16GB iPhone 6s

Despite rumors that Apple would finally be dropping its anemic 16GB model for the next iPhone refresh, a new leak from well-respected leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer is suggesting otherwise.

Hemmerstoffer, who is no stranger to leaking details about upcoming mobile devices, posted a photo of the sticker that normally resides on the back of an iPhone’s box. As you’re probably aware of, the stickers glued to the back of the box are what provide statistical details relating to storage size, network compatibility, etc.

If this leak is true—and I’ve seen nothing to make me believe otherwise—there’s going to be some disappointed people come September 9th.

https://twitter.com/stagueve/status/637168153538232320/photo/1

There has been lot of controversy about Apple continuing to sell a 16GB model, because 16GB in today’s day and age is barely enough to get by. In fact, Apple has had to make changes to the way iOS updates are handled just to cater to the paltry size of its low-end iPhone models. If that doesn’t tell you that there’s a problem, then I don’t know what will.

Rumors have suggested that Apple would be ridding the iPhone line of the low-end 16GB model for this next refresh, but this leak is evidence that that’s not the case, at least with the iPhone 6s. As far as the iPhone 6s Plus goes, it could potentially disembark from the status quo, but until we see evidence of that I remain skeptical, especially amid this leak.

What do you think? Will Apple continue to sell a 16GB model for its next iPhone?

  • Riccardo Bello

    Do these people work at Apple to have access to such documents or items?

    • Virus

      Foxconn probably

      • Riccardo Bello

        Is that the company that Apple hires to build electrical components to its products?

      • Anonomous.TECH.man

        Yes they also use pegatron as well.

    • TechToch

      every thing is possible in CHINA

  • :L

    This is a problem…

  • Fardeen Beharry

    this sucks 🙁 if moto x style gets good reviews, i’m going the android route 🙁 all my photo apps are on iOS only which really sucks even more

    • You can probably find some alternatives on android. I’m thinking on switching to Android because I am not paying more to get a 32gb model.

      • Greg Warren

        There won’t be a 32GB model. If it’s like last year it’ll go 16 >> 64 >> 128

      • George

        That doesn’t make sense tho, wtf is the point of dropping 32 and keeping 16 other than to screw your loyal costumers.

      • ck125

        All about the up sale. Much easier to get someone to spend $100 more for 64gb of storage of 16 than it would be if 32gb was the base model.

      • Arjan Vlek

        Well at least make it cheaper to upgrade the storage! OnePlus asks $50 to go from 16 to 64 for the One, and $60 for the 2 which also gives you a gig more ram.

      • Rook HD

        doesn’t make sense to the buyers. But it makes perfect sense to the sellers.

      • Mark

        Won’t pay more to get more? That’s logical

      • George

        Won’t pay $100 for something that costs $5

      • Dan

        you’ve been doing it, they figure you won’t stop

      • George

        Oh I did and got the note 5 🙂

      • Dan

        Good for you 😉
        I considered the note 5 but need micro sd.

      • Hammam Boutafant

        The note 5 do the same, 100$ between 32GB and 64

      • George

        Yeah but it doesn’t start at 16gb.

    • @dongiuj

      There are apps that let you transfer photos and videos to and from iOS and android.

    • Dan

      Google Drive > iCloud, so go for it

  • Guy

    Apple want people to pay more for the 64gb version end of story.

    • N&LH

      means more $ which is not fair. 16GB in 2015 🙁

    • TechToch

      and also want 16 gb users to pay more for icloud

      • Guy

        true

  • Furrnace

    If this is true…stupid. I was really hoping those rumors were true and Apple would rid itself of the crappy 16GB model. 32GB should be the base model. 16GB is not enough to hold all the music, games, pictures, and apps that people want to have these days. I guess Apple hasn’t learned this yet.

    • Joey

      “16GB is not enough to hold all the music, games, pictures, and apps that people want to have these days.”

      Really? And how do you know that?

