When purchasing a new phone, do you have trouble deciding how much storage you need? Or do you just decide to buy the largest amount of storage available for the model you are getting. This is usually a huge waste of money unless you absolutely need the 512GB-1TB of capacity available on flagship phones these days.
Apple Support suggests how to determine how much storage you need for your new iPhone
Trying to be helpful, Apple Support released a video on Friday titled “How to choose your iPhone storage capacity.” Apple says, “If you’re getting a new iPhone, you can find out which storage capacity is best for you by checking how much storage you’re currently using.” Hey, this actually makes sense. If you know how much storage is on your phone now, you can probably determine if you’d be better off with less storage, more storage, or the same amount.
You’ll also see a breakdown of the types of files you are filing your iPhone up with. For example, using the color coding on the iPhone Storage measurement tool, you can quickly see if your handset is filled with apps, photos, videos, mail, and messages. The Apple representative says in the video, “If you’re nearing your limit, you’ll want to consider an iPhone with larger capacity.”
Knowing your current storage capacity can help you decide how much you need for your next iPhone
Storage capacity has come a long way for both the iPhone and the industry in general. When the OG iPhone was released in 2007, it was first available with only 4GB and 8GB of storage. Apple eventually added a 16GB option. The iPhone 4s in 2011 was the first iPhone with as much as 64GB of storage available. The iPhone 6 line, launched in 2014, was the first to offer 128GB of storage.
Two years later, in 2016, Apple introduced 256GB storage capacity on the iPhone 7 line. This doubled to 512GB with 2018’s iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. And the iPhone 13 Pro line was the first to feature up to 1TB of storage capacity. Since Apple seems to double its top storage option every two years, we might not see 2TB in storage capacity made available to iPhone users until next year’s iPhone 15.