Four iPhone 14 the models are widely expected to be revealed in mid-September, but there’s still a lot of doubt about what kind of updates we’ll get.
A key spec that, it seems, won’t be updated this year (despite previous rumors to the contrary) is storage space.
According to analyst Jeff Pu of Haitong International (via MacRumors), the Pro versions of the iPhone 14 will follow the example of current iPhones: specifically, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.
There were rumors that Apple would increase the initial capacity of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, and that storage could even complete in 2 TB.
Based on this latest information, it looks like it will be a case of ‘business as usual’ in terms of internal storage.
If you are looking to buy one iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 mini, your options are 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.
Expected to be the same again on the iPhone 14 equivalents (although the mini is being scrapped in favor of a iPhone 14 Max model, to believe the rumors).
Also, word on the street from Apple is that the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will use the same A15 Bionic processor like the iPhone 13 range. If you’re expecting a major iPhone update this year from Apple, you’ll likely be disappointed.
However, improvements are expected in terms of camera performance – both with the selfie camera and the Back camera – so there will be some reasons to invest your money in a new model. Everything will be revealed by Apple in September, if it follows the usual iPhone release schedule.
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It would be nice to see Apple increasing the storage available on iPhones this year, just to differentiate them from what has gone before. Storage prices continue to drop over time – remember the iPhone X from five years ago was only available with 64GB or 256GB of internal storage.
However, it’s also fair to say that internal storage isn’t as important as it used to be: Spotify keeps its music collection in the cloud, Netflix keeps its movie collection in the cloud, and so on. There is no need to save files locally.
Also, cloud sync services like iCloud and Google Drive have improved a lot in recent years. Syncing photos and videos to the cloud is now easy to set up and everything is handled in the background for you, automatically.
We still think there’s an argument to be made for keeping large-capacity phones on sale: for all the movies and shows you want to sync to your device, keep photos and videos handy and available, install big games, and queue up a lot of podcasts, for example. Perhaps next year we will see this 2TB option appear.