Buying iPad Pro - storage

Discussion in 'iPad' started by stianJ, Sep 28, 2017.

  1. stianJ macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2006
    Hi. I'm buying an iPad Pro 10.5 to use as "primary computer" (my wife still has a macbook air I can borrow in case of emergency ;)

    But I can't decide whether to choose the 64 or 256 GB of storage. On my iPhone I have 64, currently use 35 GB. I have a Synology DiskStation where I store all my files, photos, etc. I also use iCloud for photos.
    So on an iPad Pro, do I need storage space for anything else than apps? (and local music/movies when on vacation)
  2. Leo90 macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2014
    Well, that will only depend on you. I got a 64GB iPad Pro as most of the media I consume is through streaming services and great part of data I work with is stored on iCloud. Whenever I travel, I download whatever I need and after I come back everything goes back to the iCloud automatically as I have “optimize ipad storage” turned ON. Besides, I still have plenty of apps downloaded on my iPad (games and project related apps) and I always have 10GB left. For my usage, 64GB is actually more than enough. No way I could justify getting a 256GB when I am sure I wont be using nearly half its storage capacity. The money I saved was used to buy a Smart Keyboard instead and that transformed my iPad into a viable laptop replacement.
  3. eric89074 macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2012
    It's $100 more and the new pro will probably last you 5 years or more. Get 256GB.
  4. sparksd macrumors 68020

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
    For $100, I would definitely go for the larger storage.
  5. Leo90 macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2014
    Easy for you americans to say that But here in the UK the price difference between 64 and 256 is £150.
  6. Mack812, Sep 28, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2017

    Mack812 macrumors member


    Dec 14, 2013
    Honolulu, HI
    I would advise getting the 256 gb model since in my opinion it’s better to have too storage space than to have too little.
  7. TravisPNW macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2017
    Renton, WA
    I had a 128GB Air 2... and when I upgraded recently to the 12.9 Pro I went with the 256GB.

    I'm big into movies and like to keep a variety on my iPad for viewing. It's nice to have 20 different movies to choose from and still have storage available. That's how it was at 128GB... so it's only going to be better at 256GB.

    (I didn't see a need for 512GB)

    At any rate... didn't even consider the 64GB.
  8. JPIndustrie macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2008
    Queens, NY
    I have a 64 go iPad Air 2 , at the time I thought that was all the storage I needed. Nope.

    Then I got a 128 GB 6s , sureLy 3 digits would suffice to my needs ... no not with the 12mp camera and the variety of games out there

    When the iPad Pros were $100 off at bb I'm glad at the last minute during check out time I asked them to get me 512 gb instead.

    It's just nice to not have to worry about storage. Famous last words
  9. KitnB, Sep 28, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2017

    KitnB macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2017
    New York, NY
    Just a month ago I decided I would buy an iPad Pro to make it a laptop replacement/main computing device but I went a slightly different route:

    I choose to buy a refurbished 128GB iPad Pro 9.7 directly from Apple. I also bought an open-box, new condition Apple Smart Keyboard (from eBay), a brand new Apple Pencil and a normal Apple Keyboard (for my desk in my home office). All of this for less than the price of a 256GB 10.5” iPad Pro.

    So I would highly suggest you look into refurbished deals from Apple and others on a 9.7” if you really don’t need 120Hz for Apple Pencil hardcore use.

    If you have your heart set on a 10.5” then hurry now to your local Best Buy and snatch up a 256GB for $100off; and dont’ even think about a 64GB iPad Pro if you’re serious about making this a laptop replacement. Trust me, even with all your tricks of offloading photos, files, etc., you’re going to fill up that 64GBs a LOT faster than you think.

    Lastly, don’t forget the Apple Smart Keyboard if you want to be mobile. If you plan on using it stationary, you can simply use a normal desktop keyboard.

    Good luck.
  10. kristalsoldier macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2013
    If you are going to use it as a primary machine then yes, the bigger storage is probably worthwhile. But if it will be a secondary device for you, then maybe the 64 GB version would suffice.
  11. max2 macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2015
    I disagree with 4K movies.
  12. Romac macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2012
    I have a 256, and had 128 on my gen 1 Pro. I was fine at 128 so 256 is currently overkill for me. I use my iPad as my main daily driver for everything except real file storage and management, I shoot and edit a lot of video and then airdrop it to a mac with external drive once finished for long term storage. There’s no way I could get by with 64 gb personally, but my use case requires it. I’m not sure I need 256 until I start working with more 4K footage but I’m glad it’s there and I have the option.

    I’m with others on this one, buy as much storage as you can afford/see yourself using for future proofing if you’re wanting to truly use it across the board. I’d hate to have 64 gb and constantly worry about hitting the ceiling at some point over the next couple years as things grow.
  13. stianJ thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2006
    Thanks for all the input! Very useful. Actually I ended up with a 512GB! My local store in Norway had a discount, from the original price of $1300 to $950. (To compare, 64GB is $880 from Apple)
  14. danny842003 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2017
    A total no brainer there. You will make your outlay up on any resale for sure.

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