Apple’s 1TB iPhone 16 Pro Might Be Slower Because Of This One Storage Change
Apple is set to announce the iPhone 16 Pro later this year, likely in September if the company sticks to its current release cadence.
But a new report suggests that the 1TB version of that phone will suffer from impacted performance if Apple chooses to go with a different type of memory for that specific model.
DigiTimes and MacRumors both report that Apple is considering switching from the costly Triple-Level Cell (TLC) NAND storage to the cheaper and higher-density higher-density Quad-Level Cell (QLC) NAND. Such a move could allow Apple to save money, but it’s also been suggested that the move will also make the new phone slower.
Using QLC NAND would allow Apple to cram more storage into a smaller space and comes at a lower price, but with the disadvantage of slower read and write speeds. QLC NAND can also be less durable and reliable than TLC NAND, handling constant write operations less effectively. Apple could, of course, seek to mitigate these issues with specific optimizations.
This option will only affect the 1TB iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max, however, so those choosing different capacities won’t have this consideration.
It’s also possible that the space savings will be a key part for Apple here, especially considering it is reportedly trying to fit the 5x tetraprism lens into the iPhone 16 Pro having not been able to do so in the iPhone 15 Pro last year.