64 vs 256gb dilemma

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  1. gui0312 macrumors 6502

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    I’m about to pull the trigger on the 10.5 pro 64v 256. I’ve had a pro 12.9 128 gb which I filled to about 28-30 gb. I don’t really watch any movies on my iPad. I do have music, but my iPhone 7plus which is 256gb has only filled 45gb with mostly music and photos. Apple has really put it tough for me this time around with the price increase. I’m just not sure 100.00 more is worth the extra GB’s I will not use. Also, I have my iCloud storage of 200gb I pay I think it’s 3.00/month for. Help me out please!
     
  2. vistokid macrumors 6502

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    I was in the exact same boat. Coming from the 128GB 9.7 Pro, I never filled more than 40GB on it. I originally ordered a 64GB 10.5 but cancelled my order the same day and went 256GB. I have a feeling Apple won't be refreshing this model for at least a year a half so might as well spend the extra $100.

    Hope that helps!
     
  3. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

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    If you plan on keeping this iPad for 2 years or more, I would absolutely spend the extra $100 and spring for the 256 GB. Over time, your storage needs will grow, especially with iOS 11 unless you will be 100% cloud-based with your file storage.

    If you think you’ll keep this one less than 2 years (i.e. you buy the next iPad when it comes out in 18 months or less) then you will likely be fine with 64 GB based on your current usage.

    The decision on what size to get does not change based on this, but if you want to save $50-$65, then order it through B&H Photo where you do not pay any sales tax upfront.
     
  4. DNichter macrumors 68040

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    256GB, easy choice for an extra $100.
     
  5. Donka macrumors 68020

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    I normally just buy the entry level model as I never liked Apple's £80 per storage jump but now the jump from 64GB to 256GB for £90 finally seems like a good deal. If money isn't an option, I think it could be a wise investment as you may need the extra capacity in the long term and if not, it would help with any potential resale.
     
  6. Kiezpirat80 macrumors 6502

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    There is no dilemma. This is the first time that you can get four times extra storage for only 100$/€ from Apple.
    [​IMG]
     
  7. gui0312 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for all the perspectives. I definitely wont be using half of that storage I’m afraid. I do however see the point in the resale value of the 256 v. 64. I do tend to upgrade iPad’s routinely, guilty! So it might hurt, but I guess the 256 GB is looking like the better option.
     
  8. xqtr macrumors newbie

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    What dilemma? If you can afford it, always go for more storage.
     
  9. vistokid macrumors 6502

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    Usually the base model is always the most popular, but this go around I feel the 256GB might be neck and neck with the 64GB. If you look at the shipping times the 256GB is the model that seems to be the most popular. However maybe Apple produced more 64GB models. Who knows.
     
  10. O.N.Y.X macrumors member

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    If you do upgrade routinely, get the 64 GB one and save the first $100 for its successor. If you don't (and to be honest this thing seems to be fast enough for the next couple of years), get the 256 GB model.
     
  11. Donka macrumors 68020

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    Apart from the last Pro - 32GB to 128GB.
     
  12. Fuzzball84 macrumors 6502

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    Bigger is better :) The more money Apple makes the better the next version :)
     
  13. sracer macrumors 603

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    Yes, the base model is generally the most popular, but traditionally the middle tier storage options has generally been the best value.
     
  14. ABC5S Suspended

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    Cloud-based for me, and I had a 32 GB of memory on one of my iPads. Now I have the 64 GB version coming today. I have 128 GB on my iPhone 7 and I still haven't even gotten to the 32 GB yet and it's been almost a year. Some like more and need it and some really like me do not, ever. The cloud for me.
     
  15. havenyoung, Jun 13, 2017
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    Apple charge $200 for Macs to upgrade from 128GB to 256GB SSD(for higher capacity $100 every 128 GB). For iPhone and iPad they usually charge $100 to go from 128GB to 256GB. Now on iPad Pro you pay $100 to go from 64GB to 256GB. Sure they are different flash storage types but that's probably the most generous flash storage upgrade option among Apple products.
     
  16. rui no onna, Jun 13, 2017
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    rui no onna macrumors 603

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    You're not gonna get a dollar for dollar return on storage upgrades when you resell. However, mid-tier storage does make it easier to sell devices on the secondary market.

    If you're thinking of choosing 256GB over 64GB for resale value and not because you think you'll benefit from the extra capacity, then don't. You're gonna spend $100 + tax more on something that'll net a return of $30-80.
     
  17. gui0312 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Awesome point! Thanks!
     
  18. lockerc18 macrumors 6502

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    I have an iPad3 with 64GB, which has 44GB free. My iPhone 6+ with 64GB has 39GB free. My mid-2012 rMBP with 256GB SSD has 138GB free. My 2015 Yoga with 256GB SSD has 184GB free. My 10.5 IPP will have 64GB, if it ever gets here.

    System usage is different for everyone. But I don't understand why people say they need 512GB on an iPad because they watch so many videos. How often do they watch them? If they watch enough to really justify that much storage, they must spend all their waking moments watching videos.

    I don't treat my storage like cache for videos and music. Maybe it's just me, but once I watch a movie, I'm done with it, and I delete it. I have no reason to keep hundreds of movies on my system. If I want music, I listen to Pandora or Spotify. The days of ripping CDs onto your phone so you can carry all those tunes around are over.

    And then there's the cloud. If you want to maintain a mammoth library of videos you watch once every blue moon, put them in the cloud, and then you get at them from any device. Why load up your mobile device with them?

    I just don't get the need for so much storage on a mobile device. That said, if the new iPad offered 128 GB, I would have gotten that. But 256 GB? That's crazy. For me, anyway. YMMV.
     

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