Apple could give the iPhone 14 a whopping 2TB of storage, double the maximum of 1TB of onboard storage that the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max can have.
This rumor comes via the Chinese site MyDrivers, which adds that Apple will switch to QLC flash storage to allow the change. Given that Apple has been stingy in the past when it comes to storage, with the new iPad mini 6 only having 64GB of storage in its base specs, we’re a little skeptical about this information.
However, rumors that the iPhone 13 has 1TB of storage have been proven to be true, at least for the Pro models. So maybe there is a nugget of truth here.
DigiTimes agrees with the rumor that Apple is looking to move to “cost-effective QLC NAND flash solutions,” but does not repeat the 2TB claim.
MyDrivers doesn’t provide an explanation as to why Apple would increase its capacities so dramatically, other than the fact that QLC flash storage is cheaper than what it currently uses. Still, Apple could probably justify the move with support for ProRes video files on Pro models that chew through internal storage once activated.
What is the probability of a 2TB iPhone 14?
All the same, 2TB seems a bit long to us barely a year after the adoption of 1TB.
Apple is a cautious company when it comes to phone iterations, and it would seem extremely unlikely to move forward with a 2TB model when the 1TB iPhone 13 Pro Max has only been on sale for eight days. Just over a week of sales data is barely enough to justify doubling the storage given that Apple handsets exceeded 512GB for the three years between the iPhone Xs and iPhone 12.
It is also illustrative to look at the opposition. Samsung introduced 1TB models with the Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy Note 10 Plus, but the company dropped back to 512GB for the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy 21. Reading between the lines, you have to assume that the reasoning was that they just weren’t selling. At the time of writing, only a handful of Android phones have 1TB of internal storage, and none hit the 2TB mark Apple is supposed to target in 2022.
Of course, there is one key difference here: Android devices often support microSD storage expansion, whereas no iPhone has ever done so. All the same, while the direction of the move is undoubtedly towards more and more internal storage, we’d be very surprised if the iPhone 14 were the first handset to hit 2TB. Maybe in 2023.
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