Apple rumored to drop 16GB iPhone version starting with the iPhone 6S series

Apple rumored to drop 16GB iPhone version starting with the iPhone 6S series
According to unnamed sources quoted by a recent report, the upcoming Apple iPhone 6S series will not be available in a 16GB version, with the base model said to be gifted with 32GB of internal storage.

According to this new report, sources from inside Foxconn - the Taiwan-based company that manufactures Apple's iPhones in China - say that the packaging for the upcoming iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus does not include stickers with "16GB capacity". Allegedly, the stickers are just for 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB.

Over the past year or so, multiple rumors argued that Apple is planning to ditch the 16GB version of the iPhone soon, upgrading the base model to 32GB starting with the iPhone 6S series. Other sources, however, revealed evidence that seems to point out that, at least for the iPhone 6S, the base model will still come with 16GB of internal storage. 

Last year's Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus series came with 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB of integrated storage. Despite the fact that Apple seems to be very efficient with the physical size of iOS, it turns out that almost 20% of the internal memory on the 16GB iPhone 6 is taken up by the operating system, leaving the user with about 13GB of available storage. On top of that, apps, videos, and even music, eat up more and more space with each passing year, meaning that the need for a more sizeable base iPhone model is more acute now than ever before.

To put things in perspective, let's take the time to analyze the policy that Samsung - Apple's biggest rival in the smartphone market - has adopted in regard to its flagships in terms of internal storage. For years, the base models of high-end Samsung Galaxy smartphones came with 16GB of integrated storage space, although since they integrated microSD card readers, the need for more storage space on the base models could somehow be satisfied. With the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung ditched microSD card support, but updated the base model to 32GB of internal storage. Some argue that, since the base Galaxy S6 models come with 32GB of internal storage, Apple might be pressed to adopt the same measures with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

Until Apple unveils the iPhone 6S series this September, we won't be able to get to the bottom of this, but come the official announcement, it will very interesting to learn if Apple is ready to upgrade the base iPhone model to 32GB. What do you guys think: in 2015, at the rates prices for memory chips have decreased over the past decade, do you guys think that a $649.00 smartphone with no microSD card reader should come with anything less than 32GB?

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63 Comments

1. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I recon they'll stick with the 16gigs in 6s and then jump to 32 in 7. I doubt apple will make so many drastic changes in the s series.

19. waddup121 unregistered

32 will be the new standard in the couple of years...

27. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Yeah Apple users atleast deserve a bigger storage in base versions... oops but the base version will be 100 USD more expensive if they increase 16 gb more..

29. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Nah, brah. 16GB is just fine. Only unoptimized droids need 32. 16GB is the right choice just ask the isheep.

31. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple wants to push and make their developers create more Swift apps. Swift's runtime is similar to Androids, it even has a runtime (LLVM). So a Swift app can run on OS/X, iOS, and now Linux. So they will need more storage as well as ram. That is one of the main reasons why they are going to put 2 GB of ram in the next iPhones.

39. discharge unregistered

Have some balls go 128 gb 16? Seriously? Looser lol not much price difference between I always go the 128 gb or higher idiots with 16 clog there phones and moan n cry why is my phone so slow?? The reason? Todays phones are equipped to have better higher resolution cameras more downloads so the 16 is useless if you want cheap go prepaid Walmart there my Android has 64 gb internal with 128gb SD card my iPhone 6+ is 128 gb money is not the issue for me nope, if you buy something go for it all

53. FlipJumpman

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

You sound like a real douch.

40. discharge unregistered

Besides all the preloaded stuff now in newer phones use a lot so 16 gb is useless your lucky to have 5 gb left

61. FrenchGuy

Posts: 134; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

According to you, 16 GB version is just fine so why does Apple sell 64 and 128 GB version?

30. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

They'll stick with their usual pricing at $200 for the base model. 32gb is the standard now, since cameras, apps, high-quality music, and for us jailbreak users: torrent files, use up more and more storage as time goes on.

49. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

32GB standard in a couple of years? It should be standard in 2015 especially if the phone cost over $500.

2. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

BULLs**t

3. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 688; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I am pretty sure that Apple will stay with 16GB storage because they are trying heavily to reduce storage needs of iOS9. Why should they do that if they plan to go 32GB anyway? Furthermore, Schiller has recently defended smartphones with 16GB storage.

4. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Yep, I think Schiller was already defending iphone 6S.

32. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Why do you think they are putting on 2 GB of ram in the next iPhone? Because they want Swift to take off. However Swift has a runtime similar to Androids runtime. Remember a pure Swift app can run on OS/X and iOS, so that is why there is a runtime. Not to mention they want to get into more multitasking.

7. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2188; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Good point!

41. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

After All Phil Schiller is in the marketing team. If Apple bump up the storage it would be great!

5. Saioofi

Posts: 342; Member since: May 23, 2014

I think they're gonna introduce the 32gb option and keep the 16, like what they did with the new iPod touch

6. rembo65

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

I think it's a joke having a 16Gb as an option. Phone constantly runs out of storage, forcing me to delete pictures/music. I hate myself for not going with the 64GB.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple hated that you didn't buy 64GB too so they could put more money in their pocket.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude just hush.

23. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

He's going to reply to you with a 2 page essay, lol.

33. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Hahahaha! Reminds me of the super nerds out there that makes me feel lazy to read their comment because they're too long

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lord I should've said nothing lol.

8. dancheung77

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

If they willing to upgrade to 32gb base model, I will be actually getting the iPhone for real this time

10. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2188; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

32GB is too small. I have at least 32GB in photos and vidoes alone.

22. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

lol at people carrying around 32GB of photos and videos all the time btw i have 32GB + 64GB sdcard don't really use it much though :P

17. dancheung77

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Got my tablet for movies, iPod for music and for a 32gb phone thats plenty for me. I still got cloud storage for some extra space, sounds like a plan for me:)

9. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2188; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

In my gut I would love to see 32GB, 128GB, 256GB. However, if the 32GB model is introduced for the 6S expect at least a $50 increase on the retail of each phone. So don't be surprised to see retails of 6S $699, $799, $899/ 6S Plus $799, $899, $999. To make up the cost of the lower handset to keep their average selling price of $660-$725 for each handset sold.

13. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

might not be a cost increase. Apple replaced the 32gb with the 64 and kept the pricing the same. Would be nice if it work like this with the 16.

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