Channel monitor DRAMeXchange has highlighted in its recent report that prices of DRAM are continuing to rise globally, thanks to strong demand from Apple for its ‘iPhone 7’, as well as from leading China-based manufacturers (via AppleInsider). “DRAM prices in August were on an upward trend as they were in the previous month,” says the report.
“With the official launch of the next iPhone release on September 7, the entire smartphone supply chain is now under a critical period of intense stock-up activities.”
As a result of the ramp-up and demand applied to the supply chain by the “iPhone 7,” major DRAM suppliers are making more of the mobile-specific RAM. As a side effect, less PC RAM is available, constraining supply, and increasing prices.
The report adds that prices across the board for mobile and desktop RAM are expected to keep climbing for the remainder of the year.
Apple is rumoured to include 2GB of application RAM in the smaller ‘iPhone 7’, while the “iPhone 7 Plus” is anticipated to have 3GB of RAM, boosting demand for the commodity more than needed for the 2015 iPhone 6s family release.
Currently, the iPhone 6s, 6s plus, and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro all have 2 GB of RAM, while the iPad Pro 12.7-inch model comes with 4 GB installed.