Silver iPhone 6 6 Plus side by side

Apple’s upcoming S-refresh to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus apparently includes two gigabytes of random-access memory (RAM), a feature long expected by Apple fans who have been eyeing top-end Android handsets with 3GB of RAM with envy. More RAM = better multitasking = longer battery life.

Furthermore, the phone ship with the Apple SIM which debuted alongside the iPad Air 2, as reported by AppleInsider quoting “a person familiar with Apple’s future product plans” who in the past has provided “reliable info.”

Though not very reliable in scooping exclusives, AppleInsider states that although bundling the Apple SIM with the next iPhone would almost certainly face resistance from carriers, things have changed now due to booming iPhone sales.

“What has changed is Apple’s position in the market,” reads the article. “The iPhone is now the most popular consumer product since the microwave, making it impossible for carriers to ignore.”

Speaking of RAM, by the time the iPhone 6s gets announced and released (presumably this fall), it will have been three years since Apple gave iPhones 1 GB of RAM with the iPhone 5’s 2012 debut.

A RAM upgrade for the upcoming iPhones is almost certainly in tow.

For starters, Apple increased screen resolutions on the latest devices which puts an additional strain on the RAM as more detailed graphics assets increase in size.

And with the A7 processor debut inside the iPhone 5s back in September 2013, Apple brought 64-bit computing to mobile. But there’s one unintended consequence of the 64-bit roadmap: iOS now has to load 32-bit versions of system frameworks whenever a user loads an app which hasn’t yet been optimized for 64 bits.

iPhone 6 promo video (A8 chip 001)

As the operating system and all its stock apps are 64-bit, this means that the same 1GB of RAM now must accommodate both 32 and 64-bit libraries. This leaves less RAM for multitasking while increasing power consumption and reducing the overall stability of the runtime environment.

Seeing the benefits of twice the RAM on the iPad Air 2 which exhibits really smooth multitasking and can leave tabs in Safari open for longer without a need to reload or refresh, you’d be cutting it very thin to argue that Apple could maybe get away without updating the RAM for another year.

iPhone 6c concept 3D Future 005

AppleInsider and Taiwanese media previously reported that the iPhone 6s will include Force Touch, a technology from the Apple Watch which can distinguish between a light tap and a press.

If true, then the phone should switch from LCD screen technology to flexible OLED panels because Force Touch requires a flexible display to sense presses.

iPhone 6c concept above courtesy of 3DFuture.net.

Source: AppleInsider

  • Jay

    Anyone know how i can get started in this analyst business? Seems you can get major dough from saying vague bs and easily speculative phrases.

    • ericesque

      Start by creating a blog and update it regularly for a few years. These years suck, because you’ll be losing money on the blog and spending a great deal of time writing posts that nobody will ever read. But stay tuned, because it gets better!
      Next break some really big news or create some significant singularly meaningful contribution to the community. After that you’re golden. Just be sure to start updating even more regularly (multiple times daily) to keep people engaged. Let us know how it goes!

      • GzyOnline

        an honest answer for a not-so-honest question.. I LOVE you guys!! ;-D

      • Next break some really big news

        You mean like a really blurry 2 megapixel photo of some components?

        The Internet will lap that up despite the image being of a quality so poor it’s impossible to distinguish anything…

  • Guest

    More RAM is definitely welcomed. Way too many times I’ve had my Spotify queue wiped away after I temporarily left the app and

  • Shawn

    I was thinking of skipping the 6s but if it has 2GB that’s enough for me to upgrade

  • Coax

    What’s this Apple SIM? First time I’ve ever heard about it?

    • Shawn

      Sim that came with the Air 2. Can be used with almost any carrier.

      • Gary LE

        So the the device is like UNLOCKED so u can use it with any carrier?

      • Shawn

        Mainly that you can any device and it will activate on any of the supported carriers. That way there doesn’t have to be separate models but they will still be locked if bought on contract.

    • Merman123

      Universal SIM card

  • s0me

    Where are all the ppl on idb who said the iphone/ipad doesn’t need more ram?

    • Bugs Bunnay

      The iPhone don’t need more ram! If anything it needs less!!!

