How's 32GB working for you on iPad Pro 9.7?

lambertjohn

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Probably a bit early to create this thread seeing as the 9.7 iPad Pro just came out. But I thought I would throw it out there anyway and see where it goes. Since most of us aren't made of money, I'm guessing there are quite a few folks who will purchase the 32GB iPad Pro 9.7. Myself included. I'm curious to know, if you do own a 32GB iPad Pro 9.7, how much memory is being used after your iPad is all setup with apps and such, and how much memory is still available for future growth?
 

DNichter

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I initially bought the 128GB, but cancelled and ordered the 32GB instead. All of my music, movies, and photos are in the cloud so I don't need much space at all. After loading all of my apps, I have only used 6GB of space. Leaving about 20GB of space left over. I don't think I will run into any space issues.
 
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lambertjohn

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Thanks all. Kinda hoping to hear from all those who bought a 32GB iPad 9.7, not those who didn't. If you didn't buy a 32GB, I get it; you didn't buy it because you'd fill it up fast. But what about those who did buy it. How's the 32GB working out for you?
 

capathy21

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I have a 32gb 12.9 pro. I've had it for a couple of months and still have 16gb's free. Could have more space free if I didn't have a couple of games that I don't even play anymore. Music through Spotify, videos through a variety of streaming services, documents and such in the cloud (much more convenient than having them limited to one device). 32 is more than enough for me. Others will differ.
 

Bargle

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Thanks all. Kinda hoping to hear from all those who bought a 32GB iPad 9.7, not those who didn't. If you didn't buy a 32GB, I get it; you didn't buy it because you'd fill it up fast. But what about those who did buy it. How's the 32GB working out for you?
I don't have games on my iOS devices or download movies. I don't think I'll fill up my 32gig. I did splurge for 50 gigs of cloud storage, but to be honest, I hardly even need that. Books and PDFs don't take that much.
 
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burts

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I always purchased the 16gb ipad wifi with 32gb I have way more space, most of my space are from pictures.
 

Sheza

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I agree with capathy21. Now, I don't have a 32GB iPad Pro but I am seriously thinking of getting one.

Like others, I use Spotify for music, streaming services for video, most of my photos are in the cloud and don't really play games on iPad that take up lots of space.

I came from a 16GB iPhone 5 a few years ago to a 64GB iPhone 6. I was doing barely fine on the 16GB but only needed a tad bit more space, so I would have been fine with the 32GB iPhone, but we all know how Apple set up the storage for the iPhone 6 and beyond, so 64GB it was. I got a surprise iPad Air 2 as a gift that was matched to the iPhone - 64GB as well. I have probably used just over half of it (Used: 28GB, Available: 27.6 GB) but that's with about 10GB of rarely used apps that I can easily count, and if I just had the apps I actually use I'm sure it would be much less.

For me the iPad is a tertiary device. I don't see myself using it as much as my iPhone or Mac, so I don't need to invest in the bigger storage option. If you are planning on using the iPad all the time as a primary device and don't have as much use of the cloud and streaming services as I do, then it may be worth the extra to get the 128.
 

Matthias46

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Pro 9.7 with 32gb! I have about 21gb free space and will be difficult to fill them!
 

Jasmynp

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Probably a bit early to create this thread seeing as the 9.7 iPad Pro just came out. But I thought I would throw it out there anyway and see where it goes. Since most of us aren't made of money, I'm guessing there are quite a few folks who will purchase the 32GB iPad Pro 9.7. Myself included. I'm curious to know, if you do own a 32GB iPad Pro 9.7, how much memory is being used after your iPad is all setup with apps and such, and how much memory is still available for future growth?
I have a 128gb mini 4 and I could definitely make it with 32gb.

Here's my breakdown:
Songs 1708 = 11.9gb
Movies 7 = 25.4gb
Photos 1098 = 1.1gb
Apps 37 = 3.5gb
Total used: 41.9 + the OS

I only download movies when I travel. If I didn't have the 25gb of movies on here, my total storage used would be about 20gb of 128gb and that's including the OS!

I only got 128 so that when I travel (admittedly only about 4 times a year) I could load up on what I wanted without out choosing what to keep/delete.

