New Google Photos ad spotlights struggles of 16GB iPhone users

“A new advertisement for Google Photos presents a solution for storage woes on low-capacity iPhones,” Mike Wuerthele reports for ApppleInsider. “But the pitch could have less relevancy if rumors prove true and Apple gives up on 16-gigabyte base configurations with the ‘iPhone 7.'”

“The advertisement preys on fears of missing out, and demonstrates Google Photos’ “free up space” feature where pictures and videos taken on an iPhone are offloaded to the cloud and not retained on the phone,” Wuerthele reports. “Apple’s iCloud has similar features with paid storage, but Google’s photo storage is unlimited for users that select ‘high quality’ in Google Photos.”

Wuerthele reports, “Rumors have circulated throughout most of 2016, claiming that the “iPhone 7″ expected in September will include 32 gigabytes of storage for the entry level model.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Always ask yourself, “What’s the catch?”

Do you really trust The Creepster Company with your personal photos?

As we wrote over a year ago regarding Google Photos:

We believe that Google will eventually monetize their “free” image data gathering operation. For example:

• She looked good in 2005. Height estimate: 5′ 4″. Weight estimate: 110 lbs. In 2015, she’s up to an estimated 150 lbs. Serve up those Weight Watchers ads!

• The wedding photos were nice. June 7th, 2003. But, the photos of them together ended in 2014. He’s not consistently been with anyone significant since then. Serve up the dating ads!

• The post-chemo photos started in January 2008. They ended that same year. Now, they’re back and it’s looking worse than ever. Serve up the funeral parlor ads! (And start emailing the kids about how easy it is to transfer their mom’s Google Photos library to their devices – for FREE, of course.)

Ah, the price of “free.”

As for 16GB iPhones:

Obviously, 16GB is for a certain target market, one that can live in the iCloud. The problem with that model, however, is that inexperienced buyers and inattentive resellers foist 16GB iPhones on people who really cannot manage to live in the iCloud and therefore could end up hating their iPhone (it won’t update, it’s perpetually packed full and therefore runs poorly, can’t take any photos, can’t download any more apps, etcetera).

Apple needs to ask themselves if the benefits of having a 16GB iPhone (“low” entry price and upselling platform for higher capacity iPhones) are worth the risk of disappointing those who are likely buying their first iPhone. For Apple, the quality of the user experience should always come first. — MacDailyNews, July 4, 2015

Leaks shows Apple may ditch entry-level 16GB iPhones – July 5, 2016
Apple Photos vs. Google Photos – October 26, 2015
Dvorak: Google Photos is too creepy – June 3, 2015
Tim Cook attacks Google, U.S. federal government over right to privacy abuses – June 3, 2015
The price you’ll pay for Google’s ‘free’ photo storage – June 3, 2015
Apple CEO Tim Cook champions privacy, blasts ‘so-called free services’ – June 3, 2015
Passing on Google Photos for iOS: Read the fine print before you sign up for Google’s new Photos service – June 1, 2015
Why Apple’s Photos beats Google Photos, despite price and shortcomings – May 30, 2015
Is Apple is losing the photo wars? – May 29, 2015
How Google aims to delve deeper into users’ lives – May 29, 2015
Apple CEO Cook: Unlike some other companies, Apple won’t invade your right to privacy – March 2, 2015
Survey: People trust U.S. NSA more than Google – October 29, 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook ups privacy to new level, takes direct swipe at Google – September 18, 2014
Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for government, police – even with search warrants – September 18, 2014
U.S. NSA watching, tracking phone users with Google Maps – January 28, 2014
U.S. NSA secretly infiltrated Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say – October 30, 2013
Google has already inserted some U.S. NSA code into Android – July 10, 2013
Court rules NSA doesn’t have to reveal its semi-secret relationship with Google – May 22, 2013
Edward Snowden’s privacy tips: ‘Get rid of Dropbox,” avoid Facebook and Google – October 13, 2014


    1. MY WORK PHONE needs more than 16GB of storage. Seriously… 16GB should have been abolished 1+ year ago. Our company doesn’t even buy 16GB phones any more.

      EVEN WITH 50GB of iPhoto Cloud space, I’m STILL running out of space on my work phone…

      Apple used to double storage for the same price. Now they just double profit margins for the same price.