      • Matt

        Are you being paid to say that? Cause that’s one of the stupidest things I’ve heard all today!
        I’m tired of having my web pages refresh when I change from one tab to another… Yes, we need more RAM. You can never have too much RAM.

      • Juschan

        naa dont take it serious..

      • Shadowelite123

        Bro this is like so obviously a joke lol like so incredible obvious that its a joke

      • Bugs Bunnay

        you damn right I get money from this! it was a trolling comment. happy day (or night) to you and watch out for more of my idiotic comments.

      • none

        Your an imbecile

      • Bugs Bunnay

        gee thanks?

    • ravinigga

      Well games and apps getting heavier. So sticking to 1Gb is not smart even when new iOS getting heavier.

      • Matt

        I agree with iOS hetting heavier. On my 5s I get severe framrate drops when pulling up the control center while on lock screen. On iOS 7, that never was a problem.

  • SkyFall

    Specs for the iPhone 6s that I’d like to see.
    2GB Ram
    Force Touch
    16 Megapixel rear camera with OIS and 5 Megapixel front facing camera.
    2Ghz Quad-core A9 Chip (Or Tri-core sane as the A8X, just not dual-core again)
    Better Speakers (Use some of the Beats tech that the HTC One M7/M8/M9 uses.)
    Have speakers on the top of the phone since there is no button and its just empty space OR have front facing speakers. (I’m making a mockup and ill might post it).

    • Dan

      You’re thinking of iPhone 8 buddy, slow down.

      • Guest

        True

      • Gary LE

        Agree. On force touch i think apple will let the Apple Watch be a ginny big first to see hiw well that force touch is and get all feedback then wait a few months or a year to incorporate it to iphones and then… Ipads lol

    • Fanboy 

      • 16MP camera? Come on its 2015 do a little bit of research on how useless that’ll be. Not happening.
      • Quad core processor? Since when does the power efficient dual-core along with optimized software not get the job done?
      • You seriously did not just say “better speakers” but then propose to use Beats LOL

      Im out…

      • SkyFall

        •I have the 5s and its camera is one of the best BUT I like to zoom in pictures to get better view or to remove unwanted content. Now with the 8 MP it looks good but once zoomed the picture looks half good. A 16 MP camera would fix that issue plus it would add 4k video recording.
        •Go check the speakers on the HYC One M7/M8/M9 and tell me if they aren’t the best speakers on a smartphone. And guess who makes those speakers…

      • Fanboy 

        • Well that’s definitely a first, never personally knew anybody who consistently takes pictures and zooms them, or takes pictures from their iPhone to print out. (Only instances where a higher MP camera would be useful).
        • And by “best speakers on a smartphone” do you mean in regards to the design? Because putting them on the front was a good idea, but surely you can’t be talking about the actual quality of the speakers. My friend has the M8 and the actual quality of the speakers sounds like any regular speakers to me. Everyone knows Beats are all hype buddy……..

      • 9to5Slavery

        I zoom in pictures and sometimes to crop when the phone shoots from a distance of a group

      • SoylentGreen

        Must disagree re beats being all hype, well dunno about phones speakers as I guess they can only be “so” good my mate has 2 pairs of beats solo and they are three best headphones I’ve ever heard,

      • Dan

        A lot of people like having more MP, it’s nice being able to zoom into pictures to find a particular detail. It’s 2015, exactly, 8 MP is barely 2011.

      • Don’t mind the fanboy, he’ll never think people use certain features until Apple implements it…

      • Dan

        He chose his name well

      • Shadowelite123

        having more Mp is nice but i think what he’s trying to get at is that a jump that high is crazy. zoom or quality? I’m assuming he would choose quality. unless Apple really works on that 16 Mp camera and makes it the best dang smartphone camera in the world lol

      • Dan

        I understand what he’s saying, but he’s exagerating the prowess of the iPhone camera over the competition. I’ve compared pictures taken with my Note 4 and my friend’s 6+ and seriously, I barely see the difference. In most cases, I preferred the pictures taken with my phone since I could zoom in and see more details. Even if we agree that the 6+ takes marginally better pictures, I’ll choose double the MP anytime. (fyi talking about daytime pictures)

      • @dongiuj

        He didn’t say “constantly”.
        Yes, some people print their photos.
        “(Only instances where a higher MP camera would be useful).” Exactly. You’ve just said it yourself! Do you get why he wants more MP now?

