Apple upgrades iPhone to 16GB, iPod touch goes to 32GB

Apple today announced new iPhone and iPod models with larger memory capacities to solve the ever growing craze for more portable storage. This move doubles the amount of memory that was previously available on the top iPhone and iPod models.

Both new models (the 16GB iPhone and the 32GB iPod Touch) will sell for US$499.

Apple will continue to sell the 8GB iPhone and the 16GB iPod touch for US$399 each. Apple will also continue the junior 8GB iPod touch at US$299.

Some analysts are worried that a potential U.S. recession could affect sales of luxury items such as these portable devices. Apple stock is down more than 33 per cent this year.

News source: Reuters

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i like how they have them SMS to win an iphone BS comercials in australia, seeing the iphone isnt available here how the hell are you goign to use it.. i just dont get it

The question is whether any existing iPhone users will want to buy a new device (now with the higher storage capacity or when the 3G version comes out or if the original device is broken outside of the warranty window) and swap the one that they are already using with AT&T (I am not going to mention the European carriers for the reasons I will mention below). If there will be users like that, they should be prepared to be dinged again, as AT&T will not allow a device swap, instead forcing such users to extend their contracts (i.e. they will be effectively starting out a new 2-year contract on the day of the swap).

I was a fairly happy iPhone user on the AT&T network since July 2007 (due to business-related roaming, my monthly data charges were approx. $300). The phone got damaged last month and the damage was not covered by a warranty. As I wanted to continue to use my iPhone, I bought a new one (legit, non-activated), and wanted to do the swap using iTunes, of course. The process was going well, until I got to the review screen, which indicated that I was starting up a new 2-year contract. I stopped and phoned AT&T, and was told by 3 reps, including the supervisor, that the information presented on the screen was indeed correct. Once the users decides to swap the device for any reason (and even offer, as I did, to send the original device to AT&T so they can see that it's not a scam), the contract is extended (not for the additional 2 years, but starting up a new 2-year term from that day). I don't know if this applies to Orange, T-Mobile or O2, so I am not going to speculate here.

I found this to be absolutely ridiculous and mentioned it to AT&T reps, as I am locked into the data term and am unable to use it. They claimed the rule was due to contractual arrangements between AT&T and Apple. I was told that the same rules applies to any phone replacement though. I claimed that the comparison was not entirely true, as I could easily buy an unlocked phone at any time, and do a swap without having to extend my contract. The contract is only extended if I buy a phone through AT&T and benefit from a discounted rate. I was quite mad about the whole thing, and ended up cancelling my iPhone contract altogether. $175 penalty applied, so they still ended up getting some money from me, but I am feeling a lot better, and am using a WM6 smartphone now, with which I am quite happy.

Take the sim card from the old iPhone and put it in the new iPhone. Apple does this themselves when they replace an iPhone for you. This is in the US, anyway.

They do the same scam with all three major cell phone carriers in Canada (Rogers, Bell, and Telus), but in Canada, the situation is far worse! Heck, we literally pay more for our cell phone services than any country in the industrialized world (remember that $87 000 bill fiasco from a few months ago?)!

But hey! Glad to hear the iPhone capacity is up! Now if only Rogers would lower their cell phone rates and allow the iPhone to come to Canada without having to go through the trouble of unlocking it, I'd buy one in an instant!

(NeoTrunks said @ #25.1)
Take the sim card from the old iPhone and put it in the new iPhone. Apple does this themselves when they replace an iPhone for you. This is in the US, anyway.

This is exactly what I did. But even when you do this, the new iPhone with the old SIM will indicate that it's not an authorised (or invalid, can't remember now) SIM, and one must activate the phone first. When I phoned AT&T they also wanted to ensure that I was keeping my old SIM. I did at the end, but it is now sitting in my Samsung smartphone

That's definitely crappy of them (it's not really a scam) since you can buy any other GSM phone and use it with your current SIM without activation. Shame on them.

What I really hate is how they've subsidized phones from the get go. If they hadn't my guess is that current phones would be a lot more affordable.

It's too bad you got worked up over nothing nikolaym. What the AT&T reps told you was false. Even though iTunes says it's starting a new contract, it's backdated to the start date of your original contract and there are no fees or penalties. You should have escalated it to someone that had the correct info.

