iPhone 7 concept Yasser Farahi 001

According to a recent TrendForce analyst Avril Wu, Apple will edge closer to Samsung in smartphone market share in 2016 by continuing to advance the iPhone by adding some of the features commonly found on high-end Android devices.

For starters, the next iPhone—let’s dub it an ‘iPhone 7’—is expected to increase the amount of RAM in the 5.5-inch model by fifty percent to three gigabytes, just a year after the iPhone 6s doubled theRAM from one to two gigabytes.

In addition, the next iPhone should boast waterproof capabilities, which is precisely the speculation we heard before. As a quick refresher, fairly reliable Japanese blog Macotakara said earlier this month that the next iPhone will be more ruggedized than current models are, thanks to water and dustproofing.

“The major selling points of the next iPhone will be the 3GB memory upgrade for the 5.5-inch model and waterproof feature,” Wu wrote. The RAM claim could turn out to be true given that Samsung’s 12Gb (1.5GB) LPDDR4 chips will be into mass production soon.

The analyst expects the iPhone 7 to be introduced in the second half of next year and projects about 260 million iPhone shipments in total through 2016, representing an annual growth of 12.5 percent and a market share of 18.5 percent.

“With the smartphone market becoming less profitable, iPhone will still have the highest margin next year compared with products from rival vendors,” he added.

Lastly, Wu joins analysts KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo and IHS’s Kewin Wang in predicting an upgraded 4-inch ‘iPhone 6c’ apparently hitting store shelves in the second quarter of 2016.

How important is waterproofing to you? And does the next iPhone need 3GB of RAM, do you think? Chime in with your own observations in the comments below.

Phone 7 concept by 3D artist Yasser Farahi.

Source: TrendForce

  • After I got the 6P and liked the fingerprint scanner I started to hold me 6sPlus the same way and wouldn’t you know it, my index finger fit in the same place as the apple logo. What if Apple turned the apple logo into a force touch button (not a physical one) and fingerprint scanner? That would allow them to make the screen almost edge to edge.

    • 10marcer

      That might be inconvenient for people who want to put their phones in cases but if they do make the 7 more rugged than it could work

      • Like the case for the 6P with a hole in the back. iPhone otterbox commuter and defender cases have been doing this for years.

    • Martynet

      When I’m in the office… 7-8 hours a day, my iPhone is just laying on my desk and when I use it I just tap the home button and unlock it and do whatever I need. So, the finger print sensor would make my day kind of annoying because I would have to pick it up every time.

    • Mohammed Khaled

      i personally prefer the finger print on the front. so changing it to back will earn serious criticism from me at least

    • The Guy

      The entire screen will have the ability to read your fingerprint, so this will not be needed.

      • Then if you want a full screen, where will the home button be. You can say the screen but what if you are inside a app, what type of press that is universal will get you back to the spring board

      • The Guy

        A single press just as if it were the home button, nothing changes… That was easy, got anything else you don’t understand?

      • so what kind of press now that there is 3D touch? what happens when the app uses “peek” and “pop” types of presses? Are we going to create a third type of 3D press? Will it be a short press or long press without using 3D touch? where in apps is the default position for this touch because you can’t just press anywhere in the app. Sure with text and pictures apps you can find blank space but what about games where touching the screen launches a missile attack, makes the toon jump, or colors a block in a puzzle game? How do you press without making those actions happen?

        So, now that maybe I have expanded that narrow brain of yours to think of the big picture, what now? Sure you could make it like stock android and have a blank bar at the bottom as a “pressing” area but then that becomes counter intuitive to the “simple” interface that is iOS and a single physical button that takes you home regardless of what you are doing. With a blank bar you need to quick tap the bottom of the screen to pull it up or swipe from the bottom to pull it up. Still with a single home button all you do is press it. 2 or 3 movements vs 1.

      • The Guy

        What? Still a single press, it’s not 3D, lol. You seem slow, so hopefully you’ll figure it out.

  • Mark

    It took so long to get 2GB of RAM I really don’t see it happening this fast. But one could only hope!

  • Guy

    We can dream

  • iByron

    I only upgrade on the “s” model years, so whatever they do next will only be improved upon by the time I’m ready.

    But we’re ten months out! This isn’t even worth paying attention to at this point. Even when there’s evidence of *something* happening, the speculators can get it wrong (see the predictions of a smaller iPhone based on massive 4″ screen production that turned out to be an updated iPod Touch).

    • lookHOWMADheis

      I just started doing the same thing !

    • The same ideal would also go for only upgrading on the regular models. It’s an upgrade either way.

    • The Guy

      That sucks because you get an old design model phone a year later than everyone else… what happens on the inside no one can see, lol.

  • Blip dude

    And I gladly look forward to the improvements of the S model for this phone when it will ship in 22 months.

  • Andres

    I’m loving my 6s right now but definitely getting the 7

  • Tarek Al Shawi

    should i get the 6s or w8 for the 7? using 4s at the moment

    • TechnoBuff

      You need an upgrade badly if you can afford it.

