Not Enough Space On Your iPhone? Shops In China Can Upgrade It From 16GB To 128GB

All for only a charge of USD92 (RM397).

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The thing with iPhones is that they're already very expensive to begin with, which is why many opt for the 16GB version

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The RRP (Recommended Retail Price) for the newly launched iPhone 6s starts from RM3,199, for the 16GB model, while the 128GB model costs around RM4,699.

Which is why most aren't willing to pay for the 64 and 128 GB and given that there are no microSD slots, memory expansion is out of the question

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However, shops in China have found a way to bypass this problem - by replacing the storage of iPhone memories, something that hasn’t been done before

China’s legendary black markets have goods and services for every need, from organs to counterfeit designer handbags. For cashed-strapped Apple fans in this communist country, there’s also a thriving market around iPhone upgrades.

For a price of USD92 (RM397), a 16GB iPhone can be upgraded to 128GB. This is possible because repair shops have found a loophole in Apple's software.

This is done by tricking the iPhone into accepting a NAND chip that should not be there, thus taking advantage of a loophole found in Apple’s software. The entire process is relatively quick and will take about an hour to complete

The memory replacement involves tearing down the iPhone and removing the NAND chip from the logic board. Repair shops use heat to remove the default memory chip and replace it with a new one, which makes the upgrade a risky procedure for older devices like the iPhone 5s. On the iPhone 6 and iPads the procedure is a lot simpler.

According to Xu, a shop owner who provides the service said that the procedure requires experienced technicians because it requires welding

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According to Xu, owner of a phone repair shop in Chongqing Municipality, replacing the original memory card of the iPhone, which requires technicians with superb skills to weld the new memory card on sixty pinpoint soldered joints.

He also claimed to have worked on at least 70 iPhones in the past - with no defaults and problems

After just one week of introducing this new service, Xu’s shop has updated more than seventy iPhones with zero cases of user failure.

Apple officials in China currently have no comment on the issue, but going through a procedure like this would definitely void warranty

Should anything go wrong, the onus will probably be on you, and we sincerely doubt that Apple will cover that damage under its warranty.

Apple China’s officials have stated that they currently have no comment on the issue. It is possible that the company may include a patch in the next firmware update to prevent access to the serial numbers of storage chips to prevent this sort of thing from continuing to happen.

If you own an Apple device, you should consider upgrading it to iOS 9!