Why It’s Time for a 128GB iPhone 6

Every year we hope for more storage from Apple at a better price for the new iPhone, and with the iPhone 6 it’s time for Apple to deliver a 128GB iPhone at a reasonable price.

Apple currently sells an iPhone with 64GB of storage as the highest option at $399 on contract or $849 off contract. This is an expensive option, but for many iPhone owners that rely on the iPhone to record HD video and as a primary camera it one that is worth the price.

Even if Apple decides to release a 128GB iPhone 6 at $499 and $949, there are a lot of users who need the higher storage and would pay the price.

After just over 100 days with the iPhone 5s my iPhone is out of storage. When I tried to take a picture two weeks ago the iPhone told me I had no room left to take photos. I deleted 10-12 videos from my camera roll and got back to work, but this week the same error message came back and I will soon run into issues downloading updates for large apps.

A 128GB iPhone 6 is on the wishlists of many users after running out of storage on a 64GB iPhone.

A 128GB iPhone 6 is on the wishlists of many users after running out of storage on a 64GB iPhone.

In this case, it’s a matter of cutting more video and photos from the camera roll to get to a usable amount of storage on the iPhone, but ideally Apple will sell an iPhone 6 with more storage to fix this issue. Some readers will suggest deleting photos or using a cloud service like Dropbox, but when I need to find a photo to use in an article the easiest way to find it is normally to use the Collections part of the Photo app that groups by data and location. This is also important because I don’t always carry my main iPhoto library on my notebook but I always have my iPhone in hand.

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I’m not alone in wishing for a 128Gb iPhone 6. Many users on Twitter complain about running out of storage on the iPhone. In the tweets below we see users running out of storage space on an 64GB iPhone and others calling for a 128GB iPhone 6.

https://twitter.com/EnglishSavannah/status/430170042131443712

The iPhone is as much a phone and video watching device as it is a creation tool for photos and videos.

To celebrate 30 years of Mac Apple shot a 90 second ad entirely with iPhones, racking up 70 hours of HD footage across 100 iPhone 5 devices and the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s top Flickr’s list of the most popular cameras.

To address the problem of running out of space on an iPhone Mophie created the Space Pack, a battery case that also includes 16GB or 32GB of additional storage. This accessory retails for $150, and may act as a stop-gap solution, but there is still room for Apple to offer more storage on an iPhone 6.

A 128GB iPhone 6 isn’t just something that users want from Apple. Rumors point to an iPhone in a larger capacity almost every year for the past two iPhone releases and the rumors are back for the iPhone 6.

A new analyst note suggests Apple will offer a 128GB iPhone 6 this year and keep the 16GB option, which would likely mean a price jump for the higher capacity model, just like Apple offers with the iPad Air and iPad mini Retina. The analyst note also includes many possible iPhone 6 specs including screen size and resolutions, an upgraded 3.2MP front-facing camera and a 8MP rear-facing camera.

Bigger pixels equal better photos according to Apple, and they also equal larger photo sizes.

Bigger pixels equal better photos according to Apple, and they also equal larger photo sizes.

Depending on the source, the iPhone 6 will arrive with a 13MP or an improved 8MP sensor. If Apple sticks with an 8MP camera, expect an upgraded sensor that could boost the average image size. The iPhone 5s uses an improved sensor and delivered a nearly 9% increase in the average file size of a photo compared to the iPhone 5 according to Anandtech.

Rumors currently suggest Apple is planning an iPhone 6 release for fall or summer, with a fall window looking more likely. Leaks and analyst reports also suggest Apple is planning two iPhone 6 models with larger screen sizes and higher resolution displays.

Comments

  1. expertmagician says

    Maybe an software switch to control if the user wants an 8MP image or 12MP image.
    If a person does not plan on blowing up the image 12MP is overkill, so a software option would be nice.

    Apple should spend their money on low light CMOS video chips or CCDs.

  2. JoeR says

    Absolutely. Apple has fallen way behind in the smartphone market. 64GB is useless for storage as well as the small display, poor quality camera, and Siri is a gimmick that no one uses.

  3. Marcus says

    “Bigger pixels equal better photos according to Apple, and they also equal larger photo sizes.”

    No… the number of pixels is what affects the file size of an image, if you have 5000 pixels with large sensors, vs 5000 pixels with smaller sensors means absolutely nothing. you people truly are undeserving of writing articles you’re so uninformed.

  4. itchy says

    i think they should start at 64gb. Would love to have all my music on my phone and some movies and have plenty of room for taking video and pics. I say 256gb iphone. No more piecemeal please.

  5. Blind RedHat says

    I don’t think iPhone will ever go above 64gb for a simple reason: everything is moving toward cloud storage. Why would Apple give you the capacity to load 90gb of music on your phone when you can keep that 90gb of music on their iCould service for $100 or more a year? Plus, there are so many music services that allow you access to tens of millions of tracks for $10 or so a month, there’s no need to keep the music on your phone. To paraphrase someone or other, maintaining your own MP3 collection is so 2012.

    • expertmagician says

      The problem with less memory on a phone pertains to the fact that the camera eats more memory for photos and videos…without more memory or a memory cards, the phone fills up on vacation…very upsetting and uploading to a cloud takes t long.

      Nor is it Apple’s business what my photo or video content is. Remember the NSA :-) Why should I trust the cloud.

      • Blind RedHat says

        I’m totally with you on that. I’m not defending them and agreeing with the strategy. I’m only opining on where I think they’re coming from on it.

  6. The European says

    Well, if iPhones had a slot for an sd-card like any decent phone – you can buy 64 GB of storage for about € 40. My lenovo china phone has 70 GB now and costs – card included – about 200 $. SD cards of 128 GB are already available, but too expensive.

  7. Note3 fan says

    I have a solution .. sell the iphone and get a Note 3 + sandisk 128gb class 10 32gb+128gb Note 3 even have better quality photos and videos than iphone lolz

  8. James says

    What you don’t get is the fact that the price difference between 64 GB and 128 GB won’t be $100 but more likely $400 given the costs of the technology. Is there a demand for that? Maybe. A lot? For sure not.

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