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It’d be a move that’d be praised by everyone, and for good reason. Not only is 16GB too small a storage tier for a device with no ability to bolt on additional storage, but in 2015, it’s becoming a real problem.

Updates are bigger, apps are bigger and the entry-level iPhone size hasn’t changed since 2012’s iPhone 5. But now a sketchy rumor, posted yesterday by MIC Gadget, suggests that Apple could at last retire the 16GB storage tier on new iPhones.

If the rumor is true, the baseline edition of an upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ refresh will apparently start at thirty-two gigabytes of storage.

The publication says a Foxconn insider has seen product packaging for the baseline iPhone 6s which now has “32GB” instead of “16GB” printed on it.

“We can’t tell you from what Foxconn’s department we received information, but we can only say that the packaging of the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus don’t have sticker with “16GB capacity”, but 32, 64 and 128GB,” reads the report.

It’s also possible that the new iPhones will be offered in 16/32/64/128GB storage tiers, like the new iPod touch. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will apparently launch in the United States and other major markets on September 18, according to MIC Gadget.

While MIC Gadget has provided hints of upcoming Apple product refreshes in the past, the Chinese publication has a mixed track record so take their report with a grain of salt.

Apple’s introduced a number of technologies in iOS 9 aimed at making both app downloads and installs smaller. The so-called ‘App Thinning’ initiative strives to optimize the installation of iOS and watchOS apps by tailoring app delivery to the capabilities of the user’s particular device, with minimal footprint.

Rather than deliver universal apps to you, the App Store slices iOS 9-optimized apps to deliver only the code and assets that are needed for your particular device. For example, if you have an iPhone, the App Store won’t deliver high-resolution iPad assets and code that would waste precious storage space on your device and increase download sizes, like they do today.

Developers can also elect to upload apps to the App Store in the so-called bitcode format which allows Apple to re-optimize the app’s binary in the future without the need to submit a new version of the app to the store.

Finally, and this is huge for games, apps optimized for iOS 9 can load resources on demand directly from the App Store. For example, a game like Infinity Blade wouldn’t need to include all levels in the download, but only the first world. As the player progresses throughout the game and discovers new levels, the game could dynamically load additional resources, such as images and sounds, in the background, as you play the game.

Similarly, iOS 9 apps will be able to request In-App Purchase resources only when the user buys the corresponding content. Before iOS 9, everything had to be included in the download.

Best of all, the App Store hosts these on-demand resources on Apple’s servers and manages the downloads. And when storage space is low and on-demand resources are no longer needed, iOS 9 purges them automatically.

But even with these storage space optimization techniques in place, it would be futile to attempt to justify 16GB iPhones in 2015, especially if the next iPhone will include a 12-megapixel camera with 4K video capture capability, as rumored, because higher-resolution photos and 4K footage will inevitably put an additional strain on the already constrained storage space on 16GB models.

Would you agree that dropping the 16GB storage tier could emerge as the best feature of the next iPhone refresh?

Source: MIC Gadget

  • Derp

    This iPhone 6s is gonna be a huge letdown if you’re someone who believes all these rumours because these rumours are making sound like the largest and greatest iPhone upgrade of all time.

    • BooBee

      I don’t think it’s amazing. Seems like it might have the touch feedback feature that Apple watch has and now a bigger drive. Maybe a better camera but the camera is always slightly improved. The rumors fit my expectations so I can’t wait to get it.

  • George

    Always a year behind.. I may finally switch back to ios if they don’t insult me with a 16gb model.

    • Martynet

      you know it’s not the only model they have… There is also 64 and 128.

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        Seconded. I’ve always wanted a 64GB+ version even before Apple ever introduced the 64GB version with the 4S. I have a 64GB iPhone 6 and my next upgrade will be the 6S Plus, probably a 128GB this time. I’m someone who has over 40GB of music and I want it all to be on my device.

      • ericesque

        Sure, but if all he needed was 32GB, the 16GB entry point on one of the most premium phones on the market feels like price gouging. I know that’s how I felt.

      • you know he means as the base model right..

      • George

        Defend apple even when they know apple is in the wrong. There is no reason to keep the 16 with 12gb of available storage it’s rediculous.

      • 53kyle

        I’d say it is the perfect option for all of the teenage girls who use their phone purely for snapchat and selfies. That is a large part of the target smartphone user.

      • George

        Wrong, those people have literally 20mb storage left on their phones.

      • Yea I know.. What’s worse are the ‘slap in the face then take your money 8Gb models’ .. I’m glad they give options but the base model should be 32GB and the cheap model thats released the following year would be okay with 16GB..

        I do like the new iPod touch pricing with $50 intervals hopefully they keep that for the new iPhones too. One can only wish..

    • Maxim∑

      LOL it took everyone else 2-3 years to get 128GB internal flash options so please

  • Sandeep Sagar Maharjan

    It’s high time Apple discontinued the 16GB base model. 32GB, in my opinion, is perfect!