      • Furrnace

        How do I know that? By having owned a 16GB iPhone before and consistently running out of space. And now I own a 64GB model and that’s plenty. 16GB size is just lame. Maybe I should have been more specific for people like you, “16GB is not enough to hold all the music, games, pictures, and apps that I want to have these days.” Is that better Joey? It’s not enough for me and I was assuming a lot of people out there. But hey, if it’s enough for you, go for it. My music alone takes up 17GB on my phone. And I enjoy games like IBIII and RRIII which are large apps.

      • Joey

        Yeah my point was 16GB may not be enough for you, but it may work for someone else. Contrary to popular belief, 16GB isn’t unusable or “too little”. It’s really just how much you put in it. I use a 16GB myself, and I find it enough to work with, just takes a bit more management.

      • Furrnace

        I understand that. It’s probably the model/size I’d get for my soon-to-be teenager. The reason I’m fed up with this is my wife has the 16GB Plus. I couldn’t convince her to get the 64GB for another $100. She takes a lot of pictures & video of our kids. She’s always running out of space and I have to deal with the headache of freeing up space. I can’t install new apps on her phone because she’s always out of space. I have the 64GB and don’t have to worry about it (although I’m currently sitting at 51.9 GB used with only 3.6 left). It sounds like you don’t take a lot of video/pictures, and don’t play large games, or have lots of music stored on your phone.

      • Joey

        I have very few games or videos, all taking up little to no space. I don’t play games often so whenever I need space the games are first to go. Apps, photos and music take up most of it. I just have to spend more time managing my playlists (removing music I’m not currently listen to) and dump all my photos onto cloud storage so I can clear up my camera roll to make room for new photos.

      • Furrnace

        Sheesh. Sounds like a lot of work. So….you’re saying a 16GB is not big enough for you. Got it.

      • Troy

        i personally use 22GB on just music

      • TechToch

        shitttt !!!!

        how many fu*king music do you have

      • Troy

        With Apple music I got no limit and my phone has 128GB of storage

      • George

        Explain to me why you would have a 4k video recording camera with 16gb storage? Do you have any idea how quickly 4k video will eat that up?

      • Nick Kaminski

        Yeah dude I’ve got to go with Furrnace here. 16GB is absolutely not enough, and you just proved why. Every iPhone I’ve had has been a 16GB and every single phone has had the same problem that you just described. I can’t keep pictures or videos on my phone, I just saw on the putting them on Facebook instead. I have no pictures or videos, only 13 apps, and 742 songs. That takes up 96% of my phone memory. I have to do the same annoying thing that you do, which is go through my iTunes and waste a bunch of time deciding what music to keep on my phone. The worst part though is when I and up doing something where I do want to take a bunch of pictures or videos, and halfway through I get told that I have no memory on my phone. It’s completely unacceptable that Apple’s software takes up SOOO much of the damn memory. Anyway, as Furrnace said, it sounds like the 16GB is not enough for you either. Don’t get me wrong, you may be able to go the harder route and make it work, but you won’t be able to have easy access to all of your music and pictures and videos like you should. It just makes things more complicated with that smaller memory and having to choose what you want to keep on your phone.

      • Furrnace

        Yes, that’s exactly my point Nick. And I’m sorry Joey if I sounded like a jerk on here; that wasn’t my intention. But Nick reiterated the fact that if you have low storage on your phone, you spend way more time managing and nit-picking the data you have on there. I can’t emphasize enough to you how annoying it is when I’m filming my son at a soccer game or my daughter at a dance recital, and then BAM, that message pops up, “out of space”. Grrrr.

      • TwinSon

        I get what you’re saying, but in explaining how you manage your storage you pretty much just proved why it’s an issue.

      • Rowan09

        Absolutely true. If you are a user who has a lot of Apps and take a lot of pictures you should invest in an iPhone with more space.

      • George

        In what reality does less storage = good enough? In a world where technology is everything you don’t expect the richest company in the world to be so idiotic.

      • Abhinav Chaudhary

        That’s called ‘compromise’ not management.

