Apple will finally ditch the 16GB storage option for the upcoming iPhone 7 and make 32GB the minimum, according to Kevin Wang, an analyst with IHS Technology. The company is also expected to stick with 2GB of RAM, the same amount it uses in the iPhone 6s series.
Apple has been criticized for offering just 16GB of storage with its entry-level devices, while comparable Androids now ship with at least 32GB as standard. The 16GB option makes installing large game files, keeping lots of videos, and updating your device very difficult.
What’s more, swapping that 16GB chip to a 32GB chip would cost Apple next to nothing — which makes its decision to cling onto this option even more bemusing. “One theory for keeping 16 GB around so long is that allows Apple to upsell a lot of customers onto the 64 GB model for an additional $100 of bottom-line revenue,” notes 9to5Mac.
But 16GB iPhones may finally die this fall. According to Wang, who cites “supply chain research,” there’s no evidence of 16GB ROM components, but Apple has brought back the 32GB option. Last year, in recent years, it has offered 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB models.
Wang also says the iPhone 7 will have 2GB of RAM — like iPhone 6s and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro — but it’s unclear if he’s referring only to the 4.7-inch model. Some reports, including one from reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, says the larger iPhone 7 Plus will have 3GB.
If Apple does drop the 16GB iPhone and swap it for a 32GB model, it’s not totally clear what the rest of the lineup will consist of. It could be that the 64GB and 128GB models remain, but recent rumors have suggested there could be a new 256GB model. In that case, the three options could be 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB.
We’ll have to wait until Apple makes the iPhone 7 official this fall for confirmation of its plans. This is the first time we’ve heard the 16GB model will finally get the chop, so it might be best to try not to get your hopes up just yet.[Via 9to5Mac]