Great article to consider.

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  1. Southernboyj macrumors 68000

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    I completely agree. For a long time I was telling friends and family to steer clear of large capacity electronics due to the obvious move towards cloud storage. But when it's become clear now that this cloud storage only solves some problems, I've changed my tune.

    Unfortunately, it's not always financially possible. I know I'll be sticking with 16GB, but much to my chagrin.
     
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    I also ordered another 16GB as my iPad 2 was, my 1st gen iPad was 32GB and I didn't even use 30% of that. Wish I would of went with 32 this year though. Didn't consider the larger file sizes of apps due to screen resolution. :confused:
     
  4. bjmach macrumors 6502

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    don't need iWork, Numbers or iMovie on my iPad and don't want it. My iPad is for consuming media books, magazines, web surfing and email. Got a Vita for games so for me 16GB is plenty good. If your getting iWork and those other apps then your using your iPad to produce content and I assume you would be getting a higher GB anyway. I never had an issue with my 16GB phone when it went Retina display and I had music and all kinds of stuff on it. Not worried personally. 16GB fits my needs.
     
  5. ukwildcat macrumors 6502

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    I totally agree with this article. I hadn't considered the increase in app file size, but it makes sense.
     
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    I think it's going to be even worse for a lot of people because of iPhoto on the iPad. I downloaded it on my iPhone, and omg is it amazing. It's extremely powerful, and editing photos via the touch interface is infinitely better than on OS X. I think that it's a use-case that people aren't prepared for fully yet, and I think it's one that's going to make people want to import a ton of photos onto the device.
     
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    Add me on your Vita? ;D
     
  8. iohass macrumors regular

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    This is why I ordered 32gb over my previous 16gb ipad.

    The amount of media I consume will be the same, but its size will definitely increase.

    Size of photos/videos taken with the new camera will likely increase as well.

    Personally I don't use too many apps or games and mostly use the ipad for browsing the net, ibooks and watching videos so I think 32gigs is sufficient for me.
     
  9. Wrathwitch macrumors 65816

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    I wish I had seen this article before I ordered. I SHOULD still be fine with 16GB, well 14GB with initial apps included. But I had considered that if I wasn't totally in love with it, that I could change out with my mom's Ipad2.

    Hers is 16GB also, I guess I shall have to see if I become space starved. Currently with the apps I do have on mine, I still have aprx 12GB or so free.

    Depends on usage I guess eh?

    WW
     
  10. MR1324 macrumors 6502

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    LOL people upgrade because of fear. If you know what you are doing and have used 16GB before, you will be fine.
     
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    Huh? :confused:
     
  12. Kendo macrumors 68000

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    It isn't really fear. The proof is in the pudding. App sizes are now twice as big. Essentially it is like saying the 16GB iPad is now 8GB because if app sizes are twice as big, you can only fit half as much.
     
  13. boxster99t macrumors member

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    While I agree with the article, are Ipad 2 owners with 16 GB versions actually showing 14 GB available capacity?

    I ask because I swear my 64 GB Ipad 2 wifi only running IOS 5.1, doesn't do that well. I will have to check again, but I swear it shows 58 GB capacity before any third party Apps or content.

    And I have used about 32 GB for the total content/apps (roughly 90 apps if memory serves). About 1.5 GB are ebooks, 6 movies and the rest are apps.

    Granted, I can free up space by deleting free Apps--I tend not to worry about housekeeping until free space becomes an issue. And it hasn't yet, but a 32 GB would be too tight for me and a 16 GB would not be a useful option.

    Needless to say, I pre-ordered the 64GB new Ipad.
     
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    Well, I'm using my 16GB for business. Assuming it runs Square and One Note fine, I's not worried.
     
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    I guess I should have got the 128 GB instead of the 64 GB.
     
  16. MR1324 macrumors 6502

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    people who buy the 16gb version should already realize that it is the smallest capacity and will probably have to limit what apps they choose to have on their device. i'm sure they'll manage fine even with the larger file sizes. if they are scared of running out of space, then they will upgrade
     
  17. Southernboyj thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, seems like storage space goes by a percentage for "Formatting" etc.
    This applies to anything not just iPad store. (iPhones, computers, Xbox 360s, PS3s, etc.)
     
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    If you use your iPad primarily as a web and e-mail device (which most general consumers probably fall into that category), then this shouldn't be too much of an issue.

    For those that like to download and keep 500 apps, sync their entire media library, and purchase/keep HD videos...yes, it could be a serious issue.

    I don't think the blanket statement "everyone who bought a 16GB model is in trouble" makes sense. That's just FUD. It depends on the use case.
     
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    And the point to remember with cloud storage is you will need to be on wifi to pull it down or you may incur a ton of 4 G LTE overage fees.

    I read it first in articles and, then, looked on iTunes this morning. A 1080P movie from iTunes can be 3-4 GB, which would use 60-80% of a 4G LTE $50 plan with VZ and AT&T.

    It does come down to what you can afford--buy the most memory you can afford when it is not user upgradeable.
     
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    Even with previous iDevices, storage was never really an issue for me. So long as you plan accordingly then whatever size iPad you got will do just fine. So the apps will be getting a little larger, big deal, as that is to be expected with the shiny new Retina Display. It's only really an issue for those who keep every app they download on their device or carry their entire iTunes library with them. Previous poster mentioned that most people will use their iPad for web browsing/email/general online stuff which I think is true. I personally see no need to have all my music, a ton of HD vids/movies and 400 apps on my device. With careful planning you can make the most of your iPad regardless of size.
     
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    Its not just the apps that take up space. I'm sure most people would want to watch HD movies on it which takes up a lot of space. Hopefully Apple will increase the storage capacities to 32, 64 and 128 gigs in the next revision...:rolleyes:
     
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    Well if you use WiFi often your LTE data limit shouldn't be in trouble.

    I think the 16gb model is aimed at the budget and lightweight users. Sort of like the Kindle Fire crowd.

    This coming from someone who has had 64gb models of iPad1/2 and soon to be a iPad 3rd gen, and in every case was always pegged at around 55gigs capacity.

    Like the government, something will always expand to the space allowed.
     
  23. smetvid macrumors 6502

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    It isn't just the iPad that will be affected either. Any universal apps updated will be huge even for iPad 1, iPad 2, iPhone and iPod Touch users. This means any almost doubling or quadrupling of any universal app on any of your devices.

    I read another article but cannot find it now about how perhaps the concept of universal apps will have to go away and developers will have to go back to a iPhone version and an iPad version. This is going to be the only way to keep the sizes manageable and not have to store 4 versions of the same graphic.

    As a developer I really love the way Apple handled the retina display and the exact double width and height of the graphics but it does have one major side effect and that is file size.

    With that said if you are somebody who doesn't use a lot of extra apps I wouldn't worry too much. Photos and music will take up just as much space as before and if you consume mostly online media such as web pages or email then 16 GB should be fine. It only becomes an issue if you must install 50,000 apps on a mobile device.
     
  24. MacAttacka macrumors 6502

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    Im using three tricks:
    1 - buying a wifi HDD to store HD movies/photos
    2 - Restricting some apps to websites ie use the Twitter website than the app itself.
    3 - Use non-retina for some other apps.

    Retina eBooks are what are really scaring me. Im getting to 64GB btw
     
  25. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    Oh my!, i had better cancel my pre-order........not :D
     

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