'iPhone 6s' Could Have 2GB of RAM and Pre-Installed Apple SIM

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The next-generation iPhone is expected to ship with 2GB of RAM and could also have a pre-installed Apple SIM, according to AppleInsider. The so-called "iPhone 6s," and presumably the "iPhone 6s Plus," would be adopting both features from the iPad Air 2, which also has 2GB of RAM and a pre-installed Apple SIM.

Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and all previous models dating back to the iPhone 5, have 1GB of RAM and must be used with a SIM card obtained from an individual carrier. Apple SIM, introduced alongside the iPad Air 2, allows you to choose between a variety of carriers without locking into long-term plans. Participating U.S. carriers include AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.
"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."
While the report claims that Apple is strongly considering including a pre-installed Apple SIM on the next iPhone, the company's vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS product marketing Greg Joswiak downplayed the idea last year because of the higher number of iPhone customers that purchase their smartphone directly from a carrier.
"It's about the customer experience," he said during an appearance here at Re/code's Code/Mobile conference. "We ultimately don't know who you are going to use as the carrier, [and] we want to make it as easy as possible."

Joswiak said Apple has not discussed putting the Apple SIM into iPhones, but said that because of the way most customers buy an iPhone--through a carrier directly--the Apple SIM is not as well suited. "I don't think you're going to go to the Verizon store and say, 'Can you hook me up with AT&T?,'" he said.
These rumors are rather predictable given that Apple typically improves the hardware specifications of iPhones and iPads each year, although the addition of a pre-installed Apple SIM on iPhone may still not materialize due to tough opposition from carriers. Verizon, for example, was notably absent as a participating carrier for Apple SIM when the iPad Air 2 was released last year.

Apple is expected to announce its next-generation iPhones in September per usual. The "iPhone 6s" was also rumored to have 2GB of RAM and Force Touch in January based on sources within Apple's supply chain. Few other details about the upcoming iPhones are known, aside from a disputed claim that the devices will include a DSLR-like dual-lens camera system.

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aohus

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This means potentially, that the unlimited data plan workaround will no longer work.

GG
 

fratey

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Cool, maybe then one can multitask between, say, Google Maps and Safari – without Safari having to reload the tabs every single time (like on my iPhone 6 Plus).
 

AppleScruff1

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Why more RAM? I thought 1GB was enough? Or at least that's what I read whenever someone complained that the iPad Air reloaded tabs.
 

Iconoclysm

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Why more RAM? I thought 1GB was enough? Or at least that's what I read whenever someone complained that the iPad Air reloaded tabs.
I don't believe anyone ever said that 1 GB was enough. What they said was that Apple wasn't including so little to be cheap but for other reasons such as battery life and that the tradeoff may well be worth it.
 

gsmornot

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In the end it matters not because I upgrade every year anyhow. Having more or something is a bonus.
 

clukas

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I would love for the rumored dual lense DSLR feature to be implemented, unfortunately I think we may have to wait for that one. 2GB of ram sounds great though.
 

BvizioN

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Why more RAM? I thought 1GB was enough? Or at least that's what I read whenever someone complained that the iPad Air reloaded tabs.
There was a time when 500 mb or even half of that was enough. My iPhone with 1gb of RAM has performed far better then other devices I have used with at least twice as much RAM. This increased RAM would be for future devices and iOS. And yes, for many who are not into spec craze, currently 1GB of RAM is enough.
 

AppleScruff1

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I don't believe anyone ever said that 1 GB was enough. What they said was that Apple wasn't including so little to be cheap but for other reasons such as battery life and that the tradeoff may well be worth it.

Lots of people said 1GB was enough and people who complained were dismissed on a regular basis by some. Apple knows what they are doing, iOS doesn't need more RAM, why would you want to have 3 tabs open, etc. etc.
 

Nickerbocker

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The Apple SIM is a great idea, but with only the ability to freely switch between T-Mobile and Sprint it is kind of handicapped at the moment.

AT&T locking the SIM when it is used on their network and Verizon just ignoring it is unacceptable.
 

Glassed Silver

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You won't see me getting a new iPhone without it featuring at least 2GB of RAM.
I've had enough of the "iOS is optimized" talk.
Yes it is, but you can only optimize so much.

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AppleScruff1

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There was a time when 500 mb or even half of that was enough. My iPhone with 1gb of RAM has performed far better then other devices I have used with at least twice as much RAM. This increased RAM would be for future devices and iOS. And yes, for many who are not into spec craze, currently 1GB of RAM is enough.
Thanks for proving my point.
 

Xenomorph

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"...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"
Make note that carriers have the ability to lock the Apple SIM to just their service.

AT&T already does this. People are able to stock up on all the Apple SIMs they want (sold for $4.99 at any Apple Store), yet you will hear NON STOP WHINING and complaining come Sep/Oct when people buy these things and find out they get locked to AT&T when AT&T is chosen during setup.
 

thinkthis

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1GB is not enough

I have never owned an Android phone and could probably be considered somewhat of an Apple fanboy.

Let us be clear on one point: 1 GB of ram for a smartphone in today's mobile computing environment is not enough. It is not even close to enough. No amount of optimization by Apple can get around the fact that today's complex and robust applications need an ever increasing amount of RAM.

Apple did a great job of pushing mobile apps to the masses, but they have not built a platform that is capable of executing these apps in a seamless way.

I own an iPhone 6 and when I switch between apps, which I do frequently, I expect that the save state of the previous app will be lost EVERY SINGLE TIME, because that's usually what happens.

This is unacceptable. If they had an iPhone 6++ released last October that had 4GB of ram in it I would have paid $1-200 extra for it. The phone feels crippled as it is right now.

If this rumor is true (and I suspect that it is) I will likely upgrade again. So I guess Apple wins. But I'm not happy about it.
 

Xgm541

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I don't believe anyone ever said that 1 GB was enough. What they said was that Apple wasn't including so little to be cheap but for other reasons such as battery life and that the tradeoff may well be worth it.
Wow. Something doesnt add up though. If I have so little ram that switching between 2 tabs reloads the tab every time, then wouldnt that mean that I am using my LTE radio which consumes considerably more battery than ram for all those reloads?

Also, wouldnt the time spent reloading the tabs also mean that whatever I am doing takes more time to do, hence increasing necessary screen-on-time?
 
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