A little over 24 hours before the official presentation of the iPhone 13, the well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has published more information about the future iPhone. In a note to his investors (via MacRumors) he states that there will be changes in the maximum and minimum storages of this generation.
Yes, up to 1000GB on an iPhone
Ming-Chi Kuo hopes that all iPhone 13s, regardless of model, ditch the 64GB option and start at 128GB. He also expects the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max to offer up to 1TB of storage. According to the analyst, the capabilities of this generation of iPhone would be as follows:
- iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13: 128, 256 and 512 GB.
- iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max: 128, 256, 512 and 1000GB.
Comparatively, the iPhone of the previous generation, the current iPhone 12, have this storage:
- iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12: 64, 128 and 256 GB.
- iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max: 128, 256 and 512 GB.
While it is more than feasible to use a 64GB iPhone comfortably, it must be recognized that the jump to 128GB storage will be welcome. Especially welcome if we want to store a lot of photos or videos, beyond iCloud, or download games of considerable sizes, to name a few examples.
Leaving behind storage sizes that were a novelty in their day.
In the note to investors, Kuo also finds a moment to talk about the possibility that the production of the iPhone 13 will be slightly delayed. According to the analyst there is a risk that, due to the shortage of key components, the number of units manufactured suffers.
“We believe that the current challenge for iPhone production is component shortages. Due to component shortages, legacy models were down 5-10% in 3Q21. Shipping of iPhone 13 in 4Q21 may have potential downside risk due to component shortages. However, this downside has a limited impact on iPhone 13 shipments. We believe iPhone 13 shipments in 2021 may grow more than 10% year-on-year (vs. iPhone 12 in 2020) “.
Let’s remember that they are several changes in this generation of iPhone that require new components. From the new cameras, almost all of them with new sensors and new stabilization systems, to the new motherboard, which now incorporates more components to free up internal space in the device, the new iPhones require that the flow of components arrive in abundant quantities.
It is clear that between the expectation that these future iPhone 13s are generating and the difficulties that the industry in general is going through, getting an iPhone 13 can be somewhat more complicated than other years. We estimate that Apple will open the reservation period next Friday the 17th, although we will have to wait for tomorrow’s event to ensure it.