When the original iPhone was released in June 2007, buyers had the option of choosing a model with 4GB of storage or one sporting 8GB. By September, it was apparent that 4GB was not enough storage and as a result, the 4GB option was dropped and a more expensive 16GB unit was made available. The 8GB model was dropped in price by $200 to $399 while the 16GB variant was priced at $499.
Apple could hike the minimum storage on the 2022 iPhone Pro models to 256GB
15 years have gone by and the demand for more storage from consumers (especially on a device that doesn’t feature expandable storage) plus the amazing pace of technology has allowed Apple to offer the Pro iPhone models with as much as 1TB of storage. While Apple has increased the maximum amount of storage available on its handsets, it also has started to increase the minimum amount of storage available on the iPhone.
Analyst Kuo sees the MSRP of the iPhone 14 series rising by 15%
Other differences include the new “i cutouts” in the Pro models to replace the notch which will remain on the non-Pro units. The Pro models will also get a 48MP Wide rear camera with 8K recording capabilities as opposed to the 12MP sensor on the non-Pro phones. While all iPhone 14 models get 6GB of storage, the Pro models will use the faster LPDDR5 RAM chip compared to the LPDDR4X RAM that will be found on the non-Pro variants.
Technically, the price of the 256GB Pro models might remain the same
Besides having the 120Hz ProMotion display, the iPhone 14 Pro models will also come with an always-on display that will show the date, time, and widgets from the Lock Screen along with the battery life percentage which has just returned to iOS in the latest iOS 16 beta release.
To sum things up: Apple could be increasing the average cost of the iPhone 14 series by replacing the lowest priced iPhone 13 mini with the more expensive iPhone 14 Max, and might eliminate the lowest-priced Pro model by having the base model start with 256GB of storage. But this price rise could still be achieved if Apple keeps the price of the 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB Pro models the same,.
If TrendForce is right and the iPhone 14 Pro models start with 256GB of storage, we would expect the other options to include 512GB and 1TB.