Supply chain "confirms" 6GB of memory on 2020 Apple iPhone Pro models

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Things are beginning to fall into place as far as the Apple iPhone 12 is concerned, as long as we keep in mind that these handsets won't be unveiled for close to 10 months. In other words, any rumored specs we hear about now might not come close to what we find on the final version of the phones. Late last month, when the sun still set at a decent hour in the U.S., we passed along the latest rumors about the iPhone 12 family that came from the Nikkei Asian Review.

Perhaps the most important change coming to the iPhone next year is support for 5G. Right now, the next generation of wireless connectivity is being tested in dribs and drabs in the states, but that will change on December 6th when T-Mobile and its departing CEO John Legere flip the switch to turn on 5G coverage for 200 million Americans. And to make sure that the 5G iPhone models are compatible with both mmWave and sub-6GHz spectrum, the 5G iPhones are expected to be equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X55 5G modem chip. They also will be powered by the A14 Bionic SoC which will be designed by Apple and manufactured by TSMC using its 5nm process. Lower process numbers mean that more transistors can fit inside an integrated circuit making it more powerful and energy-efficient. Thus, the 5nm A14 Bionic will be more powerful and consume less battery life than the 7nm A13 Bionic.

Barclays also expects Time of Flight sensors on the back of next year's "Pro" models


Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis and members of the firm's research team traveled to Asia to meet with companies in Apple's supply chain and issued a research note to clients that was viewed by MacRumors. Some of what Curtis and the others were able to discover matches earlier leaks, which is often the sign that there is some truth to them. The Barclays report states that the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will both sport 6GB of memory, a 50% hike from the 4GB found on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Barclays also says that the iPhone 12 Pro models will each have rear-facing 3D mapping which implies the use of a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor on both models. Last summer, TF International's reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the same thing.

With ToF technology, infrared signals are sent out to a subject and the time it takes for them to bounce off and return to the phone is counted. From this data, 3D maps and more reliable depth information can be generated. This should lead to an enhanced and more realistic bokeh blur on portraits, improved AR effects, and a rear-facing version of Face ID. Unlike the TrueDepth Camera system that Apple employs for Face ID at present, it reportedly will turn to VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) for the ToF sensor. This could allow Apple to offer a secure facial recognition system that scans faces as far away as 15-feet compared to the 25 to 50 centimeters range available with Face ID.


The Barclays report also mentions that the Apple iPhone SE 2 will start production in February. The "budget" iPhone is based on the iPhone 8 with a 4.7-inch LCD display carrying a 750 x 1334 (HD) resolution. There will be no Face ID, of course, but it will come with the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. That's not to say that there won't be any upgrades to the device; it will be powered by the same A13 Bionic chip that drives the 2019 iPhones and will come with 3GB of memory compared to the 2GB that is found inside the iPhone 8. TF International's Kuo expects Apple to offer models with 64GB and 128GB of storage in Space Gray, Silver, and Red. Pricing for the device, he says, should start at $399 and up.

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26 Comments

1. Busyboy

Posts: 738; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

If all three models offer ProMotion displays, I'll finally switch to iOS.

2. Rocket

Posts: 703; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

6GB? wow!

3. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

As an iPhone owner...about time!

5. LEEDAQ

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

mate my 6s still rocking hard with 2GB. Unlike droids iOS ram utilization is unbeatable

20. tbreezy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Indeed, the iPad Air 2 also runs great and multitasking just fine with 2GB RAM on iPad OS. Anyone who believes iOS NEEDS 6GB RAM is an idiot, Apple are expanding on their Camera features and they need RAM for that, not for iOS itself. We are still going to see a phone with 4 camera lenses from them and that will require more RAM for features like Deep Fusion and AR.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

https://youtu.be/CusxWlCsTfQ Pro Max RAM in effect

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That extra 2 gigs is sorely needed. Apple realized it had a RAM issue with the iPhones, and they feel this will address it. About damn time, and no pat on the back Apple, the iPhone X shoulda had 6 gigs. Again, this is ridiculous.

