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Oct 12, 2011
I'm looking at my 8 Plus's storage and realize I've only taken up maybe 26GB of storage. I'm thinking of getting the XS today but might stick with 64GB. Does anyone else feel the same? I tend to stream most of my media.


macrumors newbie
Feb 6, 2010
I’m the same. Have had my x since December last year, still have 40gb left. I definitely don’t need more than 64gb
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macrumors 603
Oct 19, 2005
64gb would be enough for me as well. Not everyone has thousands of photos and other files that require local storage.

I have thousands of photos, but I use significantly less photo space since upgrading from my iPhone 7 Plus to X last year.

When you get a new phone. In my experiences your are only downloading basically the thumbnail versions of the photos / vides which takes up way less shortage. For example I was using roughly 20GB photo space on 7 Plus. Went to about 4GB on X.


Feb 9, 2003
presuming to be able to always connect to the net, and therefore being able to access to all my info (music, documents, films, photos, books), at any time, is an experiment i have often thought of, but never opted for in terms of paying for less storage space.
i'm still in too many situations in countries where wifi is not readily available / too slow, or cellular is not constantly fast enough.
so the thought of minimal storage space remains a thought experiment.

admiring all those who have bought the 512GB Xs Max.
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macrumors newbie
Dec 2, 2017
Using iCloud storage for photos has made it possible for me to use a 64GB phone. Since it only caches under 3GB for my 16,000 photo library, it saves a ton of space. With my entire music library of 1500 songs and 123 apps, I still have 20GB free. If I really wanted to I could just use google play with all my music loaded to it and not store any local music. But that $36/year 200GB icloud storage is totally worth it and it is a backup of my entire library as well.
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macrumors 603
May 6, 2008
64GB is more than enough for me. I usually hover around 25GB used. The most I've used up is 46GB when I travel since I download shows/movies and music locally to my device.


macrumors Core
Aug 31, 2011
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I'm looking at my 8 Plus's storage and realize I've only taken up maybe 26GB of storage. I'm thinking of getting the XS today but might stick with 64GB. Does anyone else feel the same? I tend to stream most of my media.
There was a time here on MacRumors where I was pilloried for buying more than I needed. I'm the type of person who buys what I want and if it happens to meet my needs then that's great.

But that drives some people nuts it seems, because apparently it's not okay with them that I 'waste' my own money buying more than what is necessary.

I'm bringing that up because whether 64 is more or less than you need or just right, you should get what you want or are comfortable with. If that actually happens to align with what you do need then great.
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macrumors 6502
Sep 5, 2008
I’ve had my 64gb iPhone X since launch and still have 30gigs left. 64gb is plenty for me at the moment.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 23, 2007
I've got a 128 GB iPhone 7 that's two years old. I'm only using 32 GB. Most of it is music and the next largest category is photos. I don't record many videos.

I recall reading that with SSDs in computers, sometimes there's an advantage to getting larger storage. Some larger drives have faster read/write speeds and larger drives can have more longevity because data can be written to more available cells, reducing the wear on a particular cell.

I don't know if this applies to flash storage in phones. And most people don't keep phones long enough to worry about the wear and tear on flash storage.


macrumors 6502
Jan 24, 2011
We have 2TB of iCloud storage and Apple Music for our family so we easily manage with 64GB phones.


macrumors regular
Jul 8, 2010
The price difference is $149. An extra $6/month if you pay over 2 years. I just knew the day would come when I'd run out of room and have to wipe out my photos and make sure they were backed up on my amazon prime photos app.

I get it, you can justify any spending if it's just $x/mo more, but considering it was 4 times the amount of storage, I didn't hesitate. Problems are more likely when you're limited on storage space.

It's a simple decoy tactic and it worked.
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