iPhone 16 could get 8GB RAM and Wi-Fi 6E support


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iPhone 16 could get a much-needed system memory boost.
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Apple could equip its entire 2024 iPhone lineup with 8GB of RAM and Wi-Fi 6E support. Currently, only the iPhone 15 Pro models enjoy these features.

Additionally, the company might exclusively use Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon X75 5G modem on the iPhone 16 Pro. The non-Pro variants would stick to the X70 modem used by current-gen iPhones.

iPhone 16 might get a RAM boost

Analyst Jeff Pu of Haitong International Securities made these claims in a research note obtained by MacRumors. If the analyst’s predictions prove accurate, the iPhone 16 and 16 Plus will get 2GB more RAM than their predecessors. The additional system memory should help with better performance, especially when using multiple apps simultaneously.

As for the 2024 iPhone Pro models, they reportedly will ship with the same amount of RAM as current-gen models. Apple could use faster LPDDR memory chips for more bandwidth, which should help improve overall system responsiveness. Interestingly, the analyst previously said the iPhone 16 won’t get a hand-me-down chip.

Pu thinks the entire iPhone 16 lineup will feature WI-Fi 6E support. Wi-Fi 6E operates on the 6GHz channel, providing increased bandwidth and less interference over Wi-Fi 6. Apple already added Wi-Fi 6E support to its iPad and Mac lineups in addition to iPhone 15 Pro models.

Only iPhone 16 Pro could get Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon modem

Currently, Apple uses the Snapdragon X70 modem across the iPhone 15 lineup. Thanks to the new baseband, the 2023 iPhones provide significantly faster 5G speeds than their predecessors in the United States.

With the iPhone 16 series in 2024, though, this won’t be the case. If Pu is correct, the regular iPhone 16 and the Plus variant will stick to the same X70 modem. For the Pro models, Apple will switch to Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon X75, which supports 5G Advanced and uses up to 20% less power. Pu made the same claim back in October 2023.


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