, this is what the analysts in TrendForce have in store for us. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are shaping up nicely, don't you think?

source: TrendForce

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128 Comments

1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

2GB of RAM? How revolutionary!...

7. waddup121 unregistered

Honestly never thought I'll see the day with Apple doing 2GB of RAM FINALLY on a flagship device. #truth

41. TyrionLannister unregistered

There is iPad air 2 which is a flagship Apple device. It also has 2 GB RAM.

60. sgodsell

Posts: 7324; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The only reason why Apple is adding 2 GB of ram in their iPhones is because of Apple's Swift. It will need it because swift is actually slow.

83. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

There is nothing flagship about the Air.

113. gaming64 unregistered

Yet still performs better than other tablets in the market. Im getting one as a gift. I'll have to wait till next month. So excited!

25. AlikMalix unregistered

Actually, as proven, anyone these days can slap 2, 3, or 4GB ram on their phone. IT IS Revolutionary (as you put it) to do accomplish what Apple has with just 1GB of ram - have you played some iOS games on iPhone 6 or even 5s? iPhones slo-mo videos are best in quality, frame rate, and resolution combined into one - all with 1 GB: that's revolutionary. Furthermore, you don't see buncha iOS users clamping for more ram - it's a welcome addition, but it doesn't feel lacking - the only ones complaint about ram are Apple haters here on this site - techie, taters, etc. Certantly Apple is adding ram because of future plans they have for iOS due to 3+ years of updates seeded to every iPhone.

43. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i agree with you but the reason they are adding it is because their watches. They are sluggish

65. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Even that isn't revolutionary. The ram you need depends on the os. Android needs more as it can multi task big time. Ios doesn't so it needs less. Ios didn't need 2gb until a yr ago. The iphone 6 plus needs 2gb as it reopens apps allot also it struggling with allot ot tabs open in the browser. It will be needed even more if ios gets the features of android

66. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol revolutionary to strip down your OS to so little processes that 1gb of ram is all you need? That's not called revolutionary. That is called not giving the user any freedom in order to improve performance or stripping features features in favour of performance. Revolutionary?! Rofl puleeze.

68. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

What is revolutionary is that they can charge you 8 gb of ram and only give you 1gb of ram and get away with it. That is either impressive or their fans are sheep. You decide.

74. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Actually you are very wrong.... IT IS amazing what they accomplish with only 1GB of RAM but people DO NEED more and even PapaSmurf admited that this was one of the cons of its beloved 6+. I have played games on an iPhone 6 and 5s and while the games itself are good, the applications that were previously used are closed so you CANT go back and instantly open them.... iPhone slo-mo videos are good but the 5s had 480p scaled to 720p... so the quality is not the best... the iPhone 6 improved it. but this has nothing to do with having 1GB of RAM. I am glad that I have 2GB of RAM even if Android is less optimized than iOS because my phone works great everyday using the following apps on the background: - Sony Lifelog - FB Messenger - Whatsapp - Hangouts - Llama - Sony App Remote - Headset Battery Meter - Sony Smart Connect - Google Now - Gmail - other services, OS, etc And all of that is always working and allows me to use heavy foreground apps without losing functionality or freezing apps in the process. I admit that out of my 2 GB of RAM I constantly have around 400MB free but this is KNOWING that all of the services and apps running will stay running in the back.

139. srgonu

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

If you think what apple did with 16gb RAM is revolutionary, why aren't they able to do it on Mac. Coz they don't strip the OS on Mac, so realize bud that is not revolutionary

85. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

DUDE!!! Have you ever made apps for iOS? Because I have. As a dev you are forced to make apps that don't use more than 50% of the available RAM. You are just trying to justify crap 3 year old hardware. The IPhone doesn't do crap so how is it amazing the OS needs only 1GBof RAM. Compare it to the Note. The Note a 3GB of A, because t ha full multi-tasking, you can use more than one app on the screen it has very high resolutions, it has camera capable of 4 recording and more I could say more. Won't matter though.

119. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Compare to the exchange rates I do daily, I could care less it does all that. Because unless you are totally engrossed in the phone to the point you need all that AMAZING things to run in the background....constantly...which kills the battery for normal everyday use, that doesn't bother me I am never without a charger for a very large percentage of my day even if the 1520 doesn't need one, it is there. However the point is moot. Because apple is one device you get to cherry pick one android device as well. Which is acceptable, since they both cost near the same amount. But yet despite all that...apps for android are still written largely for the least common denominator...4.x android and up for phones that are still 2yrs old. And of the games that do use the power, they look just the same on iOS.

138. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Uhm, my OnePlus One runs multiple stuff in the background constantly and battery is NEVER a problem. Easily lasts me the whole 25 hours or more. Battery is no excuse for being stupidly limited, especially on such hefty price tag phone.

140. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

And when you can go into the multitudes of stores for help when something goes wrong, then we will talk more about the type of people wanting the service of an iPhone. Charging a phone is over rated, with access to literally hundreds of plugs a day, the common person wont care that when they get home they plug it in. They care when they leave the home at 6am and need charging at 9am. As stated in a last post of mine, Android drivers are like Porsche owners at the SCCA track where a miata just beat their car. The only one that 'truly' cares is the Porsche driver. You can talk till your blue in the face about the OnePlus but in the end you are the Porsche driver among normal and the only one who 'truly' cares. I don't even like apple, but the one thing I find totally ironic is that Android is ALL ABOUT CHOICE, yet they always deny apple buyers their choice of product....GENIUS.

129. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

you're clearly not a developer, its total BS. what you are, is a hater. delevopers have healthy respect for the work they do. its either you make apps for android only or have not use ios before all the apps that runs of note, runs on ios, as efficient. what it gets done in 3 to 4gb, it does it in 1. and also, jailbreak tweaks support, multiple windows in ios, it has no problems . its about time ,you study more about the work you do.

135. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I think you hit the reply button to the wrong person. I have played around with developing apps as fun, nothing big, i like doing 3d models more. As stated, you do not write a game to run on 1-5% of android devices in the wild. Which would be the Note. You write the code for the least common denominator, then 'up it' for hadware support of more powerful hardware. just like a PC. But in the end the time and all the effort, you will not find one thing a high end game that is released on iOS or Android do differently. Maybe a few things here or there, but it would be so moot, that literally only the blind fanboys would care or sever techies that have no affiliation and just like tech. I use iOS all day, mainly a 5c and 6+, i use and have access to over a dozen androids as part of my work, i own a z3 after my note 3. My current OS of choice however is WP, using my beloved 1520. As stated, i could care less what the phone can do, if it is a pain it isnt worth it, half the reason i dumped my note 3. What is the point of all that ram and specs, when in a race of some 15 apps or so, back and forth the Note 4 was just 3 seconds faster than a 6+, in a 2 min race...with all that SoC, Ram, multitasking support it got 3 seconds...woooo....

91. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

What you're stating relates the cpu and nothing to do with the RAM

127. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

i agree its a welcome addtion. its like a r35 gtr, doesnt have much under the hood, but when it comes to performace, it delivers what big engines cant. despite some phones havig large cpu and ram, they still lag, people use those cleaner apps to make phone run smoother. really :/ in a 3gb phone.

40. Simona unregistered

and they will get ''BRAND NEW'' NFC :)

80. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

they already have NFC.. it's just the chip isn't unlocked to be used for anything other than Apple Pay. If they do announce open NFC on the new phones, they'll similarly announce that the 6 and 6+ will function the same.

76. AnTuTu

Posts: 1608; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

The reason they are adding 2 gigs is because iOS lags her and there and it sucks so hard when switching between apps.

81. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

You're full of s**t. iOS has not lagged. 8.0 initial release did have some problems but they were ironed out. Switching between apps is not hard at all.. the only times RAM is constrained when switching between apps, is when trying to switch from one game to another, or something similarly RAM intensive.. of which there are very few things.

86. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

false.

107. gaming64 unregistered

How bout stop acting like a douche?

121. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Meh 3 seconds in a 2 min race of more than 10 apps between the note 4 and 6+ is nothing to write home about.

82. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I love ur sarcasm :D

132. PaglaKhabiKiJhnajheMoreyJabi

Posts: 8; Member since: May 22, 2015

don't worry bro.. it has that half-eaten apple slammed on it's back.. even if it shipped with 1.1 GB RAM that would have been such an "incremental" update for the iMinions and have them drool over it, standing in the queue and paying 100 bucks more...!!

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