Apple is expected to overhaul iPhone storage with the iPhone 7 by finally ditching 16GB entry-level mode in favor of something roomier. In the process, Apple might offer a top-of-the-line iPhone 7 model with a whopping 256GB memory module under the hood.
After a report in early January said the iPhone 7 Plus would have a 256GB storage option, and after Samsung announced an ultra-fast 256GB UFS memory chip in February, a new leak suggests that Apple suppliers would be able to provide 256GB memory modules small enough to fit mobile devices.
Italian site HDblog obtained the following image that shows a 256GB SanDisk NAND flash memory chip that’s even smaller than the company’s 64GB version, and would thus fit inside future iPhones, iPads, and other electronic devices.
SanDisk is not a stranger to making iPhone memory, as it provided storage options for various iPhone versions, including iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. Additionally, Apple used NAND flash chips from Samsung, SK Hynix and Toshiba.
Of these memory providers, it appears that at least two have developed 256GB storage solutions that would fit Apple’s iPhone needs. Not to mention that such memory options could also be used in various other products, including the iPad Pro and MacBook, to name just a couple of Apple devices that need to be ultra-slim and ultra powerful.