iPad Pro 64 GB or 256 GB

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So I consider of buying the 10.5" iPad Pro but I'm struggling.. which version of them I should buy?
I want to use them for educational purposes also for entertainment (i.e. apps, music, movies, surfing etc.)
 
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James.K.Polk

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I'll be the fist to chime in - I have a 32GB SE, and had a 16GB iPhone 6 before it, and never had problems. I have several pages of practical apps but no offline games or movies, because I never use them. I don't think 32 GB is a bad thing on phones - I appreciate it, actually - but I think 64 is more than enough for most people (and maybe MacRumors users *are* the exception).

For your use, depending on what these 'music' and 'movies' entail, it may be worth seeing how much storage you've used on your phone for reference.
 

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My current iPad is 64GB and is only filled if I go away on holiday or for work. But for only an additional £90 I opted for the 4x storage. This iPad will have to last a few years so it was worth it.
 
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I have an iPhone 7 Plus here with 128 GB of storage with 97 GB left.
I've downloaded all my music, have thousands of photos and hundreds of videos.
 
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So I consider of buying the 10.5" iPad Pro but I'm struggling.. which version of them I should buy?
I want to use them for educational purposes also for entertainment (i.e. apps, music, movies, surfing etc.)
How will you watch your movies? Netflix? Then storage is not an issue.
If you want to put all your movies in your iPad, then get 256GB.
If not, then 64GB is actually enough if you only want to carry some of your music/movies.
 
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So I consider of buying the 10.5" iPad Pro but I'm struggling.. which version of them I should buy?
I want to use them for educational purposes also for entertainment (i.e. apps, music, movies, surfing etc.)
That is a drastic differerence between 64 GB and 256 GB. I think it's completely dependent on how much content you download and/or store. Ask yourself, do you need 256 GB of memory based on your current usage.
 
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On my iPhone I still have 97 GB left (128 GB Version)
But the thing is, I want to use the iPad for the university and I don't know, if the uni stuff will take too much storage. Like pdfs, a lot of notes etc. I want to go Apple only this year and I don't wanna use a normal notebook or anything like that but also I don't wanna delete anything if the storage is full after a half year. Sure I could get the 256 GB model but it's also pricier.
 
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If money is not an issue then it is better to have and not need than to need and not have. Some form of practicality should come into play as well. I can fill 128 but not 256. I wanted the 512 just because but settled on the 256 after not being able to justify a $200+ jump for storage I won’t touch anyways.
 

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Also I'm going to buy the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard.
 

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On my iPhone I still have 97 GB left (128 GB Version)
But the thing is, I want to use the iPad for the university and I don't know, if the uni stuff will take too much storage. Like pdfs, a lot of notes etc. I want to go Apple only this year and I don't wanna use a normal notebook or anything like that but also I don't wanna delete anything if the storage is full after a half year. Sure I could get the 256 GB model but it's also pricier.
For school, I would say you don't need much storage. I used an iPad for 2 years at the end of my degree and it was 128GB Pro. I never managed to get it past 30 or so GB's. I had some music downloaded but not much, after all I get WIFI at school and almost everywhere else I go. Also, for school work, PDF's usually don't take much space as well do documents (YMMV). However, almost everything I used had a cloud base, Pages, Keynote, Word, Powerpoint, Notes to name a few. I also had some PDF copies of text books loaded on the iPad via iBooks. So all in all, unless you're going to store HD movies 5GB+ on there and a crap ton of music, or not utilize the Optimization for Photos then go for the 256GB, other than that, you will be fine with 64 and can save that 100 for Apple care or just in your wallet. Also, my iPhone is 256GB because I wanted Jet Black and they didn't have another lower GB model..(stupid, but yeah). I have 43GB filled there, I have a LOT more music on that one and I take a ton more photos with my iPhone than an iPad.
 
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Jro29

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I debated on the 64 vs 256. I figured if I ever wanted to do photo editing on it, which I would like to do, 256 would be good. But then I thought, i don't do that now, so I can live off the cloud with 64 GB.
Turns out, when I went to the Verizon Store, all they had was 256 GB. So decision made. I am OK with it because if I keep it for a couple of years, I imagine that I will go over 64 GB. I don't like managing my content and my devices tend to get cluttered.
 

geemiller05

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Divine intervention lol You were destined for the 256 lol I don’t think you’ll regret it. Idk how much of a movie fan you are, but let 10 of those suckers be downloaded locally and you’ll be glad to have 4x the storage!
 

macduke

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You could always add 50GB of iCloud Drive for $0.99/mo if 64GB ends up not being enough space. Even if you had that for four years before upgrading your iPad, that's still only $47.52 which is less than spending $100 on the 256GB, and during that time it's likely the 50GB tier will get a bump in storage. iOS 11 on the iPad has a Files app and you can store all your uni stuff in the cloud if you need to. Depends how good your internet access is. Might be able to hotspot to your iPhone if your carrier supports it, in a pinch. If you're going to be keeping this iPad for a long time, however, 256GB might be the way to go—especially if you download a lot of videos locally for the subway or airplane.
 
