The entry-level version of the next iPhone may no longer be a 16GB model, if an analyst’s claim proves accurate.
An analyst from IHS Technology cited company supply chain data showing the iPhone 7’s base model will sell for $199 and will have a storage of 32GB, 9to5mac reported.
“(C)ustomers increasingly find that a 16 GB phone is not suitable for their needs — just a few apps, photos and videos will easily fill the device. Especially as the latest iPhones feature 4K video recording, 16 GB is a pitifully small amount which is suitable for very few consumers,” it said.
9to5mac said IHS has “a reasonable track record of accuracy” on Apple rumors, predicting last year that Apple would unveil a 4-inch iPhone for 2016.
The site also cited data from the analyst indicating the iPhone 7 may have 2 GB RAM, the same as the iPhone 6s.
Apple started the 16 GB option in the iPhone lineup in 2008, though 9to5mac cited rumors of a 256 GB storage option for the iPhone 7.
It speculated the iPhone 7 could have storage options of 32, 128 and 256 GB.
The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced in September.