  • rohta

    Finally, it is about time! 32 GB for an entry model is much more reasonable for today’s demand of storage. I expected this move on iPhone 6, but Apple skipped 32GB models and kept 16 GB. At least on 6S iteration, looks like Apple will correct this mistake..

  • Jake Platt

    Best feature? This is not a feature, this is simply a long overdue decision that the company simply

    • Abhinav Chaudhary

      Exactly what i had in mind when i read the last line.

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  • Rowan09

    Doesn’t affect me because I always bought the 32GB anyways and since they replaced it with the 64Gb I’ll just keep the 64.

    • So it does affect you then! You’re getting a storage upgrade for nothing!

      • Rowan09

        Wouldn’t say for nothing but I was always purchased the 32GB which is now 64

  • Felipe Queiroz Drumond

    I hope Apple doesn’t use this maneuver to raise the prices.

    • Rowan09

      They didn’t last year when they got rid of the 32GB so I doubt it

  • Lucus Bendzsa

    I hope Apple doesn’t do this. It is a great way to make people shell out an extra $100 dollars and this should be left alone. I think they need to make the next iPhone entry-level 8Gb then 64Gb for a hundred dollars more.

    • Shinonuke

      You don’t need to think like that and I hope they don’t think like you do.

    • Abhinav Chaudhary

      Lol this is so funny.

    • Dan

      Tim Cook, is that you?

      • Lucus Bendzsa

        I may not be Tim, but I may be an employee…..

    • NightFelix

      Jobs reborn.

    • askep3

      Lol that’s complete forcing people to pay the extra $100

      • Lucus Bendzsa

        Not forcing. If you want more then pay more. People in this country want everything on a silver platter.

      • askep3

        Yes but they are intentionally making their base model worse. I don’t care how the system works and I really like apple, but if they do this they will make a lot of people angry.

        Either way, I’m done with anything less than 32, its a pain to constantly manage storage so I’m gonna get at least 32 on my next iphone

      • Rowan09

        How? They got rid of the 32 last year without charging more.

    • BooBee

      I’ll be surprised if the new entry level model (if true) costs more. At some point the 8GB was entry level, then 16GB became the norm but I don’t recall price increasing (maybe I just owned the device too long to remember).

      • Lucus Bendzsa

        I think they may do the iPod pricing thingy. But hope they don’t. If they did it would be nice only in the aspect of continuity.

    • Damian

      He?

  • Abhinav Chaudhary

    If Apple wants, they can get rid of not only 16 gig version but 32 gig as well, it costs them just 10-20 $ to double the space, the big move would be to make 64 gig as the base model and F up the market.

    • Dan

      Because, money.

      • Apple doesn’t need any extra money they have loads stockpiled and make a ton of money after the device has been sold on things such as the App Store, iTunes, Apple Music, iCloud storage, services and repairs, etc…

        Apple could literally make the base model 128gb if they wanted to and market it as a phone that can store all your stuff. They won’t do this but if they really wanted to they could.

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    I needn’t worry about Apple discontinuing the 64GB models as that’s what I’ve been opting for since the iPhone 4S. Even the 64GB models I’m finding to be “just about right” for me. I’ll be opting for the 128GB models from now on, starting with the 6S Plus.

  • Eikast

    Don’t get your hopes too high. With app trimming, I doubt Apple will replace 16GB with the 32GB model. Especially when the iPhones are selling like hotcakes. They want your extra $100.

  • 5723alex .

    So, 16GB iPhone is a huge problem while 4GB & 8GB Android phones are a blessing (you can install/run apps from an SD card in Android) ?

  • Anonomous.TECH.man

    About freaking time.

  • 5ingularity

    “It’s also possible that the new iPhones will be offered in 16/32/64/128GB storage tiers, like the new iPod touch.” Doesn’t this one line just defeat the purpose of the article?

  • Gary LE

    I thought updates will be SMALLER according to apple.
    Also would a 6c be introduced with 16gb now that the 6a and 6s+ will not have them.

  • Greg

    Real question to me is about the iCloud backup. Time to up the size they give for free and lower the prices overall. Its a huge ripoff the way they have it setup.

  • Furrnace

    I love the iPhone 6. I own the Plus. But I have to say, I was VERY surprised when Apple unveiled it and left a 16GB model in there. That should have never happened. 32GB should have been the base model. I have a 64GB. My wife didn’t want to spend the extra money for the 16GB, no matter how much I tried to convince her to. She’s always out of space. Ridiculous that we even have 16GB model 6 & 6 Plus. If they don’t do this, people will laugh at them.

  • iPhoneWINS

    bout time now we need 256 as the top

  • Dante Arellano

    I got 128 gb iphone 6 plus less 16 gb of ios rediculous

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