KGI predicts A10 chip with 3GB of RAM in iPhone 7

By , Nov 4, 2015

iPhone 7 concept Yasser Farahi 001

The next year’s iPhone, let’s call it an ‘iPhone 7,’ is expected to be outfitted with three gigabytes of RAM, according to the revered analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. If true, the iPhone 7 will pack in fifty percent more RAM than this year’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus that sport 2GB of RAM.

According to Kuo’ note issue to clients Wednesday, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider, this will help the new phone multitask even better than the current iPhone 6s, which has doubled the amount of RAM relative to last year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

More RAM=faster multitasking

The iPhone 7 is expected to run an Apple-designed ‘A10’ chip, reads the note. A JP Morgan analyst recently claimed that Apple already commissioned Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC) to build 100 percent of A10 orders, representing a major loss for rival Samsung.

This year’s A9 and A9X processors are being built by both TSMC and Samsung. Last year’s A8 chips for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were exclusively built by TSMC. Kuo expects TSMC to be a sole supplier of A10 chips for the iPhone 7.

Differentiating with RAM

The note goes on to predict that only the flagship 5.5-inch iPhone 7 will have 3GB of RAM while its 4.7-inch counterpart should carry 2GB of RAM like this year’s model. If true, this would represent Apple’s first attempt to differentiate between its iPhones in terms of RAM, not just battery capacity and optical image stabilization.

What about design?

Kuo did not share details regarding the iPhone 7’s exterior design. But if history is anything to go by it should feature an all-new enclosure and design because Apple introduces major exterior changes to the iPhone every two years. Kuo did say back in September that the iPhone 7 should measure iPod touch-thin at about 6.0-6.5mm.

iPhone 7 concept by 3D designer Yasser Farahi.

Source: AppleInsider

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  • Mohammed Sahib

    It took Apple 3 years to go from 1GB to 2.. It is hard to believe they will increase the RAM to 3 GB so soon. But If they make it exclusive to the 7 plus, then may be they need it as a differentiator if both phones are getting IOS plus/minus full HD screen.

    • Freddy Born

      RAM(not walking about vram) is completely irrelevant to screen resolution…

      • Merman123

        It’s not completely irrelevant.

      • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

        True. The iPod Touch 4 struggles more than the iPhone 3GS in some task due to having a retina display.

      • In benchmarks the iPad 2 is also more powerful than the iPad 3 because the 3 has a retina display…

      • Mohammed Sahib

        They need a feature to differentiate the 7 plus from the 7 apart from the size, so if both are, hopefully; getting the OIS and 1080p screens, RAM could be it, the differentiator. That is what I meant.

      • Damian

        I think size is good enough differentiator. size of the phone really determines what type of phone we want. If we start looking at spec it just starts to sound like android fanboys and it is just sad

      • @sexyhamthing

        1080p is already a tad behind

    • Damian

      IMO differentiating factors are the dumbest thing ever

      I want the strongest iPhone, but I don’t want to hold a brick in my pocket. Nexus phone line proves to anger many users over the differences 6p and 5x have. I just hope iPhone is not gonna choose the same path.

      • Shadowelite123

        Tell that to the long line of people who think paying $100 more for the plus model is absurd.

      • Damian

        Size should be the only difference in iPhones. Once it starts being too many differences, people will hesitate and start looking at android options

      • Shadowelite123

        Yea but well some people just love to make a big deal about it.

  • xD

    LOL!

  • Franklin Richards

    Not gonna get my hopes up. I’ll just be happy if they get rid of the antenna bands… or at least stylize it better.

    • Sharkey311

      I’m assuming you don’t use a case on your phone because the antenna bands are really a non-issue for most people.

      • Franklin Richards

        I have a case because of the bands.

      • Sharkey311

        Oh brother. That’s a little hyperbolic.

      • Shadowelite123

        Well I did hear that Apple is working on a metallic material in place of the antenna bands that looks more appealing

      • Franklin Richards

        Awesome.

  • Mhamad J. Hajj Chehade

    What’s the theme in the picture?

  • SkyFall

    Bullshit. It took them 3 years to go from 1GB to 2GB and now they’ll start adding more RAM year after year?

    • Shadowelite123

      Calm down its just a rumor. It’s been like 2 months since the 6S was released and you’re here having a major fit over a rumor about next years phone. Gosh dude like seriously, calm down.