    2. Only 16 GB? Well, now, if Apple designed it that way it must be necessary if not amazing. It’s not limited in any way, it’s just perfect for those niche users…..whoever they are.

  1. Before “Storage Full” message, iOS asks users if they wish to move their media to iCloud as a main host versus iPhone, and this helps a lot. So Google advertisement is misleading.

    Also, according to hard statistics from Apple that is responsible to SEC investigations in case of misinforming shareholders on things big and small, the majority of iPhone users do not even remotely fill up 16 GB.

    Those who have thousands of songs, hundreds of applications, and take photos of themselves in every toilet they ever visit are absolute minority (though it may not seem so to us, who are more technology-oriented than general public).

  2. I have a 16GB iPhone and have no complaints other than Apple apps that I do not want that cannot be deleted like Game Center, Tips, News, Find Friends, Compass, Reminders, Stocks & Weather. I have these grouped in a folder titled “Useless Apple Cruft”.

  3. Not interested.

    All my photos would eventually find their way into everything-Google.

    They will have some fine print somewhere that let’s them get them for free.

  4. I have a 16 g iPhones and I have no problem as I do not do heavy HD video editing on my SE.
    I love love love Google services though I do worry when the bait-and-switch is coming and I have all my content on Google Photos and Google Drive. But I’m the meantime I do not need more than 16 gigs. I download and delete apps as I need them. I see no reason to have tons of apps to scroll through that I rarely use.

    And I love Spotify. I have my favorite lists downloaded but I can access as much music as I want and let them worry about how they store them.

    I think the problem is more generational than anything else. Older people’s are paranoid and think hiding everything under their mattress is the best thing in the world. As someone who has lost data under my own care, I think trust Google and Microsoft with it more than I do myself. They have never lost my stuff, but my computers under my own care have crashed and I lost plenty of data on my own.

  5. 5GB iCloud data space is pathetic. Just as much as Apple’s bloated price for memory, which is dirt cheap today. Hell, Google triples that for free. Apple can do better, and before somebody comments about buying space, screw that.

  6. 16GB is rather small, but I have never come close to the limit. I stream my music from Apple Music (no need to download when T-Mobile doesn’t count music streaming against your 4G data), my pictures end up on my Macs (through My Photo Stream) at the end of the day, so I don’t really need to keep anything other than my apps on my phone. I periodically go through those apps and delete those that looked interesting when I downloaded them, but end up unused.

    About the only thing where 32GB would look nice is the ability to record hours of HD (or 4K) video.

    1. “About the only thing where 32GB would look nice is the ability to record hours of HD (or 4K) video”

      Other than, you know, installing a few larger apps. Or a bunch of medium-sized apps. Or saving some movies to watch during a 16 hour flight.

      1. For me, none of those are issue. I haven’t yet found an app that I wanted, but couldn’t fit on my phone. Perhaps some day I will.

        And I can’t remember last time I bothered putting movies on my phone to watch during a 16-hour flight. Over the past ten years, literally every airline has installed individual screens with hundreds of on-demand movies available, on all long-haul (6+ hrs) flights. I stopped putting movies on my phone long ago. I don’t even bother bringing my iPad into the cabin anymore (hassle having to pull it out for security screening); I just pack it with my checked luggage.

        1. You’re far braver than me, packing small valuables like that into checked baggage.

          Also, I haven’t had to pull out my iPad for any airport security screenings. Laptops yes, but when I ask they always say my iPad can remain in my bag.

  7. Apple should have stopped 16Gb phones long time ago. iPhone are supposed to be a camera, a music player, internet browsing machine with loads of apps and a huge collection of games, still they are peddling 16GB phones like other android phones is ridiculous. Considering it is 2016 Apple will be well served if they dish out phones with just 128Gb and 256GB and with memory prices falling it should not be hurting their bottom line much.

  8. The problem is people don’t upgrade when their needs change. They buy the phone thinking they’ll never download 8,000 pictures from other people. Then they realize what they can do with their phone and they get overwhelmed. At that point, they should just go replace the phone.
    The other problem is some people are just cheap. Just buy the phone with more storage from the start.

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