Apple’s upcoming 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 handsets are expected to launch in fall, however if a recent report has it right, only the larger smartphone will offer users models featuring 128GB of internal storage.
The news comes from Wei Feng (via MacRumors), which explains that Apple will be removing the 16GB model from its iPhone line later this year. In order to maintain its three-tier storage option, however, the report adds that Cupertino will offer a 128GB handset – but only for the larger (and more expensive) 5.5-inch device.
The site says that the storage size difference would act as a major differentiator between the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models other than display size, allowing people to get a true “phablet” experience with lots of storage space to save various documents and data.
Of course, the move would also parallel Apple’s iPad offerings: last year, Cupertino indeed started offering its iPads in 128GB models.
This new report comes after Chinese Internet company Tencent suggested that Apple’s “iPhone 6” would launch on Sept. 19; furthermore, Tencent only mentioned 32GB and 64GB models when discussing the handset.
The news prompted our own Bryan Wolfe to prophetically note: “I’ve also become convinced that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will be the only model available with 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB of disk storage. The 4.7-inch model, by contrast, will only be available in 32GB and 64GB varieties.”
It looks like Bryan could indeed be right.
Beyond the above changes, Apple’s iPhone 6 handsets are expected to feature sapphire-coated displays, next-generation mobile processors, and a selection of further under-the-hood performance improvements. We’ll keep you updated with further information as we receive it.
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