SSD prices have fallen over time, and according to industry analyst TrendForce , that trend will continue throughout the holiday season and beyond. Storage Newsletter today published an article in which it indicated that the average price of NAND flash memory, the main component of SSDs, will drop by another 10% by the end of the year , and then decrease by another 15% in the first quarter of 2021 .
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The main causes of this price fluctuation are to be found in the high amount of chip stocks already available and the large production of NAND wafers, which lead to an imbalance between supply and demand. At the same time, the demand for SSDs is decreasing in the server market. All in all, this should cause average prices to drop by 10% in the fourth quarter of 2020. At the beginning of next year, this trend will continue as NAND flash inventories become more abundant.
This is great news for those looking to buy a new SSD right now. High-capacity NVMe SSDs have become incredibly cheap, competing directly with SATA SSDs that were the only alternative for larger denominations.
A few days ago, Western Digital announced its first M.2 SSD on the PCI Express 4.0 interface of the WD Black gaming line : SN850 . The device promises speeds of up to 7GB / s, 1 million IOPS and is marketed in the denominations of 500GB (€ 152.99), 1TB (€ 274.99) and 2TB (€ 549.99). Like the previous SN750, the unit is initially available without a heatsink, while a new version will arrive in the first quarter of next year with a heat sink and RGB LEDs.
Additionally, Crucial recently expanded its P2 SSD range with new, higher capacity models. In fact, the low-end unit series has gained the 1TB and 2TB models, offering gamers a good compromise between good speed, high capacity and low price.
Apple is always adding new features to the next generation of future iPhones. Ever since the launch of the very first iPhone, we can track the upgrades as the next generation model surfaces.
In terms of memory, the company has been rather conservative. While competing Android-based flagship models would overcompensate with memory, iPhones get the bare minimum.
From a technical standpoint, Apple controls both hardware and software on the iPhone. As a result, the company knows exactly how much RAM each iPhone needs. Even though, having more RAM isn’t always a bad thing.
Future iPhones will always come with new features and more advanced technology. However, we have no idea in what direction Apple will go.
iPhone 12 and future iphones could have 6GB RAM and up
When it comes to multitasking on the iPhone, more memory is necessary. We are expecting iPhones in 2020 and beyond to feature 6GB RAM and up.
Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max may be the first to come with 6GB RAM each. This was an upgrade from 4GB of RAM on the previous models.
Barclay’s analysts believe that the regular iPhone 12 will still feature 4GB RAM. This is agreeable since the regular iPhone is normally an affordable option. On the contrary, this is all speculation so take with a grain of salt.
Future iPhones could be forced to use USB Type C
The European Union has been pushing for a standard mobile charger. It has been on their agenda for years, as a result, most manufacturers have settled with micro USB.
Most of these manufacturers have since moved on to using USB-C (Type-C). However, Apple has been one of the companies holding out against the change. Apple argued switching to USB-C from Lightning would create lots of waste.
According to Business Insider, the EU has rejected the argument with an overwhelming vote of 582-40, in favor of a standard mobile charger. As a result, Apple could be forced to use USB-C charging on iPhones once the law goes into effect.
Apple has since argued that the new rules would stifle innovation, however, the EU rejects the claim. Due to this new legislation, we could see future iPhones with a USB-C charging port.
What Apple’s iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max could look like
Apple is now working on the iPhone 12 series. According to reports, these will include the iPhone 12 along with the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max.
Leaked information suggests the iPhone 12 will not feature a new design after all. However, we can expect some iPhone 12 models to get a huge RAM boost, and more energy-efficient screen.
Instead of a total makeover, we could see minor changes in the design. According to rumors, the iPhone 12 could lack the notch on the screen. One other report suggests Apple is working on new Face ID technology. This new tech could lead to a redesigned and probably slimmer notch.
If Apple drops the notch, then the camera would have to be built into the screen. Leaked details also suggest an in-screen fingerprint scanner. This would be awesome, as the company dropped the fingerprint scanner on the current model.
The most popular rumor of the iPhone 12 series is that it will support 5G connectivity. Equally, is the rumor that 2020 iPhones will take design cues from the iPhone 4.
Regardless of its design and features, the latest iPhone is always a fan favorite. Apple hasn’t confirmed any of the iPhone 12 features, so this is all speculation.
A Foldable iPhone could be in the near future
Foldable smartphones such as the Galaxy Fold seems to be the next trend. However, they all seem to be facing a similar problem, repeated folding cause a crease to form.
A new patent by Apple would have us believe the company has found a solution to the problem. The patent reveals a foldable design that doesn’t crease the display.
Apple’s newly discovered patent reveals that they have been experimenting with foldable screens. It would appear the experiment has been going on for a while, so could we see a foldable iPhone soon?
There are two separate sections of the display. Once it unfolds, each section moves closer and connects to fill the gap. Flip to close and both sections separate, hence no crease in the display.
This isn’t confirmation of a foldable iPhone, but since Apple owns this patent show they are experimenting with the idea.
In conclusion, there’s no official information on the upcoming iPhones. We may see new designs and new features or we may not. Apple normally releases its new iPhones in September, so it’s safe to say September 2020 is the launch of the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max.