Analyst firm TrendForce claims in its latest report that the steep drop in NAND prices will allow Apple to offer the iPhone 7 Plus with 256GB of storage space. The increasing app sizes, increased demand from consumers, and the dual-camera setup on the iPhone 7 Plus means that there will likely be a higher demand for the increased storage capacity this time around. Interestingly, despite the iPhone 7 not coming with a dual-camera setup, Apple will offer the 256GB storage option for the handset as well.
The report also indicates that the iPhone 7 Plus will come with 3GB LPDDR4 RAM, so as to allow it to process photos that will be taken from its dual-lens camera. Since the iPhone 7 will only feature a single camera lens at its rear, it will continue to feature 2GB RAM. While an increase in RAM is always a welcome addition, it also leads to an increase in power consumption. To offset that, Apple will be using LPDDR4 RAM modules that are more energy efficient.
Inline with what other reports have suggested so far, TrendForce claims that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will offer minor upgrades over their predecessors, with major highlights being the increased storage capacity and improved camera performance. The design of the handsets will be slightly changed from the iPhone 6s and will not feature any major display upgrade. The minor refresh will impact iPhone sales this year, with the report claiming that iPhone’s production will drop by more than 8% this year.
There is already enough evidence that point towards Apple switching to an OLED display for the iPhone in 2017. The report notes that since Apple does not have the same level of control over AMOLED display production as LCD, it will have to deal with various challenges in supply chain for a consistent supply of the panels.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are still just over 3 months away from their official unveiling, but leaks already provide us with a good idea of what to expect from them. The handsets will feature a slightly designed back to better hide the antenna lines, with the larger iPhone 7 Plus also feature a second camera module at its rear. Otherwise, the handsets are going to look similar to the existing iPhone 6/s.
Earlier this year, Apple announced a 256GB storage option for the 9.7″ and 12.9″ iPad Pro making them the first iOS devices in its lineup to come with such high capacity storage.[Via TrendForce]