Soon after the Galaxy S6 was launched, I pondered which Galaxy S6 features this year’s iPhone 6s handsets might also enjoy, including processor technology, RAM and memory storage type. Now, a new report seems to indicate that I got at least one detail correct.
Research firm TrendForce issued a report dedicated solely to Apple’s 2015 iPhones, saying that Apple might start mass-production for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus as June. Apple is expected to make new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions this year, and no new 4-inch model is mentioned.
The company is expected to make as many as 24 million iPhone 6s units in the third quarter of the year, and then ramp up production to 50 million for the Christmas quarter. The next iPhone is expected to represent 35% of Apple’s 2015 iPhone shipments, driving yearly shipments to 230 million for the period, or a 20% increase compared to last year.
The most interesting part of the report concerns iPhone 6s’ specs. According to TrendForce, the iPhone 6s will have the same kind of speedy RAM memory first seen on the Galaxy S6 — LPDDR4 memory that’s twice as fast as LPDDR3.
Even though the iPhone 6s won’t match the Galaxy S6 when it comes to the amount of RAM in the phone, it’ll still be bumped up to 2GB, TrendForce says. More RAM that’s also faster should make the iPhone even snappier than it already is; and at least one comparison proved the iPhone 6 can already beat the Galaxy S6 when it comes to graphics performance.
Samsung and SK Hynix are going to set aside RAM capacity for the new iPhones, the research firm says.
The group claims that Apple might finally dump 16GB iPhone models from its lineup, making the 32GB option the base choice for both versions of the iPhone 6s. Apple is seen using TLC NAND flash memory for the 64GB and 128GB versions of its new phones. The Galaxy S6’s cheapest option also has 32GB of built-in storage, though Samsung uses UFS 2.0 technology for its newest flagship.
TrendForce also says in its report that the iPhone 6s is expected to be even slimmer than its predecessor, and Apple will be doing this in part by reducing the thickness of the LED package from 0.6mm to 0.4mm. However, to compensate for a lack of brightness resulting from a smaller LED package size, the new iPhone might feature additional LEDs.
Finally, the LED flash of the iPhone 6s will reportedly feature the same dual-flash LED tech used in the current generation.
In terms of software, TrendForce also mentioned the inclusion of Force Touch in iOS 9, a new way of interacting with touchscreens that’s already available on existing Apple products, including the Apple Watch and select MacBooks.