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Rumors give iPhone 6 just 1GB of RAM, 1,810mAh battery [u]

updated 10:30 am EDT, Mon August 18, 2014

Specs would put device behind current competition

[Updated with clarity on RAM issue, NFC chip] Schematics leaked by Chinese repair firm GeekBar may suggest that the iPhone 6 could ship with as little as only 1GB of RAM, the same amount used in the iPhone 5 and 5s. If accurate, that figure would leave the device behind current high-end Android and Windows Phone devices, which typically have 2GB. Although Apple is known to optimize its hardware and software, this could mean that the iPhone 6 will have to halt background tasks and refresh browser tabs as much or more than the 5s, since it will have a higher-resolution 4.7-inch display. The schematics may, however, be referring to NAND flash memory (the "temporary storage" on the device), rather than DRAM.

French site Nowhereelse.fr has meanwhile posted photos of 1,810mAh batteries allegedly intended for the iPhone 6. That would contradict an analyst's claim that Apple is upgrading to 2,100mAh, but it would be consistent with an earlier leak. The 1,810mAh battery would only be a modest improvement over the 1,440mAh in the iPhone 5s, and likely offset by increased power demands, especially from the bigger screen.

Update: GeekBar says that its schematics also point to an NXP PN65V NFC chip being present.




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  1. DiabloConQueso

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    Joined: 06-11-08

    I couldn't care less if the iPhone 6 had 128KB RAM as long as it operated efficiently and smoothly, and the user experience was fluid and frustration-free.

    As long as it isn't held back by having 1GB versus 2GB, the amount of RAM in the phone is simply a number that can be used for tech-head bragging rights between manufacturers of smartphones.

  1. DavidO

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    Joined: 11-02-05

    Agreed.

  1. climacs

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    Joined: 09-06-01

    and some Android phones have quad-core CPU while iPhone's A7 chip is only dual core, whoop de frickin' doo

  1. Charles Martin

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    Joined: 08-04-01

    Agreed with all of the above. Apple has demonstrated numerous times already that it does more with less than the competition. The iPhone 5s processor, graphics and RAM combo routinely not just beats but beats the pants off phones with better spec sheets. This is the iPod story all over again.

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