Research firm TrendForce issued a report last 21 February with its predictions for Apple's next iPhone, citing "information from the supply chain."
Lots of details from the TrendForce report line up with current rumors, but there's one new wrinkle it suggests: the "high-end" iPhone could come with only two storage options, 64GB and 256GB.
TrendForce analysts also believe the "next high-end iPhone" will come with 3GB of RAM. Because TrendForce issues reports on DRAM and other memory components, it's a subject that the company is likely to have some authority on in its forecasts.
The iPhone 7 starts with 32GB of storage space for US$ 650, which is an increase from previous iPhone models with came with 16 GB of storage space — which was too little, as users found that space quickly filled up with app data and photos. Anyone with a entry-level iPhone could tell that the storage limitation was annoying.
But given that the next high-end iPhone could start at over US$ 1,000, it makes sense for Apple to bump the default entry-level storage space up to 64GB.
TrendForce's other iPhone forecasts include:
- Three new iPhone models, with one "top-of-the-line model with standout features" including a 5.8-inch OLED screen with increased resolution. This device could cost over US$ 1,000.
- The other two models will have the same size and resolution screens as the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. These devices will be more affordable than the "high-end iPhone."
- The high-end iPhone will have its physical home button removed and integrated into the display.
- Integrated 3D sensing technology for facial recognition and AR features.
- Apple will build an estimated 230 million iPhones in 2017.
- The "high-end" phone will account for 100 million of those.