      My advice… Wait for 7. Getting a 6s is not really worth it.

      • Tarek Al Shawi

        6s not worth when upgrading from a 4s? i can afford it now but if i got it now i won’t getting the 7 ! i really can’t decide , lol

      • TechnoBuff

        Let me rephrase that.

        If you have waited this long… you might as well wait for a 7, which is going to be different in every way to a 6 or 6s.(which looks similar to each other in so many ways)

        I know 7 is still several months away but personally Iphone S variants are never worth the upgrade in my opinion.

      • leart

        Lets compare some of S versions vs regular ones.
        iphone 4 – 4s, Siri, iCloud dual core processor 8 mb camera, double speed, etc etc.

        4s – 5, just bigger screen and 4g

        5 – 5s fingerprint scanner, separate graphic processor, 64 bit system, slow motion video, etc, etc,,

        5s – 6 mainly the difference is in bigger screen.

        6 – 6s 3D Touch, live photos, stunning speed, like every S model the stability is improved over the first release….

        my opinion is to go always for S model, which is the improved, tested and then apple can implement the new features on it

      • Senith Deelaka Ranchagoda

        As I know graphics processor is built into the SoC from the 1st gen..

      • leart

        sorry M7, the motion coprocessor

      • Senith Deelaka Ranchagoda

        Ohh yeah…

      • Senith Deelaka Ranchagoda

        BTW faster processor is common in every gen compared to previous gen…

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        Coming from a 4S? If I were you, I’d get the 6S Plus (the reason why I say Plus is due to the immense battery life and the impeccably massive screen). For example: I was on a 4S and upgraded to a 6 last September (2014) and it was a world of difference. You’re coming from a 4S and going to a 6S…you’re definitely going to be blown away. I doubt the 7 will feature major hardware upgrades. S models always pack in major major upgraded hardware. In sum, get the 6S, or better yet, the 6S Plus.

      • Martynet

        it is worth ot. I upgraded to 6s Plus from 6 Plus and I feel the differnce. Jumping from 4S will be like heaven. Trust me.

      • Hussain Alsanona

        I think you should wait until iPhone 7 9 months to go.

      • 5723alex .

        Yes, you can get the 7 if you join the leasing program.

      • coLin

        get the 6s, don’t wait.

      • The Guy

        Why not go with a service that upgrades your iPhone for free the moment it becomes available, every time??

      • Tarek Al Shawi

        Not yet available in the UAE

      • rockdude094

        Just wait for the 7, if you waited this long. There isn’t anything special in the 6s and most of its app’s will take time to accommodate 3D touch properly.

      • TechnoBuff

        3D touch is not been implemented fast enogh
        By the time, most of them are ready, 7 would have arrived.

    • Fardeen Beharry

      i have the same issue, currently on 4s and want to get the iphone 7 or 6s or 6s plus, 6s vs 6s plus isso much of an internal debate.

      • therealjjohnson

        Get the Plus. If you consume a lot of content you will love the experience. Plus the battery is better.

      • coLin

        get the 6 plus, don’t wait. great battery life

    • i jumped from 4s to 6 last year, it feels like heaven. get the 6s and if you want then 7s lol

    • diggitydang

      One of the things I love about the S lines is that accessories are usually plentiful (which they are now for the 6s), with no (or very minute) changes in hardware (from the 6). When the 7 comes out, accessories are only what Apple has to offer, and maybe a small selection of Chinese knockoffs who were quick to the game. If you’re like me, and you’re particular about the case, screen protector etc, you might be best to jump on the upgrade now.

      I think at the end of the day, it depends how you use the phone though… I have a mophie case on my 6s, which makes a bigger battery (in the Pluses) negligible… I actually like the chin on the bottom of it, because it makes it easier to type one-handed, but if I waited for the 7, I wouldn’t have the battery case for another 5-6 months.

      Good luck!

    • Dao Sasone

      I’d wait for the 7. Hopefully apple will change the game.

    • Jayy

      I came from a 8gb iPhone 4 to a 64gb iPhone 6s Plus. I love it! Now whenever I hold my iPhone 4 it looks and feels like a child’s toy.

      • Senith Deelaka Ranchagoda

        Kinda same here..
        but came from a 16GB…

  • askep3

    When it says closer to Samsung share, does Samsung have a higher market share than Apple!?!?!?

    • TechnoBuff

      Yes, Samsung still has a higher market share.
      People seem to forget there are so many countries where iphone has no footprint or share at all, where Samsung and other android phones rules.
      All over Africa and major middle eastern markets including some east Asian ones, Samsung and android is everywhere there.

      • askep3

        I see, and Samsung has way more phones, compared to Apple, so there’s also that.