      • SkyFall

        I am calm..Because i said bullshit? Its a word dude seriously? I wanted to emphasise that the analyst is talking BS and i did it by writing that. And after that i stated some facts like any reasonable person would do. I didn’t show any emotion. Plus i would love if the rumour was true.

  • White Michael Jackson

    I predict apple will wait another three years or more for 3gb ram.

    • rockdude094

      I anticipate we’ll be at 4Gb -6Gb by 3 years

  • filter351

    I predict that the iPhone 7 will have no physical home button. Also they would be crazy to wait 3 more years to increase the RAM.

    • Newgunnerr

      It would be stupid to take off the physical home button

      • filter351

        Why?

      • Where would Touch ID go?

        They could put it on the back like the new Nexus devices but I’m not sure how well this would work…

      • filter351

        I’m just thinking maybe there would still be Touch ID sensor and that it could double as a virtual home button. I’m using the virtual home tweak and it works pretty slick and I never have to actually press the button just touch it. Just a thought! Thanks for the responses.

      • Shadowelite123

        Well you never know. They have been working on Touch ID in the screen. Maybe they might have it ready in time. It would be pretty cool if they did.

      • SkyFall

        They could make it thinner above and bellow and have it in a rectangular shape instead of a circle one and add 3D Touch sensors below it.

      • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

        Also, how will we force reboot or enter DFU without a home button? Not to mention that the home button is used to enter recovery mode as well. Apple needs all of this, and some users do as well.

      • iPhoneWINS

        EXACTLY ITS IS ICONIC AND SIGNIFIES THE PHONE

  • ديف فرانكو

    It’s been rumors that their trying to lose the home button. We’ll see

  • Neel Nani

    Is that a real theme? It looks pretty good…

  • Not a chance there’s 3gb of ram. It’s either 2 or 4, 3 makes no sense at all. How do these rumors get started, absolutely hilarious!!

    • Mohammed Sahib

      Care to explain why? Many Android phones have 3GB of RAM. Also the A8X SOC in iPad Air 2 has 3 cores. If we go to the PC world, AMD had tricore CPUs in the past (Athlon X3 for example) and Intel’s x58 platform had triple channel memory which ideally handles 3x1GB or 3x2GB or 3x4GB RAM configurations. So there is nothing wrong with the number 3 in computer hardware 😉

      • Simple, Apple doesn’t conform to others so going with 3gb makes absolutely no sense at this time. They just went to 2gb after years of being told by consumers. They’ll run 2gb for a while before moving forward and its not going to be just 3gb, that’s a crazy odd number to be playing with when it comes to Apple.

      • Shadowelite123

        You have a point.

  • askep3

    I really hope they don’t have it exclusive to the 6+, imo that would be really stupid, it’s not as if the extra screen resolution uses more ran or anything like that, they should have both phones have the same specs

    • iPhoneWINS

      THEY SHOULD CAUSE THE LARGER SCREEN NEEDS MORE RAM THAT SMALLER SCREEN

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    I doubt Apple will immediately implement 3GB right after they added 2GB in the 6S. Though it is possible, and it would certantly be a welcome addition.
    I also hope the A10 will have 3 cores, like the iPad Air 2 processor. In fact, adding more cores seems more likley than adding more RAM. It’s been 4 years since Apple increasd the number of cores (iPhone 4S) after all.

    • iPhoneWINS

      I AGREE THE 7S WILL GET THE 3 GIGS..LOL

  • Jason Dennery

    I just wish they’d stop putting so much focus on making the phones thinner, and instead made the battery life better.

    I mean, honestly, how much thinner do you really need your phone to be?

  • iPhoneWINS

    EVERY YEAR SAME DAMMN BORING BULLSHIT..

    • Shadowelite123

      WHY THE CAPS???? CALM DOWN

  • n0ahcruz3

    3GB ram heck yeah! Glad I didn’t go for the 6s! Although i may not upgrade to 7 rather 7s or 8 lol

  • jay

    3GB ram not gonna happened wow what a rumor here. only a new form factor and thats all. sure A10 processor and maybe a better lense on the camera

  • John Charles

    yesssss!!!!!, i love my iPhone 7 Plus 5.5-inch up with chip TSMC A10 3GB RAM faster okay, I do not like 4-inch… new iPhone 7 Plus in year 2016 later.

  • Shadowelite123

    True lol and a ton of people here are getting all worked up about XD

  • rockdude094

    Finally I can update my 5s when the 7 comes out.

  • JayV81

    A10 chip, that some prediction.