This is going to disappoint many Apple fans. According to a new report, the Cupertino-based tech giant will keep 16GB as the base storage option for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. The two new iPhones are set to be unveiled at a media event in San Francisco on September 9. Apple has kept 16GB as the base model since the iPhone 3GS, even though apps, files, images and videos have grown in size.
iPhone 6S, 6S Plus on-contract price revealed
Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac has learned from sources within Apple that the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will retain the same storage options as the current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. That means the new devices will be available in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB versions. It contradicts previous reports that Apple would boost the storage capacity of the base model to 32GB.
9to5Mac adds that on-contract pricing of the new iPhones will be the same as the last year’s models. The iPhone 6S will cost $199, $299, and $399 for 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB models. The 5.5-inch 6S Plus will set you back by $299, $399, and $499 for 16GB, 64GB and 128GB options. Sources said Apple would discontinue the plastic iPhone 5C, while the iPhone 5S will become the on-contract “free” model.
Apple wants you to store your data in the cloud
By keeping the 16GB base model in the new iPhones, Apple is trying to encourage users to store more data on its cloud storage. Apple’s marketing head Phil Schiller said in June that the company could keep the prices of its flagship products down if users stored their data in iCloud. The iOS 9 should ease some concerns because it would require just 1.3GB of space compared to 4.6GB needed for the iOS 8 last year.
Sources also confirmed to 9to5Mac that Apple is using Series 7000 aluminum alloy in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus to make then sturdier than last year’s phones. The new iPhones will feature a 12-megapixel main camera, a faster A9 processor, an improved front camera with flash, 2GB RAM, and Force Touch technology. Apple is also expected to unveil a revamped Apple TV and iPad Pro at the next week’s event.