Do you think Apple will discontinue the 16GB?

RonHC

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If History is bound to repeat itself, You would know that after each new iPhone is released, the lowest storage model is discontinued

iPhone 2G [1st Gen]: 8GB and 4GB
iPhone 3G: 8GB and 16GB [4GB Model discontinued]
iPhone 3GS: 16GB and 32GB [8GB Model discontinued for 3GS, but iPhone 3G is lowered to standard 8GB]
......

So what do you think?

I think its a 50/50 chance but who knows. Seeing how both the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS had a minimum of $199 for the lowest storage on its release. It might be awesome to see the 32GB Model [of the new iPhone] being $199 but one can dream
 

GoCubsGo

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This is often discussed, just so you know.

My guess is no. Not yet. 16GB memory for a phone is still really good.
 

Geckotek

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If History is bound to repeat itself, You would know that after each new iPhone is released, the lowest storage model is discontinued

iPhone 2G [1st Gen]: 8GB and 4GB
iPhone 3G: 8GB and 16GB [4GB Model discontinued]
iPhone 3GS: 16GB and 32GB [8GB Model discontinued
......

So what do you think?

I think its a 50/50 chance but who knows. Seeing how both the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS had a minimum of $199 for the lowest storage on its release. It might be awesome to see the 32GB Model [of the new iPhone] being $199 but one can dream

Allso, i heard that the WWDC will be on May 18th, is it true?
Since there are no 64GB NAND chips to allow Apple to double the storage size this time around, I'm guessing they won't drop the 16GB model.

The May 18th thing was a stupid joke in another thread.
 

-Leigh-

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If History is bound to repeat itself, You would know that after each new iPhone is released, the lowest storage model is discontinued

iPhone 2G [1st Gen]: 8GB and 4GB
iPhone 3G: 8GB and 16GB [4GB Model discontinued]
iPhone 3GS: 16GB and 32GB [8GB Model discontinued]
You've got that wrong. When the 3GS was released, they discontinued the 3G 16GB and kept selling the 3G 8GB.
 

-aggie-

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Since there are no 64GB NAND chips to allow Apple to double the storage size this time around, I'm guessing they won't drop the 16GB model.

The May 18th thing was a stupid joke in another thread.
Exactly. Unless Apple somehow gets two 32GB NAND's in the new iPhone, we'll be with 16GB for awhile longer.
 

profets

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Since there are no 64GB NAND chips to allow Apple to double the storage size this time around, I'm guessing they won't drop the 16GB model.

The May 18th thing was a stupid joke in another thread.
Exactly. Unless Apple somehow gets two 32GB NAND's in the new iPhone, we'll be with 16GB for awhile longer.
never realized this... so looks like we'll be set for 16/32 GB options like with the 3GS?
 

doubleatheman

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It would be so weird if Apple sold the 3gs and the 4g at the same time. The look nothing alike. the 3g, and the 3gs look and feel like they belong to be sold at the same time.

But apple has done this with the iPod shuffle before. They sold 2 form factors of iPod Shuffles at the same time. IMO it was weird to see Apple do that.

64GB Nand chips do exist.

Looking at the rest of the smartphone market, the iPhone already has a larger storage than most phones.

Most come with a 4 or 8gb micro sd card, and call it good.

They will make a 32gb model, but the rest is fuzzy...

16gb model of a cheap 3gs or 4g,

and 64gb high end 4g?

I think its safe to say the 8gb size will be dead.
 

RonHC

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Due to Walmart, they are selling the iPhone 3GS at $97
Which could indicate that the iPhone HD/G4 could be starting at $199 for a 32GB

But who knows?
 

djransom

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Due to Walmart, they are selling the iPhone 3GS at $97
Which could indicate that the iPhone HD/G4 could be starting at $199 for a 32GB

But who knows?
Or it could be starting @ $199 for a 16GB new iPhone as well. They slashed the price to clear out stock.
 

tuna

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I remember reading one of the early reports about the prototype iPhone found in the bar that later became the Gizmodo iPhone leak. It said that the phone had 40GB of storage. I haven't heard about that since. All these iPhone 4G leaks including teardowns, and we don't know how much storage it will have?
 

elephunkman

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I remember reading one of the early reports about the prototype iPhone found in the bar that later became the Gizmodo iPhone leak. It said that the phone had 40GB of storage. I haven't heard about that since. All these iPhone 4G leaks including teardowns, and we don't know how much storage it will have?
40GB?? Doesn't memory go up in increments like 8-16-32-64-128? Maybe it's how much memory was left/used?
 

Geckotek

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I remember reading one of the early reports about the prototype iPhone found in the bar that later became the Gizmodo iPhone leak. It said that the phone had 40GB of storage. I haven't heard about that since. All these iPhone 4G leaks including teardowns, and we don't know how much storage it will have?
It was actually 80GB which I don't believe for a second. I think someone didn't really know what they were looking at and reported it wrong.
 

iPhone3Gusr

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agreed with most of you i dont think that the 16GB will be discontinued. Im thinking that this will be the $199 price
 

AMcBroom81

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My personal opinion is that apple will release the new iPhone 4 with 16GB and 32GB models and keep selling the 16GB 3GS.

The update for next years iphone will be the 32GB and 64GB iPhone 4.
 

Andrew K.

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40GB?? Doesn't memory go up in increments like 8-16-32-64-128? Maybe it's how much memory was left/used?
At one point iPods went from 10GB to 20GB to 40GB. So what if Apple sells 20GB and 40GB models? Since it may look like they can't double the 32gb chips to fit in the phone they may just fit 2x20GBs, that would make sense.
 

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Andrew K. said:
elephunkman said:
40GB?? Doesn't memory go up in increments like 8-16-32-64-128? Maybe it's how much memory was left/used?


At one point iPods went from 10GB to 20GB to 40GB. So what if Apple sells 20GB and 40GB models? Since it may look like they can't double the 32gb chips to fit in the phone they may just fit 2x20GBs, that would make sense.
Those were hard disks not flash memory. Only the classic iPods run in those sizes. There is no way an iPhone would ever run on a hard disk.
 

Dwalls90

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However, SSD's do increase in different increments ... Intel's SSD's increase in increments of 20/40Gb ... so it is possible, since Flash memory is what basically composes SSD's. Just saying, with Apple being partnered with Intel (though Intel doesn't PROVIDE the chips), it is a possibility.
 

Sneakz

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However, SSD's do increase in different increments ... Intel's SSD's increase in increments of 20/40Gb ... so it is possible, since Flash memory is what basically composes SSD's. Just saying, with Apple being partnered with Intel (though Intel doesn't PROVIDE the chips), it is a possibility.
Your lack of knowledge is showing. How does Intel get 40/80GB for its SSDs?

The controller uses 5, 10 (and 20 in the future) NAND flash memory chips at a time.

64GBit (8GB) x 5 = 40GB
64GBit (8GB) x 10 = 80GB
128GBit (16GB) x 10 = 160GB

Thats how the X25-V/X25-M get their storage.
 

Sneakz

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But is it true that Apple will most likely use flash instead of SSD? I'm kinda new to the whole memory thing.
Not sure exactly how to explain it but a SSD have several NAND flash chips that are of higher performance (hence cost more) and are paired with a controller that communicates with all the chips to provide one large amount of storage. DRAM is also used (such as DDR RAM) as a buffer or cache.

Flash memory that is in products like the iPhone are just one NAND flash memory chip with a built in controller. Performance is generally lower though access times of mobile devices isn't as important.
 
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