Large-screen iPhone 6 may get double the storage of its small-screen sibling

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Possibly coming with a $100 premium, Apple is going to need some extra reasons to get users to stump up for a 5.5-inch iPhone 6, and according to a new report they may have found them.

While it’s been reported that the 4.7-inch iPhone will be arriving in both 32 GB and 64 GB variants, a rumor from the Chinese website Wei Feng suggests that Apple may introduce a 128 GB version of the phone in the 5.5-inch form factor only.

This would allow users to get the full “phablet” experience from their device, since it would provide plenty of storage space to save various documents and data. It would also blur the line between Apple’s iPad and iPhone models, since iPads currently allow for up to 128 GB of storage, whereas current generation iPhones only allow a maximum of 64 GB of in-built storage.

If this is the case — and Apple abandons the 16 GB model of its iPhone, as some suspect it will — this would signal Apple going against its trend of releasing iOS devices with at least three different storage size options, since the 4.7-inch model would be available in just two storage variants. (The report doesn’t say which variants of the 5.5-inch model would be available.)

The iPhone 6 is expected to launch this September, sporting a thinner design, rounded edges, faster profile, and improved camera, among other improvements.

Another report suggests that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will be further differentiated thanks to an exclusive optical image stabilization feature, which would make it superior for taking photos.

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