Having trailed the iPhone 6 rumor mill for quite some time, we now have a fairly assured list of its specs and features. But as we close in on the September 9th announcement, plenty of on-off rumors still remain up in the air, and for the umpteenth time, a leak has indicated that Apple will offer a 128GB storage option.
The Android smartphone industry is very enticing for a power user, and one of the reasons is that as well as significant on-board storage, owners of the higher-end handsets can readily add capacity by means of a microSD card. Apple doesn’t do this, and given the mark-up it makes as you move up the storage increments, the situation is unlikely to change.
At present, an iPhone user can only enjoy 64GB of storage as an absolute maximum, and while this is more than enough for the vast majority, there are still many thousands out there seeking more real estate. Given that the iPhone 6 is set to be a device of many firsts with its larger display, revised form factor and NFC, the idea of a 128GB storage option has also been thrown out there on a number of occasions, and although we had heard that the bottom-end 16GB configuration might be sacrificed to facilitate this new enterprise, recent documents suggest otherwise.
In fact, the leak (via GeekBar) instead reveals that Apple will retain a base-level 16GB option, with the next two increments jumping to 64GB and 128GB, and actually, this does make some sense. After all, the 16GB is the most popular seller, and this will continue to be the case, while those willing to overlook the entry-level device are more inclined to jump straight up to 64GB or beyond.
Sure, keeping the 32GB model and allowing users broader choice would benefit the consumer, but from a production aspect, would make life a tad more difficult, and with a vocal minority calling out for more iPhone storage, the move to ditch the 32GB iPhone in favor of the 128GB handset would arguably still draft in more prospective buyers.
There’s still a chance, however, that Apple may add the 128GB option and retain all of the current increments, but while it’s hard to ascertain the company’s exact strategy at this stage, it seems more likely than ever that a 128GB iPhone is nigh.
With Apple apparently looking to differentiate between the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models, though, it may well be that the new-found storage option only finds the larger variant, and with just a couple of weeks now to go before the grand unveiling, we’ll be keeping an eye out for any further developments.