The iPhone 6 will most likely have more than 1GB of RAM, and probably get NFC for contact payments

The iPhone 6 will most likely have more than 1GB of RAM, and probably get NFC for contact payments
Yesterday, we published leaked schematics which suggested that the iPhone 6 could appear with the same amount of RAM memory as the iPhone 5S - just 1GB of RAM. With the kind of optimisation Apple is capable of, having only so much memory doesn't sound horrific, but that kind of number isn't very marketable as Android phones with as much as 4GB of RAM are in the pipeline.

Well, it turns out the iPhone 6 most likely isn't coming with 1GB of RAM. A SoC engineer by the name of Todd DeRego has given an educated look at the schematics and explained that it's actually a layout for a NAND flash component - that is, a chip for storing vital information, such as a device's firmware. This means that the schematics don't detail the main memory of the iPhone, but a separate component altogether.

In the case of the iPhone, since iOS 4.0 this 1GB NAND chip has been used for storing the device's bootloader, with the rest of the available space occupied by the "user partition", which contains app and system data, cache, logs, and stuff you generally don't care about in your daily usage. It seems the iPhone 6 will make do with the same amount of NAND storage, which is perfectly fine.

Mr. DeRego spotted another interesting tidbit in the schematics - a NFC chip by NXP Corp, a company that supplies many smartphone manufacturers with them, and also manufactures the iPhone's M7 motion coprocessor. The addition of NFC has been rumored for a while, as reports of Apple's interest in contact payments have surfaced in technological and business publications.

As usual, take these findings with a grain of salt. While the evidence looks convincing, this is the Internet, and its potential for falsifying leaks is limitless.

source: 9to5mac



83. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

This is a shame for iFans :C

81. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

1GB isn't hardly enough. I like to open a lot of apps and tabs on the internet on my iPad. Everytime I switch it has to load it again (apps especially) and its so frustrating having to wait for it due to the lack of RAM. So while iOS interface doesn't necessarily require more RAM, to do more stuff (while you cant really do, due to iOS) more RAM is NEEDED

64. brasstax

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

1.5 or 2gb ram.. Yipee for the industry leading specs. But hang on. This is apple and they have to be unique. So it could be 1.35gb of ram.

63. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

That's alot of RAM for rows of icons.

60. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Still waiting to learn how much RAM the iP6 will be spec'd at. More RAM will be in place for additional multi-tasking, but how much?


Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Damn enough about the iphone 6, never saw a phone being hyped this way. Every hours more rumors and rumors! CRAPPY Phone!

33. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lol I hope the new ipad comes with 2gb RAM, :)

22. 1701nino unregistered

I'm sure even apple will put more memory in the next iphone, they are just doing it slower then anybody else. My ipad 2 is starting to be a little slugish on ios 7 then again my nexus 4 has been slugish on 4.4.4 but after i changed my runtime to ART the situation improved.

17. D.Lamore

Posts: 198; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Whatever it is, I don't see iphone 6 to be worthy upgrade from 5s. For the fact that iphone can't multitask I still don't see how iphone users enjoy a smart phone with closed OS. With andriod you can be watching youtube at the same time chatting on hangouts, and other multitasking techniques. Is iphone really a smart phone?

23. AlikMalix unregistered

"...other multitasking techniques" - do elaborate? But you're right, I have a 5s and I'm not planning on upgrading - dont need to. iPhone 6 is mainly to bring some customers that wanted a big screen back (if they can) that's why they're also adding bunch of features that most iOS users care little about...

24. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

They can's answer. They just keep telling the same BS some Androtakus invented without really knowing why, when, or how it matters.

32. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

How about returning to a previous app or web page without your phone having to reload it, with a few seconds delay and possible loss of earlier input as a result...?

51. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

He can't answer, i$heep just know how to talk bullsh*t about android.

52. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

No problem. My phone doesn't reload upon returning.

82. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I find it hard to believe. But then again, you can't really believe 5H33PS these days. iOS will forever be like that.

39. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

My friend, i know you love and favour Apple. Good. But 1GB is not enough for next iphones at least 2GB should be on board. And I'm excited for new iPhones especially the big one. Imaging an iPhone 5.5 inch screen running 2 apps at the same time, isn't that coool??? But for that you'll need more Random Access Memory. It is great u supporting ur favourite company but if i were you I'll give feedbacks/suggestions/or shows my reaction along with my support rather than blindly accept everything that they do is right and is for our good.

66. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Bro, Note II had it in 2012... It can run 3 apps i think on the same screen. And SIII had that video pop-up thing. Apple might be user-friendly or may be better optimized but it is seriously lacking in features...

77. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

i don't deny the functionality of these features but tbh samsung crams their phone with so many features such as the one you mentioned and the eye scrolling thing but every friend of mine that has a note 2/3 played around with all these "cool" features when they first got their phone for a few weeks never to be used again after same goes for the s-pen except for a friend that scribbles drawing and another that generally like to keep alot of notes that's just my insight !

12. frizodanizzo

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

I don't think 1Gb would be a problem, there doesn't seem to be to many UI enhancements and most unix like operating systems if built well can utilize very minimal amounts of ram. If I remember right some only require 64mb of ram even today. Apps make it seem like all your memory is eaten up but that's how the operating system works. Takes up the majority backgrounds a lot of it, then allocates what's free to other things or disregards whatever else to use for what you need right now. Android tends to just run on a buttload of devices without any optimization really and more customization, obviously would use a lot more memory that way.

11. AlikMalix unregistered

What would happen if Android Flagship phones only had 1GB Ram. iPhone 5s (only 1GB Ram and only dual core processor), runs smooth and experience satisfaction is, well... off the top of my head.... here: Some buy for specs, some buy for experience...

25. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

The android phones also more advanced and have 1080p screens instead of 640p ones. Android is closer to Linux/windows than iOS.

34. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Its gonna suck because low end androids are coming with 1GB ram. And some buy for specs and some buy for experience and some buy because it is APPLE. They've great brand image and goodwill even if many bash them. and apple's Work smooth because they limit alot of background processing functionality. Trust me we need more ram on iOS devices tooo... I believe iPhone 4 didn't got siri because of limited 512MB RAM (correct me if I'm wrong)

48. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

1gb runs fine on Kitkat. Also not to mention Android is a sync heavy OS, offers advanced multitasking, and flagships have 1080p displays.

69. iushnt

Posts: 3191; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

With a basic OS, iOS will definitely be faster..

8. anas_12345

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

i can relax now :D

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

"With the kind of optimisation Apple is capable of, having only so much memory doesn't sound horrific" It hasn't even happened yet and the excuses are already being lined up. "Hey everyone, the new iPhone only has 1GB of ram but that's okay, Apple optimized the phone for us by not including a screen. All hail Jobs and his Cook."

15. AlikMalix unregistered

That's not an excuse, it's actually a good point based on historic experience with iDevices... The article explained that, what's your excuse? I dont understand some posters here, you constantly complain about editor's opinions but you keep reading from this website... If I'm disappointed by certain show, I stop watching it. what's your excuse?

30. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

No it didn't; it just mentions optimizations like it's a given fact. Not allowing multitasking is not optimization, it's adaptation. Apple are just world champions at making limitations sound like a good thing...

45. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014



Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

2GB will be hailed as "Innovation!" by the fans...

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