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    'iPhone 6s' said to ship with 2GB of RAM, Apple leaning toward including Apple SIM






    Apple's 2015 iPhone update will purportedly add some features introduced in the iPad Air 2 last year, including an upgrade to 2 gigabytes of RAM and the possibility of pre-installing the Apple SIM, giving users the ability to select a carrier on their own out of the box.

    A person familiar with Apple's future product plans, who has provided reliable information in the past, indicated to AppleInsider that the so-called "iPhone 6s," and presumably the Plus version as well, will in fact be upgraded to 2 gigabytes of RAM. Apple has used a single gigabyte of RAM in its iPhone lineup dating back to the iPhone 5, which launched in 2012.

    It was earlier that same year that Apple introduced one gigabyte of RAM in its custom A-series CPUs with the third-generation iPad with Retina display. It's expected that Apple will follow the same approach again, bringing iPad memory upgrades to the next iPhone, since the iPad Air 2 included 2 gigabytes of RAM embedded in its A8X chip last year.

    Additional RAM would allow iOS to leave background tasks and tabs in Safari open for longer without a need to reload or refresh. But additional RAM can also come with costs to battery life, as memory constantly consumes power.

    The same source also told AppleInsider that Apple is strongly considering shipping its next-generation handset with the Apple SIM pre-installed. That piece, which also made its debut with the iPad Air 2, allows consumers to sign up for mobile data plans from any participating carrier directly from the Settings app without long-term contracts and to switch providers at any time.

    Such a move would likely meet staunch resistance from wireless carriers, who have forced Apple to scrap similar plans in the past. Even those carriers that signed on to support the Apple SIM in the iPad Air 2 placed limitations on its usefulness when not purchased directly from Apple, and leading U.S. carrier Verizon abstained entirely.

    Competition among carriers has been increasingly fierce in recent years, as the airwaves become relatively commoditized and consumers less brand-loyal. Presumably, carriers will be reticent to cede a direct sales relationship with customers, perhaps more so than they were when Apple first floated its virtual SIM idea in 2010.





    "The operators are accusing Apple of trying to gain control of their relationship with their mobile customers with the new SIM," the Financial Times reported then. That opinion is not likely to have changed.

    What has changed is Apple's position in the market. The iPhone is now the most popular consumer product since the microwave, making it impossible for carriers to ignore.

    If Apple does decide to ship the Apple SIM in the new iPhone, carriers are unlikely to eschew support completely — as Verizon has done until now. Rather, the balance of probability tilts in favor of AT&T-style "dedication," in which handsets purchased from carriers would be locked to that network, but those purchased unlocked directly from Apple would be free to pick-and-choose plans at will.

    If Apple follows its usual annual release schedule, the next-generation iPhone models should be announced in September, and will be released to the public soon after. It's expected that the new devices will focus on under-the-hood changes, as Apple's "S" upgrades tend to leave the exterior of the handset largely unchanged from its predecessor.





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    Next-gen iPhone rumored to include Force Touch, possible pink color option (RUMOR)



    A report on Tuesday reiterated claims that Apple plans to integrate Force Touch features into its next iPhone model, and at the same time floated new rumors about an upcoming pink version of the handset.

    Citing sources within Apple's supply chain, The Wall Street Journal said the company is looking to incorporate Force Touch technology featured in Apple Watch, as well as the just-announced 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro refresh, into the next-generation iPhone, which will presumably launch this fall.

    The publication is just the latest to carry word of an iPhone version of Force Touch, as identical reports first surfaced in January. Most recently, a reliable source advised AppleInsider of the plans, but quashed rumors of a dual-lens camera.

    Those same people familiar with development of Apple's next-generation handsets were first to tell AppleInsider that they are internally codenamed "N71" for the 4.7-inch model and "N66" for the 5.5-inch version. Both handsets are expected to feature the same basic design as the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

    Force Touch allows a device to determine varying levels of input pressure by deploying electrodes around its screen. In the Apple Watch, electrodes are deployed around the device's flexible OLED display to detect the level of deformation caused by the user's press. Levels of force are translated to user interface operations that add an extra layer of control to existing multitouch systems. Apple calls the advance its "most significant new sensing capability since Multi‑Touch."

    While feasible, including Force Touch would likely require flexible display materials like the OLED panel used in Apple Watch. As today's report claims Apple will carry over the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus' 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display sizes in "similar" resolutions, a move exotic display technology could be hindered by supplier yield issues.

    The publication also claims that Apple will add pink to its palette of iPhone color options, expanding away from the current silver, Space Gray and Gold offerings.





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    A ‘special’ version of iPhone 7 is reportedly coming next year (RUMOR)



    After a report recently revealed that Apple’s next iPhone will have the same kind of touch technology already present in the Apple Watch and some MacBook models such as the brand new 12-inch laptop, VentureBeat shared more details about Apple’s future iPhones, suggesting that the company might have a special iPhone in store next year.

    Likely to be called the iPhone 7, the 2016 model might be available in multiple versions, with one targeted specifically “to emerging markets in Asia and Latin America.” That’s the exact wording used by the publication to describe the device, which will supposedly have an Intel modem chip inside.

    While VentureBeat’s report details how important it is for Intel to have a presence in Apple’s iPhone, noting that the Intel 7360 LTE modem chip can deliver speeds of up to 450 megabits per second, supporting Category 9/10 LTE and 3X carrier aggregation, the most interesting tidbit of information offered by the publication regards iPhone differentiation.

    It’s not clear whether emerging markets in Asia and Latin America will get a cheaper iPhone 7, or the same iPhone 7 every other market will receive, with the sole distinction being LTE modem choice. But the publication does say it’ll be a “special” version.

    Apple has yet to launch new low-cost iPhone models alongside flagship devices. Instead of taking this approach, Apple has always kept older iPhones in its lineup and sold them at cheaper prices. Not even the iPhone 5c was the affordable iPhone many people thought it would be.

    With Intel modems, Apple might simply be looking for a second supplier of LTE chips for the iPhone, not only to ensure it has enough components to meet huge demand, but also to put pressure on Qualcomm, the sole provider of LTE modems for iPhones, and an “uneasy relationship for Apple.”

    “Second sourcing [finding a second supplier for] a major component might give Apple the upper hand in the relationship,” one source told VentureBeat.

    Other details about this distant iPhone 7 haven’t yet been revealed.





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