An exciting assortment of Apple rumors surfaces each week and offers a glimpse into the current state of speculation about upcoming iPhones, new iPads, and the next updates for Apple’s operating systems. The Apple rumor mill is kicking into high gear as we get closer and closer to the launch of this year’s iPhone 7. So this week, plenty of exciting rumors about the next iPhone, future MacBooks, and other Apple inventions made their rounds online. Read on to catch up on the week’s most exciting Apple rumors.
1. Apple may double the storage of the entry-level iPhone to 32GB with the iPhone 7
Joanna Stern reports for The Wall Street Journal that according to a source familiar with Apple’s plans, the iPhone 7 will start at 32GB of storage, instead of the 16GB that’s been the source of countless customers complaints throughout the years. Stern notes that would-be iPhone buyers would be wise to wait until the iPhone 7 release date, since the iPhone 7 is also expected to be thinner and more water-resistant, to feature substantial camera improvements, and to introduce both a 32GB base model and a 256GB model. (And an update that seems less certain, but still worth holding out hope? Longer battery life.)
Apple Insider reports that a variety of non-Apple smartphones are now equipped with 32GB of storage by default, since memory has become cheaper and the size of software and media has made a 16GB phone impractical. The current iPhone 6s lineup starts at 16GB and maxes out at 128GB, and Apple’s choice to hold on to the 16GB tier has long been seen as a tactic to easily upsell customers, especially since Apple jettisoned the 32GB capacity and instead, offered the opportunity to quadruple one’s storage from 16GB to 64GB for an extra $100.
Not everyone is excited about the potential upgrade from 16GB to 32GB. Stan Schroeder reports for Mashable that even 32GB of storage would be disappointing. “Apps are getting bigger,” Schroeder writes, “photos are getting bigger, videos are getting huge (try recording 4K video on a 32GB phone and see how far you’ll get). Next year, all flagship Androids will start at 64GB, mark my words.”
2. The iPhone SE may get cheaper when the iPhone 7 launches
Jordan Kahn reports for 9to5Mac that the iPhone 7 launch is likely to bring some changes to Apple’s existing iPhone lineup. Kahn notes that after a typical iPhone launch, Apple maintains the pricing for the top models as the previous generations get price reductions (or get discontinued). But this year, “there are some questions about what Apple will do with the iPhone lineup following the iPhone 7 launch this fall.” Reports of increased storage options or the addition of a Pro line could change Apple’s usual approach, and the iPhone SE further complicates the situation.
Kahn posits that when the iPhone 7 launch pushes the pricing of the iPhone 6s closer toward that of the iPhone SE, Apple could either discontinue the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and keep the iPhone SE’s pricing the same, or discount both the iPhone SE and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus lines. If Apple reduces the price of the iPhone SE, it’s likely to end up in the $299 range. It’s also unknown how a potential shift away from the 16GB tier with the iPhone 7 would affect the rest of the lineup, and whether Apple would discontinue that model in the iPhone SE and other iPhone lines, as well.
3. Apple probably isn’t planning to update the MacBook Air
Christina Warren reports for Mashable that the MacBook Air is a product line that Apple is unlikely to update again. The Air lineup hasn’t seen a major upgrade since early 2015, and its external design dates back to 2010. Since the introduction of the MacBook, plenty of analysts have suggested that the MacBook Air won’t ever get another major refresh, since the MacBook line now occupies the place of the MacBook Air.
The MacBook is the most portable of Apple’s notebooks, and it’s also worth noting that the MacBook Pro has become thinner, to the point that there’s less of a need for a laptop with thinness as its major selling point. Warren posits that, given the $899 starting price, the MacBook Air will continue to be sold. Until the price of the MacBook comes down, the MacBook Air will likely continue to be regarded as a solid entry-level Mac.
4. Apple seems to be considering Tidal as an acquisition
Daisuke Wakabayashi, Hannah Karp, and Patience Haggin report for The Wall Street Journal that Apple is in talks to acquire Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service. The report was clear on the fact that sources say the talks may not result in a deal. However, the Journal noted that the news comes a year after Apple launched its own streaming service, Apple Music, and two years after the company acquired Beats, and with it the services of rap star Dr. Dre and music mogul Jimmy Iovine. The Journal points out, “A deal with Tidal would bring two of the most legendary names in hip-hop to Apple’s camp, uniting East Coast and West Coast rap under a single business interest.”
Zac Hall reports for 9to5Mac that “the idea of Apple buying Tidal anytime soon and within two years of spending $3 billion on Beats in part to build its Apple Music streaming service comes as a surprise to many — not unlike the Beats episode.” But in Hall’s assessment, it would have made sense for Beats Music to buy Tidal. “Now think of this as Beats Music (now Apple Music) buying Tidal with Apple’s cash. 15 million subs for a service that’s preinstalled on iPhones compared to at least 3 million Tidal subs and growing and 30 million paid Spotify subs. They’re in the same leagues in some ways.” Hall notes that Apple may be considering buying Tidal so that someone else doesn’t.
5. The wait for an iOS 10 jailbreak probably won’t be very long
Zach Epstein reports for BGR that new iOS releases are bittersweet occasions for power users who jailbreak their iPhones, since a new release means that new features are coming, but that users with jailbroken iPhones won’t be able to update to the new version of iOS until an associated jailbreak is available. Despite the cat and mouse game that’s ongoing between Apple and the jailbreak community, a team of hackers has already managed to jailbreak iOS 10.