Goodbye and good riddance to Apple’s 64GB iPhones

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iPhone 13 makes 128GB the new default for Apple phones going forward

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Apple’s new iPhone 13 and 13 Mini mark the official end of the 64GB iPhone era: The company has effectively doubled the storage capacity for its 2021 models while keeping prices the same, so the new smartphones are now available with 256GB options. Along with 128GB storage and 512GB. (For those who need more space, iPhone 13 Pro models offer up to 1TB.)


While the 64GB capacity will still stick to the older iPhone 12, iPhone 11 and iPhone SE models, Apple’s latest hardware will now come with a 128GB minimum.

To which I say goodbye and good redemption. This change was long overdue. 64GB just wasn’t enough to cut it in 2018, and the issue has only escalated as the size of apps, photos, videos, and games increases. Although Apple has offered that capacity since 2011 (joining the then-entry-level 16GB and mid-tier 32GB models), it stubbornly moved around, as Apple offered 128GB, 256GB and 512GB options on its phones. had started doing.

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If it feels like history is repeating itself, it may be because we even called out the annoyingly small 16GB iPhone capacity in 2015—though at the time, Apple only had a year to change things with the iPhone 7. which offered 32GB. As a default.

Apple’s own fine print gives a reason why 64GB wasn’t enough: You weren’t even getting 64GB of usable storage space to begin with, as the company’s preinstalled apps and OS range between 11GB and 14GB right out of the box. take.

“The available space is less and varies due to several factors. A standard configuration uses about 11GB to 14GB of space (including iOS and preinstalled apps), depending on the model and settings. Preinstalled apps use about 4GB, and you can delete these apps and reinstall them. Storage capacity is subject to change based on software version and may vary by device.”

That’s one-fifth of your storage space gone, but even 50GB or so of leftover storage runs out pretty quickly considering the size of modern apps and games. As Sensortower told As of earlier this year, top iPhone apps are nearly four times as big as they were five years ago – continuing a The long-running trend of big apps.

Nintendo fire emblem hero, for example, takes up about 4GB of storage. Apple Arcade fantasy Takes another 4GB. WhatsApp and iMessage conversations can freeze fast – a look at my phone shows those taking up 2.7GB and 4GB respectively. And it’s not even getting into music or videos, which can quickly take up all the free space on your phone if you download a lot of locally stored content from Apple Music, Spotify, or Netflix.

And of course, there are photos and videos that can easily take up that full 50GB on their own for prolific photographers, especially when considering the fact that the better iPhone cameras come with more demanding photo and video formats. have come. Apple’s ProRAW format offered with the iPhone 12 Pro models averages around 25MB . It is possible per picture, And 4K footage can stack up even fasteri more Note that 30 seconds of 4K footage at 30fps will take about 175MB (or about 85MB using HEVC encoding). Shooting in HDR, as New iPhones Support, Balloon Way File Size Even more. Apple has defaulted to 1080p video quality on the iPhone for years (which has been technically capable of shooting in 4K since the iPhone 6S), presumably to avoid complaints about running out of storage.

Because Apple is doubling your storage while keeping the starting prices the same ($829 for the iPhone 13 and $729 for the 13 mini) those entry-price phones are even better deals than they were before. Last year, customers looking for the cheapest new iPhone stuck with 64GB of storage, at which point it cost about $999 instead to get the $999 iPhone 12 Pro (which came with 128GB from the beginning). Almost made more sense. Capacity in regular iPhone 12.

Of course, none of this solves it cleanly. other The storage problem is growing at Apple: The fact is that in 2021, it still only offers customers 5GB of free iCloud storage space (needed to back up your iPhone), something that Apple has to deal with in its constant “out of the box” storage space. Off Storage” enjoys reminding users again and again. The notes prompt them to open up for more cloud space. Still, the additional 64GB of internal capacity can help alleviate the problem by allowing users to store more photos and messages locally on their phones rather than in the cloud, leaving more space for things like device backups in the 5GB that are available in the cloud. Apple gives it to you for free.

Hopefully, though, the change to local storage this year is a prelude to things to come; After all, 5GB of free iCloud storage was also introduced a decade ago, in 2011. Surely after 10 years, Apple might be able to find space in its heart (and its budget) for the same growth of space?

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