A newly published report suggests that Apple is planning on increasing storage capacity of the entry-level iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. It appears that Apple is in talks with Samsung for supplying these larger flash-based storage units.
The current-gen iPhones and iPads may have stretched their storage limit to 128GB, but the entry-level mobile devices from Apple still come in at a mere 16GB, followed by a more impressive 64GB of storage. The Korea Times believes that Tim Cook and Co. are not interested in breaking the 128GB barrier just yet, but are looking to increase storage capacity for their mid-tier models, what this means is that Apple may skip the 16GB variant once and for all in favor of 32GB for the entry-level iPhone and iPad.
An unnamed source told the website that: “As Apple plans to increase its shipments of the mid-range iPhone models with larger capacities amid growing consumer demand for data-intensive features, including cloud services, Samsung Electronics is in talks to sell more of its flash chips for the next models.”
The report further notes that Apple is negotiating with Samsung for manufacturing and supplying flash-based storage for the upcoming iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but nothing has been finalized yet “because negotiations over pricing and guaranteed shipments were still underway.” The publishing also believes that it was the pricing factor that caused Apple to move over to Toshiba, SK hynix, and SanDisk for its current iOS devices lineup.
At one point Samsung was also manufacturing the A series chips for Apple, but the production was moved over to TSMC in the past few years due to legal differences between the two companies. Though earlier this year, a report had surfaced claiming that the Korean giant was the top runner to provide Apple with A9 chips for the upcoming iPhone models in 2015.
As for how legit can all this information be? You may want to treat the news as a rumor at best given that The Korea Times has had a fairly inaccurate record with such things in the past.