Publisher’s Note: Occasionally our disputes in the TUAW newsroom obtain a bit hot. That held true when Erica Sadun and Mike Wehner took on concerning the values– or lack thereof– of 16 GB devices. Ideally you just finished checking out Erica’s blog post, which took the professional side of Apple remaining to market tools with “simply” 16 GB of storage. Now here’s Mike’s response …


Apple products are all regarding evolution. From the lots of step-by-step upgrades made to Macs yearly to the off-year “s” additions that elegance the iPhone, the business is normally excellent regarding making certain its items are present in every feeling of the word (we’ll give them a pass on the Mac Pro, merely given that the last item was so damn lovely). But if there’s one area where Apple requires a reality check, it’s in storage.

No, I’m not visiting suggest that we require removable storage on the iPad, iPhone, or iPod– at this factor the big attributes of each iDevice is component of the charm– however for the love of all that is glossy, 2014 have to be the year that eliminates 16 GB storage alternatives.

In 2007, the iPhone introduced in 4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB ranges. The 4 GB variation was arguably pointless (OK, that’s not true, however it was very close, specifically if you wished to put music on it), but the 8 GB and 16GB designs were great for the time. Quickly forward to 2011, and Apple was still offering 8 GB of storage space on the iPhone 4s.

I consistently assumed this was a weird action, as already the phone had a remarkably qualified cam and was playing host to enormous games like Infinity Cutter. Apple ought to have made 32 GB the default storage space amount when it determined to make “Retina” a house term. The 8 GB choice perished with the launch of the iPhone 5, yet by that point it had already outlasted its usefulness, and I assume Apple is permitting the same thing happen now with the 16 GB rate.

16 GB of storage space may suffice for very laid-back iPhone and iPad users, however as quickly as it managed the default crown from the 8 GB alternative, it was already nearing its golden days. Now, 16 GB– which is truly more like 12 GB of functional room– doesn’t do a lot for anyone thinking about songs, motion pictures, digital photography, or (particularly) apps.

Grand Burglary Automobile: San Andreas takes up 1.63 GB of room on its own. A solitary HD movie could take up 5 GB. If I were including items to a brand-new iPad today as I type, it would certainly already be halfway complete, and I haven’t taken a solitary image or fired a solitary HD video clip. Yikes.

In 2007, flash-based memory was expensive, and hopping up from 16 GB to 32 GB called for a healthy bump in rate, but storage space costs have plunged in recent times. Actually, 32 GB of storage space is less costly now than 16 GB was when it came to be the default choice.

There’s actually no factor for Apple to release a single iPhone or iPad in 2014 with anything less than 32 GB of flash storage space. The only case where I could see smaller sized storage space choices is in the iPod line, specifically the nano and shuffle, yet anything with an HD screen actually should be provided the space to radiate.

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