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You could always add 50GB of iCloud Drive for $0.99/mo if 64GB ends up not being enough space. Even if you had that for four years before upgrading your iPad, that's still only $47.52 which is less than spending $100 on the 256GB, and during that time it's likely the 50GB tier will get a bump in storage. iOS 11 on the iPad has a Files app and you can store all your uni stuff in the cloud if you need to. Depends how good your internet access is. Might be able to hotspot to your iPhone if your carrier supports it, in a pinch. If you're going to be keeping this iPad for a long time, however, 256GB might be the way to go—especially if you download a lot of videos locally for the subway or airplane.
I have the $2.99 plan via iCloud. Not even sure what I get but its a lot of cloud space!
 

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I have the $2.99 plan via iCloud. Not even sure what I get but its a lot of cloud space!
I have the 2TB because I have 250GB in iCloud, which is mostly photos. For some reason Apple feels the need to jump from 200GB to 2TB. At least iOS 11 will allow family iCloud storage sharing, which will save me a little. Anyone on the beta know how that works? Do I allocate space to each member or do they all pull from the pool? It would be nice if I could set limits so certain family members don't go crazy with it.
 
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On my iPhone I still have 97 GB left (128 GB Version)
But the thing is, I want to use the iPad for the university and I don't know, if the uni stuff will take too much storage. Like pdfs, a lot of notes etc. I want to go Apple only this year and I don't wanna use a normal notebook or anything like that but also I don't wanna delete anything if the storage is full after a half year. Sure I could get the 256 GB model but it's also pricier.
Buy the larger version. OS 11 seems like it makes the iPad even more of a productivity tool. If that is how you use it then 64gb will be tight.

Remember also that you get back a bit of what you spend now either when you sell it (256gb will sell for more) or in happiness of whomever you give it to when you are done with it (these devices might last 10 years).
 
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clukas

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For longevity I would probably choose 256GB. I currently have the 128GB iPad Pro, and its more than enough, but Im using more than 64GB of storage. For the price I would suggest 256GB offers a nice storage upgrade, and you won't have to worry about storage probably for the life of the device, whilst its likely you may run out on 64GB. If you only browse the web, watch Netflix and do moderate email, then 64GB would be enough, otherwise 256GB is worthy consideration.
 
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KrisLord

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I have the 2TB because I have 250GB in iCloud, which is mostly photos. For some reason Apple feels the need to jump from 200GB to 2TB. At least iOS 11 will allow family iCloud storage sharing, which will save me a little. Anyone on the beta know how that works? Do I allocate space to each member or do they all pull from the pool? It would be nice if I could set limits so certain family members don't go crazy with it.
I’ve just tested it, you have to enable family sharing, then it shows you how much each member is using.

No signs of any quota management, it’s a free for all!
 
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64GB is actually a pretty decent size. I was very critical of Apple for still carrying 8GB and 16GB base models back in 2014. That was just way too small even back then. Particularly for the 8GB model, you practically needed to empty your device just to be able to do OTA updates.

It's a pleasant surprise to see 32GB as base for budget devices and 64GB as base for higher end devices.
 

macduke

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I’ve just tested it, you have to enable family sharing, then it shows you how much each member is using.

No signs of any quota management, it’s a free for all!
Haha, thank you! Hopefully we get some tools at some point, but for now it's better than nothing. I can't see them not having controls at some point as people's kids start loading all kinds of crap in there. Personally, I'm more worried about my grandpa and having him load it up with thousands of 600 DPI TIFF scans of family photos and hundreds of hours of imported videos from his Mac using the Files app while he's creating iMovie projects with the iPad Air 2 I just gave him. He has piles of hard drives filled with dozens of terabytes of data. Fortunately he has 10Mbps DSL so he can only do so much damage before I would notice it going up, lol.
 
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You could always add 50GB of iCloud Drive for $0.99/mo if 64GB ends up not being enough space. Even if you had that for four years before upgrading your iPad, that's still only $47.52 which is less than spending $100 on the 256GB, and during that time it's likely the 50GB tier will get a bump in storage. iOS 11 on the iPad has a Files app and you can store all your uni stuff in the cloud if you need to. Depends how good your internet access is. Might be able to hotspot to your iPhone if your carrier supports it, in a pinch. If you're going to be keeping this iPad for a long time, however, 256GB might be the way to go—especially if you download a lot of videos locally for the subway or airplane.
Of course, this is assuming you have a decent internet connection. If you travel overseas, internet can be pretty spotty at times so even using the phone as hotspot may not be an option.
 
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