KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo comes with another report pertaining to Apple’s potential plans for the iPhone 7. This man – who has had an impressive record of predicting Apple’s product line – is suggesting that the company has plans to introduce a single iPhone 7 Plus model this fall. The well-respected analyst’s speculation is in direct contrast to an earlier report, previously claimed that the Cupertino-based company would look at the smartphone market by introducing two iPhone 7 Plus models as part of efforts to appeal to consumers who would pay a little extra for a more performant “Pro” version of the 5.5-inch device.
Earlier predictions on iPhone 7 Plus focused on the potential for Apple to introduce two very different models in the second-half of 2016. One of which iPhone rumored to ship with a single camera lens that would match the speculation and performance for the smaller iPhone 7. The second model was reportedly meant for those looking for higher end device, with KGI suggesting that the “iPhone Pro” model could ship with the highly speculated dual-lens camera setup.
More importantly, the report also backs up earlier speculation that 3GB of RAM will be exclusive to the largest handset, which means the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 will carry on with the 2GB of RAM found in the 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
In a previous report, we said the new 5.5-inch iPhone model (referred to as iPhone 7 Plus), to be launched in 2H16, may come in two versions: one with rear single-camera and the other with rear dual-camera. However, we now believe Apple (US) will only roll out the dual-camera version in 2H16, with 3GB RAM to meet image processing requirements, and we estimate shipments of this model in 2016F of 20-30mn units.
If this information outed is anything to be accurate, the interesting aspect will be to see how many customers actually opt to move away from the 4.7-inch iPhone in favor of the higher specification on the larger screen device. The dual-lens camera and reported 3GB of RAM be enough to convince consumers to adopt the larger display?
Given the fact Kuo’s got good track record, but then, it’s difficult to immediately dismiss this out of hand. Soon or later, we’ll likely leran more about the legitimacy of these iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus predictions in the coming months.
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