iPhone 11 Pro Anyone here actually use 512GB?

FlyingTexan

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I currently use 90GB on my X. but wondering what happens to the storage when you have three cameras blasting away at photos and video at the same time. Starting to wonder if I should just get the 512. Am I over thinking it? Also can you upgrade an order on the app without losing your window? Id like to upgrade my AppleCare to include theft and then there’s the 512GB debate.
 

BeaverHammer

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Between iCloud and streaming music, I’m not sure how one would use all that space. I am not a power user, however.
 

tranceking26

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I'd guess somebody who takes many long 4K videos, but the percentage of iPhone users doing that would be small.
 

ARizz44

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I currently use 90GB on my X. but wondering what happens to the storage when you have three cameras blasting away at photos and video at the same time. Starting to wonder if I should just get the 512. Am I over thinking it? Also can you upgrade an order on the app without losing your window? Id like to upgrade my AppleCare to include theft and then there’s the 512GB debate.
Yep. I organize all of my pictures and videos into subfolders on my MacBook and sync them back to the photos app using iTunes where they become titled, permanent folders. I never let my camera roll go above 300. I like to have all of my photos and videos locally stored, no reliance on a connection to access, and it serves as a backup of all that’s important to me being on my person at all times. Approximately 17,700 photos and 1,300 videos. I know I’m unique, but it’s what makes me happy. I put the time in, but I can find any photo in seconds. My 12 year old daughter has a folder for each year of her life, for example. It’s what I like.
 

tps3443

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Yes people store very large files on there iPhones. I’d go for the 256GB, you’ll be fine if you’re only using 90GB currently.

But by all means buy what you want.

I own a 1TB iPad Pro, and I ordered a 256GB Promaxgreen
 

FlyingTexan

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Let me ask this, because my cloud storage is 256GB.

Is there something you can plug into the bottom via lightning that just does a complete backup of new photos, videos, and files.
 

DCHook

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I actually went for the 512GB this year. I currently have a 256GB iPhone XS and I was surprised to notice within the last few months that I'm actually getting close to that limit. I'm a software developer with lots of test apps, etc. but that's not what really sucks down space. Thousands of photos, videos, 360 degree videos, drone videos, etc. just suck down space. Now, that being said, I should say that one of my goals during the iPhone 11 life cycle is to start going through some of the content and filtering it a bit and doing a better job of offloading it. I really think that 256GB should be plenty but with the state of my storage on the iPhone XS now, I knew that I would likely want that additional space during the trim process, etc.
 
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HelloMikee

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Photographer here with 200gb used on current iphone. 256gb would probably still be enough for the next year but I opted for the 512 just so I don’t have to even think about conserving space.
 

Shirasaki

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My entire iTunes library is reaching 512GB mark and I have no idea how fast this thing would grow. For me, 2TB iPhone would make me feel a bit better, on top of photos, videos, apps, and everything else.
 

eoblaed

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I'm currently using 340GB of my 512GB. Much of that is years worth of photos and a bunch of music. I travel pseudo-regularly, and am periodically in places with poor/no cell signal (eg. on a plane, haha). Having all my stuff in the cloud would make those times rather dry, sadly. Having a lot onboard means I always have it, no matter where I am.
 

gigapocket1

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Currently only have 53 gigs left on my 512gb xs max..
I would actually not have enough space if I didnt use iCloud.
 

HeyGreggie

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I have about 56gb just in iMessages alone.

512gb is the only way I can go. It will only get worse with Apple Arcade/Apple TV+.
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My entire iTunes library is reaching 512GB mark and I have no idea how fast this thing would grow. For me, 2TB iPhone would make me feel a bit better, on top of photos, videos, apps, and everything else.
I could get by with a 1TB iPhone to match my 1TB iPad. I'd ideally like my devices to have LIKE storage.
 
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mdjasrie

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I am predicting that I will be needing a 512GB model in future iphones. Perhaps in a couple of generations time. I have my fair share of travels and I take quite a bunch of photos and videos. I don't play games that much, so most of the space occupied are photos and videos. I am currently using more than half of my 256GB storage in my iPhone. Every time I travel and take photos, it takes a chunk of that remaining space.
 

thirdsun

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I do. I'm a music collector and my lossless music library, containing rare and obscure releases not avilable on any streaming platform, is currently at about 700 GB and growing. Luckily iTunes allows to transcode to a lossy format during sync which is good enough for mobile use, but at 256 kbps AAC I'm still dealing with about 250 GB (and growing).

Of course I considered getting a dedicated digital audio player like Sony's Walkman range. Nice, affordable devices, but I really don't like the idea of carrying another device around. That's why I regard my iPhone as a DAP and need the 512 GB. Unfortunately that size option is only available with the high end models. I'd love to get an iPhone 11 (despite the uncomfortable screen size) to save a significant amount of money, but it has to be the Pro.
 

C DM

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I currently use 90GB on my X. but wondering what happens to the storage when you have three cameras blasting away at photos and video at the same time. Starting to wonder if I should just get the 512. Am I over thinking it? Also can you upgrade an order on the app without losing your window? Id like to upgrade my AppleCare to include theft and then there’s the 512GB debate.
https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/anyone-fully-utilizing-512gb-of-storage-on-xs.2166418/

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/for-those-who-bought-512gb-what-do-you-put-on-your-iphones.2163845/
 

spooky23

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Defo think photographers and video creators will need the 512Gb. I think for casual use, it depends what else you horde. I have a 256Gb 8+ (upgrading to the Pro Max 256 this Friday). I have around 40Gb left on the device. That's after two years of usage. Have around 80Gb of music on the device and I now use You Tube Music to download or stream. Also have about 70Gb of photos. I've never had to delete anything because I'm running out of space but I do tend to de-select photo albums and generally manage them more often than not.

I'm a bit weird when it comes to icloud. I have 50Gb. It's barely used. I need to transition across to it but I'm a bit old skool.
 

hirsthirst

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Lossless music files and/or 4K video eat storage. You'd have to be going some otherwise to fill a 256GB phone, with a more unusual niche Use Case. 512GB seems like overkill.

I ripped all my CDs (long before I got Apple Music subscription) onto my iPhone via iTunes years ago, and have always liked to keep my full sized pics synced via Apple Photos onto iPhone and iPad & I'm now using 173GB of 256GB:

23,000 pics = 85GB
12,000 songs = 70GB (66GB on iPad & 92GB on my iMac - maybe they're not all synced, so could be fewer songs)

None of my other phone apps are bigger than 300MB total.

I drag & drop video clips out of Photos into a desktop folder on my iMac, otherwise I guess my iPhone storage would now be full.
 

Macalicious2011

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Yep. I organize all of my pictures and videos into subfolders on my MacBook and sync them back to the photos app using iTunes where they become titled, permanent folders. I never let my camera roll go above 300. I like to have all of my photos and videos locally stored, no reliance on a connection to access, and it serves as a backup of all that’s important to me being on my person at all times. Approximately 17,700 photos and 1,300 videos. I know I’m unique, but it’s what makes me happy. I put the time in, but I can find any photo in seconds. My 12 year old daughter has a folder for each year of her life, for example. It’s what I like.
That's dedication.

I use Google photos as the search queries makes it dead easy to find any photo in no time. Like "daughter + Disney" or "mummy + dad -son".

I have fiber optic broadband at work, the gym and at home so accessing photos is never an issues.
 
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