Apple will allegedly skip the 32 GB version with the iPhone 6 and introduce a 128 GB version instead, schematics leaked by the guys behind GeekBar suggest. This would mean that Apple had finally boosted the storage of the high-end iPhone to 128 GB, just as it did with the iPad.
The image posted on Weibo indicates that Apple’s partners in providing NAND flash for the iPhone will be Hynix, SanDisk, and Toshiba. The latter will apparently become the sole provider for 128 GB NAND flash. Toshiba, however, will provide Apple with 16 GB NAND storage in tandem with Hynx, and the two will also share orders for the 64 GB NAND with SanDisk.
The report apparently confirms an earlier claim from the Far East that Apple would have an option for 128 GB of storage for the iPhone 6, but that it would be limited to the 5.5-inch model. It is worth noting here that NAND flash costs accounted for $9.40, $18.80, and $29.00 for the 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB storage versions respectively, according to IHS’ report dissecting the iPhone 5s. (Prices dropped $1 for the 16 GB version compared to 2012, when 16 GB of NAND flash cost Apple an estimated $10.40.)
As with every rumour, this has to be taken with a grain of salt. The guys from GeekBar, however, have been busy leaking information about the iPhone 6 lately. We’ll find out which of those claims is accurate on September 9.