The iPhone 7 will have a 256GB Storage option. We have seen leaked parts months ago. Now a new report from the NAND flash supply chain supports the leak.
The iPhone 7 will have more storage than any iPhone before. Back in May we have seen leaked 256GB Sandisk modules for the iPhone 7. A new report from the NAND supply chain confirms the leaks. The chip prices are rising because of the iPhone 7 with up to 256GB capacity. The iPhone 7 is also finally starting at 32GB and not at 16GB anymore.
According to Digitimes, Apple gobbled up 15% of the world's NAND supply in 2015 for its iPhone line. The new high capacity iPhone 7 will increase the demand for NAND chips dramatically, driving the prices for NAND up in the coming months. In case the iPhone 7 sales disappoint, the NAND market would sharply point down again.
The price of an iPhone 7 256GB will be outrageous. You should start prepare yourself. It is not clear yet if the 256GB option is available on all iPhone 7 models. Other vendors like Samsung offer to increase the storage via micro SD card slots. A 256GB Samsung microSD Card retails for $199.99. These 256GB cards are just coming on the market. The announced Sandisk 256GB microSD card is not shipping yet.
The 128GB storage options retail for $40 or less. Because 256GB is on the cutting edge, Apple will charge an extreme premium. The iPhone 6S with 128GB costs $200 more than the iPhone 6S 16GB. Without taking into account that 256GB cards cost 4x of a 128GB card, the iPhone 7 256GB would already cost more than $1,000 ($1,049) unlocked. We expect that Apple will charge around to $1,200 for the iPhone 7 256GB.
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Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 7 on September 7.