MIC Gadget is claiming that retail versions of the next-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus do not come in 16 GB variants. Instead, the report suggests that the new iPhone will start at 32 GB, with 64 GB and 128 GB available as the higher tier options.

The report is based around sources within Foxconn that have supposedly seen product packaging. Apparently, stickers for a 16 GB phone simply do not exist.

Today we want to say goodbye to the 16GB’s iPhone. Some Foxconn insiders confirmed that new iPhone 6s (and we think all “future iPhone” like iPhone 7) will have 32GB and more capacity.

We can’t tell you from what Foxconn’s department we received information, but we can only say that the packaging of the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus don’t have sticker with “16GB capacity”, but 32, 64, 128.

As we reported earlier, internal production models used 16 GB flash storage but it is not unprecedented for Apple to use lower storage capacities for test units than what finally ships.

A common iPhone complaint for a while has been lack of storage, with the 16 GB base model easily filled with just a few apps, photos and other media. Apple is adding new technologies to iOS 8 and iOS 9 to make the system require less storage to be usable, such as App Thinning, but ultimately the best solution would be to offer iPhones with more storage. A 16 GB storage option was first introduced in 2008 for the original iPhone. It is probably time for a change.

It is also worth noting another possibility, that Apple copies the SKU’s available for the brand new iPod touch. The Touch is now offered in four storage capacities; 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. If Apple employed the same strategy for the next iPhone, the $199 base model would still be 16 GB but the 32 GB upgrade would cost just $50 more.

The new iPhone is expected to look almost identical to the existing hardware, with a focus on internal upgrades including a pressure-sensitive Force Touch display, faster A9 processor and SoC and an upgraded 12-megapixel camera. There have also been rumors of a new color option, potentially rose gold (to match the Apple Watch) or pink.

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