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In the world of leaks and rumours we have information from an IHS Technology analyst who posted on Chinese social media that company supply chain research indicates that the iPhone 7 will feature 32 GB storage as the $199 base model, which would mean Apple would finally drop the much-loathed 16 GB SKU from its lineup with its new flagship smartphone expected in the fall. 

IHS is relatively trustworthy when it comes to Apple rumors, predicting last year that a 4 inch iPhone would debut in 2016 based on supply chain sources-- that, ladies and gentlemen was the iPhone SE.

So maybe we'll only take this with a pinch of salt, the analyst claims that the iPhone 7 will feature 2 GB of RAM, the same specification as iPhone 6s.

The most important thing though is the claim that we could finally be saying goodbye to 16 GB flagship iPhones later this year.

Now while one can't just take the analyst's word for it, in a logical way it does make sense; the existence of 16 GB phones in Apple’s top-of-the-line product range has lasted far too long to not have an upgrade. 

The 16 GB initially hit the iPhone lineup in 2008 on the original iPhone and it has stuck around as the base model specification since.


However, the times have changed and 16gb just doesn't cut it anymore for consumers, with just a few apps, photos and videos and you have a full device. Especially as the latest iPhones feature 4K video recording, 16 GB is a pitifully small amount which is suitable for very few consumers. 

It’s interesting that IHS suggests Apple will bump the base model to 32 GB, as the iPhone 6s is not actually offered in that size at all. The current available configurations are 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. One theory for keeping 16 GB around so long is that allows Apple to upsell a lot of customers onto the 64 GB model for an additional $100 of bottom-line revenue.

So there are no details as to how exactly the base 32gb is going to work, but there you have it.



So if we do get a base iPhone with 32gb, it'll be the end of the 16gb era, an era that has already become outdated.

(We feel like we should put in an evil laugh at this point...maybe later)


LG have a new Android tablet, the LG G Pad III 8.0. It's a nice device but it was clearly made for the mid-range market as it cannot compete with the iPad.
This is not to say the LG G Pad III isn't any good, but after seeing products like the LG G5 or even the V10, you won't be frowned on for assuming LG definitely can make a premium tablet. 
That said, the G Pad III 8.0, which is the third generation of its kind, could still make for a decent mid-tier tablet with a bent towards multimedia and reading.
The G Pad III 8.0 is powered by a 1.5 GHz octa-core processor. Not much of those lying around other than the Snapdragon 615 or 617, which is at least on the higher end of the mid-range. There's only 2 GB of RAM, which is turning to be quite low these days, and 32 GB of storage, expandable with a microSD card, of course. The 8.0-inch screen does 1080p only, which is decent for most videos. In fact, the 16:10 aspect ratio does seem designed for that.

It does seem that the G Pad III seems very reader friendly. Aside from the pre-installed "Reedy Books" app, the tablet also features what LG calls "Reading Mode". This basically reduces the amount of blue light being emitted, commonly regarded to be harmful to eyes after prolonged exposure. This feature is called Night Mode or Night Shift in other products, but Reading Mode isn't time-based like those. Users can select the levels on their own and even manually toggle the feature with a dedicated button at the side.
The tablet comes with some Microsoft Office mobile apps, like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint pre-installed. But perhaps the most interesting productivity-related feature is the full-size USB 2.0 port it has right at the top. Definitely a rare feature among tablets, Android or otherwise and on this it receives high marks.
The G Pad III seems to be available in South Korea and has also been sighted in the US, a standard price is as yet unknown but we'll keep you updated on that front.



Apple's plans for a massive presence in the Indian market seems to have hit the rocks. First, Apple won’t be able to open retail stores straight away, and now, India has rejected its plan to sell low-cost refurbished iPhones.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple had stated that breaking into India's phone market was an important part of Apple's plans. For this to work though, Apple were going to need to figure out a way to sell devices in a country where the average phone price is around $100 Apple phones aren't that cheap.
The gameplan was to then sell refurbished iPhones — Basically Apple would be easing these phones from the more cash endowed markets, patch them up, back them with a warranty, and sell for a cheaper rate in the Indian market.
But India’s government isn't 'down' with the idea and perceive it as a plan to make India some sort of dumping ground for Apple’s last-gen technology. According to LiveMint, commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman told a press conference that “We are not in favour of any company selling used phones in the company, however certified they may be.”
“Dumping” basically refers to selling a product in a foreign market for cheaper than in the domestic market, allowing a more technologically developed country and company to use its manufacturing power to drive out local competition.
Tim Cook has come out to say that this is not the case and said:
“First of all, we would never ‘dump’ anything, this in virtually all countries in the world we have a process by which a phone that’s been used by the first owner or is taken back and made to be new, if you will, and a warranty is placed on that, just like a warranty for a new phone. And it’s sold for a more affordable price and that happens in several countries. What we want to do is do the act of bringing it back to this pristine level, we want to do that in India for the Indian market. We may have to bring in some phones from other markets in order to fuel the supply chain if you will. But the act of bringing them to pristine conditions, we want to do that in this country,”

The Indian Government don't see it that way though and on top of that, Apple may not be allowed to open retail stores for some months, either.
Indian law stipulates that to open a branded retail store, that store must be selling 30 percent locally-made products. Apple does not have that.
They have applied for a waiver of that rule until it can get manufacturing up and running in India, but the most recent reports hint that the Indian government won’t be forthcoming.
So it remains to be seen if Apple will be able to keep their promise of have a presence in India for the “next thousand years.” 
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