Apple finally bumped the storage on the baseline iPhone model to 32GB this year, but it looks like choosing the cheapest model may come with some serious speed setbacks.
The 32GB versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have slower storage speeds, according to benchmarks that reveal the memory chip on the baseline model performs markedly lower than other versions.
Both synthetic benchmarks and real-life performance tests appear to confirm GSMarena’s theory that Apple made storage performance worse on the 32GB iPhone 7. The site ran a series of Basemark OS II tests on the 32GB iPhone 7, 128GB iPhone 7 and 64GB iPhone 6s Plus. The 32GB model never scored above 800 points, while the 128GB iPhone 7 and 64GB iPhone 6s Plus scored between 1300-1700 points.
The lower storage option performs nearly as well as the other units when it comes to reading data. But its write speed is markedly slower. The 128 iPhone 7 Plus is 8x faster.
For its real-world test on the 32GB iPhone 7’s write speed, GSMarena had each device trim a 10-minute 4K video in half. Processing the file took the 32GB iPhone 7 three times longer, so it’s definitely something you’ll notice when working with big files.
Testing was not done with more than one 32GB iPhone 7 device so it could be that the site a malfunctioning unit. Cult of Mac has reached out to Apple for more information on the device’s slower write speeds.
If you have an iPhone 7 and want to test your storage speeds you can download PassMark and BaseMark OS II benchmarking tools on the App Store for free. Share your score below so we can see if SpeedGate is a real thing.