      • Fanboy 

        So Apple should put a 16MP camera so that once every 2 months I can zoom into my pictures? Yeah don’t count on it buddy.

        & yep I sure do see why people want more MP! So if you’re going to be printing images where a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels isnt enough, you are most likely a professional photographer at which point you should probably invest into professional equipment.

        So while you’re giving your blatant opinion with no credible argument, maybe I should change my name to “Logical fanboy” to better reflect me 😉 good day

      • @dongiuj

        You’re talking about yourself perhaps when you say “once every two months”. Some of us (maybe the majority, maybe not and you nor I know the answer to for sure) do zoom quite often on our devices/print photos from our devices. What, you think nobody does any of this more than “once every two months”? Please prove your so called “credible argument”. Nobody is “counting on it”, people are voicing their opinion.

        You don’t need to be a professional photographer to appreciate photos nor to know when your photos look KACK when printed or enlarged on your device. People like photography but are not professionals so sort your head out. If a company wants to boast its camera and people want to praise that company and its camera then at least do something about the real overall quality of the images instead of the noise/hazyness/blur/distortion, what ever. Do I sound like a professional? No, I don’t. Do I know that I want better detail quality when I enlarge/print my photos? Yes, I do and so do a hell of a lot of other people too. So, what’s your problem?

        Stop being such a derrière licker and make some real sense. When the iPhone has some kind of minute upgrade to the camera you think “wow, so cool on this phone” but when somebody (MANY PEOPLE ARE REQUESTING) wants more for a legit reason you think “It’s just a phone! What more do you want?!”. Such contradictions.

        You even answered the question about more MP when you said how “useless that will be” and then you basically said you need more MP for printing and zooming. This is what he’s saying, genius. Urgh

      • First time? Sounds like the other times I told you, it just went in through one ear and out the other…not surprised.

        I use zooming lots of times on my OnePlus One, especially at work when taking pictures of problems on powerlines. Helps in removing unwanted objects from surroundings and focussing on the main problem.

      • Alberto Espinal

        Lol the three together, you know what I mean

      • @dongiuj

        Just 3? Nah, I would imagine he probably needs a lot more than this to know what you mean. He doesn’t seem to get any other meaning.

      • Matt

        I think your name describes you well…

    • Carlos Gomes

      Why would you care so much about the Quad-core CPU?
      For dah swagz?

      • SkyFall

        A Quad-Core CPU can benefit the phone. One core could be used to preserve battery another for backgrounding and the OS and the other two for the apps. And with the 2 gigs of RAM it would be even more efficient and way smoother at multitasking and safari tabs will stay open for longer.

      • Carlos Gomes

        Do you know that for a fact? The CPU part.
        (Not being sarcastic. What you said makes sense)

      • SkyFall

        It’s possible. Since each processor will have an individual task (example: Battery preservation) it will have less impact on the battery.

      • Cody Cutrer

        You know that “battery preservation” is a passive task, not an active one, right? I.e. the more you _don’t_ do anything, the more battery you preserve.

      • Your overall point is valid, but that’s not quite how a quad core would work. The way it works is by spreading all the processing needs of the system amongst the 4 cores. That way, at the same clock frequency as a dual core with similar bit architecture (both 32-bit or both 54-bit), it will perform almost twice as fast.

        To gain the battery saving benefit, you can reduce the processing speed to the point where it processes as fast as a similar architecture dual core, but it’ll use way less battery power.

      • Think of Quad core similar to 64-Bit. They both are methodology for improving efficiency and saving on battery. Having both like on the Galaxy S6 will give a good boost in battery performance without needing to increase the battery capacity.

    • iPhoneWINS

      IOS is too boring fro all that power

      • 9to5Slavery

        Windows too boring for all that power

    • Bugs Bunnay

      Just get the m9 and call it a day.

