Will iPhone 7 bring a new 256GB model to the mix?

By , Mar 16, 2016

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MyDrivers, a Chinese-language outlet, recently posted a sketchy rumor claiming that Apple’s next smartphone refresh includes an all-new 256GB model as an iPhone 7 Plus exclusive.

Today, Italian-language HDblog posted a picture of a 256GB NAND flash memory produced by US-based SanDisk Corporation which could give Apple the option of introducing a 256GB iPhone model.

As you know, Apple typically sources NAND flash memory for iOS devices from multiple suppliers like SanDisk, Samsung, SK Hynix and Toshiba.

SanDisk’s new and smaller 256GB NAND flash chip is pictured at the top on the photograph below, followed by its older and bulkier 64GB chip.

SanDisk 256GB NAND flash

As the new 256GB chip is actually smaller than the older one while doubling storage capacity, Apple might use it in the iPhone 7, said to be 1mm thinner than the iPhone 6s.

Be that as it may, Apple might add a 256GB model as a new option alongside existing 16/64/128GB iPhone storage SKUs, expanding the lineup to 16/64/128/256GB models.

The alternative would have Apple remove the baseline 16GB model, replacing it with the 64GB model as the new entry-level option. In that scenario, the lineup would only include 64/128/256GB models.

What’s your opinion?

Do you think Apple will add a new 256GB option to the iPhone lineup come this fall? And if so, should they keep the 16GB tier or remove it from sale?

Source: HDblog (Google Translate) via MacRumors

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  • czbird

    Good luck backing that up through USB2.0 🙂

    • ravinigga

      Well i never wait long for 1gb or 3gb apps. Just a minute or less

      • Lol if you never backed up a practically full 128GB iPhone you won’t understand what their trying to say.

      • Yeah he totally missed the point of the OP

    • CAIO MARIZ®

      iPad Pro has USB 3.0

    • Ernie Marin

      Who still uses 2.0?, unless you laptop is older than a year, pretty much every desktop can be upgraded to 2.0 with a PCI-E card, or simply use cloud.

  • Innes

    Christian think you’ve uploaded the wrong pic bud. All I see is a pink iphone 7 mockup!

    “SanDisk’s new and smaller 256GB NAND flash chip is pictured at the top on the photograph below, followed by its older and bulkier 64GB chip.”

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    I hope this is the case only because the 128GB model would be cheaper. 🙂 If they remove the 16GB option that is.

    • John Robinson

      Not necessarily but we can all hope.

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    That iPhone in the top photo is the ugliest thing I’ve seen.

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      I second that. The camera hump is an eye sore. Even though i don’t like samsung but they did a good job of removing the protruded camera with the S7& Edge

    • It’s just an artist’s rendition, you’ll live

  • djluna31

    yes remove 16gb

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      should have removed 16 gb base storage with iPhone 6 ..

      • KOZY_Gremlin_Gang

        Why? Just cause you don’t need a 16gb iPhone doesn’t mean no one else does. Only tech savvy people get the higher storage iphones, every single person I know has a 16gb phone

      • Innes

        I agree with Gupta. 16gb is just too a small size with what the majority of people se their phones for these days. I’d wished I could have stretched to the next tier up but couldn’t afford it.

        With the next generation of iPhones having 4k video and higher res camera then 16gb will be filled up in no time.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        This guy doesn’t even know that a minute long 4k video takes 650mb of space. live photos take double space, and apps are heavier on newer devices as well. also we got inly 12.55 gb out of 16.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        record a 1080p video on your iPhone and you’ll understand why the 16 gb model needs to go, and for a device like 6s which uses additional resources for 3D Touch framework and 4K videos, 16 GB is nothing.

  • leart

    nooo, i want the 8gb model back

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      4 GB will also suffice

  • Martynet

    64 / 128 / 256 please

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      64/ 126/ 256 and a totally redesigned iPhone 7 would sell like hot cakes

    • Martynet

      I’m sick of all my friends who stupidly bought 16 gb iphone, asking me for help to free up the space. I used to help them, but now, I just tell them to feck off and buy 64 gb model. 🙂

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    • Cristian B

      The smallest will definitely be 32 if they do plan to get rid of the 16 GB. Apple is still a profit company after all.

  • Gabriel Anaya

    Watch the storage teirs be 16/128/256

    • Rowan09

      If they do that and replace the 64GB with 128 i would be fine. Just like they did with the 32GB.

  • lookHOWMADheis

    256 GB / 500 GB / 1 TB

    • Digitalfeind

      Meanwhile Apple will stick with a 1715mah battery.

      • lookHOWMADheis

        They have more than enough money to upgrade the battery?

  • Thomas Flores

    I wouldn’t mind an iPhone 7 plus, if that’s what Apple’s gonna call it with 256gig storage. With so much that I do now on my 6plus and not having picked up an IPad in about 7 months the added storage wouldn’t be so bad.

  • Elias Chao

    It will really bother me if they get to something like 16/128/256 some day.

  • Anonymous

    I think in it will indeed see a 256gb iphone, but before that will will see a 32gb and the death of the 16gb.

  • Kenneth Delgado

    Hell yeah, bring it!

  • techfreak23

    Really pisses me off that a lot of these rumors, however not proven yet, call for all these features that the plus will have and not the smaller one. The OIS on the plus right now would be nice, but it’s not the end of the world. Now they’re saying that the 7 plus will have dual cameras, OIS, possibly a smart connector, and possibly a higher storage option. I know those are just rumors but it’s irritating because Apple would actually pull something like that.

  • Rowan09

    It would make sense for Apple to do 64GB/128Gb/256GB and here is why. It would most likely increase people purchasing iCloud storage. Customers only purchase a new iPhone once a year, but iCloud storage is monthly which would make them more money, especially since Laptops don’t want come with a lot of storage space.

  • Better question would be if they will finally get rid of the pathetic 16GB entry level…

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      Tim Faggot wont let 16 GB model go so easily. Think about why will people use iCloud if they have more space on their phone

      • Geez No point in throwing the insult in there.. iCloud is free and you’d need to pay more to back up the bigger phones so I’m not sure how that made sense in your head. I think most use iCloud as a just in case there phone is lost or stolen measure anyway.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        i use it to back up my photos, and FYI you gotta pay if you need more than 5 gigs of storage. so if you use a 16 GB phone and run out of space chances are that you’ll use iCloud more often

  • Blacklight: Retribution

    $1,000 +

  • Pel0s

    I’d prefer if they get rid of that eff’n 16 GB model

  • Chris

    Still waiting on 1TB, 256GB would be worth an upgrade though, for now.

  • Rodney Coleman

    It better handle iOS 10-11-12 with ease.

  • mrgerbik

    NAND flash is dirt cheap – Apple should have no reason to keep gouging it’s customers for HUGE PROFITS with its memory pricing
    iPhones are already overpriced as is… at least Apple could throw us peons a little bone ferchristsake

  • Riley Freeman

    apple will not do this. 16gb is sold because everyone knows its not enough so it basically forces everyone to go to the 64gb. more money people. i dont know why people keep predicting the 16gb model is going to leave

    • The 16GB models are also for those who just want to own the iPhone but cannot afford the 64GB models and above.

  • Dave

    The heck? I have 64 models since they’re available and it was always enough…… My mbp has 256… What would someone want to store on such a device? I don’t know.
    The only thing I hope this new model will cause, is a price cut for the 64’s 🙂

  • Nabeel hammad

    I think Apple must have to end 16 GB model starting models should be 32gb

    Apple have to add 256 GB for iPhone 7
    4k videos and live photos takes so much space
    Also some of my favorite games need space