      • Hot12345

        Wich games are you a playing then? IBIII and RRIII

      • Abhinav Chaudhary

        Are you kidding me? My photos take over 12 gb on my 64 gig iPhone 6. And its the case for everyone, ah c’mon stop asking stupid questions.

      • Joey

        So? Your photos take over 12 gb on your 64 gig iPhone 6. That’s your problem.

      • Abhinav Chaudhary

        With 12 MP camera and 4K recording, you’ll run out of space in a 25 mins video. Try managing that sh*t.

      • Joey

        Not sure how you derive those numbers from, but things like “12 MP” and “4K” are just rumours, so I won’t comment on them. Not everyone shoots photos/videos strictly with their iPhones, we got dedicated digital cameras, video equipment, sport cameras etc for that purpose.

      • Abhinav Chaudhary

        And now you’re making this bi-polar person mad, Not everyone shoots with phone? Are you shitting me?

        Digital cameras are gonna be a thing of past except the high end DSRLs for professional, and are you telling me you carry DEDICATED digital cameras, video equipment, sport cameras etc everywhere you go? ‘Hey Joey did you pack our special dedicated digital cameras, video equipment, sport cameras etc for the road trip?’

        Why is it so hard for you to accept the fact that 16 gig is just not sufficient in any possible way in today’s world. In fact i am low on space on my 64 gig, wish i’d gotten the 128 gig version.

        And why’d you clean up your phone every 4-5 months, then if you are in a situation where you need a photo and it’s not there cause you thought 16 gig was good enough thinking you got your dedicated digital cameras, video equipment, sport cameras etc and decided to clean up your phone to make some tiny extra space, then what? Well it’s a shame to be in this situation in today’s world where we have computers in our pockets.

        Have fun with your 16 gig cause you got those dedicated digital cameras, video equipment, sport cameras etc with you.

      • Joey

        Like I said, your personal usage doesn’t apply to everyone. I couldn’t care less about whethere someone else is running out of storage on their 64GB, or wished they had bought a 128GB. The only thing that matters to me is I have sufficient space on my phone to work with. You really think I’ll let myself be caught in a situation where I don’t have enough space to capture a photo or video?

        I am not accepting anything here, be it 16GB is not enough, or 128GB is the norm, or 64GB is barely enough. Apple must have a reason for releasing the phones in this lineup, right? Or is Apple stupid?

        You just seem mad that not everyone shares the same opinion as you do. Whatever. None of these rumours will matter once Apple announces the new iPhones on 9 Sep.

      • Abhinav Chaudhary

        Apple is Stupid? Nope. They want people shredding extra 100$ on 64 gig and this only tells me how immoral apple is being.

        We’ll have to wait till 9th to see if apple will this immorality.

    • leart

      no one is saying that 16gb is better than 32-64, but if you clean photos once in 4-6 month, 16 gb is very usable

      • Furrnace

        Wow @leart. That is impressive. You are part of the 3% of people with iPhones on iOS 6. You’re old school. Yeah, your setup would definitely not work for me. And you’re using your iPhone 4/4S as an iPod. To each their own. Some people just don’t need to store much data on their phone. And in all seriousness, your phone is now a relic by the way. You could probably make some good money off it from an iPhone collector.

      • leart

        tested a way to block adds on a jailbroken iphone without installing any tweak, interested ?

      • You can’t even listen to music on your phone and you claim it’s all good.

      • leart

        sorry to disappoint you, but I have even three ipods and at least one is always with me, just for music purpose

      • Dan

        that’s the point, people don’t want to have to bring several devices with them

      • leart

        I’m not saying that people should use several device, but for me is fine in this way, my phone is never out of battery and if it is, there’s always the ipod full charged..
        I always use a small bag to keep the stuf so basically is the same, one or two

      • leart

        my other 32gb 3rd gen, atm its been used from my dad

      • Imagine being able to have all your iPod music on your phone for just $100 more instead of a the price of a whole new iPod. One less device.

