iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6s: Apple's new phones said to come with more RAM for better performance

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6s: Apple's new phones said to come with more RAM for better performance
According to the latest report from Taiwanese publication Digitimes, Apple's upcoming iPhones - expected to be announced as either the iPhone 7 or the iPhone 6SE series - will come with 3GB of RAM. 

As most of you probably know already, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus were the first Apple phones to feature 2GB of RAM following the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5s, which came with a single GB of RAM.

Now, before we get any deeper in what's obviously unofficial information, it should be DigiTimes is not always the most reliable source. On the other hand, the publication has deep ties with smartphone supply chains and often provides the correct information on upcoming smartphones and tablets.

This new report, quoting unnamed industry sources, says that prices of DRAM memory chips are bound to increase in the second half of the year. Interestingly, the publication claims that Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix, and Micron Technology — the world's three largest DRAM manufacturers — have intentionally reduced their production quota during the first half of the year.

This limited supply, combined with a predicted increase in built-in storage space capacity on next-generation smartphones, will supposedly drive prices up by (at least) the end of the year.

Digitimes quotes industry sources which expect the upcoming iPhones to boost 3GB of RAM. Furthermore, the same sources claim that the standard for upcoming high-end Android smartphones will increase to 6GB of RAM, up from 4GB currently.

The next iPhone is largely expected to be officially unveiled in early September, with pre-orders rumored to debut on September 9th. Judging on rumors and leaks, the iPhone 7 series will be an incremental update that largely maintains the design of the iPhone 6s but updates the internal hardware. Here are some links if you're just now joining in on the Apple iPhone 7 pre-launch conversation:

At the moment, Apple doesn't make any mobile devices that feature 3GB of RAM. The iPhone 6s series, the iPad Air Pro 9.7, and the iPad mini 4 all come with 2GB of RAM. The 12.9-inch iPad Air Pro comes with 4GB of RAM. 

What do you guys make of this rumor? Will anyone be disappointed if the iPhone 7 series comes with 2GB of RAM?

source: Digitimes



1. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

Put more RAM in the phones so people will disregard the Lightning-headphones. :x

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Probably only for the Pro as an additional up sell. There isn't any reason to buy the iPhone "Pro" at this point other than the debatable dual cameras.

3. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

2 years before some of the apple fanboys said, 1. more ram means gimmicks 2. We are happy with what we got 3.etc.... Now tables tuned.....:-p

6. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Seriously iPhone's dont need anymore ram than 1GB.. an iPhone 6 jailbroken can handle live wallpapers, Multi Window tasking, and so much more.... with no added lag or problems. Apple seems like its wanting to join the spec war and disregard with optimisation in favour of spec upgrades. Just because Apple under Android lover Tim cook.. is wanting to ruin what was a great company and turn it into just another android wanna manufacturer.. doesn't mean its fan base agrees with apples horrible and disastrous decisions.. have a look at its declining sales as proof.

20. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Keep telling that to yourself. Optimisation can only take you somewhere, you gotta add better hardware with time. iPhone doesn't need more than 1GB Ram, tell that to iPad Mini 2, not iPhone but same processor and RAM as 5s.

22. ph00ny

Posts: 2066; Member since: May 26, 2011

Have fun with the browser tabs reloading from lack of RAM

32. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Comments like this shows how out of date your knowledge is.. for example during speed test, Note 5 had to reload more apps and browser tabs than the iPhone... I have rarely had a tab reload on me on an iPhone 6 upwards.. but it did happen a lot on my iPhone 5 and 4s.

25. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Apple doesn’t put magic dust of optimization. The unix based kernel giving us light operating system and apps developed in objective c are the reasons for speed and lesser need of ram. No matter what you do for optimization if your apps needs more than 1gb of data at runtime, you need more ram than 1gb ram or else data wil be put in to swap space and it's going to be slow.

33. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Who said Apple put magic dust of optimization into their phones? i just suggested apple focus more optimization over spec upgrades..and looking at what my jailbroken iPhone 6 plus can do.. apple does not need spec upgrades. And i agree.. eventually apple does need to up the specs.. and i dont disagree with the plus having 2 GB... but if my 1gb 6 plus can have live wallpapers, with live wedges and true muti window.. then there is no reason why 2GB isnt enough.

4. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

But.. But I thought iOS doesn't need RAM. Orphan tears and unicorn farts ain't enough for smooth multitasking on iPhones anymore? BTW is true multitasking available on iOS 10 or is it still freeze and switch apps?

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Still freeze and switch, but two apps can run side by side in tablets only.

7. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

IOS doesn't.. an iPhone jailbroken can handle live wallpapers, Multi Window tasking, and so much more with just 1GB.. Apple seems to be ditching Software Optimisation in favor for spec upgrades with minimum to no Optimisation like android.... There is a reason why Apples sales have been sliding for awhile now.... IOS 10 is beta.. its still a mess.. although it seems to be more stable than ios 9 was this time last year... and as for as any review of it on youtube it doesn't have a freeze problem? so no idea whats your on about.

14. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Not everyone wants to have to do that

27. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He's talking about how iOS freezes an app when it's not foreground, stops it from running.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Hahahha Apple will add 3GB of Ram and will call it iphone pro........fanboys are going wild.....finally Apple is innovating......

9. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Hey man! Where've you been?

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The new iPhones need: 1. Multi window 2. Picture in picture. 3. Slide over. 4. Apple Pencil compatibility. The iPad Air 2 has 3 of the 4 on 2 gigs of DDR3 RAM. The newer iPads have all 4, no excuses for the iPhone not having them. 3 gigs is more than enough to run these features, not hating on Apple, but it's time to add more cutting edge features. Screw the conservative approach.

28. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Slide over?

11. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Apple iPhones don't need much ram as their multitasking is more optimized than in Android. But more is always welcome. Y not?

13. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

If by optimization you mean half baked then sure.

21. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Lol, half baked and iOS should never be in the same sentence. You're looking at Android when using that term :D.

24. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

If freezing and hibernating apps is multitasking to you then we are not on the same page.

34. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Well it doesnt meet to effect the jobs your doing.. comparing Apple to android phones and using multitasking on both.. both ways have no negative effects on moving between apps and working on muti apps.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You gotta be kidding me. They don't even run multiple apps on the screen at the same time. They actually need to step up multitasking.

35. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Great feature.. that i never used a lot.. i dont think a lot of people would use it.. my brother and father have notes and never run muti window.

30. blingblingthing

Posts: 979; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

More optimized? Let's not forget that iPhones run a lower resolution, have a 6 core GPU, use faster Flash memory. If you're referring to Apple from the Iphone 5 days, they were fast because they weren't doing anything. Similar to why a Nokia 1100 might be faster than any iphone


Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 04, 2016

I dnt think Apple IPhones needs much ram Thou it cool Anyway

15. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Iphone users.... we don't need more ram, lol

17. scarface21173

Posts: 701; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Apple upped to 2gb ram only last year. This year 3gb ram WOW. Apple are panicking now LOL.

18. KingSam

Posts: 1492; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Those widgets will increase RAM usage for sure.

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