Analyst sees Apple finally dropping much-loathed 16GB iPhone from lineup

By , May 31, 2016

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Apple could be finally ditching the oft-criticized sixteen-gigabyte iPhone from the mix and replace it with a thirty-two gigabyte SKU as the new baseline model. That’s if you believe what an IHS Technology analyst posted on Chinese social media this morning, as per 9to5Mac.

Based on IHS’s supply chain research, the analysts wrote that the iPhone 7 would come outfitted with 32 gigabytes of storage as the new $199 base model. IHS correctly predicted that a four-inch iPhone refresh would be introduced in 2016.

The analyst also said that the iPhone 7 would feature two gigabytes of RAM without specifying whether or not the flagship iPhone 7 Plus model would include three gigabytes of RAM, as KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo predicted.

Japanese newspaper Nikkei made an interesting claim today, saying that Apple would switch from a tick-tock cycle of refreshing the iPhone every two years to a three-year cycle, due to slowing smartphone market and innovation.

Source: 9to5Mac

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  • igorsky

    So we now have two Ming-Chi Kuos throwing out predictions and hoping something sticks? Awesome.

  • Abhijeet Gupta

    What a great news

  • malhal

    I could see this easily being the main feature to entice people to upgrade, since it means a $100 discount compared to being forced to buy the 64GB on the 6.

  • About damn time.

    • Shinonuke

      My wife have the 64gb but barely scratch pass 20gb. The 32gb is looking like a good buy for her

  • n0ahcruz3

    finally, that declined in iPhone sales must’ve scared the shiz outta them lmfao

  • Rowan09

    Great. I hope that means the 64GB will be the lowest phone for the price of the 16GB and the 128GB the price of the 64GB and make the 256GB the price of the 128GB. If they make this moves I and many others would be very happy. I always bought the 64Gb after they got rid of the 32GB, so I wouldn’t mind 2 times more storage like when they got rid of the 32GB.

  • The King

    Time to start getting the pop corn ready for what the iPhone will be in September

  • iByron

    What’s really funny is all those people who would never buy anything smaller than the 64GB model (and probably bought the 128) complaining about the existence of a 16GB phone

    • JustCause

      Yeah it’s like not EVERYONE stores their whole life on their cell phone and needs 128GB of storage space. But 16GB has become a complete joke these days.

    • The reason people complain is having to spend an extra $100 / €100 / £100 / 100 Whatever to get a decent amount of storage. Apple has a 4K camera on a device with just 16GB of storage. No matter how you look at it, this is madness. Upgrading the storage in the initial storage tier is welcome news.

      • therealjjohnson

        So complain then that the phones cost to much…not that there shouldn’t be a 16GB model.

      • JustCause

        No, the cost of the phone isn’t the issue. In case you didn’t notice, the current year is 2016, storage is NOT an expensive commodity these days. You can pickup a 32GB SanDisk Extreme Pro microSD card on Amazon these days for a measly $20 bucks!!

        In 2016, 32GB should be the base model iPhone, plain and simple! You can try to fanboy around the subject any way you’d like, but that’s the bottom line, PERIOD!

      • therealjjohnson

        What does sandisk have to do with anything? Let’s talk about what’s actually available on iPhones. If cost isn’t an issue and there is a bigger size available, why are you concerned with the smaller size?

        My father, who’s 68 years old doesn’t need more than 16GB. He’s not taking a ton of pictures and takes no video. Why should he buy more storage than needed?

        Buy what you need. If you need more than 16GB then. Buy 32, 64, or 128. Unless of course you think the 16 cost to much and want a 32 for the same price. That’s a cost issue.

      • JustCause

        Bro you’re not getting it! The point is that this is 2016!!! Storage is NOT EXPENSIVE in 2016!! crApple can afford to DITCH the 16GB model and keep the 32GB model as THE LOW END MODEL! So basically the customer would still be paying the SAME PRICE that the 16GB model currently is now, but instead they will get a 32GB model instead!

        Do you get it now? lol

      • therealjjohnson

        I get it. I’ve always understood. Your issue is about cost just as I said. You just highlighted that in great detail.

        My position is saying that should be the argument instead of “no one needs a 16GB phone”. Every reply to was about cost but yet you claim that’s not what it’s about. Please look up at all your replies lol.

  • JustCause

    Knowing how Apple does things these days, I won’t hold my breath.

    • therealjjohnson

      What size phone do you use currently?

      • JustCause

        16GB, because I’m not stupid enough to pay an extra $100 bucks for a 64GB only to get a lousy extra 48GB of RAM when you can buy a damn 64GB SanDisk Extreme Pro microSD card on Amazon for only $50 bucks!

        That may seem ridiculous from a fanboy standpoint but not by the realistic people in this world.

      • Saul

        First of all the iPhone does not have a micro sd slot and you could get some kind of adapter but for what? to store some documents and to transfer some pictures to it which the iPhone photo app cannot access.

        Second usually the 64GB model is not just $100 extra. Not here in Canada anyways. You can get the base model usually for around $230CAD and then the 64GB version is like $300 more on a 2 year contract.

        Also a 16GB phone is actually more like a 4GB Phone when the OS takes like 12GB.
        16GB is useless but I doubt that it will go away since most people will always pay extra to get more storage and that’s how carries get their money.

      • JustCause

        Yes dude I know I was giving you an example of how INEXPENSIVE storage media is these days! crApple can afford to have the 32GB as the base model and still keep it at the same price that the 16GB model is now.

        And I don’t know how they do things over there in Canada, but over here a 16GB iPhone 6 is $549 and the 64GB is $649, so $100 more.

  • Matt

    All I can say is, I’ll believe it when I see it…

  • therealjjohnson

    Some people only need 16GB. If you want more then get the bigger option. I’m fairly sure that a lot of you are complaining and haven’t purchased a 16GB phone since more storage options were available. Some people love to be offended.