Why Apple iPhone doesn't have expandable memory slot?

By Ashiqur R.
18 March, 2022
2 years ago
6 Mins Read

In iPhone, we have never seen a memory slot while most of the android supporting phones do have a memory slot so that you can expand the internal memory and store more data inside of it. But why does Apple do that? There must be some very specific and valid reason for this purpose. We'll know a bit, let’s break down the issues then without having further introduction!

Body Thickness: In Apple iPhone, there are so many components such as chips, sensors, engines for different operations embedded on the logic board. Except for than logic unit there are a few other boards that are attached to the main board to perform properly. The places are so congestive that if they include a slot option then it’d require excess thickness which will certainly kill the unique look of iPhones.

Memory speeds: iPhones always release their phone models in various quantities with different storage capacities such as 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and so on. Users can choose any of the versions depending on the use. The main reason is, memory plays a vital role in a device. For example: Let’s assume, two PCs have different kinds of storage facilities as SSD and HDD. Now, if we try to compare the data transmission speed in both of them obviously SSD is going to show the maximum speed which is way faster than HDD.

Now in the case of memory cards, there are a lot of classes in memory cards. Read/Write speed gets changed based on the class of memory cards. Also, there are thousands of companies that produce memory cards, depending on the chip design and architecture technology, and price, the quality varies from brand to brand. So, if the data read/write speed falls then the performance of the entire device also falls accordingly. In order to get rid of this issue, they don’t provide any expandability options; rather they provide high-speed NvME technology which is way faster than the entire traditional data transfer tech. And their quality stays optimum.

Water-resistant: Nowadays most iPhone supports IP68, which denotes water and dust resistance. Now, if there is a memory slot and which is expected to insert or open frequently which can damage the phone’s water-resistant cushion and destroy the protective IP68 layers.

Performance: The performance is very much inter-connected with the storage. For example, You have an Android phone which core specifications are: Snapdragon 888, 12GB of RAM, and Adreno 660. Now if you’re playing a game then the game files have to be read and written from the storage after all. Now if your storage is slower than even after having a cutting edge high-performance specification your application or game will still lag and play in lower FPS (Frame per Second). So, it is really necessary to have faster storage in order to match the compatibility with all other units which helps to process the data. Now, bad-quality memory cards reduce your performance drastically when Apple doesn’t give them the chance to lower the performance at all.

In the end, we can expect you all to understand why Apple iPhone doesn’t have a memory slot for storage expandability. Though, it is also a marketing strategy as well. For a phone like iPhone X, 64GB is nothing when you’ll shoot a 4K video or take high-resolution photos. So, you’ll ultimately have to upgrade at a certain point and the price difference is also more from one to another variant. Still, Apple believes in quality and experience, not just a device combined with hardware and software. Please let us know too if you’re having any thoughts on it?