Do you think Apple will discontinue the 16GB?

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  1. RonHC macrumors 6502a

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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
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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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.
     
  3. Geckotek macrumors G3

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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.
     
  4. -Leigh- macrumors member

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    You've got that wrong. When the 3GS was released, they discontinued the 3G 16GB and kept selling the 3G 8GB.
     
  5. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Exactly. Unless Apple somehow gets two 32GB NAND's in the new iPhone, we'll be with 16GB for awhile longer.
     
  6. profets macrumors 68040

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    never realized this... so looks like we'll be set for 16/32 GB options like with the 3GS?
     
  7. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed, I don't see Apple cutting the 16GB iPhone yet either.
     
  8. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    Doubtful, this is what it will most likely look like:

    64GB 4G
    32GB 4G
    16GB 3GS
     
  9. doubleatheman macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  10. ijen0311 macrumors 65816

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  11. RonHC thread starter macrumors 6502a

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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?
     
  12. djransom macrumors 68040

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    Or it could be starting @ $199 for a 16GB new iPhone as well. They slashed the price to clear out stock.
     
  13. tuna macrumors 6502

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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?
     
  14. elephunkman macrumors 65816

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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?
     
  15. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    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.
     
  16. iPhone3Gusr macrumors member

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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
     
  17. AMcBroom81 macrumors regular

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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.
     
  18. Andrew K. macrumors 65816

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    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.
     
  19. STEVESKI07 macrumors 68000

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7E18 Safari/528.16)

    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.
     
  20. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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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.
     
  21. kryten3000 macrumors regular

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    they would discontinue the 8 gig before the 16 gig
     
  22. RonHC thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    They did for the 3GS [16GB & 32GB]
    and the 4GB when the iPhone 3G came out [8GB & 16GB]
     
  23. Sneakz macrumors 65816

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    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.
     
  24. elephunkman macrumors 65816

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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.
     
  25. Sneakz macrumors 65816

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    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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