Apple iPhone Mini: Flash Storage Vs Cloud

By Posted 15 Feb 2011, 13:55

The very mention of a mini iPhone (Nano) reminds us of this time last year, so what makes this year any different? We have already covered most of the rumors surrounding the iPhone, but if the smaller Apple smartphone does get released this year, then what kind of storage would it have? There have been reports that there will not be any flash storage, instead it will use cloud instead.

Ars Technica has been looking more closely at the WSJ article from Sunday, and if the iPhone Nano does exist then it could take advantage of a new MobileMe service. This part of the article does make sense, as this would be the perfect way to help save room and in turn reduce the size of the Apple handset.

The idea of moving over to cloud storage is not a new one, but we believe that this is something that will happen – but not now. We just don’t believe that Apple is there yet with the technology, as last time we knew they were still building the new facility that will house all the cloud servers.

Flash storage over cloud is a subject that has been discussed time and time again, as like everything there are pros and cons. Having no flash in any iOS device could help to reduce costs, but you could end up paying more in the long run – this depends on how much you would use the service.

However, the biggest issue that we can see has to do with how these devices will gain access to cloud. The likes of the iPhone and iPad would need to use AT&T or Verizon; would the networks be fast enough and would they be able to cope with yet more traffic?

Only time will tell if the iPad Nano does exist or not, but if it does we do not believe that it will use cloud storage, maybe in another year maybe.

What storage do you think the Apple iPhone Mini will use, Flash or Cloud?

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