With a new year unfolding upon the tech world, attention is now being turned to the next-generation iPhone – or the iPhone 7 – where a new report has surfaced, suggesting that Apple could be planning on doubling the maximum storage capacity of its larger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.
2014 saw the introduction of 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, and since then there has been some well-founded confusion about which model the tech giant considers as its flagship device. The debate then gained further traction after Apple followed that pattern last year with an evolutionary upgrade to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
The new report, which cites “supply chain” sources, suggests that the iPhone 7 Plus will have a 256GB storage option exclusive to that device. It is a straight up hint at which of the two iPhone models Apple actually considers to be its most premium smartphone offering.
Google Translated text:
Message from the supply chain, Apple will launch iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus two products this year, the same screen size is still 4.7 / 5.5 inches, but the configuration will be improved.
The most important is, iPhone 7 Plus 256GB capacity will be exclusive, it would be in addition to the screen size and battery capacity, it is the biggest difference with the iPhone 7 lies.
The same sources are also suggesting that Apple could have plans in place to increase the battery capacity of the iPhone 7 Plus by up to 13-percent. This would see a 350mAh increase in battery capacity over the exiting 2750mAh battery of the iPhone 6s Plus, bringing it up to the 3100mAh mark. If true, this would be yet another value addition, along with the improved internal storage capacity which further adds to the device’s already exclusive features. The Plus-tagged iPhones currently offer a larger battery, higher resolution screen, and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) as a USP over their ‘regular’ siblings, but if the features suggested in this report do land on the iPhone 7 Plus, it would be interesting to see how fans of the 4.7-inch form factor would react to its release.
There will be plenty of fans who may find it worthwhile to jump from an iPhone 6s to the iPhone 7 Plus with that kind of internal capacity, and dare we say, it could even tempt more churn from the Android ecosystem across to iOS. The bigger question however, is what price tag will Apple attach to the model with 256GB storage? Will they drop 16GB model and start 64GB model at the price of 16GB, 128GB at the price of current 64GB and 256GB at the price of current 128GB model? Only time will tell.
(Source: MyDrivers [Google Translate])
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