      • leart

        looks very nice to have one device for all, music, photo, video, apps, web etc, but this would mean even to depend on one thing, if it broken, lost, stolen or just out of battery your cant do much with it. that’s why I like to have two devices the main and the other just for secondary stuff

      • TechToch

        wait are you still using ios 6 ????!!

      • leart

        im stuck on 2012-2013

  • Guy

    I’m hoping 2 or more gb of ram this time around.

    • NolesFan

      This would be the most important thing to upgrade. 1gb of RAM is just crazy esp with iOS 9 and multitasking functions.

  • Andres

    So does that mean there will be 4 different storage models? this could push up the price of the other models.

    Or will apple drop one of the other options?

  • Rowan09

    Doesn’t affect me. I always bought the 32GB and they got rid of it so I ended up with the 64Gb for the 32GB price. I’m sticking with the 64GB, so it doesn’t affect me.

    • TeChNoStyLeZ

      if they would replace the 16gb with 32gb you would get your 32gb that you used to get for 100 bucks less

      • Merman123

        Which is why it won’t happen anytime soon.

      • Nick Kaminski

        Bingo

      • Rowan09

        I understand but I got use to the 64 so going back wouldn’t work for me. I believe this is the exact logic Apple is using so why would they do it?

  • Joey

    yay 16GB!

    • Greg Warren

      Said no one ever

    • n0ahcruz3

      can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic or serious? lol

  • This will be a huge problem if the iPhone 6s has a 4k camera. Get with the time Apple!

    • White Michael Jackson

      If they do release a 16 GB phone all the announcer has to say “we have found a way to compress…” And then somehow people will praise the 16 GB model

    • Joey

      I seem unconvinced about the new phones shooting in 4K. Assuming the resolutions don’t change, the 6 and 6 plus have a native resolution of 720p and 1080p respectively, it seems overkill to shoot at 4K. Even if it were true, at what cost? Increased pricing of phones? Increase space consumption? FPS?

  • Shadowelite123

    Or Apple is making 4 storage option tiers like I think the iPad?? Man so much depression. Think different.

  • diggitydang

    Not sure why people get so bent out of shape about this… if you don’t think this storage option will work for you (and it doesn’t for me), just don’t buy it! This storage option at least gives people who are looking for a slightly lower price point, an opportunity to still get an iPhone.

    I think a bigger issue is the cost of the upgrade from 16GB to 128GB being $300 more, when cost to Apple is only a few bucks (I saw an article once that upgrades in memory are nominal costs for Apple and other manufacturers).

    • mrgerbik

      The problem is that people like you think people dont have the right to complain about a product/ features (“Don’t buy it then!”)

      If something has a genuine issue and you use that thing every day, and your only option is to OVERPAY to fix said problem…

      Do i need to continue?

  • nonchalont

    Apple needs to make a profit. They will try to milk 16gb as much as possible until the consumer complains enough and gets fed up. However, this is a leak and doesn’t hold much bearing if Apple will continue to sell the 16gb. Maybe Apple did get rid of it. I hope so.

  • José Gabriel Rivera Velázquez

    This should be of no surprise to anyone. Specially after making iOS 9 “lightweight” compared with previous iOS versions.

  • Martynet

    It doesn’t matter for people who understand how much storage they need (and they buy 128GB for example) but I always feel sorry for people who buy 16GB model because it’s the cheapest iPhone and they don’t really understand… until the “storage is full” pop up message appears 20 times a day and they keep asking me for help… I can’t believe Apple does it again…

    • Troy

      true is such a pain when someone wants to update or something and cant then ask me to do it then i have to tell them to delete most of their stuff

  • Greg Warren

    He should have hashtagged #AppleFail instead. What a worthless model at this point.

  • pauleebe

    With photos, music, and almost everything else moving to the cloud, needing local storage CAN be less of a necessity. But data plans are not cheaper than local storage.

    Apple is just doing this because they know it costs them next to nothing to build a 64GB device vs a 16GB device, but people will pay $100 more for the 64GB model, so it’s a free extra $100 per device in their pocket.

