Leaked schematics show the iPhone 6 could come with a 128GB option, but not 32GB

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In the latest of a seemingly endless number of schematic leaks, a pair of documents obtained by GeekBar indicate that the next iPhone 6 might not come in the usual 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB varieties.

Rather, it’ll come in three flavors. 16GB. 64GB. And 128GB. But surprisingly, no 32GB.

The leaked documents suggest the iPhone 6 will have 16GB memory modules supplied by Toshiba and Hynix, while the 64GB modules will come from Hynix, Toshiba, and Sandisc. The 128GB modules, on the other hand, will come exclusively from Toshiba.

If these leaked schematics are true, it implies that Apple might drop the 32GB iPhone from its iPhone 6 line-up, offering a 16GB model for $199, then jumping to 64GB of storage for the $299 tier.

That seems strange: you’d think that Apple would instead make a 32GB iPhone the baseline if it was dead set on keeping only three pricing tiers for the next iPhone. But perhaps Apple instead hopes to expand the number of iPhone 6 storage tiers to four, and this leaked schematic is simply missing the 32GB modules, for whatever reason.

Whatever the case, we should know all starting September 9th.

  • Michael Jennings

    Apple have been known to do things like this before. The 4th generation iPod touch originally game in 8Gb, 32Gb and 64Gb versions. (They introduced a 16Gb version later, though).

  • yo

    Nice push for customers to buy 64 for more, than 32 for less.

    • Jim

      If this is true (still just a leak/rumor), I’m thinking their logic is that the 16GB model is the bare bones entry level for folks who won’t have a lot of media or apps on their phone. Think older people and business phones. Then, the actual baseline for most consumers would now be 64GB. As long as they price it properly, there’s no issue here. We won’t know pricing until it’s unveiled so everyone needs to stay calm.

  • LabHandyman

    I wonder if Apple is using the 64GB tier as the “middle” tier in order to convince consumers to pony up an extra $100.

    • Jim

      The reason Apple scales the pricing the way they do has literally nothing to do with the storage. It’s simply because they need to get people with various amounts of money to spend to become their customers, and at the same time they need to make a specific overall profit on the iPhone. As far as revenues and profits go, the 3 sizes make no difference from Apple’s point of view, it’s all just iPhone sales. This is true because the difference in actual production cost between the 3 devices is perhaps $10 give or take, its negligible. So why can’t they just sell us the 64GB model for $220 (carrier subsidized) you might ask? Because then no one would buy the 16GB model for $199 or the 32GB model for $299. There has to be a real monetary difference to sell 3 different models. But at the same time, they cannot afford to sell you an iPhone to everyone for only $220 as they won’t make enough profit and Wall Street will murder them. So what you end up with is customers subsidizing other customers. It’s brilliant business and other phone sales are similar (the Nexus 5 has a $50 premium on 16GB even though that extra 16GB larger NAND cost LG maybe $8.)
      The more expensive models with higher profits subsidize the lower profits of the cheaper models. That way, they can get entry level people only willing to spend $200 on a phone, as well as those who want the best and have the money to spend. It is what it is and Apple wouldn’t be able to sell us iPhones if they didn’t do this since a little over 50% of the entire company’s revenue comes from the sale of the iPhone.

      • TeeJay1100

        Their survival is dependent on the iphone!! That’s their bread & butter. What’s going to happen when people stop buying as many of them?

      • NitzMan

        Well they better hope that when that time comes, they have created other revenue streams. It would however take something magical from a competitor to make the iPhone and iPad irrelevant.

        Who would have thought that people could do without Windows. All of the sudden, Windows revenue is slowing and Microsoft is scurrying to create new lines of revenue. That’s called failure to innovate.

      • TeeJay1100

        I really think all it would take is the consumers getting tired of the Apple selling tactics. Each year incremental upgrades with a premium price, purposely withholding features in the phone/OS, etc. This type of selling strategy is getting old and it really shows when little companies are producing phones half the price of the iPhone with more functionality and the same specs.

        History is about to repeat itself in the electronic game. People want choice and the most for their money.

  • Jay

    16GB is just a bad as having 8Gb just too damn low for space for todays day and age. They should phase out 16gb (12Gb after system files) now and set 32Gb to baseline – by now 32gb chips must be the same price or lower as the 16gb has been for years.
    If this is true with the measly 4.7″ 1,800mAh battery this iPhone 6 doesn’t seem like what its cracked up to be! God forbid if they keep the same 8mpx camera. Tho the 5S’s photos are amazing!

    • Jim

      More MP don’t always get you better pictures. This is where Apple proves it’s not into gimmicks or just bullet points on a spec sheet, but actual performance improvements and user experience. If they just wanted to impress people on paper, they’d throw in a cheap 13MP or greater sensor, but instead they did the right thing and increased the sensor size while keeping the MP count the same. This is why the pictures from the 5S are so great, especially in low light. The larger the pixels, the better. So Apple shouldn’t, and probably won’t, increase the pixel count until they can fit a still larger sensor with a larger lens good enough to resolve such resolution onto such a tiny sensor. I’m a semi-pro photographer so I understand these things.

      As far as the storage goes, if this is true (still just a leak/rumor), I’m thinking their logic is that the 16GB model is the bare bones entry level for folks who won’t have a lot of media or apps on their phone. Think older people and business phones. Then, the actual baseline for most consumers would now be 64GB. As long as they price it properly, there’s no issue here. We won’t know pricing until it’s unveiled so everyone needs to stay calm.

  • TeeJay1100

    128Gb unsubsidized iphone will cost you a two week pay check!!

    Apple is the King of price Gouging!! Memory is so cheap for them but they mark it up on consumers!!

    • xxmixedxtapexx

      Crawl back into your hole, troll

      • TeeJay1100

        You are taking this stuff too seriously!! Grow up

  • Andrew

    -_- And I was going to get a freaking 32GB phone this year, too. Ugh.

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