corynadilo asked: When do you think 32GB will be the floor for iPhones? My last two phones I have opted for 32GB which I am about out growing now. $200 premium for a measly 64GB is highway robbery in 2014.
Yeah, I’d imagine (though have no actual knowledge) that we’ll see a 128GB iPhone in the next iteration. Maybe that means the end of the 16GB model, or maybe it means that’s reserved for the more affordable version.
The one thing working in the other direction is the movement of all entertainment to the cloud. That is, Spotify, Beats, Rdio, iTunes in the Cloud, etc, allow you to keep a lot less music stored on your device these days (though some is saved for offline capabilities, of course).
Still, while that has alleviated some of the need for a lot of storage, apps continue to grow in size — particularly games. Many are over 1GB now. 16GB seems untenable. And 128GB seems inevitable. (And that should drive the price down of the 64GB models, etc.)
Update: As, of course, as my buddy Cap notes, photos and videos are driving this need for more storage perhaps above all else.
I think Apple has been happily milking the increased margins of the 16GB models for the past several iterations of the iPhone. It was 2010 when 16GB became the base storage capacity with the iPhone 4.
It has amazed me that Apple has not been pushing forward in this regard. I remember a time when Apple would create excitement each year with new iterations of the iPod by increasing it’s storage capacity and decreasing it’s price.
I’ve been bouncing off the 32GB limit on my iPhone 5S pretty much since the moment I bought it. I would have liked to get a 64GB model but I also find it hard to justify the $200 premium over the base iPhone.
I have to admit, I am carrying multiple years of baggage on my iPhone. The majority of space is being used by pictures and I could reclaim a huge portion of that storage by moving those photos off but I feel as though I shouldn’t HAVE too.
Apple could do a lot with iCloud to mitigate the need for mass on device storage:
- They could expand the functions of Photo Stream in iCloud. They could make it so the original photo is not stored on the device itself and rather on Apple’s servers. A smaller version or thumbnail could be stored on the device. Then if there is a need to share/edit the original version, the photo can be pulled down to do so. If it’s sent via email, it may never need to be downloaded, the photo could simply be appended at the server.
- Automatically archive data that has not been used in a set time frame. This could even be first introduced with photos.
- Store video in iCloud. Similar process to my first point. Although bandwidth becomes a serious bottleneck.
I imagine this is a hard problem to solve. With the move to smaller but faster storage mediums (SSDs) in our personal computers and larger SSDs in our pockets, we have created a storage nightmare in our digital lives.