iPhone 6S price: new handset to cost the same, Apple unlikely to increase phones' storage

Some had hoped that the smallest capacity phone would get bigger — but Apple hopes that users will put things in the cloud instead

The next iPhone will cost the same as the current one — disappointing those that had hoped for more storage space.

The iPhone 6s will cost €699 for the 16GB version, €799 for the 64GB one and €899 for 128GB, according to Dutch blog TechTastic. The Plus will cost €100 more for the same amount of storage space.

As with most years, those prices are in line with those of the current top-level phones, which is likely to also be true when they are bought through networks. Every year, Apple puts its new releases at the top, and moves each of the phones down through to the price point below.

But the pricing leaks also show that Apple will be keeping the 16GB phone as the base model. Many had hoped that the storage options would be increased — perhaps to 32GB — with the next phone.

But Apple has already said that it is unlikely to increase the capacity, claiming that people don’t need more space since they’re using the cloud to store their documents and pictures anyway.

“The belief is more and more as we use iCloud services for documents and our photos and videos and music that perhaps the most price-conscious customers are able to live in an environment where they don't need gobs of local storage because these services are lightening the load,” marketing executive Phil Schiller said in an interview earlier this year.

The storage sizes of Apple’s more expensive phones have gradually been increasing. But the 16GB version has stuck around through the different updates.

Apple will launch the next iPhone on September 9. It is expected to be released in the US and the UK the following week, with some European markets getting it the week after that.

The leaks also suggest that Apple will sell the iPhone in the current three colours, contrary to previous reports that had suggested the next phone would come in a pink "rose gold".