How much storage do you expect in the iPhone 5?

Mad Mac Maniac

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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?
 

Virinprew

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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.
 
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bp1000

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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.
 
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Twixt

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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...
 
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PerfectDB

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i'm betting we see a 128 model

32gb
64gb
128gb

1gb of Ram

I'm going to bump this once i'm right :p
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
 
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Twixt

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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
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:
 
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cambookpro

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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.
 
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cynics

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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.
 
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SeniorGato1

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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.
 
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sixteen12

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

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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.
 
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