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May 3, 2011
[doublepost=1497570878][/doublepost]And just to anticipate your asking why not, I'll tell you.

32 - 256 - 512
64 - 256 - 512

Those are the possible storage sizes if Apple went to 512gb. Neither of those are attractive from Apple's POV right now.


macrumors G5
May 16, 2015
I would like to buy a phone with 512GB storage when I can, because I just have so many stuff to store.
But, I could only see Apple introducing 512GB in iPhone 8 earliest.
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macrumors 604
Sep 7, 2010
I can't imagine that enough people need that much storage on their phone to make it worthwhile. That's twice as much storage as I even have on my main PC.
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macrumors member
Jun 14, 2017
This much space must be for one doing a lot of video recording, I can understand that then you need it. I have 128GB and when doing video and audio recording it gets full and have to upload it to somewhere every month.


macrumors regular
Nov 24, 2016
Alberta Canada
for doing simple video recording on a jobsite for documentation purposes away from a laptop and some people who hoard pictures and add 120GB of music.

My husband has been running a 256GB micro XD card for years and wants more but hasn't found a 512 yet except the SD card version he has hooked up with an adaptor cable and stuck the card in the case with the phone.
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Tom G.

macrumors 68020
Jun 16, 2009
Champaign/Urbana Illinois
I think that joeblow7777 is spot on in his assessment. One group that would want that much storage would be those who do not trust the cloud, and want to keep literally everything on their phone. This group, however, is not large enough to trigger Apple or any other phone maker to put that much storage into a phone.

That being said, ultimately some manufacturer will put 512 into a phone, just to say they have done it, and the race will be on for everyone to do it because no one will want to have a backwater phone with less than 512 on it, even if they don't have anything to put in it.

The other thing is simply Apps becoming larger and larger and using up more space. Right now most of these use the cloud for the extra memory. I'm thinking here of apps that are heavy data users. The one way they can get their app to go faster is to have the data stored on the phone instead of having to upload and download from the cloud.
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Grey Area

macrumors 6502
Jan 14, 2008

What in the world would people store on such a thing?

Help me understand?

I would use this to store my music collection. I strongly dislike having to select and sync what music to carry around for the day, and iTunes being such a shoddy mess of a software makes this even worse. Therefore, for the time being I transport my music on a 256 GB memory card in my trusty 11-year old Sandisk mp3-player. Yes, I know there is a 256 GB iPhone now, but phone storage is used for other things too, so it would not work for me. With a 512 GB phone I could switch to carrying one device only. But my collection is growing, and I suspect a 512 GB microsd card suitable for my Sandisk will arrive long before a 512 GB iPhone...


macrumors 68030
Dec 30, 2010
Okay - some do not trust the cloud but trust their phone will not get lost, break down, etc.
Some like to store 50,000 songs with them

My Son In Law used to have a big ipod but now sticks with Pandora/Spotify/Etc.

I can not imagine the market for 512 is that big. Quick primer on what 64gb holds here
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macrumors 601
Aug 19, 2017
My laptop doesn’t even have that much storage, not sure it would sell well on a phone. I think 99% of Apples users wouldn’t want more than 256


macrumors newbie
Oct 6, 2017
Tampa FL
I love downloading movies and audiobooks to listen to while working out. Right now I have all of the Star Wars, Star Trek and Twilight movies. in addition, i have alot of other movies, music and regular books on my iphone 7plus and my two ipads.


macrumors G5
May 16, 2015
TBH the Music app is such a clusterf**k it wouldn't matter how big the storage gets. Until they sort that one out or give other apps access to be default Music app or to allow for Siri to command other apps, storage is moot!:(
I highly doubt current Apple will ever pay enough attention to the music app given how lousy taste those elites are. I now kinda swallow whatever Apple sticks in my throat and use the current music app. Still, iOS 9 music app is the best.
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