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WTF Apple? 512GB on the iPhone 8?

28 August 2017 | Jonathan So

Now that Samsung has released the Galaxy S8 and Note 8, all eyes are turned to Apple as the iPhone 8 is expected to be released in September. Earlier reports suggest that for this edition, Apple has decided to remove the 32GB model and will be launching only two variants of the upcoming iPhone 8 – 64GB and 256GB with 3GB RAM. However, a new rumour is suggesting there will be a third variant: 512GB.

Wait, what?! 512GB on an iPhone 8? No, you did not read it wrongly nor did I make a typo error. Chinese tipster GeekBar posted on Chinese microblogging site Weibo claiming that the iPhone 8 will come in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options. While the former two have been tipped before, the latter 512GB storage is fresh information. Question is, do we really need the 512GB variant?

Chinese tipster GeekBar posted on Chinese microblogging site Weibo claiming that the iPhone 8 will come in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options.

Is 512GB Internal Storage on an iPhone Relevant?

At first glance, 512GB worth of storage capacity on a smartphone seems to be an overkill for a phone. Unlike a Mac or an iPad, we are less likely to store space-consuming files such as lots of downloaded movies and TV shows for viewing while travelling. Even if you do have these files, there is always cloud storage – a technology that Apple has always been promoting which reduces the need to consume large chunks of iPhone’s internal storage unnecessarily.

Here are a few reasons to justify why a 512GB iPhone might not be as absurd as it sounds. Considering that the iPhone 8 will support AR and 3D sensing features that demand more storage, the bump in storage capacity seems to be a welcome change. Moreover, there might be another reason why a 512GB iPhone 8 is very plausible is that 4K content is becoming increasingly popular which also makes the increase in storage quite relevant. There will be times when you find yourself being unable to connect to iCloud which prevents you from storing files on it.

Finally, we all know less-techy people around whose lives are essentially stored on their phones. They could not be bothered about iCloud which means that everything stays on their phone. For them, instant access to all their important media and content is key. For these people, the 512GB version is a godsend. Hence, based on these reasons above, owning a 512GB iPhone is not as preposterous as initially thought.

Other iPhone 8 Rumours

Besides the rumour discussed above, there have been many other leaks and claims regarding the 10th-anniversary iPhone. Straight from Apple’s own early HomePod firmware, iOS app developers have uncovered an icon suggesting an all-screen display at the front of the phone. Yes, that means a possible goodbye to the ol’ home button. This means a possible 5.8-inch screen that stretches from edge-to-edge, both vertically and horizontally.

Furthermore, well-known analyst Kuo Ming-Chi also claims that the iPhone 8 might sport a richer AMOLED display compared to the LCD screens that on the existing iPhones. The new display delivers better contrast, more vibrant colours, and a battery-saving always-on display. It is also better suited for VR and AR.

The new display delivers better contrast, more vibrant colours, and a battery-saving always-on display.

Besides that, the same Apple source code also revealed something called ‘Face ID’ which could replace (or be an addition to) the fingerprint sensor. It provides a new way for you to unlock your phone – via facial recognition. The 3D sensor is also expected to be more secure than Samsung’s Face Unlock.

If these rumours are proven to be true, the iPhone 8, especially the 512GB variant might take the coveted “Top Smartphone” recognition. It might also be a catalyst to start a new smartphone revolution – phones with a half-terabyte worth of internal storage. In the meantime, you can check out these iPhone accessories to complement the upcoming iPhone 8.

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