While things have been relatively quiet on the iPhone
hardware front since its launch in 2006, the company released a number of
firmware updates to add features and address bugs with the phone's software.
Likewise, Apple's iPod
touch has been available in only 8GB and 16GB capacities since launch.
Apple is giving both product lines storage boosts today with
a new iPhone SKU coming in with 16GB of storage and a new iPod touch SKU with
32GB of storage. Both new models are priced at $499.
"For some users, there’s never enough memory,"
said Apple vice president of Worldwide iPod and iPhone Product Marketing Greg
Joswiak. "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
Both devices will come pre-loaded with the latest 1.1.3
firmware which adds Mail, Notes, Stocks and Weather applications to the
iPod touch. The 1.1.3 firmware also gives iPhone users an upgraded Maps
application with position triangulation, improved text messaging and support
for web clips.
Apple says that both the 16GB iPhone and 32GB iPod touch are
available immediately from the Apple Store or any of Apple's brick and mortar