UBS says Apple iPhone 12 Pro models will get a 50% boost in memory

UBS says Apple iPhone 12 Pro models will get a 50% boost in memory
TF International's reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple to release four AMOLED screened handsets this fall. These models include the 5.4-inch iPhone 12, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Plus, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and the 6.7-inch iPhone Pro Max. Now if you're wondering what the difference is between the two 6.1-inch models, the difference will be in the configuration options and the rear camera setup.

This has been seconded by UBS analysts Timothy Arcuri and Munjal Shah. In a research report that was shared with MacRumors, the analysts broke down the 2020 AMOLED iPhone models like this:


With several analysts in agreement, the above lineup appears to be what iPhone fans have to look forward to in September. And despite earlier speculation, Kuo says that all of these models will launch this year with support for both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G signals. That contradicts a report issued last week by trading firm Susquehanna International. The securities house told its clients not to expect the models that support mmWave 5G signals until 2021. While sub-6GHz spectrum travels farther and penetrates buildings better, ultra-high-band mmWave spectrum delivers faster download data speeds and can carry more traffic.

The iPhone 12 Pro models will enjoy a 50% hike in memory


The chart also shows that the UBS analysts expect the two "Pro" models to sport 6GB of memory this year. If the figure proves true, it will represent a 50% hike from the 4GB of RAM seen on all three 2019 models. If you're wondering why the 2020 iPhone 12 Pro models will still carry half the amount of RAM as the Samsung Galaxy S20 series is rumored to have, it is due to a difference in how iOS and Android handle RAM when an app is closed. Android uses Java and when an app is closed, the memory that was tied up by the app must go through a process known as Garbage Collection (GC). With Android, RAM freed up by a closed app is "cleaned" before it is ready to be used by another app. But this GC process requires extra RAM.


With iOS, RAM released when an app is closed is immediately ready for use by another app. Thus, there is no GC on iOS and no need for as much RAM. While Android uses Java to make it easier for multiple manufacturers to develop Android phones, iOS doesn't have this problem because the same company that developed the software also designed and manufactured the phone it runs on. Thus, iOS is written in C.

The 2020 AMOLED iPhone models will all be powered by the A14 Bionic SoC. This chipset will be manufactured by TSMC using its 5nm process node. The foundry is going to be shipping 5nm chips during the second half of this year. The lower the process node, the higher the number of transistors that can be packed into an integrated circuit; more transistors inside lead to a more powerful and energy-efficient chip. So the A14 Bionic should show a nice increase in performance and battery life compared to the 7nm A13 Bionic.

Apple is also expected to repeat something this year that caught the public's attention last year. The 2020 iPhones will reportedly have their battery capacities increased again by a decent amount. One rumor that we don't see coming true this year is the one that calls for Apple to retire Face ID and the notch on the iPhone 12 Pro units and replace them with an under-display fingerprint scanner. It is more likely that we will see that design change in September 2021.

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18 Comments

1. capo745

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 21, 2018

Ok...

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5813; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Maybe we'll finally be able to take a photo without the previous app dropping out lol

3. fisher

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 29, 2016

wow! Apple is already living in 2030

4. cevon3239

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

But isn't iOS optimized so great it doesn't need all that RAM? Wonder what all that ram is gonna be used for when iOS is slim on features.

5. TypicalGeek

Posts: 220; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

At some points more demanding apps will utilize all that RAM.

7. gadgetpower

Posts: 295; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Even if apple retains the same ram you will still mock them, good thing it won’t benefit you, the iPhone upgraders. An iphone SE still buttery smooth and amazing than your android flagships .

10. DBozz

Posts: 153; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

How long would you brag about ur iPhone SE? aren't u tired of it? Even ur SE got tired since an year. I was using it and gave it to mom as i cudnt handle that lagginess with ur so called iOS. Its slow and lags a lot and lot. I got oneplus 7T and i totally feel like i got a freedom, its amazingly fast n fluidic than ur over priced non worthy iPhones. By the way cevon has a point and he isn't mocking it...

17. Papa_Ji

Posts: 912; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

so it's time to updrage your butter....

8. midan

Posts: 3228; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Right away i can say it propably will help new upcoming camera system.

6. briankeithmays

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Who cares!

11. foldablephone

Posts: 78; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Really disappointed - still going to be a notch in the iPhone 12? Considering that the X would have been out 3 years by September, why haven’t Apple been to create a better solution for FaceID? Either pop-out or water drop / pill. I’m upgrading my 7 to a new flagship this year but if I get the 12 (pro max) I’ll need to keep it for 2-3 years which means I’ll be rocking a giant notch in 2023!

19. DBozz

Posts: 153; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

Its bcoz Apple is waiting for Android to do something about it innovatively and then apple put it in iPhones in 3years saying that they are innovative

12. shiv179

Posts: 198; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Alan, your article has errors: "Android uses Java and when an app is closed, the memory that was tied up by the app must go through a process known as Garbage Collection (GC).". Java is only used for development. Since Android 5, there is no Dalvik Virtual Machine. Upon installation of an app, all code is converted into native code, resulting in massive performance gains and a big reduction in memory usage. "iOS is written in Swift". iOS is written in C. Swift is used for development of iOS apps.

13. terhesg

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

But they will cut cost on internal storage instead, brand-new 32GB version comes alive... :D 64 GB for $999 is more than a joke in 2020 anyway, I hope they're killing it this year. At least for the Pro and Pro Max, base model should be 128GB minimum.

14. LEEDAQ

Posts: 213; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

ffs release the 5.4inch display already. My 6s is creaming for his retirement

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Any improvements are welcomed. Bring it on Apple, very interested in the 2020 Pro Max 512gb.

16. therealunforgiven

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 24, 2019

Good I'm happy I really interested in seeing how IOS works with this amount of ram. Now I think apple should give their users more storage now. I think that would be good. I'm not IOS but I do think its runs very smooth.

18. Cyberchum

Posts: 1140; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

More RAM is no longer a gimmick, apparently. Some fanboy over at GSMA said, a couple of days ago, that 8 GB RAM Is an android gimmick. Lol.

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