5s 64gb storage?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by BullittMustang, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. BullittMustang macrumors 6502a

    Mar 27, 2008
    I know we don't get the whole 64gb available. Mine says 56.7 capacity in settings. Can someone with a 64gb model check theirs and let me know?

  2. Yoshi Yogurt macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2010
    Is this you're first time using digital storage in your life?
  3. LV426 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 22, 2013
    Perfectly normal. Your phone's operating system is installed onto the same flash memory, which takes out some space.
  4. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    Not only your phone's OS but all apps also eat up this 64gb.

    It is normal:apple:
  5. BullittMustang thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 27, 2008
    Wow. Thanks everyone. If you reread my first sentence, I said I knew it was normal. I just wanted to know someone else's amount.

    Great to see such a friendly group.
  6. LV426 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 22, 2013
    4s: 43.GB Available, 13.3GB Used.
  7. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    iPhone 5, 57.3GB total capacity.

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  8. DefDad macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2010
    I have a 64gb 5s I also show a capacity of 56.7gb.
  9. kmpowell macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2003
    You're running iOS6.1 though, which isn't a like for like comparison as iOS7 is a marginally bigger OS.

    Here's my 64GB 5S showing 56.7GB

  10. Satnam1989 macrumors 65816

    Nov 16, 2011
    56.7 Is Normal on iOS 7+ iPhone 5S
    57.3 Is Normal on iOS 6 iPhone 5

    Kinda does suck that we continue to loose space as the iOS advances in versions. but I think Apple can do a clean up though and they should.

    Like many Apps that we download from the App Store that are universal -- no matter which device we download it on - the App also downloads the files needed to run on other devices.

    Ex Download a Universal App on a iPhone 5S, It will also download the component needed for the app to run on iPad and iPad Mini thus increasing the total size of the App downloaded and storage capacity used by the App.

    I understand this eliminates the need for downloading the App again and and again but I think it would be better if the app downloaded the remaining data once it was installed on the other devices in a minor "update" fashion.
  11. eyoungren, Oct 8, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2013

    eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    Uhm…are you saying that the size of the OS determines the capacity of the flash storage?

    I get that iOS 7 is larger, but that's kind of like saying that running Mountain Lion instead of Tiger on a Mac changes the capacity of the hard drive. The hard drive capacity remains the same. It's the OS that gets bigger or smaller.
  12. BullittMustang thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 27, 2008
    Thank you everyone for the helpful replies.
    I have never had a 64gb version, and the loss of space seemed high compared to my 16gb versions I have had.
  13. firstapple macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2007
    Outside of the OS there is also a "loss" of space due to the fact that advertised capacity is not the true capacity... 64GB advertised is actually more like 59.5GB (before the size of the OS comes into play).

    Whatever the advertised space is you should take roughly 7% off of that number to come up with the true capacity of the device. This is what I have read anyways...
  14. Namji macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2010
    So why does Apple advertise 64gb when actually it is 57 or 56 gb? storage available..
  15. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    Because it is a 64gb chip. But after formatting and the OS and system apps only 57ish is available to the user.
  16. bartzilla macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2008
    Sadly that's the way the industry does it. Microsoft pull the same kind of stunt with their surface tablets, for example. It's something of a cheap-ass trick for any vendor to be doing, don't get me wrong, but it's also "accepted practice" in IT.
  17. whtrbt7 macrumors 65816

    Jun 8, 2011
    64GB chips in the device mean that there is a physical chip in the device that is 64GB. Space gets eaten up by format, OS, and included Apps. iOS in general is decently small compared to some other OSs. If you eliminate the OS, you'll have almost a full 64GB for storage but then your iPhone wouldn't be an iPhone since it would just be a portable hard drive with just formatting.
  18. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    64gb is raw unformatted decimal based storage

    in reality the file system needs to be formatted first, then the OS and computers work in binary and not decimal
  19. Nerio27 macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2012
    OP just wanted people to post their max capacity to compare because this will fluctuate slightly from device to device, not to explain why it isn't the full 64gb. I only have a 32gb though, which is at 27.5gb.
  20. Dave Felix macrumors 6502a

    Dave Felix

    Apr 9, 2011
    Scranton, Pennsylvania
    welcome my friend, some people on here cannot just answer a simple question
  21. eelw macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2012
    It's not a cheap ass trick. It's just the difference how humans use the decimal system and computers use the binary system.
  22. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Exactly, if someone is measuring with a yard and someone else is measuring with a meter of course the lengths are going to be different.
  23. Mercenary macrumors 65816


    Sep 17, 2012
    It's so because they are legally allowed to say its 64gb rather than 57. So they will of course use the number which looks best.

    Also, 64 is a nice round number in the computer world. 57 is a little random.
  24. Satnam1989 macrumors 65816

    Nov 16, 2011
    64GB is seen by iOS as 60.5GB approx. iOS 7 when expanded/installed it takes about 3.2GB and Apple always keeps approx. 400-700MB [depending on device capacity] Extra on the OS partition (if u have ever jailbroken your device you can see the partitions and their storage -- as well as the empty space in the OS partition) and the OS uses that extra 500-700MB to download/store certain things.
  25. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    What difference where you expecting?

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