The 2017 iPhone launch is less than a month away at this point and we already have a very good idea of what to expect from Apple. However, there are still a few little tidbits of information getting out, including a big change to Apple’s iPhone storage lineup. Reports this week claim that Apple will be bumping up to 64GB for base iPhone models, with 256GB and 512GB options available as well.
We have known for some time now that Apple can be fairly slow when it comes to upgrading iOS devices to higher capacity storage, particularly compared to Android smartphone makers. Fortunately, over the last couple of years it seems like Apple has been improving in that area. We have seen 8GB smartphones disappear entirely, with the iPhone 7 Apple began offering 32GB of storage as the standard and now with this years iPhone we may see that increase yet again.
According to GeekBar on the Chinese site, Weibo, Apple will offer 64GB of storage in the base iPhone 8. Meanwhile, the mid-tier model will bump up to 256GB of storage and the top tier version will offer a staggering 512GB. This would bring the iPhone 7S and iPhone 8 in line with the iPad Pro lineup, which also starts at 64GB for the standard model.
Increased storage will be particularly important with this year’s iPhone as Apple is supposed to be upgrading to 4K cameras on the front and back of the phone. On top of that, iPhone users will be able to record at 4K/60fps for the first time, which will increase video file sizes. Finally, Augmented Reality features may also make an appearance. With that in mind, increasing iPhone storage this year makes perfect sense.
KitGuru Says: We don’t have an exact date for the iPhone announcement event this year but historically, Apple has held it within the first two weeks of September. It will be interesting to see just how many of these early rumours prove true when the time comes.