Apple may release a 1TB iPhone — here’s some juicy MATH on it


Get into your galoshes because we’re about to wade through the swamps of rumors, then cross the swamp of math. Confuses? Don’t be: a 1TB iPhone could be released this year and we have the numbers.

This has been rumored a few times, but 9to5Mac picked up a report from analyst firm Wedbush which stated that Apple’s iPhone 13 would have a 1TB storage option.

Currently this amount of storage is available on the iPad Pro, but the highest that the iPhone hits is 512GB on the 12 range. That’s interesting news, but… does anyone really want to a 1TB iPhone?


It might have sounded like a rhetorical question, but it was not. People definitely “want” a 1TB iPhone (me), but do they? need a 1TB iPhone? That, my friends, I can’t really answer. But I’ll try – because I’m like Icarus, even though instead of wings I have math.

So, to try to figure out the size of a 1TB iPhone, let’s think about the numbers:

  • 320 kbps MP3 (the highest quality available in this format) produces files 2.4 MB for every minute. If we say that a song is on average three minutes long, it should come to about 7.2MB per song. It means you can store 138889 songs on a 1TB iPhone. It would take you roughly 416,667 minutes listen. It is 6944 hours. Which one is 289 days. I am ready to try this for you, Apple.
  • 4K UHD video uses approximately 7 GB per hour of playing time. This means you can store approximately 143 hours of 4K footage on your 1TB iPhone. It’s just over 57 two-and-a-half-hour films. Or an extended cut from a Peter Jackson movie.
  • The average size of iOS apps is 34.3 MB. You could adapt 29,070 of them on a 1TB iPhone. I think I might have a panic attack thinking about my homescreen.
  • Did you know that the original Apple computer – the Macintosh 128K, released in 1984 – only had 400 KB of floppy disk storage? You can install it on a 1TB iPhone two and a half million times.

Let’s give up the bullets and do a last bit of math at the request of my colleague, Nino. This image of Sonic’s feet is 28 KB:

sonic feet 1

On the other hand, this one is 1.2 MB:

sonic feet 1tb iphone

If we divide the difference, we can pretty much say that every photo of Sonic’s feet is going to happen. 500 KB. This means that on a 1TB iPhone, you can hold two million photos of Sonic’s feet. You’re welcome, Nino.

So what have we learned as we walked through these digital hells? Ah, that’s right, 1TB is a lot of storage and only a handful of phones currently have it. Which makes sense, because it is a lot. What a time to live.

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Published March 1, 2021 – 09:32 UTC


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