Apple has kept 16 GB of internal storage as the entry level configuration since the iPhone 4s launched in 2011. The company is reportedly planning to ditch 16 GB for 32 GB in the iPhone 7, in addition the smartphone will likely feature 2 GB of RAM.
When Apple finally put the rumors to rest that it was introducing a smartphone in 2007, it chose to make the base level iPhone a 4 GB model, which was priced at $499 when signing a new two-year contract with AT&T, and an 8 GB option at $599 with the same commitment. The company introduced a new 16 GB model in February of 2008.
The launch of the iPhone 5 in September 2012 was the first iPhone to start out its base model with 16 GB of internal storage and it has continued to offer this as the entry level storage option through its current flagship iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The company has been often criticized for sticking to this practice, while most smartphone makers offer users double that size, 32 GB as their base options.
It looks like iPhone fans will finally get what Android smartphone makers have been offering for the last few years, the iPhone 7 will reportedly drop 16 GB as its base model for 32 GB of internal storage.
According to Mobipicker, Kevin Wang, Director of Market Research for IHS Technology, posted a message on Weibo claiming that his supply chain research shows that the iPhone 7's RAM is 2 GB (same as iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE) and its internal storage is 32 GB onwards. The iPhone 7 Plus/Pro was recently reported to pack in 3 GB of RAM due to its dual-lens rear camera imaging processing needs.
While this revelation certainly seems plausible, it's always best to take these reports with a huge grain of salt. As always, we'll keep you up to date on any new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro news as it becomes available.