I'm a pretty tame iPad user. I don't game on it and use it mostly for productivity, surfing, and streaming. I don't regret having thus much storage, I just don't need it. If you don't have huge files to carry around, you'll be fine with 32.
 

oneahis

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Don't plan for what you have downloaded now. Plan for the future. 256 GB will last me the next 3 or 4 years. And if you keep spending money every 2 years because of storage then the people who fork out the money for the 256 GB are ahead because they don't have to buy new iPads every other year. Think smart.
 

jschu22

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I'm going to MAKE 32gb work because with cellular and all the peripherals, I'm not interested in pushing this out to over $1k. That being said, I'm confident I can do this. I don't do much gaming or video so my biggest storage drain will be movies which I can limit to a few on the device at a time. I store most of my music on my phone so I'm not too interested in having a bunch on the iPad. That could have changed if the speakers, which are great, we're just a bit closer to good BT speaker quality.

I turned the volume up as I typed that last sentence and damn... This thing gets loud.
 

borgusio

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My iPads were always a 32 GB and will remain a 32 GB. I have games, cut videos, use office, it is just perfect if you manage to keep around 8 GB always free. For instance I delete magazines automatically once a month and I redownload if needed. Each single time that my iPad was full in the past, I removed several gb of stuff that I have in the cloud anyways to make space.

However, I own a 128 GB iPhone where my music is. I also use it to take photos.

If you want to use the iPad as main music/photo device you must go for 128
 

Nolander07

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I don't have an iPP 9.7, but I have an iPad 4 and iPP 12.9 now, both with 32gb. My iPad 4 over the years built up cache, etc and I still had 5gb left. My iPP has about 12gb left on it at the moment. As I add apps and build up cache, it will go down, but I will still have plenty of room. I also store >7gb of pictures on it. I don't store any music on my iPads and rarely download movies, etc. I think that is what makes the difference.
 

Nolander07

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I don't have an iPP 9.7, but I have an iPad 4 and iPP 12.9 now, both with 32gb. My iPad 4 over the years built up cache, etc and I still had 5gb left. My iPP has about 12gb left on it at the moment. As I add apps and build up cache, it will go down, but I will still have plenty of room. I also store >7gb of pictures on it. I don't store any music on my iPads and rarely download movies, etc. I think that is what makes the difference.
 

capathy21

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Don't plan for what you have downloaded now. Plan for the future. 256 GB will last me the next 3 or 4 years. And if you keep spending money every 2 years because of storage then the people who fork out the money for the 256 GB are ahead because they don't have to buy new iPads every other year. Think smart.
No one's usage habits change that drastically over a couple of years. If anything, I use less storage than I used to due to better cloud options, and readily available internet most everywhere. Maybe a little room for growth but for someone like me, buying 256 just in case would be an epic waste of money.
 
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lobridge

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I came from an iPad Mini 32GB and think I will be fine with 32 GB on my Pro 9.7. I am a pastor and my Bible libraries take up 2+ GB. I have around 6 GB of games and then photos and other stuff. I have 8 GB free now and can always clear other space if needed. I have a 128GB 6+ that I keep pictures and music on. Like others here I think the cloud will keep me in good shape for the next few years. Loving the device so far.
 

bevsb2

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I currently have 11.3 GB used and that is typical of my usage even when I've had 64 GB devices. I don't add music and only rent movies. I'm not much of a gamer. So for me 32 GB will be fine and I can spend more on assessories.
 

DribbleCastle

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I ordered the 32GB. Cleaned up my apps etc and have about 5GB of free space left. I could run a little leaner if I wanted to but I'm strongly considering returning and purchasing the 128GB. If I ever want to add a few movies for cross country flights, things will get tight fast. Another consideration is that after using the iPP I'm thinking this may last me a few years.

With such a big investment, I may skip the next generation. I say that now, but other than 4GB RAM and maybe 3D touch I can't see them adding a whole lot in the next generation that would entice me outside of speed/screen. The big question is how often will we see new iPad Pro's? One would assume yearly, but it's really hard to say.
 

The Chosen One

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It is certainly possibly that you can get by with 32 GB but what you have take into consideration aswell is that most movies, apps, etc only get bigger each year.
For me it is my only IOS device so I have a lot of games aswell, Delete one, download one ofc sound great on paper but in practice not always that convinient. And some are several GB big already. Plus other games, foto's, etc I'll be hopefully prepared for the future.
 
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