A leaked photo that is being linked to the iPhone 7 appears to reinforce previous claims that Apple is ditching the 16GB base model for its upcoming iPhones. Could this mean that the Cupertino giant is debuting 32GB base models for both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus during its Sept. 7 event?
On Monday, The Malignant (@the_malignant) reportedly took to Twitter to leak a snap of what seems like an info sticker for an iPhone 7 prototype. The pertinent details of the info sticker are also labeled to clearly show that the prototype has 32GB of onboard storage.
Explaining how the info sticker coincides with previous rumors about the iPhone 7 base model, 9To5Mac reports that the D10 label corresponds to the prototype of the upcoming iPhone 7, while the “32G” mark in the photo represents the base model of a Silver iPhone 7 prototype.
The Malignant pointed out in a separate tweet that Apple had a D10, D11 and D12 prototypes, and Apple Insider believes that the prototypes were intended for the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 7 Pro. However, recent rumors strongly insist that the Cupertino tech company has settled with only the first two — the standard and the Plus variant.
Meanwhile, Apple Insider reports that it’s just about time that Apple is finally getting rid of its 16GB base model because the memory variant is now “impractical” as memory prices have already decreased. The Apple-centric news site even claims that it would be impractical for the iPhone maker to release such base model knowing that the iOS and its apps are gradually increasing in size.
Interestingly, along with the increase in size of memory for the base model, there are reports claiming that Apple is increasing the top memory variant’s size from 128GB to 256GB. On the other hand, the 64GB mid-tier variant has reportedly been replaced by the existing 128GB model, as what BGR is reporting.
Nonetheless, Apple has yet to officially confirm these rumored memory variants for the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, but everyone will get enlightened when the Cupertino giant finally holds its Sept. 7 launch event for its new smartphones.