Update August 11th below. This post was first published on August 8, 2023.
It wasn’t long before Apple launched its next iPhone series, namely the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max (although the latter may have another name). Do you want to know exactly when the iPhones will be revealed and go on sale? Read the full details here.
Two new reports claim that there will be a very big upgrade for upcoming phones for an important component of any phone: storage.
Up to 2TB of storage for iPhone 15 Pro
First, according to the Korean blogger yeux1122Apple iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max models will have a larger storage option. They say, thanks to Apple Translate, “This is where the resource comes from.” Apple iPhone 15 Pro and Max models will Owns The 2TB option is new this time.The blogger’s focus may be related to the fact that a 2TB iPhone was predicted before but never realized. Current storage levels for iPhone are 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB for all models, plus 1TB for iPhone Pro only.
If the report is correct, there will be an additional 2 terabyte tier. If this seems like an exaggeration, it may not be. Additional storage space can be important because although much of our digital lives are stored in the cloud (such as iCloud), we increasingly need storage space on the phones themselves.
Some iPhone features require higher levels of storage, such as 4K ProRes video recording at 30 frames per second. With iPhone 14 Pro, you need 256GB of storage or more. Entry-level models with 128GB of storage can only shoot ProRes at 30fps at 1080p.
Storage can start at 256GB
Then there is the second report, which I spotted MacRumors. in Weibo accountIt is also claimed that the upper end of the 15 Pro series will have a capacity of 2TB. But the report goes on to make the second assertion, which translates to: “Compared to the storage limit, I hope to start with 256GB instead of 128GB. After all, the price has gone up.”
This means that the iPhone Pro storage levels will be 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB. There is no indication of what will happen with the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus.
How convincing are these rumors?
The Weibo account confuses storage expectations with a separate rumor of a price increase. While it is fine to justify something negative (a higher price) with interest, there is no guarantee that this is the case. And if the Pro range started at 256GB but the regular capacity stayed at 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB, that means another level of differentiation between the iPhone 15 and 15 Pro.
To me, what makes the 2TB less likely is that Apple wants some premium batches of financial data in the coming months, and a high-end model with a dizzying price tag that the 2TB could command may not be the impression Apple wants to leave its customers with right now. The 1TB iPhone 14 Pro Max is currently $1,599, so will Apple charge more for 2TB?
However, the move to 256GB of storage for the iPhone (and certainly the iPhone Pro devices) is long overdue.
With thinner bezels around the screen, camera updates, better repairability, and new display technology, there are already big improvements to come this year. And before we get to gaming mode, the attractive new colors for the iPhone 15 Pro and other colors for the iPhone 15, there may be a lot of changes that need to be made on or around September 12th.
Update August 10th. There was another leak about the memory of the iPhone 15 series, this time RAM instead of storage. according to Unknownz21There are now more details about the processor that will power the next iPhone Pro models, i.e. the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max (assuming it’s not rebranded to the iPhone 15 Ultra as some have suggested).
Among the specifications of the new chip, which is called A17, there are details that the new phones will have 6 GB of RAM. This is the same one found in the A16 Bionic chip found in the iPhone 14 Pro and is expected to make it to the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus. There have been rumors that Apple will move up to 8GB of RAM for the next models and the leaker says they’ve only seen 6GB so far and 8GB is “unlikely” but it might not be impossible. Nor do they rule out the possibility of a “more recent revision that I don’t know about”. The response to this leak on the X, might I add, is one huge and widespread disappointment that it doesn’t appear that 8GB of RAM is included.
However, Apple will have calculated the exact amount of RAM required and will install it, as I suggest. The Pro models are the most expensive iPhones made by Apple and the last thing they want are complaints about slow performance.
On the other hand, this chip is rumored to be built on a 3nm manufacturing process, which itself promises strong gains in efficiency and performance capabilities. Or an increase in battery life, which is always welcome.
Other details in the tweet refer to the cores, with 6 CPUs and 6 GPUs, compared to the A16 Bionic with 6 CPUs and 5 GPUs. The maximum clock speed of 3.70GHz is also mentioned, which is higher than the 3.46GHz found on the iPhone 14 Pro. The leak also confirms that the 3nm process is in use and will be manufactured by TSMC.
Update August 11th. The plot is thickening. The leaker who said on August 9 that the iPhone 15 Pro will have 6GB of RAM, not the 8GB as some had speculated and many were rooting for, now says things are a bit more complicated.
now, Unknownz21 He tweeted that A17 Bionic chip configurations were tested with 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM “at one point”. And the prospect of 8GB of RAM, which was dismissed just hours ago as unlikely, may not be written off. The tweet says: It appears that both 8GB and 6GB RAM configurations for the A17 were in testing at some point, and it’s currently unclear why or which one was chosen as final – it could depend on storage.
This is interesting and could fit with the suggestion that the next iPhone will come with 2TB of storage. The leaker was asked if this scenario was similar to what happened with the iPad Pro, i.e. the models with the largest 1TB and 2TB storage levels had higher levels of RAM (16GB) while the models with the lowest storage capacities had 8GB. ram. The response was, “I think that might be a possible explanation, yes.”
In this case, it seems possible that exactly the same principle applies, that the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models with 1 TB and 2 TB onboard storage could benefit from the higher level of RAM.
When asked if it could be the 15 Pro with 6GB and the 15 Pro Max with 8GB, the answer was: “No, I don’t think so, the 8GB was tested on the 15 Pro as well.”
Finally, on their last comment, things are looking more optimistic for those who want a higher level of RAM. When asked, “Is it possible to get 8GB of RAM this year?”, the response was: “Yes.”
Unknownz21 doesn’t actually change their view of what’s going to happen, but suddenly what was described as improbable but not impossible now seems more likely. It won’t be long until we know for sure, but this could be very good news indeed.