Global research firm Trendforce has just released a report which contains some alleged specifications of the upcoming new iPhone models (most likely named the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus). Based on previous iPhone "s" releases, some industry watchers are expecting the new iPhone models to retain the same display screen sizes, but with possible adjusted internal storage capacity, random access memory (RAM), and screen brightness specifications.
For most of the past decade, 16 gigabyte editions have been a staple for most flagship devices offered by the world's biggest phone makers. But this year, we have seen mobile manufacturers start to do away with 16 gigabyte offerings, especially Samsung and HTC, whose flagship devices now start at 32 gigabyte editions. Oddly for Apple for last year, it did not offer any 32 gigabyte edition for its new iPhones, opting instead to release 16 gigabyte, 64 gigabyte, and 128 gigabyte editions of its devices.
Of course, with regards to the upcoming new iPhones, nothing is certain for now. Apple after all has a pretty good track record of guarding secrets for its new products until the day of their launch. On closer examination, having a 32 gigabyte edition as the base model does represent an easy upgrade from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 6s. By doing so, Apple will have already offered an improvement specs-wise without having to unveil a new tweak in the physical design or in the features.
Also, "s" models usually signify only minor enhancements for Apple's flagship device, that is, until it has to introduce a new set of mind blowing features for the iPhone 7, which will probably debut next year in 2016. For past "s" releases, customers were treated to non-major improvements to the camera, processing power, and graphics. Doubling the default internal storage capacity for the base model does qualify as a non-major tweak.
As for Trendforce, it is betting that the days of 16 gigabyte iPhones are really over. And not only that, the research firm also firmly believes that customers can expect some RAM and speed upgrades for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models.
Not many people may know this, but RAM actually plays a huge part in processing speed. The current iPhone 6 reportedly utilizes 1 gigabyte of LPDDR3 RAM. As predicted by Trendforce, the next iPhone model will likely up the RAM to 2 gigabytes, and at the same time, upgrading the type of RAM to LPDDR4, which definitely offers better processing efficiency, translating to twice the processing speed of the current iPhone models.
With regards to screen brightness, Trendforce does have some less than enthusiastic forecasts. Because Apple is trying to make its new iPhone models thinner, the reduction in size could result to less bright display screens. By slimming the screen's LED backlight profile by 0.2 millimeters, we could be looking at a 10 percent dip in screen brightness.
Of course, this could turn out to be a non-factor. If there is anything we have learned from Apple all these years is that it often finds a way to work around obstacles. Here's hoping it could continue the streak for its new iPhones this year.
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