The 32GB iPhone 7 is tempting but many of you will be better off buying another version of the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.
Last year, Apple took the stage and confirmed two brand new iPhone models to replace the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus as its flagships.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus feature numerous upgrades including improved designs, cameras, processors, battery life, and more.
Apple’s also changed how it handles storage. The 16GB iPhone is finally gone and in its place is a 32GB iPhone 7.
The 32GB iPhone 7 is the cheapest option and its accompanied by the 128GB iPhone 7 and a much larger 256GB iPhone 7.
The storage bump and the cheap price make the 32GB versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus attractive options.
That said, there are a few reasons to avoid Apple’s base model. Chew on these reasons as you try and decide which iPhone 7 model to pickup.
If you can afford the 128GB iPhone 7 or the 256GB iPhone 7, you should opt for one of those instead. Here’s why.
32GB simply isn’t going to be enough storage for many of you. Many apps require hundreds of megabytes of space. Individually, that doesn’t seem like much. Collectively, it’s a ton. And apps are just the beginning of the potential nightmare.
Want to shoot a bunch of 4K video? You’d better have a ton of space because they’ll fill up your storage quick.
We’ve constantly had to delete photos, videos and other files to make room for new photos, videos, and other files on our aging 64GB iPhone models.
It’s not just 4K video either. Regular video will take its toll on your iPhone’s storage space. So will the photos you’ll inevitably want to shoot with the iPhone 7’s fantastic camera. So will Live Photos, if you’re into those. So will the selfies you shoot with the iPhone 7’s 7MP front-facing camera.
On top of that, a standard iPhone “configuration uses approximately 4GB to 6GB of space (including iOS and built-in apps) depending on the model and settings.” So when you buy a 32GB iPhone 7 you’re essentially buying a 28GB iPhone 7.
When you pay extra for the 128GB you’re buying quadruple the storage, sure. But you’re also buying peace of mind and freedom.
You can snap photos and video at will. You can download apps and music and any other files without feeling the pressure of your device’s threshold.
And unlike some Android phones, you cannot easily add storage to the iPhone 7 later. This advice rings even more true for users who plan to keep the iPhone 7 for three or more years, as that means more photos, videos and apps to keep on the phone.
We’ve been using a 128GB iPhone 7 since September and we haven’t had to worry about internal storage space or paying extra for iCloud storage.
The device currently boasts 50GB of free space. So we can shoot videos, save music locally, and download apps and games without giving it much thought.
Friends and family have been asking us which iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to. And without hesitation we tell them to buy the 128GB iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. They provide the most value, and enough space for most users.
We don’t know how you’ll use your iPhone 7 but we’re willing to wager you’ll use apps, shoot photos and video, and download music and other files.
We’re also willing to bet that 32GB of iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus storage will fill up a whole lot faster than you think it does.
If you can afford the 128GB iPhone 7, pull the trigger. It will save you from numerous headaches and it could ultimately save you some money. Additional iCloud storage space doesn’t come free. And if you don’t get enough storage, prepare to spend money every month on the service.
Install iOS 10.3.1 If You Want Better Security
If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.3.1 update on your iPhone or iPad.
iOS 10.3.1 brings a single security patch for a potential Wi-Fi exploit. But if you failed to install iOS 10.3, your iOS 10.3.1 update will bring its monster list of patches as well.
The iOS 10.3 update delivered over 60 known patches for potential exploits. That's substantial, even for a milestone upgrade. The previous version of iOS 10, iOS 10.2.1, brought 14 known patches.
Among them is a patch for a Safari ransomware bug that scammers used to extort iOS users who viewed pornography on their device.
These patches enhance the security on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch making them ideal for those of you who store sensitive files/data on your device. Most people do.
If you skipped the iOS 10.2.1 update and/or the iOS 10.2 update, know that iOS 10.3.1 brings their security patches with it as well. Again, the iOS 10.2.1 update had 14 important patches on board. You can see them all right here.
If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.3.1 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered last year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.
If security is important to you, iOS 10.3.1 is probably worth a download right now.