The iPhone 5 Is Rumored To Get 64GB of Storage… And It Might Spell The End Of The iPod Classic

Remember that 64GB iPhone 4 prototype we posted about yesterday, seemingly legit right down to its blanked out serial number and crossed out capacity? The lovely lads over at MIC Gadget got a chance to play with it hands-on themselves, and unless they’re in on the conspiracy, their hands-on time seems to confirm that the 64GB iPhone 4 was very real indeed. It even has the same silver ring around the camera lens that the lost Gizmodo bar prototype had.

But who cares if an iPhone 4 prototype has 64GB of storage if you can’t buy one, right? Interestingly, though, MIC Gadget’s source for the prototype — who says it was leaked from Foxconn’s Shenzhen factory — says he’s heard that the next iPhone will bring 64GB of storage capacity to all users.

That’s interesting for more than just the obvious reason. The iPhone has only one flash module inside of it, compared to the iPod Touch’s two, so it implised the iPod Touch might make the leap to 128GB of capacity in September. Once that happens, say goodbye to the iPod Classic: it’s managed to hold on until now simply by being the iPod you buy if you want to carry your entire music library with you, but once the Touch reaches 128GB, it’s all over for the iPod that started it al.

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  • Guest

    the ipod classic was the only reason that I started buying apple products in the first place. to discontinue it is only a huge fucking mistake

  • JayeDee369

    Doubtful, the iPhone 5 will not be the demise of the iPod Classic, not at this point. iPod Classics are for true music fans, no movies, just catalogs of music. Now if the iPhone 5 had a 250GB hard drive like the classic, then I’d totally agree-but you’re making claims on a 64GB?!? Seriously?!? You should be embarrassed even making a claim like that. The other thing you might want to look at is this, if these two products get a jump, do you really think that the classic won’t jump as well? With computer hard drives hitting 500, 650 and 700 GB capacity, do you really think Apple will settle for the classic just boasting a measly 160?!? No I see the classic pushing either a 250 or 500 GB model, so that those people with two or three iPods carrying around their entire music collection will have just one iPod to deal with.

  • JayeDee369

    One mistake in my comment, the iPod classic is at 160 not 250. But still standing by the rest of it.

  • Jharlson

    That sucks. I want a bigger ipod classic. My 160gb has 1 mb of free space, and everytime I buy something new, I have to take something else off. I have started to take off some pretty good songs/albums/artits

  • pinkheart4ever

    I love my ipod classic. I need and want my 160 GB of storage. They should merge the touch with the classic and gives us the storage with the technology of touch. Is that possible??

  • pinkheart4ever

    How about a 1 TB of storage? I’m a dreamer. LOL

  • pinkheart4ever

    I read that and figured you just got super emotional about the issue. At first I was like, DAMN! I want 250 GB!

  • Daryl

    I think you missed this part of the post:

    “The iPhone has only one flash module inside of it, compared to the iPod Touch’s two, so it implised the iPod Touch might make the leap to 128GB of capacity in September.”

    Although it’s obvious that 128GB is less than 160GB, we’ve seen Apple discontinue the 160GB in favour of the 120GB before. (They brought it back, but still)

  • Brendan Howard

    If the classic is discontinued, I will miss the clickwheel interface more than anything else. I use my iPod 95% of the time when I am driving, and navigating through the touchscreens to pick an album or a playlist is difficult and dangerous. (I never shuffle.)

  • JayeDee369

    Yeah @ FB, I would like to see a 250GB. I just don’t see the iPhone or iTouch replacing or doing away with the classic. I know too many music fans that have both (which is sick and disturbing at the same time LOL). I see Apple boosting the classic to 250, 500 or even 700(but that’s my emotions talking on 700 LOL).

  • Dan Gribbin

    Wow, I couldn’t disagree more. The iPod Classic fills a completely different need for me. It won’t be nixed because of an iPod Touch upgrade because they’re two completely different products. The Classic is an awesome music player- and nothing more. I leave my Classic connected in my car 24/7 for music only. I like having a dedicated music player that I can forget about and not care what happens to the screen. The thing just works all the time.

    If Apple kills the Classic, it wouldn’t be because the Touch bumps it off via storage capacity, it’ll be more and more people buying Touch’s for what they are- touch based gaming, music, video, email, web devices. Storage has little say in whether the Classic goes the way of the XServe.

  • pinkheart4ever

    I’ve been tempted to get the touch but it just seems like a waste of money. I’m with Verizon and I’m holding out for the iphone 5 and I figure the iphone does everything the touch does and it’s a phone.

    The touch is more for the teens…in my opinion. I don’t want to play games where kittens jump clouds to catch butterflies. I want music, music, music, music and maybe a couple of flix.

  • Sydney Nichols

    I think it would be a HUGE mistake to get rid of the Classic, and I for one would be one upset customer. I still have a pre-Classic generation iPod, and I also have an iPhone. The Touch is an in-between product for me, it is neither here nor there. It’s the iPhone, but without the phone, and it’s an iPod, but without the capability to hold all your music. I don’t need that device. I need the other two devices. If the iPhone came out with a huge capacity so that I could store all my music on it, I might get on board, but that would be a transition for me, as I have never really used my iPhone as a music player (I’m still rocking the 8GB 2G). Perhaps once I upgrade to the iPhone 5 this year I will start to use it more for media, but it’s more of an internet/connectivity device for me, rather than a media player.

  • mlahero

    Hmm I’d be disappointed if they stopped making the Classic. 128gb in an iPod Touch would be great, but its not 160gb. It’s still just not enough for me.

  • FunkyD

    I bought the 160GB Classic as soon as it was announced in 9/2009. It is still my “hold everything” device, but it’s techological age is showing. The screen is limited to 320×240 and video that is playable on the Classic is jaggy-looking on the iPhone 4 and iPad. There’s no provision for Bluetooth (although Sony’s little transmitter is handy, it is a battery drainer). It still won’t play podcasts in forward chronological order, and “2X” playback? Fuhgheddaboudit!

    I currently have 78 GB of stuff on the Classic, and even after reconverting my ripped CDs to 256kb, will only have about 105 GB of stuff. That will easily fit into a 128 GB Touch, which will have the same video res as the iPhone. If this rumor holds true, it’s hello touch, and retirement (but not disposal) of the Classic.

  • tzon

    I prefer the iPod Classic form factor. Huge mistake, imo, if apple nixes it. It’s truly iconic. It would be like McDonald’s getting rid of the Big Mac

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  • joeedwards

    BS. I am sorry, but a high capacity iPhone will not kill off the iPod Classic. There are too many people who simply don’t want the cost of a data plan with their phones. Now if a 128GB iPod Touch comes out…that is another story entirely.

  • joeedwards

    If the Classic is discontinued, I will pick up two of them that very day.

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