Apple products usually get a memory boost with every update, most of the time. This has been the case for quite awhile now, with the possible exception of the iPhone. It hasn’t seen a memory increase since 2009 when the 3GS model topped out at 32 GB. That is, until now.
Grey Markets in Hong Kong are selling an iPhone 4 “engineering prototype” that looks like the genuine article. It includes the same “XXGB” markings found on the iPhone 4 prototype that Gizmodo obtained early last year. Of course they got their prototype iPhone 4 before Apple officially announced it, unlike this device that recently popped up in Hong Kong.
According to Unwire.hk, this prototype iPhone 4 is on sale in Sin Tak, the greyest grey market in all of Hong Kong. Amazingly, they claim to have a small quantity available for sale, not just a single unit. The “About” screen indicates that there is in fact 59.1 GB available, the same amount of memory that is available on the 64 GB iPad.
If this does turn out to be an actual Apple prototype, then the question remains, why didn’t Apple release an iPhone 4 with more memory capacity when it was released last June? We may never know the answer to that question, however, the cost and availability of flash memory might have played a part in Apple’s decision not to release it. The cost of such a phone would have undoubtedly been higher, perhaps too high in Apple’s eyes. Hopefully, this is a good indication that when the iPhone 5 is released later this year, it will finally be available with more memory. My iPhone 4 is bursting at the seams as it is, so an increase in memory capacity would be a real godsend.