The iPhone 5 was Apple’s first smartphone to make use of 1 GB of RAM, and ever since the aforementioned handset was introduced, the Cupertino-based company has not increased the amount of memory in either one of its following smartphones. Sure enough, the technology was improved and the iPhone 5S packed LPDDR3 memory instead of LPDDR2, but the latest flagship phones haven’t actually brought anything new in this regard. Both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus come with 1 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, same as the iPhone 5S.
Back in April 2014 it was believed that Apple will introduce LPDDR4 RAM to its iPhone line-up by the end of the year, but that hasn’t come to pass. Among the possible reasons for the current stat of affairs are the LPDDR4’s price and the somewhat low yield (which needs to be huge in order to cover the millions and millions of iPhone 6/6 Plus units projected to be sold).
Now the rumors have made a comeback, and according to TechNews Taiwan, the next iPhone (which we expect to be called the iPhone 6s) will feature 2 GB of LPDDR4 memory. You’ll find the rest of the story right after the break.
iPhone 6S to Feature 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM?
An earlier rumor dating back to December 2014 suggested that Apple still hasn’t made up its mind as to whether it should use 2GB of LPDDR3 or LPDDR4 in its next flagship phone – the iPhone 6S. The initial rumor revealed that Apple was having a hard time picking one technology over the other because LPDDR4 is roughly 35% more expensive than LPDDR3, and that once again there aren’t enough LPDDR4 units to go by.
The rumor suggested that the RAM modules for the next iPhone will be produced by Hynix (50%), Samsung (30%) and Micron-Elpida (20%), however the latter was “behind schedule” due to various production issues.
Now, the latest rumor suggests that Micron has successfully dealt with the aforementioned production issues, reason why Apple has reportedly decided to equip the upcoming iPhone 6s with 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The benefits provided by LPDDR4 over the previous generation, in case you’re wondering, include double the bandwidth (34 GB/s as opposed to 17 GB/s), while maintaining the same power consumption as LPDDR3.
As is usually the case, these rumors can’t be fully confirmed, but we think it’s about time Apple would do something to improve the memory on its iPhones. The iPhone 6s should be a pretty safe bet but you never know, so stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted as soon as we find out more.