Capacity of my new iPhone

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  1. snowydog macrumors 6502

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    Apologies if this sounds ridiculous or if I'm missing something, but I ordered 32gb iPhone and I've added a few apps, photos etc ... But it's showing my capacity as 28gb .. Of which I've used 3.2gb so I have 24.8gb remaining ...

    What's the deal with the 28 and why doesn't it say capacity as 32 ...

    This is my first iPhone although I do have the iPad but could someone explain this to me?

    Thanks.
     
  2. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020

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    The difference is because the iOS takes up space on the flash drive of your device! That 28 number sounds right.
     
  3. Bathplug macrumors 6502a

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    You have to download the rest of the capacity from the app store.
     
  4. Rat-Boy macrumors 65816

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    Maybe you can download some manners from the App Store.
     
  5. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020

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    That's NOT true.
     
  6. bboucher790 macrumors 65816

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    This is how all HDD's show capacity. You never get the "advertised" space in any drive you purchase.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/245851-32-hard-disk-label-actual-capacity-difference-excessive
     
  7. Hammie macrumors 65816

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    The thing that is bizarre is that the used space is not equal across all 3 sizes...

    16GB = ~15GB free
    32GB = ~28GB free
    64GB = ~54GB free

    Any thoughts on that?
     
  8. BB.King macrumors regular

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    The 32GB is unformatted space, the memory need to be formatted to become useful, the formatted space is just under 30GB. The iOS and stock apps then takes 2GB more, so the available space of the user is around 28GB.
     
  9. snowydog thread starter macrumors 6502

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  10. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    This exact post. Every year. Every new iDevice.
     
  11. TheNinjaJedi macrumors regular

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    Thats very odd.
     
  12. extraextra macrumors 68000

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    The more GB you have, the less actual space you have:

    So, for example, for 1TB you actually only get ~930GB.

    iOS is not taking up any more space on a 64GB iPhone than it is on a 16GB iPhone.
     
  13. dccorona macrumors 68020

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    "advertised" size uses a 10 based system: 1000mb represents a gig, 1000kb a meg, etc.

    But, in actuality, it's actually 1024mb in a gig, 1025kb in a meg, etc.

    You lose space that way essentially. You can approximate it by doing capacity*1000 / 1024, but that won't be totally accurate because this rounding happens at every level, not just the gigabyte level.
     
  14. Hammie macrumors 65816

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    Makes sense. I was not thinking about advertised versus actual... Thanks for setting me straight.
     
  15. Kadman macrumors 65816

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    Make that every computer device from music players, DVRs, computers, external HDDs, camera SD cards, etc. To be honest, it's starting to be mind blowing that someone can live in this digital age and not have come across this by now.
     

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