New in OS X: Get MacRumors Push Notifications on your Mac

Resubscribe Now Close

iPhone 7 Series Said to Have 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB Storage Options

iphone6s-scene2Following a recent report claiming the iPhone 7 will ship with at least 32GB base storage, with Apple dropping the infamous 16GB model, research firm TrendForce adds that the mid-tier 64GB storage option may be replaced with 128GB alongside a new 256GB version at the high end of the lineup.
Apple is likely to make changes to the storage options for iPhone 7. The 64GB version, which has been the most popular option in previous generations, may be discontinued and replaced by the 128GB version, though this decision has yet to be finalized. On the other hand, Apple is certain to raise the maximum storage option to 256GB so that iPhone 7 will have the highest NAND Flash density of the entire series.
The new storage options would henceforth be 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB, although the report does not make it entirely clear if the 256GB version will be exclusive to the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus or also available for the 4.7-inch model. The current storage options for both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus include 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB.

Earlier this year, Chinese website MyDrivers said the iPhone 7 Plus may exclusively feature 256GB storage and a 12.7 percent larger 3,100 mAh battery. In terms of credibility, the website did accurately report on the iPhone SE's 1,624 mAh battery and 2GB of RAM before Apple launched the 4-inch smartphone.

The remainder of the report corroborates other well-known rumors, including a dual-lens camera and 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM being exclusive to the 5.5-inch model. The 4.7-inch model is expected to retain a single-lens camera and 2GB of RAM. No major display upgrades are expected until Apple switches to OLED in 2017.

Recent rumors suggest the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will share a design similar to the iPhone 6s series, sans a 3.5mm headphone jack, with more significant changes coming to the 2017 iPhone. This year's new features could include a faster A10 chip, waterproofing, repositioned antenna bands, faster LTE and Wi-Fi chips, and more.

Update: TrendForce has clarified for MacRumors that the 256 GB high-end capacity is only confirmed for the iPhone 7 Plus model. The storage capacity for the smaller iPhone 7 is yet to be determined.

Related Roundup: iPhone 7

Top Rated Comments

(View all)

43 months ago
And a $50-100 price increase.

See iPad Pro.
Rating: 36 Votes
43 months ago
It would be a little ironic if more people can finally store their entire iTunes music library locally on their iPhone, only to find they can't use their existing headphones to listen to any of it.
Rating: 34 Votes
43 months ago
If Apple raise BOTH base storage AND price, then it's time to say good bye to Apple hardware.
Time to end such insane profit margin.
We need to do more with less.
Rating: 32 Votes
43 months ago
I'd be glad to finally see the base storage bumped up to 32 GB, but that's something which should have happened two years ago with the iPhone 6.
Rating: 20 Votes
43 months ago
If Apple is smart, which is questionable these days, they'll leave the price points the exact same while making the 32 GB the low end option.
Rating: 18 Votes
43 months ago

Does anyone even get close to using up 256 GB's on a phone...?

Never tried. I filled 128 GB, with some cuts I'm down to about 90 GBs. Lossless music takes up tons of room, as does 4K video, full res pictures, etc.
Rating: 15 Votes
43 months ago
Barely scratched the surface of my 64 GB 6s. What Apple needs to do is give me some more iCloud storage for free. I only have 2 GBs remaining.
Rating: 12 Votes
43 months ago

This is the right decision for consumers, however I'm not sure if it is when it comes to Apple's bottom line. The 16 GB version pretty much forces people to move up to the 64 GB. A 32 GB would work just fine for a lot of people. Now the question remains will the starting price be the same or is that additional 16 GB going to cost people $100?

The way Apple marks up the price of memory you'd swear it was 1999.

I guess it'll be better for their bottom line, too.

“If you keep your eye on the profit, you’re going to skimp on the product. But if you focus on making really great products, then the profits will follow.”

-Steve Jobs

Glassed Silver:mac
Rating: 11 Votes
43 months ago
This is actually good news for those of us who want 128 and want the price to com down! That 4K video really eats up the storage!
Rating: 11 Votes
43 months ago
How long until there is complaining about "only 32GB. Apple is just being cheap if it won't make 64/128 GB the base storage option"?
Rating: 11 Votes

[ Read All Comments ]