Apple iPhone 6S might actually retire 16GB edition, after all
Whether you’re shooting a ton of photos, recording 4K video, listening to FLAC audio files, or installing multi-hundred-megabyte games (to say nothing of system updates), there are a hell of a lot of ways to quickly fill up your phone’s internal storage. Micro SD expansion might seem like the logical solution, but what seems like a growing number of phones are taking that option away from users. And while there’s the cloud, connectivity, security, and just straight-up convenience issues may dissuade users from that option. That leaves the best option for most of our data needs as our phones’ built-in flash storage. And while recent years have seen the availability of higher and higher-capacity models, many product lines are still plagued by low-capacity options at the bottom end. Thankfully, that may not be the case for the next iPhone, with Apple rumored to drop its 16GB option for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.
In a world where Android flagships like the Galaxy S6 and One M9 make 32GB their bare minimum, it’s understandable how there’s been a lot of pressure on Apple to follow suit, and we’ve heard rumors about the manufacturer retiring its 16GB iPhone option for a while now. Earlier this month, though, it looked like those rumors might not ultimately play out, as leaked iPhone 6S hardware appeared to show the presence of a 16GB flash chip.
Now a new source has us hopeful that the 16GB leak might have been an internal test model, and that 32GB will be the minimum storage available on the iPhone 6S as it’s commercially released. According to these new sources, the packaging that Apple’s preparing for the iPhone 6S only describes the phone in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities.
We know, you’re always free to buy an iPhone with extra storage, but the availability of the low-capacity 16GB skewed comparisons with other flagships, and the premium pricing Apple charges for higher storage options has always made those models a harder sell.