Next iPhone could drop 16GB base model

It feels like the iPhone 6s has barely arrived, but speculation is already rife as to what features and technical innovations will be incorporated into the next iteration of Apple's perennially popular smartphone. 

Indeed, with the handset widely expected to be launched in the usual September slot, rumours are becoming slightly more authoritative, with news leaking from firms in Apple's supply chain. 

According to a report posted on Chinese social media by an analyst for IHS Technology, research into the supply chain indicates that the iPhone 7 will feature 32GB storage as the cheapest base model – and larger memory options would be available at higher price points. 

This would mean that Apple is finally preparing to drop the 16GB variant, which has been criticised as not being large enough to be of much practical use on more recent iterations of the iPhone. 

IHS has a strong track record of accurately reporting on forthcoming iPhone developments ahead of release, having last year predicted the debut of a new model with a four-inch screen, which was eventually revealed to be the case with the iPhone SE. 

The same analyst claimed that the forthcoming iPhone 7 will feature 2GB of RAM, which would keep it in line with the specifications of the current iPhone 6s. 

It is not clear whether the analyst means the iPhone 7 as a category or the 4.7-inch model in particular, given that another rumour suggests the release of a larger iPhone 7 Plus with a 5.5-inch display. This model is likely to need a higher RAM spec to handle the additional processing demands of the dual-camera components. 

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