The iPhone 14 should steal this one feature from the OnePlus

Every day we hear a new rumor about some cool, cutting-edge feature that Apple may be packing into the upcoming iPhone 14, but I haven’t heard of the one that matters to me yet: expandable storage.

This happened to me after reading the specs of the new OnePlus Nord N20 5G, a nice mid-range 6.43-inch Android 11 (????‍♂️) handset that promises decent performance. And with a 48MP main camera, it should have some solid photography chops. It comes with 128GB of storage, which isn’t bad considering the budget and entry-level smartphones (looking at you, Apple) sometimes come with just 64.

But here’s the kicker: the $282 Nord N20 5G includes a micro-SD storage slot that lets you upgrade the built-in storage up to 512GB. Assuming I don’t get ripped off on Amazon, I can buy a SanDisk 256GB microSD card for $35.

For Android phones, this is nothing new. They have long included slots for storage upgrades. In fact, the BlackBerry Torch with which I recently manipulated ten-year-old photos placed its storage location just above the SIM slot.

In recent years, however, Android makers – even Samsung – have moved away from the personal upgradability paradigm, sealing phones and their batteries while removing open external slots.

Some of that makes sense, since most modern smartphones are now rated ip67 or ip68 for immersion in up to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. This can be difficult to do if the back is not fused to the body of the phone.

Still, I can’t think of a smartphone that doesn’t have a SIM card slot, and it’s conceivable that some of that space could also be used to house space for the microSD card.

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If there’s one company that can and should understand this, it’s Apple.

I never understood the storage avarice of the Cupertino tech giant. Sure, you can buy an iPhone 13 Pro with 1TB of storage, but that’ll cost you $1,499. There’s no way to buy the $999 iPhone 13 Pro and add a 512GB microSD card for $63.

If you’re on a budget and picking up a new iPhone SE, you can start with the paltry 64GB model (and to be clear, nobody should buy smartphones with this little storage space) for $429 or upgrade to the 256GB model for $579. So you’re paying $150 more for 192GB. But that 256GB microSD card is still only $35.

At the very least, Apple could take its next base model iPhone SE and iPhone 14 and include an SD card slot somewhere on the body, giving budget-conscious buyers the chance to have more storage without spending as much. money in advance.

Android devices with microSD card slots often let you choose to store photos and other files on removable storage. Now imagine on an iPhone where, instead of constantly filling up that free 5GB of iCloud storage and making the blunt decision of which photos to delete, you could just keep buying new, cheap micro-SD cards and keep your stored photos locally.

This is one way to go, although I always recommend everyone to run Google Photos (or Amazon Photos) on their iPhone and let it automatically back up all your photos.

If Apple really wants to move the needle on the iPhone 14 and, perhaps, surprise a few competitors, it will add a removable storage option. It would be the first time in a long time that Apple would truly acknowledge the budget concern. It would also open up the glory of the iPhone to people who thought they couldn’t afford the pinnacle of handset design.

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It’ll also give them enough space to store all the photos and videos they capture with what we hope will be an awesome new camera system.

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