Base-level iPhone 7 will reportedly include 32GB of storage

Base-level iPhone 7 will reportedly include 32GB of storage
This year has already spawned a number of smartphones from the biggest names in tech, including the HTC 10 and Samsung's Galaxy S7 duo. There's yet more to come, though, and Apple's next-gen iPhone is chief among the to-be-announced handsets en route to market. Devices such as those aforementioned have set the bar high, and Cupertino will need to bring its 'A' game if it's to impress the fickle tech consumer. According to a purported researcher's note, the fruit company may take the welcome step of ditching a 16 GB version of the so-called iPhone 7 and instead opt for 32 GB as a minimum. 

Apple's mobile device storage situation has been a constant topic of conversation, no less because of the amount it charges per increment to those seeking more real estate. Over the years, Tim Cook's firm has made a habit of charging $100 for every jump in storage, where most Android vendors have allowed users to cheaply add more space by means of a microSD slot. While it's not likely that Apple will suddenly alter its stance and offer removable storage any time soon, 32 GB as a standard minimum would give users more breathing space. 

Apple has been at the very heart of the 'there's an app for that' culture we live in. But with so much content to choose from, it's becoming less practical for even casual app users to manage on a meager 16 gigs. Moreover, while the camera of the current iPhone 6s has been the subject of much acclaim, high-quality snaps and HD video can quickly make 16 GB—even less when you factor in stock apps and the iOS firmware—feel like chickenfeed. 

The folks at Mobipicker cite a Chinese researcher in suggesting that the iPhone 7—and, presumably, the iPhone 7 Plus—will include upward of 32 GB of storage. Interestingly, it would be the the first iPhone in Apple's history not to include a 16 GB variant at some point—even the original iPhone added a 16-gig option in early 2008. The note also mentions 2 GB of RAM, which, if true, would see it carry the same amount as the iPhone 6s

The words of Kevin Wang, Director of Market Research at IHS Technology in China
Given how Apple's iOS device storage tactics have generated so much revenue, here's hoping the base price of the iPhone isn't increased as a result of the storage bump. 

Would you like to see the iPhone carry more on-board storage off the bat? Be sure to leave your comments below, and also, take a peek at our iPhone 7 rumor round-up for more info on the forthcoming upgrade. 

source: Mobipicker via GSMArena

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1. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I'll believe it when I see it.

11. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Exactly what I said LOL

24. shnibz

Posts: 517; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

Me too

53. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 970; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

It's bounty to have an increase at some point. They're just not as quick as Android devices to increase the base storage. Also, any techie that calls phone storage "ROM" needs to do a quick search on what ROM is.

77. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hm, if it's the same price as the 6s 16gb then good news for customer, very bad news for the stock price, time to sell your stock now as this and the se will kill there profit per device

25. Senthilg

Posts: 49; Member since: Apr 07, 2016

Probably PA should do an article on the top 5 Analysts and their predictions on the previous Iphone generation before release and how far was it true during actual release so that we know their success rate in predicting the features before release accurately

33. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Ofcourse they will do it. And pass along a 50-100$ price increase. Hey gotta find reason to increase price right? Using part thats cost 5$ more to make 100$ more is best way to do it. the Apple way! :)

46. engineer-1701d unregistered

Right because applebyte on cnet just said leak is 16 64 256

56. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

32G must be the smallest chip you can now lol But when it gets superseded it will still go down to 8G

66. Firestorm

Posts: 44; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

16,64 & 256... that's what I believe ..

69. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

If this is true. When Tim Cook announce: "One more thing, the Iphone 7 base model will come with 32GB of storage. Amazing!! I cannot believe it. This is the result of the restless efforts of innovation, engineering and bringing the best thing to our users." And the whole crowd will scream, shout, and applause !!!

73. Firestorm

Posts: 44; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Wow nxt iphone will be revolutionary according to rumours.. bezeless displays, dual cameras, folderble, waterproof, metal-glass body & may be even wireless charging.. revolutionary stuff..

2. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Man I bought a 2014 Moto X with only 16mb and am paying the price. For the past 8 months I've been having to delete photos and remove apps to create space. 32mb should be the BARE MINIMUM for phones these days. 16mb is a joke.

6. iKamalkandel

Posts: 30; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

Of course 16 MB is a joke.

57. therealestmc

Posts: 680; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

So true. Apple should do away with 16GB version. It doesn't make sense.

9. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

mb lmao! Epic mistake right there lol.

10. aikoo

Posts: 129; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

"32mb should be the BARE MINIMUM for phones these days." 32gb is the bare minimum for phones these days, sadly your phone isn't from "these days".

13. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Use google photos.

16. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

1. You need a good data connection (3G/4G Coverage) 2. You need unlimited data (not crippled ones like you have in most parts of the world) 3. Up- and download from the cloud will drain more battery than just using the internal storage. 4. Internal Storage is way faster 5. Security concerns

70. vincelongman

Posts: 5761; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

For 1-3 You can set Google Photos to only backup photos when charging and connected to wifi It caches recently opened photos But I'd still reccomend getting a phone 32GB+SD card slot or 64GB

80. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

He said he has been deleting photos and remove apps to create space, don't you think google photos is better than deleting. It automatically pushes photos, so no manual deleting is needed.

18. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

EDIT - Meant to type GB not MB. Opps....

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Yeah, and you paid less for your Moto X than half the price of an iPhone 6S with 16gb. For that matter you would have paid less for a Moto X 2014 than a iPhone SE. BTW if you use Google Photos then you can take all the photos you want because the storage is free. I do agree that 16 gb should never be used, unless it's in a low end device. That's why every Android flagship device in 2015 and 2016 have not seen anything less than 16gb. So it's about time Apple jumped on board.

3. Freeza

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

With no micro SD card. Why you no offer SD card, Apple?

5. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Because they never have. Why would you expect them too offer it?

23. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Because SD cards offer very affordable storage expansion.

34. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

and offer very easy way to crack a phone , side load application ect. Unless its crypted like what android do with marchmallow.. So if they impliment it like in android 6.0 then its would be secure :)


Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

it's slow. if you are really short on money, maybe you shouldn't buy $600++ phones in the first place.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Possible, but I doubt it. Apple is greedy, and wants to sway folks to buy the next option.

8. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I don't that line of thought. The 16gb model is by far the most selling unit, so apparently the strategy isn't working too well. For the majority of consumers, 16gbs is enough to get the apps they covete. And all companies are greedy, Apple is just the fruit with everyone's attention.

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