Apple resigns: iPhone 7 will start at 32GB

Apple will deliver plenty of critics for that unnecessary goodbye that the future iPhones will make us pronounce, but it will also makee lots of users happy by making right what was wrong for so long.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the iPhone 7 will start with 32GB of storage, replacing the infamous 16GB base tier offered since the iPhone 3GS. That phone was launched on June 19, 2009.

About time, I’d say.

The SSD democratization

There’s no better investment to update your old computer than installing an SSD on it. Forget about memory or CPU upgrades: you will really feel the difference with that simple upgrade.

This kind of storage was pretty expensive a couple of years ago, but that’s not true anymore, and a new DRAMeXchange report shows this. The cost per gigabyte has been narrowing between traditional HDDs and the new SSD, and the gap will be hardly noticeable in 2017 according to their estimates.

SSDs and hard disk drives pricing

Those prices solve the cost problem. The other advantage HDDs have still today is their larger storage capacity, but even that is starting to feel untrue when you discover that there are 16TB units made by Samsung that solve that issue and pave the way for future advances. This graph by hblok.net shows a clear evolution (full size image)

Hblok

We’ve got similar cost per gigabyte, good storage capacities are becoming quite normal, and new advances in NAND memories (with 3D NAND and V-NAND technologies) promise even better features in the near future. I’d say SSD have already won the battle.

About time.

iPhone 6S/Plus will still start at 16GB, even if they now can record 4K video

Apple pricing strategy was disappointing last year: starting with a 16GB model allows them to 1) get higher profit margins and also 2) tempt/force people to avoid the 16GB and get the more expensive 64GB model.

The story is about to repeat itself next week: according to trusted sources, the new iPhones will also start with 16GB configuration, even with a camera that will reportedly be able to record 4K video.

Good luck storing that on your 16GB iPhone 6S, pal. Fortunately, we all have 5GB of free storage on iCloud. You can pay if you want more (20GB  for $0.99/month), so, basically, problem solved.

For Apple. Not for you.

Source: Apple Event: New Apple Watch bands, 16GB iPhones confirmed with 7000 series aluminum | 9to5Mac