How much storage do you expect in the iPhone 5?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Mad Mac Maniac, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    iPhone 1: 4GB & 8GB... eventually released a 16GB in February
    iPhone 3G: 8GB & 16GB
    iPhone 3GS: 16GB & 32GB
    iPhone 4: 16GB & 32GB
    iPhone 4S: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB
    iPhone 5: 32GB and 64GB???

    The first couple years of the iPhone the storage would steadily increase with each passing year, but then it sort of plateaued on the 16gb & 32gb sizes. Although Apple finally did add a 64GB model last year (for a $100 premium).

    Now with all the high res pictures it takes and 1080p video, along with all the power intensive, retina quality games and apps, we need more storage on our iPhones than ever. So I'm hoping that Apple increases the base model iPhone to 32GB. Then the iPhone 4S can be 16GB sold at $100 and the iPhone 4 at 8GB of course costing $0 on contract.

    Maybe this is just wishful thinking. What do you think Apple will do?
  2. gta50419 macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2010
  3. groupersandwich macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2011
    Tallahassee, FL
    I think they will keep the storage as it is now and encourage everyone towards the cloud.
  4. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    90Gb would be an odd amount since storage (chips) are paired and then doubled (2,4,8,16,32,64,128,.......)
  5. MassiveAttack macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2010
    New York
    32 GB for $199 on contract
    64 GB for $299 on contract
  6. Virinprew macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2012
    They have to increase storage to 32GB base. Galaxy s3 comes with 16 GB base + micro SD + 50GB dropbox. HTC one X comes with 32 GB + 25 GB dropbox. And the same goes for iPad next year too.
  7. bp1000 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2011
    App sizes are getting bigger, they could possibly increase again if the iPhone has a larger retina display. iTunes is pushing out more HD content and the maps app could potentially cache maps offline. Camera is likely to get a buff meaning higher resolution video and photo.

    It would be great if the baseline iPhone started at 32GB. We shall see. It is whether the numbers work as putting up prices on the iPhone probably isn't the wisest decision for global sales.

    Ideal world: iPhone 5 - 32 / 64 / 128 - but i have a feeling storage won't change this time round. Maybe next year as the prices of flash storage continues to fall.
  8. Twixt, Jun 13, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2012

    Twixt macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2012
    OP 's logic is fine but I can not imagine they don't bring 128 GB for high end model, or SD card slot (yeah not really plausible...)
    Cloud is ok but does it really help with 3G (4G is not available in EU) ? I have 300 GB of music, also emails, apps stack on top...
  9. eclipse01 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2011
    Eau Claire, WI
    i'm betting we see a 128 model


    1gb of Ram

    I'm going to bump this once i'm right :p
  10. djransom macrumors 68040


    May 14, 2008
    I know for sure I'll be coppin a 32GB iPhone this year.
  11. PerfectDB macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2012
    Boston, Lincolnshire
    No way. We only got a 64GB model last year, and Apple generally only increases storage every couple of generations. I don't expect we'll see 128GB until the 5S, or whatever it's called. 1GB of Ram is pretty much a given though.

    We may be waiting a while for that bump:p
  12. Twixt macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2012
    This small specs bumps are annoying, exactly same problem with imac and mac book the other day...
    64 GB is extremely small especially with no SD card :mad:
  13. mappyman macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2008
    Not bothered too much about the storage .. just hope it has 1 GB of RAM.
  14. taipan61 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2011
    corner starbucks
    32, 64 when it first comes out then another bump to 128 with the "s" model comes out
  15. chiefpavvy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2008
    32, 64, and 128GB, bank on it.

    1GB RAM as well.

    Just my view from the crystal ball. :D
  16. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    What I'm hoping for: 32 to replace 16, 64 to replace 32. Same price as 16/32 but 32/64

    What will probably happen: Same as 4S.

    Either way I'm plonking for a 32GB, 16GB just feels too cramped.
  17. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    prob the same as last year. if there will be any change theyll just drop the 16
  18. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I wouldn't be too surprised for 96gb+. I'm using an older Android tablet (Xoom) and with the SD card I have 96gb of storage. I'd think apple would try for that at the very least.

    Btw I know how memory works so I'm assuming 128gb.
  19. SeniorGato1, Jun 13, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2012

    SeniorGato1 macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2010
    Apple will do whatever is most profitable for them. Keep this in mind.

    Even though flash prices have been dropping, they will not generally pass the savings to the consumer. They'll pocket it. Just look at the SSD upgrade prices on the macbooks. They're 2x that of aftermarket, and don't get me started on ram.

    So if I was Apple, I'd offer:
    iphone 4 - 8gb $0 contract
    iphone 4s - 8gb $100 contract

    ""5 - 16gb, 32gb, 64gb

    At the same time, during the term of your contract, Apple will hope you'll fill up your low capacity device and compel you to upgrade towards larger storage driving profit further.

    Next year they'll offer either 96gb or 128gb to combat a minor spec bump and charge an additional $100 over the 64gb price.
  20. aph3x macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2007
    Reno, NV
    16/32/64 again.

    They'd rather push iCloud for all your stuff than put more flash in the phones.
  21. saxon48 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2010
    Definitely going to keep the 16, 32, and 64 models. 128 would be pretty darn expensive...
  22. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    128GB is a lot, so I sought we will see that number soon.
  23. sixteen12 macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2011
    128GB I think would come out on the iPad first. When we see that, then the next iPhone will have it.
  24. w00t951 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Hehe. 128GB? That's ridiculously expensive. It's not like flash memory's capacity-to-price ratio is linear. It is exponentially more expensive as storage capacity increases, and packing 128GB of NAND memory into such a tiny chip will cost Apple (and you) a fortune.

    That being said, I think they will release a higher capacity, but not quite 128. Android phones used to be blown away by the iPhone's storage, but now they can match or outmatch the iPhone with microSD.
  25. danetello macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2010
    London, UK
    I think they will keep it the same as the capacity now, 16gb, 32gb and 64gb

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