We’re just getting used to the launch of the iPhone 14, but rumors are already circulating about what Apple might do with its successor – and a new iPhone 15 report suggests the Pro models are set to get 8GB of RAM and a periscope camera.
This comes from industry analysts in Trendforce (opens in new tab) (through SamMobile (opens in new tab)), who have a decent track record when it comes to predicting what Apple’s hardware department will produce. Apparently “the odds are high” for an 8GB RAM boost on the Pro and Pro Max and improvements to camera technology, specifically for the Pro Max.
Current iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models have 6GB of RAM installed, although this is traditionally not something Apple talks about much (RAM is not listed on the iPhone specs page on Apple’s website, for example).
The periscope camera rumor is interesting: it’s a camera design we’ve seen on Android phones (including the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra) where, thanks to some mirror tricks, the camera extends the length of a phone, allowing more room for Zoom lenses.
It’s something we’ve heard could come to the iPhone for several years now, and if it does arrive with the iPhone 15 Pro Max, expect the 3x optical zoom on the current model to get a significant boost – assuming Apple can find enough space on the device to fit the camera mechanisms.
The same research note also mentions the Pro and Pro Max models with a faster processor than the standard iPhone 15 handsets: this is something Apple has done this year and is expected to do next year as well.
Analysis: What does RAM do anyway?
iPhones tend to lag behind their Android competitors when it comes to the amount of RAM they carry – the Samsung Galaxy S22 has already hit 8GB, for example – and this could be one of the reasons Apple doesn’t refer to the specs. . when launching new devices or even publishing them on your own website.
So is this RAM (Random Access Memory) important or not? As with a computer, RAM can be thought of as a phone’s ‘thinking space’ – it’s where it stores data about the photo you’re editing, the webpage you’re viewing, or the game you’re playing. When the phone restarts, everything is erased from RAM and you start again.
More RAM, therefore, means more space for your phone to think. Quickly switching between multiple apps, working on larger images, or playing games with more detailed graphics should be faster. However, phone speed also depends on how well the RAM is optimized (as well as other factors like chipset speed).
This is where Apple excels: with full control over the hardware and software on the iPhone, it can typically optimize RAM very well, quickly removing old information that is no longer needed to make room for new information. This guarantees top-notch performance even with smaller amounts of RAM, although an 8GB upgrade is still very welcome.