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.

  • Adrayven

    My prediction..

    4.7″ in 32GB and 64GB ($650 and $700 respectively)
    5.5″ in 64GB and 128GB ($750 and $800 respectively)

    They just updated the iPods and they bump $50 for every jump in space now.. not $100..

    BTW: The above matches perfectly with the rumor that the 5.5″ would be $100 more as premium.. makes sense even more now with the release of the iPods kind of confirming the new pricing scheme for space upgrades.

  • jayjaytee

    This shocking news just in: some people are actually happy with their smaller iPhones and don’t plan to trade up.

  • Brandon Franklin

    Yippy skippy!! I hope it’s true…about damn time!

  • James Gunaca

    Please, just start the entire lineup with 32GB. 16GB is nothing these days!

  • Kendall Tawes

    I hope 128 GB will be available in at least the 4.7″ because while I need storage 5.5″ is massive and may not fit in my trousers. (Note it’s not because I’m a hipster it’s because I’m short and somewhat thin.)

  • PMB01

    Every time the rumors of exclusivity to a particular model get started, they never materialize. Thus, I can safely say that this won’t happen. A 32GB base model would be nice, though.

  • mahadragon

    Why is increasing price by $100 such a big deal? Price of everything goes up. It’s 7 years since iPhone was introduced in 2007. You think average price of cars is the same in 2014 as it was in 2007? I’ll give you a hint: it’s gone up. Also, size of screen is bigger, battery will have to be bigger, why not charge more since customer is getting more?

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