iPhone 12 Mini will only have 64GB as base storage
So the iPhone 12 lineup is coming and they are expected to launch on October 13th which is not far away. Jon Prosser revealed more information about the handsets revealing that Apple will launch all the 4 iPhone 12 variants on October 13thbut only the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 will go on sale sometime in October.
The pro variants are delayed and will be shipped in November. He says Apple’s first shipment of final iPhone 12 units is going out to distributers on October 5th, the shipments include the iPhone12 mini and iPhone 12. So safe to say these two handsets will go on sale first and the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max will be delayed until November. There are a couple of reasons for this. One could be the supply chain issues due to the pandemic.
And the other is Apple doesn’t want to cannibalize the sales of the Pro models due to the affordable iPhone 12 models. Now you can also see in Prosser’s tweet that the base storage of the iPhone 12 and mini is going to be 64GB. Yeah, 64GB in 2020.
In a world where competing smartphones from other brands are offering 128GB as the base and even 128GB has become the baseline for cheaper and midrange devices, Apple on the other hand is still offering a minuscule 64GBon their flagship lineup. In an era when music and movies are streamed and photos are saved in the cloud, you can even argue that local storage is an antiquated system.
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It’s a valid argument if you’re constantly making sure your photos are being uploaded to Google Photos or iCloud and are always connected to the internet to stream YouTube, Netflix, Spotify, or Apple Music. But the problem is most people don’t do that and plenty prefer the option to have music and photos at the ready whenever they want them. Not to mention games, which are similarly growing in size as the phones they run on to become more powerful.
Apple Arcade will soon have a hundred games at the ready. Apps are becoming bigger too. Photos, in particular, are a frequent storage hog. With the new iPhone’s focus on camera improvements, one would expect that people will be taking even more photos and videos. Especially with features like night mode, deep fusion, and more. A minute of 4K video at 60 frames per second uses up to 400MB of space so you would expect how quickly it’s going to fill that 64GB up.
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And if that isn’t enough, there is also a competitive argument. Like I’ve said not only is 128GB now the standard among competitors and some of them even offering 256GB as the base but the higher capacity has become the baseline for cheaper midrange devices. So I don’t think Apple has any reason to 64GB in 2020.
I know storage isn’t particularly fun or exciting to talk about, but it plays a critical role in ensuring you can use your device how you want with all of your apps, games, movies, etc. I know some people are going to defend the idea of 64GB on this phone and probably these are the type of people who use a smartphone like a feature phone and for them, even 32GB is enough but for the rest, 128GB should be standard and it’s about time Apple understands this. Thankfully, though at least the Pro models will start at 128GB. Anyway let me know what do you think about this down in the comments and as always I’ll see you tomorrow…peace out!