    • Nick Kaminski

      Not everybody is interested in using the cloud. I have not used it at all and do not plan to.

      • George

        Exactly

  • mav3rick

    6s 16GB and 128GB only.

    • Nick Kaminski

      Screw that. If that happens then goodbye Apple.

      • Troy

        what if the 128GB option was only an extra $100?

      • Nick Kaminski

        Lol lets be realistic. Apple is way to greedy for that.

  • 5723alex .

    What about all those Windows Phones with 4GB that won’t see a Windows 10 update, or, those Androids with 4/8GB that won’t get Android L/M OS ?
    OS/security upgrades are more important than a couple of added songs.
    Want storage ? use the cloud, storage cover, disk-on-key…

    • George

      Why do you care about low end devices that are less then $200? This is a high end phone so compare it to the galaxy s6 that starts at 32gb.

      • 5723alex .

        These less than $200 devices are 80% of all Android devices.
        Lollipop is installed on just 18% of all devices.
        I don’t hear them crying about their low storage.

      • George

        Again, you are comparing a $150 phone to a $650 phone.

      • Benedict

        You forgot that these Android phones often have a SD Card slot supporting up to 64 GB (newer 128 GB) of storage.

  • Chindavon

    C’mob Apple. The 16GB needs to go the way of the Dodo. I know it’s a good strategy to make more $ but this shouldn’t happen anymore and just needs to stop.

  • William Melendez

    I would love to see that . I would pay to see that ! Lol

    • n0ahcruz3

      I know right?! 32gb will improve user experience by not worrying about the storage and they can update their apps and firmware without deleting apps. But no apple is too damn stubborn and chose profit margin over user experience. Rotten apple.

  • Lit

    Obviously a marketing move. Apple knows the 16GB is useless, so people are inclined to shell out the extra $ for the 64GB or higher. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was 16GB for the next 10 years.

  • Inseltraeumer

    What a surprise…yawn

  • Xee

    Apple should be berated if this time around if true!

  • Bugs Bunnay

    At this point… You forgot to mention the 6s will come with windows 10 preloaded.

    • Digitalfeind

      One more thing…it’s now called iOS 10 instead.

      • Bugs Bunnay

        i’d like to see an ios 95 or ios 98 if you know what I mean.

  • George

    Hahahahahah what a joke.

  • HamptonWalley

    It would have been too nice if i can buy a 32GB model for $650, so i am not surprised at all. 32GB is the size exactly what I need, 16GB is just not enough, the 64GB i am not using the half.

  • TwinSon

    I don’t know anyone who has ever owned a 16Gb iPhone who didn’t at some point have to go through their phone to decide what to delete in order to make space for something else. If you’re willing to spend $650 on the base model with no storage, you can probably scrounge up another $100 to make sure storage isn’t an issue. Apple should ditch the 16Gb option, still.

    • Joonyaboy

      My entire family has iphones, all 16GB and they never run out of storage. Apple probably knows this is common. Me? I have over 700 apps and I’m thinking now to go from 64 to 128

  • Jerry

    Apples answer “16GB IS GREAT! Just put all your videos and photos on the cloud! 20gbs for just 0.99 a month! And your music? Just sign up to Apple music!!

  • n0ahcruz3

    now i know what the next gate is “storagegate”! with 12mp cam and 4k recording, that 16gb wont last hahaha, and they wonder why iOS 8 adoption slowed compared to previous, smh

  • Joonyaboy

    To be fair I know dozens of people with 16GB and they are none the wiser with no storage issues.

    Me? I needs my 64….and thinking I may go 128 for the 6s

  • Digitalfeind

    It’s fine as long as they drop the price to $99. $199 for a 16gb, that’s probably going to leave you with maybe 10gb, is ridiculous. The picture/video quality would take up a lot and if you download stuff you’ll be out of space rather quick. I have a 5s 16gb and have iCleaner and CacheClearer to free space when I need it. With stock iOS I would be screwed.

