Is there an iPhone storage crunch coming? These stats say yes.

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There's an iPhone storage crunch coming. Chart: Give Me Ice Cream
There's an iPhone storage crunch coming. Chart: I Love IceCream

Apple’s refusal to upgrade the cheapest iPhone to 16GB could be leading to a crisis, and these stats just might prove it.

When the iPhone 6 came out, Apple (un)pleasantly surprised everyone by only upgrading two of the three storage options: While the baseline iPhone 6 stayed at a meager 16GB of storage, the middle and high-end storage options were upgraded to 64GB and 128GB respectively.

Many Apple fans have since expressed utter incredulity that Apple wouldn’t upgrade the base iPhone 6 model past 16GB of memory. Pundits like John Gruber said that it would result in fewer customers upgrading to the latest operating system … and, as we’ve seen, they were right.

But how big is the problem really? Huge. According to stats from U.K. carrier O2, 91 percent of all iPhone users have just 16GB of storage (or less!). And it gets worse. Statistics show that the average iPhone user runs out of space on their smartphone at least once every month, and that the problem is especially big among women.

Don’t believe me? If you’re interested in seeing for yourself just how bad the iPhone storage crunch is getting, check out this staggering collection of statistics fronted by I Love IceCream, which make a strong case that Apple’s continued insistence on making a mere 16GB of storage the baseline for the iPhone line is a dire mistake.

What do you think? What is the minimum amount of storage you’d accept for an iPhone or iPad? Let us know in the comments.

Source: I Love IceCream