Leading market intelligence firm TrendForce has strengthened reports that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will deliver major improvements this fall. In addition to more RAM, the firm says Apple’s new devices will come with a minimum of 32GB of storage, plus Force Touch displays.

Not only will the new iPhones have twice as much RAM as last year’s models, but they will also have faster RAM, TrendForce says, with Apple upgrading from LPDDR3 to faster LPDDR4 modules that use 20nm or 25nm manufacturing processes.

According to the latest reporting by the global research firm TrendForce, both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the next iPhone will enter mass production in June. They will be shipped in the third quarter, with the quarterly shipments projected to reach 24 million units. By the fourth quarter, the next iPhone will be released in greater quantities with the estimated quarterly shipments surpassing 50 million. The new model will help drive the 2015 shipments of all iPhones to go over 230 million, resulting in a yearly shipment growth of 20%. The next iPhone is also estimated to represent more than 35% of this year’s total iPhone shipments. 

TrendForce says the biggest highlight for the next iPhone will be Apple’s shift to LPDDR4 DRAM from LPDDR3. The iPhone is expected to get double the RAM, going from 1GB to 2GB. Using capacities of 25nm or 20nm processes as references, the iPhone 6s with its 2GB of memory is estimated to consume an additional 20K wafers per month. Worldwide DRAM capacity is at around 1,080K wafers per month, so an additional 2% of it will go to the next iPhone.

It’s also predicted that the iPhone 6s is ‘very likely’ to have its minimum storage capacity raised from 16GB to 32GB. This would make the three storage tiers 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. TLC-based NAND flash is expected to be used on the 64GB and 128GB models which are thought to make up over 50% of shipments. The iPhone will reportedly account for approximately 18% of all NAND flash consumption this year.

TrendForce says Apple’s new iPhones will enter mass production this June ahead of a third-quarter launch, and quarterly shipments are expected to reach 24 million units.

[via GforGames]


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