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macrumors newbie
Oct 7, 2019
I always like to go 256gb. 512gb is too much for me while 64gb is too little. It’s always good to have the extra storage especially with all these 4K and HD pictures. Like they say, it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it!.


macrumors 601
Dec 25, 2013
64gb is enough for me. Everything is on the cloud. I have unlimited data so I don’t download my songs from Apple Music unless I know I’m going to be in an area with bad coverage.


macrumors 6502a
Sep 17, 2012
Chicago, IL
If you don't want to think about having enough storage constantly, I would opt to the 256GB. But like mentioned above, if you utilize iCloud for your pics/vids and such, then 64GB should be sufficient. I don't use iCloud so for me, 256GB is that sweet spot.
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macrumors 603
Feb 5, 2009
Do you use iCloud / Google Photos for your Photos & Videos ? Do you use Netflix / Spotify ? If yes, 64 Gb is enough in 99% in all situations.

If you want your original photos / videos on your phone. Put a tons of MP3 and videos, buy the 256Gb model.

Agreed. I have a large library of music and photos, and if I needed to store all of it locally all the time, I would need more than 64Gb. However, I leverage iCloud and general cloud functionality at $.99 a month, which is cheaper over the course of a year than paying for more local storage.

I think the real question is how often do you really need all of your media available to you vs. being comfortable with it being accessible in the cloud. Or, do you have unlimited data and are frequently without WiFi.
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macrumors 603
Mar 18, 2009
I’ve been using 64GB since the 6s (except for a brief stretch with the 7 with 128GB). But 64 has always been enough for me. Most of the time it tends to sit around 40GB used.

I think you really need to look at your previous usage and get a good idea from that.
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macrumors 6502a
Oct 17, 2011
Like above, look at your current usage and decide based on that not what others tell you. I had a 256gb X and was using like 30gb. I use the cloud for pics and vids. I decided this time around it didn't make sense to pay for extra storage I'm probably not going to use. If so I can manage it as it won't be extreme either way based on how I know I tend to use my phone.


macrumors 68020
Aug 19, 2009
S. AZ.
64 is more than enough for me. Currently have 49.4 GB available after setup and everything back on it.


Oct 18, 2018
64 is plenty for me. I just checked and I've only used 23GB. I have more than enough right now. I stream music on spotify and everything is in the cloud. I'm good.


macrumors regular
Aug 9, 2019
As someone mentioned above, 128GB is ideal. I had an iPhone 7 with 128GB, only ended up using 48GB. I am currently using an XR, with 42.3 GB out of 64 used. With Apple Music enabled, I prefer to download my songs for offline streaming, and I do listen to a lot of music. With my Pro Max, I opted for 256GB because I do plan on using the cameras a lot for photography as well as downloading more music.

darkside flow

macrumors 6502
Aug 11, 2010
I posted a bunch about how I moved to a 64gb after two years of 256gb because I was only using 28gb. Well.. first day of shooting some 4k video clips at a concert and I picked up my 256gb today lol. If you're going to shoot video and want to utilize the higher quality options, I can now say that 64gb is not enough. I'm never going to use 256gb but I'm going to end up using more than 64gb. So use that info as you will.
Unfortunately, the 128GB will never be a base model. Almost every single person would get that leaving the other two storage compacities to dust. Apple knows exactly what they're doing.

I still think Apple is silly not to offer 128gb. People will choose 64gb over 256gb if they're not high capacity users and Apple loses ~$200 on those transactions. If you offer 128gb, you will get lots of borderline users upgrading and gain ~$100 on those. The people who really use 256gb won't want to scale down to 128gb. The 512gb crazies are set in stone too. :p


macrumors 68040
Sep 15, 2012
Another point to keep in mind is that Apple will refuse to appraise a higher value to units equipped with larger storage tiers. You'll get the exact same trade-in value on a 256 or 512GB unit as the 64GB unit.

So, in addition to all the points presented already, I would urge you to also consider the lower trade-in values in your decision model.


macrumors 601
Jan 24, 2013
Johannesburg, South Africa
Hard decision. I mean Pro 11

Depends on what you need. Personally I’ll never settle for less than 256GB, even though I have 200GB iCloud storage, I love recording videos in 4K, playing some games and also having all my music offline, so I need a lot of storage.

Depending on how I do with my 256GB XS Max by end of next year, I may get a 512GB iPhone next or 1TB if it exists by the time I get another one.


macrumors newbie
Sep 21, 2019
I keep phones for a long time so got a 256. Probably a waste of money but I thought the 16gb base model on my last phone was adequate and it’s definitely not. If I knew I was going to upgrade in 1-2 years I’d go with 64.
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macrumors 68030
Mar 25, 2013
64 is more than enough. Cloud storage is plenty and with some games and swapping out of Netflix shows I'm always around 30GB free anyways.

Phone Junky

macrumors 68020
Oct 29, 2011
The $50 bump to 128GB in the 11 is much more palatable. As mentioned above, if you're one that doesn't want the hassle of selling your phone and just trade it in to Apple, paying for more storage is not the way to go.


macrumors member
Sep 26, 2017
I'm often in areas where data connection isn't the greatest or I'm overseas so I usually opt for the 256GB. I never fill it up but 64GB would be too little. In my experience it's been easier to sell my 256GB version when the time comes as well so resale might be something to consider.
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