How much space out of the box?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by rockitdog, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. rockitdog macrumors 68020

    Mar 25, 2013
    How much usable space is on a 16 & 32 GB iPhone 5s out of the box before anything is installed on it? Just cruious, thanks! :)
  2. Londoncity macrumors member

    Oct 4, 2013
  3. yanki01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 28, 2009
    why would they not make it with that much more capacity for software? I don't get the 16GB but only 13-14GB is available because of iOS.
  4. scotrinaf macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2013
    Blountville, TN
    My 32gb iPhone 5 has 27.9gb
  5. tamara6 macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2004
    My 16GB iphone 5s had 12.3GB right after I turned it on the first time.
  6. KeepCalmPeople macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2012
    San Francisco Bay Area, California
    The storage chips come in sizes that are multiples of 2. Given that the size of the iOS varies from one release to the next, and for each device type (iPod/iPad/iPhone) it would be impossible to ensure a precise amount of available storage on every device.
  7. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    32GB is not actually 32GB that we have been trained to know. It is based off of 1GB being 1000MB instead of 1GB being 1024MB.

    32GB would normally be 32,768MB, but in this case it is actually 31,250MB. So right off the back you lose about 1.5GB of storage based off the calculations of what is actually a GB. Then you will lose about 1-2GB on the iOS install.

    My 32GB iPhone 5S has 27.9GB capacity.
  8. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Let's say I have a bag of rocks. I want to know how much it weighs, so I put it on a scale. Oh look, it's 10lbs! But one of my crazy friends uses the metric (?) system. According to him, it's 5 kilos. Now did I actually lose 5lbs there or is it just in the way we're measuring it? Since it's clearly labeled on the box I'd say it's more lack of customer knowledge and understanding causing the problem rather than the way the storage capacity is actually being measured, that or apparently no one has used any type of storage drive in the past 15 years.
  9. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    Well, if you go onto Apple's iPhone website, or even iPad for that matter. ( Scroll to the bottom and it says 1GB is 1 billion bytes. Technically 1GB is 1,073,741,824 bytes. 73.7 million bytes per GB makes up a lot of lost space.
  10. scotrinaf macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2013
    Blountville, TN
    What he said!
  11. dictoresno macrumors 601


    Apr 30, 2012
    my 32GB iphone, has 27.X free on a fresh install and my 16GB ipad has 13.7 free fresh.
  12. ToddH macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2010
    Central Tx
  13. vistadude macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    Actually you can't see the box in stores until you buy the phone. And they never give you the box to open, they open it for you, so at that point, you are pressured to buy the phone.

  14. darricksailo, Oct 15, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2013

    darricksailo macrumors 601


    Dec 18, 2012
    Except that it is the way how storage capacity is being measured

    It should technically be MiB (mebibyte) or GiB (gibibyte). Bi meaning binary. For whatever reason, they use MB instead of MiB, likewise GB instead of GB on all OS systems

    Advertised storage is in base 10 while calculated storage by the computer is base 2

    As said above, the advertised storage is less than actual storage

    10^6 = 1,000,000 bytes or 1 MB
    10^9 = 1,000,000,000 bytes or 1GB
    2^30= 1,073,741,824 bytes or 1024 MiB (look below for conversion rates) or 1 GiB

    2^10 = 1024 bytes = 1 KiB
    2^20 = 1,048,576 bytes = 1 MiB

    They advertise in terms of base 10 instead of base 2 most likely because it gives the impression of "more space" and also to simplify things.

    Easier to advertise 1000GB instead of 931.32GB



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