      • Shadowelite123

        lol funny the m9

    • Juschan

      hopefully no 16 mp camera or it may take as long as on android to f*cking save the pictures

    • Shadowelite123

      Ok everything except the 16 Mp camera and beats speaker tech is believable or realistic. I mean if Apple wanted to add that speaker tech to the iPhone, they would have done it with some other product by now. The 16 Mp camera is nice and all since Apple would rock that camera like they do with the 8Mp but thats too much right now. Increasing the Mp could cause a loss in picture quality which picture quality is Apple’s strongest area is it not? Also although those specs you mentioned about the processor could be possible, it just most likely won’t happen because most likely, Apple won’t see the necessity of that since the iPhone is the fastest smartphone on the market.

  • I’m passing on the 6s, I’ve got my 6+ and that’s plenty fine until 7. I’ve upgraded every year since 4s but it doesn’t make any sense anymore to do that, there’s not been any really big changes for a while. Honestly the only change that would have me second guessing myself is if they change the camera specs, not just the lens.

    • iPhoneWINS

      exact;y the S upgrades are never worth it to me

      • Juschan

        the s updates r the best… new technology is buggy and there r mistakes that nobody thought about before like iphone 4 antenna design bus the s brought us an improved version …

  • pauleebe

    Apple SIM has different value with the iPad, because the iPad isn’t subsidized, and thus no carrier “owns” your device.

    The iPhone is subsidized, so you’re still locked into a contract or have to return your device if you change carriers.

    • The iPhone is subsidized, so you’re still locked into a contract or have to return your device if you change carriers.

      Not if you buy it up-front then it’s factory unlocked and your phone to do whatever you want with it…

  • singhay559

    A ram upgrade will be a miracle if Apple does it.

  • Jeffrey

    More RAM = longer battery life? Didn’t know that!

  • n0ahcruz3

    Aside from ram upgrade, they need to upgrade the iPhone camera. Nothing is impressive about the camera on the iphone 6. Even their front camera sucks 1.2mp heck the new S6 has 5mp front cam. And furthermore the iphone6 front camera shifts. Im on my second iphone 6 and they both have the same problem. Crescentgate. Disclosure been using iphones since the first iphone. So save your bashing. Lol

  • iPhoneWINS

    lool i will skip this lame S and get iPhone 7…lolo

  • Cody Cutrer

    You do realize that increasing RAM will hurt battery life, not help it right? RAM cannot be selectively powered down when it’s unused, and even if it could, you’ll still be using at least the same amount as before. The only difference is that if you don’t have to reload stuff because it’s already in RAM, you don’t have to pay the price of processor cycles (which _can_ lower power usage when idle) and transferring data from flash (which I believe is also constant power usage, but I’m not certain on that).

  • Dante Arellano

    That’s all?

  • “Seeing the benefits of twice the RAM on the iPad Air 2 which exhibits really smooth multitasking and can leave tabs in Safari open for longer without a need to reload or refresh, you’d be cutting it very thin to argue that Apple could maybe get away without updating the RAM for another year.”

    Nice, you finally see the benefits of more RAM now that Apple has implemented it. So no more of the as5-wipe fanboy “1GB RAM be dammed” statements.

  • urrl

    Unless they upgrade to wireless charging or some other really cool upgrade I will have no regrets purchasing the 64GB iPhone 6+ when I did. I’m not missing the lack of RAM/SIM at all. Nice little changes though.

  • All they need to do is add front facing speakers and it would be nice to have an ir blaster and waterproofness now this will be the perfect phone

  • Vang_I325 email

    Really however, Anita Sarkeesian’s subject of conversation isn’t even my issue though. I will be perfectly great in case a feminist did exactly the same kind of movies she did about tropes and points that would be better. It’s her belief in the patriarchy conspiracy theory which makes her laughable to me. A principle that’s been shredded by many individuals, a number of whom could identify as feminist.

  • Cabrera K

    Colbert at his core is 110% host. is a very charming, personable, and gets persons talking. Interviewing is an art form and he is a master. I think since he’s no longer presented by the bonds to be a character, we’ll see a lot more great interviews than we have before.