6. Iodine

Posts: 1503; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Make an example of a single situation where 4GB is not enough on an iPhone.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can in 5 words, and 1 number. 1. iPhone 2. 11 3. Pro 4. RAM (technically RAM isn't a word, it's an acronym) 5. Management 6. Issues. See how easy that was. I own a Pro Max, and it still reloads way too much. Now all of a sudden Apple will move to 6 gigs. Stop letting Apple lull you to sleep dude.

9. Vancetastic

Posts: 1754; Member since: May 17, 2017

Game. Set. Match. LOL.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He really thinks I don't know about those issues, or maybe he thinks I'm lying about owning a Pro Max. Proof is in the pudding lol.

12. Vancetastic

Posts: 1754; Member since: May 17, 2017

Yeah, we are just making this up. All hail Apple, where all products are perfect, and elves frolic with unicorns. Our XR must be counterfeit or something.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What gets me, is how mad Apple fans get when Apple product users speak openly, and honestly about their own user experience. There's obviously a big difference in fans, and product users. I like Apple, but no more than I like Samaung, and will openly criticize both, but Apple is the one overcharging and under delivering...not Samsung. As long as I spend my hard earned money on these products, I have the right to speak the good and bad. Notice, you never see me on LG, Huawei, or BlackBerry articles speaking on them, cause I don't own or use those products, so I have no right to speak on them other than how they look to me. I credit several, but only bash what I personally own, or spend/spent my money on.

24. Vancetastic

Posts: 1754; Member since: May 17, 2017

They do seem to take it personally. I'm guessing their device is their only friend. Nothing else makes sense.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'd have to agree.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The same 4 gigs on the X, was causing too many reloads. It's all over youtube. Apple decided to stay with 4 gigs on the XS/MAX, and there were way too many reloads. The 11 Pro/Max is having the exact same issue, plus some software issues, and with the 12, they'll finally up the RAM. Hmmmm. I welcome it, but 6 should've been on the X, with the 12 getting 8. It's clear the 11 Pro is too capable for 4 gigs.

14. JMartin22

Posts: 2387; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

iOS isn’t actually an efficient or good piece of software at all. The more it becomes like Android, the more unstable it becomes

16. MrFreeman

Posts: 63; Member since: Jan 29, 2016

It was 3GB on the X however it wasn't enough to run all the apps in memory and they only increased by 1GB whereas other companies do a much larger jump to compensate for s**tty devs who can't optimise their apps. Apple has to do the optimisation on their part and it certainly doesn't make up for lack of physical hardware. Apple should really be safe than sorry about this matter, more ram is never harmful. Note8 had 6GB on release and it was a good choice.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My bad, you’re right, it was 3. 3-4 gigs is just not enough.

19. tbreezy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

There is none, iPhones run beautifully on 4GB RAM. All they need this RAM for is more Camera features really.

18. tbreezy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

This is all for Camera features, iOS itself runs great on 2GB RAM. The 6GB RAM will help them expand in AR and further develop Deep Fusion and video recording. If they weren’t busy improving their cameras they wouldn’t need all that RAM at all. iPad Air 2 Multitasks just fine with 2GB RAM on iPad OS.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No they don't.

23. MrFreeman

Posts: 63; Member since: Jan 29, 2016

Smh, that's not the sole purpose of more ram at all. Do you know how many processes are in the background while you switch apps frequently too? Smartphones are intelligent enough to allocate left over ram elsewhere when needed, none of this "we don't need anymore ram". Apps become more hungry for memory as time goes and having the extra power is welcome.

25. Vancetastic

Posts: 1754; Member since: May 17, 2017

I use an iPad Air 2 at work daily. It is slow, and does not multitask. Your story is cute, though.

27. myvyny

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 24, 2019

So, please for everyone who is making all these iPhone 12 models I BAG YOU NOT MAKING 4 CAMERAS!!! The fourth camera is the TIME OF FLIGHT camera and it's ABOUT THE SAME SIZE AS THE FLASH!!! Just look at the Note 10! There are some models on the Everything Apple Pro YouTube channel wich has the design I'm meaning, so please one more time THE FOURTH CAMERA IS NOT AS BIG AS THE FIRST THREE ONES!!!!

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