Even analysts, depending on how far away an iPhone launch is, can’t always agree on what Apple is planning on doing.
That is certainly the case with the upcoming 2017 iPhone lineup, which will include the iPhone 8 at the top of the line, while the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus are said to round out the available options for future buyers. Previous reports had suggested that the iPhone 8, with its OLED display, would also boast 3GB of RAM — and would be the only model released this year to do so.
However, as reported by MacRumors, that may not be the case. Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company released an analyst’s note near the end of March, which stated that all three 2017 iPhones would actually boast 3GB of RAM:
“In terms of memory/storage configuration, all three models will likely adopt 3GB RAM; the 4.7”/5.5” will likely have the same storage options as the current iPhone 7/7+ in 32/128/256GB while the 5.8” model looks to be only offered in two memory configurations: 64GB and 256GB. Finally, the 5.8” model will likely have extended battery life with two packs of batteries.”
That would certainly be a nice upgrade for the iPhone 7s, so anyone who is already planning on buying the smallest iPhone of 2017 would have something to look forward to on the technical level. Of course, the iPhone 7 Plus already includes 3GB of RAM, so no change there.
Finally, Arcuri’s analyst note says that he expects Apple to stick with the Lightning connector with all of the 2017 iPhones as well. That would certainly line up with another analyst’s expectations, but recently the Wall Street Journal reported that the iPhone 8 would drop Lightning and opt for a USB Type-C connector, which would put it in line with the vast majority of other smartphones on the market.
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