The word smartphone is a little bit misleading nowadays since we do so much with those gadgets. In addition to making phone calls, we text, surf the Web, listen to music, watch videos - the list goes on and on. All of those apps and functions take up a lot of space, which is why Apple's decision to limit the entry-level iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to 16 GB seems counterproductive. But, it turns out there might be a method behind Apple's madness, and you're not going to like it.
Quite simply, Apple probably limited the space on the cheapest iPhone 6 because it helps the company make money. And not just a little money. Apple could potentially make $3 billion next year as a result of the limited entry-level iPhone 6.
Even though Apple kept the entry-level iPhone at 16GB, the mid-tier iPhone's storage has doubled from 32GB to 64GB. The top-tier model has 128GB. This will cause a lot more people to go for the 64GB model, which costs $100 more. In fact, Cybart estimates the 64GB model will be the most popular of the three.
The theory makes sense. Having just 16 GB of storage on your iPhone can limit what you're able to do, so many people will opt for the more expensive version.
Has your phone ever notified you that you don't have enough space to download that app or song you want? It's a drag. With ever-growing download sizes, you're going to want as much space as you can get on your gadget.
An even bigger problem has to do with Apple's iOS updates. Anyone who has an older model iPhone with limited storage knows the problems that can arise when you try to install a new iOS. Those installation packages pushed from Apple require a lot of space. If you don't have the space to install it, then you have to delete apps, music, movies and other files - or skip the update.
And as we learned when iOS 8 launched, not having enough space can be a huge barrier when people want to upgrade the software on their iPhone. Software updates aside, having a 16GB iPhone can limit what you can do on your phone, even something as simple as checking Facebook.
This is the point where most Android users will chuckle. That's because many Android smartphones come with an SD card slot that allows you to expand memory if you run out. Sadly, that's not an option for people with a 16 GB iPhone 6.