Apple usually doesn’t compete with rivals when it comes to certain hardware choices it makes for its iOS products, including processor cores and clockspeed, memory or megapixels, though some have said that might change with the Apple Watch. In a note released on Monday to investors, and obtained by AppleInsider, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri says Apple’s first smartwatch will have 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, in its most basic versions.
For what it’s worth, the most recently launched smartwatches released by some of Apple’s competitors, including the Motorola Moto 360 and Samsung Gear S, also come with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage on board, so it looks like the Apple Watch could be about the same.
But when it comes to onboard storage, the Apple Watch may even offer more space than other devices. Arcuri believes that Apple will also have 8GB Apple Watch versions in stores.
The RAM will apparently be provided by three companies, including Samsung, Hynix and Micron.
The analyst expects the Apple Watch to pack a wireless chip similar to the Broadcom BCM43342 that’s found in the iPhone 5s, but maybe without any onboard GPS capabilities. Integrated Device Technology may provide the device’s wireless charging circuit, and NXP and AMS are expected to supply NFC chips for the smartwatch.
Apple is yet to confirm such details, and the company was rather mysterious while announcing the Apple Watch about its internal components, such as processor type or available storage.