iPad mini GB usage issue

cottonjenn

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May 4, 2009
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Ok, I have a 16GB iPad Mini and with each update I have to delete apps. Right now my iPad Mini shows that I have 1.1GB available and 12.4GB used. Where is the other 2.5GB? Is it in Never Neverland? For the update it's telling me I need 1.19GB. Pretty soon with all these updates I'm not going to have room for any apps. I'm deleting photos like crazy. None of the apps are that big which means I have to delete like four or five, not sure. This is driving me crazy. My 16GB is becoming a waste. Anyone else having this issue. I'm really ticked off at this.
 

Rodster

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It's probably cached data. Try backing up your iPad to iTunes then delete stuff so you can do the update. Then do a restore with iTunes.
 

CEmajr

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The OS takes up some of the space automatically. You never receive the full advertised amount of GB for any electronic device that you buy.
 

Mlrollin91

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Out of the box a 16GB unit is really only 15.625GB. Then you have to subtract the size of the OS and all preinstalled software.

A storage device with 16GB is 16,000,000,000 bytes. But in reality, 16GB is actually 17,179,869,184 bytes which translates to the .375GB that is lost. Then the OS is 1.5GB-2GB, which accounts roughly for the 2.5GB that you are missing.
 

takeshi74

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I'm deleting photos like crazy. None of the apps are that big which means I have to delete like four or five, not sure. This is driving me crazy. My 16GB is becoming a waste. Anyone else having this issue. I'm really ticked off at this.
Don't just delete stuff. Take a look at your usage and address what's eating your space. Clearing small stuff is not going to fix your problem.
 

bigchief

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I can't believe Apple sells a iPad that has less than 32 GB. Well, yes I can too.
 

eneisch

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If you stream music on iTunes Match or stream video from iTunes I think some memory is used as a cache. I've noticed that after a reboot I sometimes "reclaim" some memory because the cache is deleted.