  • ck125

    Not surprising. Apple is going to milk it until the last possible time with low storage models. That and they will fall on the “use the cloud” even though most do not have unlimited data plans anymore…

  • Manuel Molina

    And that’s the end for me. I’m staying with my 6Plus. I’ll wait for the 7.

  • Roger Rodriguez

    16gb is not enough

  • @dongiuj

    Who ever gets a 16GB iPhone…enjoy the very few additional apps you can download. Can’t fit much more on their after updates keep increasing in size. Have this problem on my iPad. DAMN ANNOYING!

  • Felipe Queiroz Drumond

    16GB is NOTHING nowadays. I don’t have music on my iPhone, but very often I need to import my camera roll to get some space. Furthermore, I only play games on iPad and have no more than 2 pages of apps. For sure my next mobile will have 64GB.

  • Benedict

    In contrary to the prevailing opinion of masses and media, the iPhone with it’s outdated components and OS just was a mid-range smartphone which now even makes a step backwards to low end.

  • Jimmy Ekman

    I will never get the 16 gb again! Upgraded from iPhone 4 to 6 and will now give the 16gb to my gf and get the 128 gb 6s plus!

  • Arjan Vlek

    Well it says in my language (Dutch) what you’ll get and that’s not different than before: iPhone 6s, EarPods, lightning cable with charger (no usb c folks), wifi / bt, gps and nfc.

  • Riccardo Bello

    Well let’s hope the price of the 16GB gets 100 bucks lower…

  • babiloe

    As long it has a micro SD CARD, it will be fine.
    Or it will not, if you will buy it anyway

  • leart

    no, just replace the host with a good one, can’t post here the link since advertising is important 🙂
    tried and with wonderful results, it’s funny when a app is offering a payment to remove adds, what adds 😀

  • leart

    yeah i know, but there are apps communicating with iads, is not a good idea to play with that,, host file is very safe and completely easily reversible, i would never recommend to anyone to play with that, once had to restore when i tried to remove completely iads from every where on the device

    • Niclas

      Sorry but that’s incorrect, it is an excellent idea, if you rename the correct app. There are no adverse effects, no risks, and all apps works without iAds.

      Also, since you are renaming, you can rename it back if you wanted to have the iAd’s back.

      • leart

        yeah, it depends of how lucky you are, i had to restore once

      • Niclas

        No, it depends on if you rename the correct file or not.
        People who are unsure should probably not touch the file system.

      • leart

        i didnt rename it, i tried to remove it completely, deleted all the folders where iads is, just suddenly the device was bricked after a restart , thats it, since then i will never touch system files, changing a host file for me is ok, even with that some times my old iphone 4 ios 6 act wired going often out of memory, my 4s is just fine, instead on my ipod 4 ads are still present on cydia

      • Niclas

        Well, to start with, deleteing files is a no-no. You rename them.
        Secondly, you can’t just delete stuff whithout knowing what they do. In this case it is one single app that needs to be renamed.
        Third, you should maybe try a more lightweight hosts adblocker, MHB is an excellent choice.

      • leart

        4. I was just trying to understand if it was possible to delete iads. actually the most if ads on device are not from iads and this new host is blocking them all without installing any new tweak. just not sure this will interfere with the iOS echo system .. so far it seems that my ip4 is going out of memory often

      • Niclas

        First off, hosts blocking is old. Like, really old.
        Second, if you remove/rename the wrong files you can’t blame the method. Thats like saying “hosts blocking is dangerous b/c when I tried that and deleted a bunch of stuff, I bricked my phone.”
        As I said before, there is an easy and safe way to disable iAds.
        Your deveice might go out of memory because you use a hevyweight hosts file.

      • leart

        ok, i will give it a try, to rename it, always do this tests on my second device and after a full back up

  • leart

    dude seriously, i know how to do this stuff, just managed to downgrade with odysseus 1.5 month ago my 4s to 6.1.3, this iads stuff is quite simply 🙂
    thnx anyway

    • Niclas

      Sure, np.
      What was difficult with Odysseus? Install idevicerestore? ^^

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