Apple to Eliminate Entry 16 GB Capacity ‘iPhone 6s’ [Rumour]
The market demand for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus remains strong if we are to believe Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, but analysts have already started talking about the next-generation models due this fall. Trendforce analysts add their voice to the mix, pointing to possible configurations of the iPhone 6s (via GforGames).
First, mass production will start in June, while shipments are scheduled for the third quarter and projected to reach 24 million units quarterly, except the fourth quarter, when Trendforce project more than 50 million units. The iPhone 6s is expected to represent more than 35% of this year’s total iPhone shipments. That, on the other hand, is said to surpass 230 million, a 20% growth year-over-year.
We’ve already heard rumours about a DRAM upgrade from LPDDR3 to LPDDR4, and to 2 GB. What’s more interesting, though, and was has already been rumoured, is that Apple may scrap the 16 GB model and raise the minimum storage capacity to 32 GB based on TLC NAND flash. This part is interesting, because there were some issues with the TLC NAND flash, as reported by Business Korea, and Apple reportedly stopped the use of its current TLC NAND flash chip and moved to Samsung.
Besides reiterating the Force Touch feature, Trendforce points to an interesting addition of the next-generation iPhone: a smaller LED backlight for a lighter and thinner body.
The iPhone 6s is expected to launch this fall, although there have been whispers about a possible August launch. Well, before then we have another Apple event, the WWDC 2015, which is scheduled to kick off on June 8.