It’s all about the chips.
Apple today rolled out new configurations of the iPhone and iPod Touch, doubling the storage capacity of previous models. The iPhone is now available in a 16GB model ($499), with the iPod Touch topping out at 32GB ($499). Previous iPod Touch models are still available — 8GB ($299) and 16GB ($399) — as is the original 8GB iPhone ($399).
For the time being at least, the new higher capacity iPhone is available in the U.S.-only, whereas the new iPod Touch models are shipping worldwide.
Apple’s Greg Joswiak, vice president of Worldwide iPod and iPhone Product Marketing, is quoted in the press release saying: “For some users, there’s never enough memory. Now people can enjoy even more of their music, photos and videos on the most revolutionary mobile phone and best Wi-Fi mobile device in the world.”