      • TechnoBuff

        Samsung and other Android OEMs have a lot of cheap and mid range phones that suits those markets where Apple cannot compete. a lot of people do not need all that top features, being able to send sms/mms and make calls is all that matters and with facebook accessible without high end features, even makes it all better.
        You will be surprised that Blackberry is still very strong in a lot of African countries and Asia as well

      • leart

        used yesterday a “mid range” Samsung for 5 minutes and i think they should be called “crap range”, the most stupid, ugly device i ever used, better to spend the money in a Nokia device , imy Nokia doesn’t give that cheap feeling, Samsung does..

      • askep3

        Yeah, everything except their highest end devices are worth using IMO, I’m an iPhone user, but the samsungs aren’t bad, but those lower end phones are so laggy and annoying.

      • leart

        laggy even swapping the icons on homescreen

      • askep3

        That’s just sad XD

      • askep3

        Thats true, even the iPhone 5c isn’t competition to those low end phones.

  • Satyam Panchal

    I don’t think so we will get 3gb ram early

  • Anonymous

    More ram cant hurt. And its something droid fans boys cant tout to to apple fan boys. Would be a smart act on apple’s part.

    • diggitydang

      Would it? Because maybe by then, Android has 4GB ram, or 8GB, or WHATEVER… to me, it’s the user experience and not just the number… I hated the refreshing of tabs in Safari, or Facebook timeline – it’s SO much better now on my 6s, but I doubt I’ll upgrade for more RAM. Waterproofing is interesting though.

      • Anonymous

        Any single aspect isnt that intresting, combinding them is a selling feture. And i agree user experience is a must have. However, there are users who want a good looking sepc sheet. My droid friends are always quick to remind me of this. I know there more to how a computer works, but for your simi-average consumer a good looking spec sheet might just be the part that sells them.

  • iPhoneWINS

    I will be getting the iPhone 7plus …

  • Bass Head

    The iPhone always comes out in September. These speculations are horse doo doo

    • Shadowelite123

      The main iPhone does. The Apple Watch was announced in September and released the next year. Tbh, releasing a C variant of the iPhone some other time is really not surprising.

      • Bass Head

        I doubt it. The iPhone 5c was released in September too

      • Shadowelite123

        I don’t. The 5C was released with the iPhone 5S. We didn’t see a 6C with the 6S models. If they broke that would be tradition, they can very well release the C models anytime of the year.

  • Dan

    I heard rumors that the next iPhone will have a tiny nuclear reactor and that we will never have to charge the phone.

    • n0ahcruz3

      “kaboomgate” lol

      • Shadowelite123

        Lol I’m debating “gate” comment of the year XD, you’re clearly winning lol

  • rockdude094

    Im definitely getting one of them iPhone 7’s

  • zustroy

    Mention selling points in this article are beyound pathetic!
    Waterproofing?! Give me a break!

    I want it bazeless phone without home screen button, looking at those iPhones is like looking at TVs from 60s.

    Really dissapointed in Apple’s “design”.

    • Shadowelite123

      Lol exaggerate much?

      • zustroy

        Not at all! iPhones have around 67% screen-to-body ratio, which is really small. Look at Mate7 for example. That’s how phone’s front should look like. We want screen not bazel.
        I like Apple but design of their phones I don’t, lately. Last good design was iPhone 4.

      • Christopher

        *bezel *beyond waterproofing would be interesting to me, so, your opinion might not be everyone else’s. And the thick bezels at the bottom and top of the phone is not just a signature of iPhones but also because it is still not efficient to insert a fingerprint scanner into the screen, as the technology is still very new. And furthermore, it would not to possible to display content on the part of the screen that houses the fingerprint scanner. And also, physical buttons still more better than software buttons in my opinion.

  • jay

    Not happened a 3GB ram iPhone for now. There is no need for it. Not sure but let me guess the iPhone 7 has a A10 chip

  • Dao Sasone

    Apple needs fast wireless charging implementated. At least a 35kmah battery. Get upto date apple.

    • Shadowelite123

      35k?? Lol an iPhone that big would be extremely heavy and big. Any phone with a 35,000 mAh battery would be heavy and big.

  • Unknow Unknow

    Almos we waited 10 years for 2 and now only 12 moths for 3 ?? I thing the next iPhone will be need something diferent cus with the new bigger iPhone plus’ we had almost everything than we asked for long time

    • Shadowelite123

      Lol 10 years? No one needed 2 GB of ram 10 years ago.

  • Mohammed Khaled

    I care about water proofing. if 3 gb ram is available with this device for sake of ios running smoothly… i fear other deivices running 1 or 2 gb of ram will suffer because you know apple. i would rather like to see improvement in camera and shatter proof screen. then i would buy it the first chance i have

  • Gordon

    Waterproof, finally! Great when you workout!

  • Xee

    I think the next iPhone should definitely have 3GB of RAM as apps and games and the whole iOS gets more power hungry. Apple shouldn’t hold back. Memory is cheap and Apple should stop charging so much for it as storage too! That goes for all Apple devices too!

    Waterproof would be cool, would love to use my iPhone in the shower, listen to music, not worry about steam etc, or out in the rain, of jogging etc.

  • h4nd0fg0d

    Good god, yes, more RAM! Apple idiots