How many times over the years did we hear analysts talking about how Apple absolutely had to move to larger-screened iPhones if it wanted to keep its competitive edge? Or that a new, big-screen iPad was just around the corner? Over and over, those predictions ended up falling flat … until they didn’t. Today we’re looking at another set of big claims from a market research firm, and they sure sound like the kind of things iPhone users have been asking for. Whether or not Apple actually delivers remains to be seen, but if there’s even a morsel of truth here, it could be a big deal for next year’s iPhone lineup.
According to TrendForce, two of the big selling points for the iPhone 7 could be a waterproof construction, and the step up to 3GB of RAM for the iPhone 7 Plus.
Apple finally gave its smartphones 2GB of RAM with this year’s models, and users noticed some significant speed gains on memory-intensive tasks like web browsing. While the move to 3GB might not necessarily offer the same degree of improvement, it’s certainly not going to hurt performance any.
And though this year’s iPhone models might already be 90% of the way to functional waterproofing, for Apple to formally bless the iPhone 7 with this feature would be a major accomplishment. Given the way Apple likes to make sure it does things right, we could be looking at a situation with none of the half-measure restrictions as we’ve seen with other “waterproof” phones.