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Vodafone site points to 16GB, 32GB iPhone 5 models

A product listing on Vodafone’s U.K. website has suggested that the iPhone 5 will arrive in both 16GB and 32GB capacities. AppleInsider reports that the product page for the Vodafone Sure Signal femtocell listed both white and black variants of 16GB and 32GB capacity iPhone 5 units alongside similar listings for all variants of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3G as compatible with the device. The listings have since been removed. Apple is widely expected to announce the iPhone 5 in the coming weeks.

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@2: This one is rather easy to answer - money.

As an example, an 8GB touch is $229, a 64GB touch is $399 even though the only difference between them in cost is around $50-$70 (parts wise) on the outside at this point for flash storage.

Right now if you want to buy more storage for your iDevice you have to pay Apple’s markup, if there was an SD card slot you’d pick up the $229 8GB touch/iPhone and put in an SD card picked up on sale at NewEgg for $100 - you’d be sitting on a 72GB device for not much more than a 32GB device would cost you from Apple, and a good chunk of that profit would have gone to someone other than Apple.

For the better part of a decade enough consumers have spoken with their wallets that they don’t care enough about SD support in their phones and media players to buy something other than an Apple product, and so Apple sits safe with the ability to decide when flash storage prices suit their own profit needs.


@3: You might be right that it’s coming, but need it to make it worth consideration? You do realize the 64 GB trails both the 8 & 32 touch, and the 64 trails the 32GB touch by a wide margin. The vast majority of consumers don’t see capacity as very important weighed against the costs. Never mind the huge lack of overlap between the two products. People don’t buy the touch because of the capacity, they buy it because they want a small, portable full blown iOS media device and they do not want an iPhone for all manner of valid reasons. We may get a 128GB touch, but it won’t be because it’s necessary for it to compete against what will be the lowest selling iPhone capacity out there.

Posted by Code Monkey on September 13, 2011 at 9:11 AM (CDT)

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