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A new research note penned by UBS analysts Timothy Arcuri and Munjal Shah (via MacRumors) predicts that at least two of this year’s models will sport 6GB of RAM, which should result in significant performance gains for the most performance-demanding iOS users.
Here’s how the analysts see the fall 2020 lineup breaking down:
- 5.4-inch iPhone: 4GB of RAM, dual-lens rear camera.
- 6.1-inch iPhone: 4GB of RAM, dual-lens rear camera.
- 6.1-inch iPhone: 6GB of RAM, triple-lens rear ToF camera.
- 6.7-inch iPhone: 6GB of RAM, triple-lens rear ToF camera.
This largely lines up with another report via Barclays, but also adds in expectations for the second 6.1-inch iPhone.
Based on this prediction and other reports, it’s starting to look like the 5.4-inch and one of the 6.1-inch devices will be “iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Plus” models. They’ll basically be successors to the iPhone 11, just available in two sizes.
The second 6.1-inch device and the 6.7-inch device will then essentially be “iPhone 12 Pro” and “iPhone 12 Pro Max” devices with higher-end specs and camera capabilities.
That change also means that the base-tier and smaller of the “Pro” models will see its display size bumped up to 6.1 inches from 5.8 inches.
To be clear, those monikers are just predictions at this point. It’s unclear how Apple will differentiate the models this year as far as price and naming. That’s especially true since all four of those devices are expected to sport OLED displays and 5G support.
Apple is also expected to debut an iPhone 8 successor that retains Touch ID and the 4.7-inch form factor in the first half of this year. While commonly called the “iPhone SE 2,” it’s more likely that the device will be dubbed the iPhone 9.
Additionally, Apple could even launch an “iPhone 9 Plus” this year as well, bringing the total number of new iPhones up to six. Of course, with a rumored change to a biannual iPhone release format, a model-heavy lineup like the one that’s rumored may make more sense.