Analysts: Apple’s iPhone 12 series to offer up to 6GB of RAM

Apple's flagship iPhone 11 Pro Max - Apple's iPhone 12 series to offer up to 6GB of RAM
Apple’s current flagship, the iPhone 11 Pro Max 512GB in Midnight Green

Apple is widely expected to release one 5.4-inch, one 6.7-inch, and two 6.1-inch iPhone models this year, but one of the unknowns is how much RAM the iPhones will be packing. UBS analysts Timothy Arcuri and Munjal Shah believe all four models will feature OLED displays, but RAM, camera specs, and possibly other features will vary by model.

Joe Rossignol for MacRumors:

In a research note shared with MacRumors, the analysts provided an overview of the four iPhones they expect in 2020:

• 6.7-inch iPhone: triple-lens rear camera with 3D sensing and 6GB of RAM
• 6.1-inch iPhone: triple-lens rear camera with 3D sensing and 6GB of RAM
• 6.1-inch iPhone: dual-lens rear camera and 4GB of RAM
• 5.4-inch iPhone: dual-lens rear camera and 4GB of RAM

MacDailyNews Take: RAM is certainly nice, and definitely more is better, especially for heavy multitaskers, but the next-gen iPhones will be about one thing above all else: 5G. That’ll be the big selling point. Apple, as usual, probably won’t even list the RAM in specs. The teardowns will have to reveal how much RAM is in each model. One excellent thing, though, if the list above is correct, is that Apple will be fixing their confused display size lineup by having the two “Pro” models atop the display size range. No more “Pro” that’s smaller than entry level iPhones!

5 Comments

  1. “but the next-gen iPhones will be about one thing above all else: 5G.”

    I disagree. It’ll be at least 2 to 3 years before we start seeing the potential of 5G, at least here in NA. The big reason for Apple having 5G by this Fall comes down to one word: China.

  2. The amount of RAM Apple uses in the iPhone usually is half of what flagship Android smartphones use. I’m just saying it is a fact and that’s all. I don’t know if that’s a bad thing or not. I had always wondered why Android smartphone manufacturers can afford to offer so much RAM and Apple can’t. However, the mobile OSes are different and Apple can fine-tune iOS for the iPhone so it may not be necessary to have a lot of RAM which may not actually improve performance. Put in more RAM if needed, otherwise don’t bother. Apple isn’t in a spec race so what’s the point. Some people have made a big deal about why the iPhone’s RAM is much less than comparable Android smartphones but it might not matter to most iPhone users.

    1. JAVA is used to write the android programing. When apps are closed, The memory has to be recycled back through a process known as garbage collection. If there isn’t enough memory everything slows down. So, they use a lot of extra RAM. iOS isn’t built like this and doesn’t have this issue. Therefore, Apple can get by using less RAM. The iPhone has always matched or beat Android phones that have “better” specs. It’s just like people that just look at megapixels to compare cameras. There’s a lot more to consider

      1. What you say is true, but partial. There is also additional benefit in programming in Java, not the least of which is you can code for Android using any platform.

        Also, in making Android, Google gutted Linux less than Apple gutted OSX (BSD), with access to the filesystem being the most obvious. More stuff/more room needed.

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