iPad Pro iPad Pro 128Gb Low Real Capacity

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  1. writerprod macrumors newbie

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    Hi Everyone,

    I just purchased my first iPad, Pro 9.7" 128gb Wifi+Cell, and already loving it.

    But it's real capacity is 114gb and has only 108gb "available" straight out of the box. Now I know storage is always less than what it actually is but a 20gb seems a lot.

    Is this normal? Should return to Store and request a change?
    (Ps. Also no screen cloth included?? Come on Apple).
     
  2. ZBoater macrumors G3

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  3. ericwn macrumors 65816

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    To give you a comparison figure, my 64 GB iPad Air 2 has roughly 55 GB available when set up, if I remember correctly. So with the bigger storage this gap should grow further I guess.
     
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  5. iosuser macrumors 6502a

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    That was the first thing I checked when I brought mine home lol. Interestingly mine was 109GB straight out of the box, although mine is the Pro 9.7 128GB wifi only. Guess the LTE requires a whole GIG of extra software :)
     
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  7. jamesrick80 macrumors 68000

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    Lol thanks for this....you don't feel the lost in comparison to surface users lol.....and just imagine another major Windows update may take another 2 gb or more chunk of that memory....
     
  8. jamesrick80 macrumors 68000

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    The microsd card can become buggy on the surface as well...wouldn't trust my data on it.
     
  9. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    The 114GB is the formatted capacity. The 108GB is the capacity after the recovery partition and iOS + Stock Apps including iWork.

    Storage capacity is formatted as 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. A real GB is 1,073,741,824 bytes. You will always see a minimum of a 7% formatted capacity difference + whatever the software is. Every single storage device in the world works this way, it is not an Apple thing. It's also stated on every store page (Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod) in the fine print and I believe on the boxes as well.

    As mentioned above. Has nothing to do with Apple "normal". Every single storage device is designed this way.
     
  10. Cascades42 macrumors 6502

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    The difference is that Apple sold you 128Gigabytes (128x1000000000 bytes), but the iPad (and all computing devices, measure gibibytes. 1 Gibibyte is 1073741824 bytes. 128 gigabytes = 119.209 gibibytes, minus space for the OS and some for formatting makes your 109 sounds much more reasonable.
     
  11. kamalds macrumors regular

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    And that my friend, is a full fledge computer, not running a mobile OS like iOS. You can do anything on that tablet computer - real work - like running x86 version of Microsoft Office apps, uTorrent and control all of your computer hardware.
     
  12. TroyBoy30 macrumors 68000

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    the 128 gig also has several apps pre installed that take up a ton of space
     
  13. thingstoponder macrumors 6502

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    Any company normal.
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    utorrent is "real work"?

    :rolleyes:

    Windows is bloated.
     
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  15. AFEPPL macrumors 68030

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    Well that is 3 years old and the Surface unlike the iPad can have additional storage added so its not really relevant nor helpful to the question the OP asked..

    It's normal for an iPad, no need to return it.
     
  16. Bbqthis macrumors 6502a

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    Psh what a joke. You can't do real work on a GUI based OS. REAL work is done on the command line.
    -MacRumors UseNet user circa 1984.
     
  17. writerprod thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you everyone for the replies, I'll take it on the chin then.

    Needless to say, the 9.7 Pro is fantastic.
     

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