Will we ever see a 256gb?

michael31986

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do you think Apple will eventually make one? Just curious on ideas. Not even sure if a 256 chip exists.
 

Andres Cantu

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do you think Apple will eventually make one? Just curious on ideas. Not even sure if a 256 chip exists.
Not sure. I think the more interesting question is what will happen if they decide to go 32GB base storage in the iPhone 7. Perhaps 32GB and 128GB options only, with the 128GB being $150 more than the 32GB?
 

powerbook911

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I can make an argument for needing 128 as I need it to fit my entire iTunes library in full quality. I'm not that into Apple Music, so I'd prefer to pay for the storage than pay to have my library in the cloud.

However, I'm not sure I could argue to myself that I need 256.

Potentially, 256 might be needed in an iPad Pro first?
 
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psylence2k

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likely but hard to say for sure.

Maybe in 5+ years if 4K videos become the norm, if the general population starts demanding Hifi quality music, and the processor at that point would be powerful enough to support very large apps (most likely games).

If these things happen then it's very likely but that's if the streaming trend doesn't really grow to become the norm so people still are very storage dependent and to support that carriers also update their infrastructure and networks to adequately support the higher level of data flow as well as raise data package limits while keeping the prices the same then Yes maybe.
 

tann

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iPhone 7-32/64/128
iPad pro 2 - 64/128
iPhone 7s -32/64/128
iPad pro 3-64/256
iPhone 8 -32/64/128
iPhone 8s -32/64/256

No evidence just seems reasonable. I think far far fewer people would buy 256gb that currently buy 128.

More reasonable assumption as stated above would be for them to go back to 2 storage sizes and differentiate price on something else. Or maybe have a $150 between the two storage sizes but go 32gb->128gb.
 

mashinhead

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I imagined moving to 4k video makes that plausible. What I would like to see is 4k video and large storage and big screens in the iPod touch and iPad (well the iPad has a big screen), but just getting those things online with the iphone's capabilities, because I think those devices would have a large place in independent filmmaking if they were.
 

AbSoluTc

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What do people need 1/4 of a tb on a phone for??!
So they can carry their "ENTIRE" music library. Because it would take you, your entire life to listen to it all. :)

Some people are just like that and it's their own thing. I don't get it but hey, to each their own.
 
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Zetaprime

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So they can carry their "ENTIRE" music library. Because it would take you, your entire life to listen to it all. :)

Some people are just like that and it's their own thing. I don't get it but hey, to each their own.

With videos and photos getting bigger because of improvements in the camera there will be a need for more storage in these devices. Now you have 12 mp camera with Live Photos and 4K video and all that takes more space than before. Who knows what future devices will be able to do. Things like VR and 3D are bound to need more storage.
 

mtneer

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I think it's a matter of when, not if. With growing 4K adoption, storage capacity will have to keep track.
 

nyfliiboy

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Short answer yes. With the size of data files always increasing more data will be needed and drive size prices will decrease. I wouldn't expect it any time soon. Its not really needed right now with cloud storage.
 

Zetaprime

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Short answer yes. With the size of data files always increasing more data will be needed and drive size prices will decrease. I wouldn't expect it any time soon. Its not really needed right now with cloud storage.
Uploading really huge files to the cloud isn't that practical either.
 

Bryan Bowler

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It's already been mentioned in this thread, but eventually we will have 1 TB of storage on our phones. I bet it will happen within 12 years.
 

masotime

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Once upon a time, someone famous said that no computer would ever need more than 640 kilobytes of RAM....

Barring a disaster that wipes out humanity or the computer industry, I think it's safe to say we'll see multi-terabyte portable devices in the near future. Maybe even petabyte devices?
 

michael31986

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I don't think it's two chips but I could be wrong. I'm not saying I need it now but one day I think I will I like to use my phone as my main music device. Why do people not get that some people use it as main music device.
 
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