With just over 24 hours to the official presentation, and its special follow-up, of the iPhone 13 the well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released more information about the future iPhones.
In a note to his investors (via MacRumors) he states that there will be changes in the maximum and minimum storage of this generation.
Yes, up to 1TB in iPhone 13
Ming-Chi Kuo expects all iPhone 13s, regardless of model, to drop the 64GB option and start at 128GB. He also expects the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13, Pro Max, to offer up to 1TB of storage. According to the analyst, the capacities of this generation of iPhone would look like this:
- iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13: 128, 256, and 512GB.
- iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max: 128, 256, 512 and 1TB.
Comparatively the previous generation iPhones, the current iPhone 12, have this storage:
- iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12: 64, 128, and 256 GB.
- iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max: 128, 256, and 512 GB.
While it is more than feasible to use a 64GB iPhone in comfort, it must be recognized that the jump to 128GB storage will be welcome. Welcome especially if we want to store a lot of photos or videos, beyond iCloud, or download games of considerable sizes, to name a few examples.
According to KGI Securities analyst, in a note to investors, he also mentions the potential that the iPhone 13 production will be delayed. The analyst warns about a danger of shortages of crucial components causing the number of devices manufactured to fall.
“We believe the current iPhone production challenge is component shortages. Due to component shortages, legacy models were down 5-10% in 3Q21. The iPhone 13 shipment in 4Q21 may have a potential downside risk due to component shortages. However, this downside has a limited impact on iPhone 13 shipments. We believe iPhone 13 shipments in 2021 can grow by more than 10% year-over-year (vs. iPhone 12 shipments in 2020).”
Recall that this iPhone generation includes a number of upgrades that need new components. From the new cameras, almost all of which have new sensors and new stabilization systems, to the new motherboard, which now incorporates more components to free up internal space in the device, the new iPhones require the flow of components to arrive in abundant quantities.
Between the excitement for the iPhone 13s that are on their way and the difficulties faced by the industry as a whole, obtaining an iPhone 13 may be more difficult than in prior years. We estimate that Apple will open the reservation period next Friday the 17th, although we will have to wait for tomorrow’s event to be sure