(pharrett said @ #25.5)
It's too bad you got worked up over nothing nikolaym. What the AT&T reps told you was false. Even though iTunes says it's starting a new contract, it's backdated to the start date of your original contract and there are no fees or penalties. You should have escalated it to someone that had the correct info.

It's a shame if what you are suggesting is indeed true (is there a way to verify this?) and that I was led to blieve otherwise. You would have thought that 3 reps (a lower level one, then the floor supervisor, then the department manager) of their iPhone customer support centre would have had the correct info.

Good move. I'm glad my 8gb iPod Touch I bought only a month ago is more than enough for my favorite music, otherwise I'd be ****ed now. :P

If they could've brought in the higher-capacity models at the same price as the current ones, and dropped the prices on those by $100, now that would've been something!

That's better than waiting for yearly updates. Just more selection now.

Personally I'm waiting for a 32GB iPhone. 16GB would hold all my music but would be cutting it close by 1.5GB.

32GB - now it's finally worth getting an iPod touch, though tbh Ill stick with my 3rd gen till it dies on me. I only need it for music really. Videos would be cool but something i used only a couple of times a year on long journeys/flights, similary with wireless - great but I wouldn't use it frequent enough to warrant buying one.

I would have a hard time paying more than $300 for a PMP as well. The size is about right, but the price is just too much. Definitely aimed at the upper crust people.

waiting for the whiners to start a lawsuit because they rushed out early and now feel 'abused and mistreated' and 'discriminated' against because of being 'ignorant'

(marty87 said @ #17.1)
narcisist! :P

Hehe. Actually i've got abit of a dilemma now...

Get iPhone @ 16GB & 18month Contract

OR

Get iPod Touth @ 32GB

cry about what lol ? do you see bill gates constantly slagging seagate or WD for developing larger sized hard drives then 1MB floppys back in the day ? lol

put it this way. iphone launch comotion was caused because of price hiking and was an actual anti consumer move. increasing size and stuff is just logical with electronics and stuff, optical media's, TV etc. now you might realize there's nothing for early adopters to cry about here as it's the same device, the prices aren't dramatically changing or anything. It's exactly the same device just larger capacity using 2 16GB flash sticks. the early adopters are well aware this was coming. Flash media is growing at a rapid pace at same time cost to produce is dropping too. I'm sure everyone would agree that if ipods never increase in size we'd balling our eyes thinking wtf with 5-10GB ipods. Size is logical step that'll be taken just like all models of ipods have received just fitting the iphone and ipod touch get it which to those who need more along with the other fancy bells and whistles that other ipods cant offer then they will benefit those who have iphones and ipod touches now im sure would agree they do a damn good job and there's no reason to be upset or "cry" about this. btw i own 8GB iPod Touch.

Fred, please don't become a contestant on "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?" as you would probably fail the grammer and spelling questions.

(ChopSuey said @ #13)
Fred, please don't become a contestant on "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?" as you would probably fail the grammer and spelling questions. :)

Haha, Grammar! Actually they weren't spelling or grammar problems they were just... stupid problems.

The last portable device I bought was measured in megabytes. I guess I need to upgrade.

(Fred Derf said @ #13.1)

Haha, Grammar! Actually they weren't spelling or grammar problems they were just... stupid problems.

The last portable device I bought was measured in megabytes. I guess I need to upgrade. :D

lol so true how (and why) would a fifth grader know such random things? There are questions about fish, math (and not problems either), and random questions like "Which is the most common president's name and all that BS..

I hate that show..

(JC1o1 said @ #11)
Wow. What's with so many typos?
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"Both new models (the 1GMB iPhone and the 32GB iPod touch)"

I either don't see that or another staffer fixed it.

Neobond is likely shaking his head right now. Hopefully not cursing but definitely shaking his head.

(Fred Derf said @ #11.1)

I either don't see that or another staffer fixed it.

Neobond is likely shaking his head right now. Hopefully not cursing but definitely shaking his head.

Yeah, it's fixed now

Yeah, yeah, blame me for that. This is why I don't submit news very often. :D

I wanted to get it out there in a hurry and I didn't want to make it a cut and paste job.

You see, on the forum I can get away with that and edit the post a minute later before anyone notices. The front page is just too fast for me.

Please do let me know if I missed any other typos. Remember cut and paste jobs are always typo-free but they lack uniqueness. I'm trying to offer you something better (even if it starts off temporarily worse). :D

Edit: Even this post needed a proof reading. I must learn to do that before I submit.