iPhone capacity shows 14 GB?

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  1. gtgrad95 macrumors 6502

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    I just received my iPhone 4 this week. I noticed in the About->Capacity screen it says 14.0 GB. Since the phone is 16 GB, why is 2 GB not available? It is not jailbroken or anything.
     
  2. gpatrick15 macrumors regular

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    The OS takes up space as well, so the actual storage space available would be <16gb
     
  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    Because of how the disk is formatted and the iOS takes up about 1 Gb.
     
  4. Decesus macrumors newbie

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    As with any storage device (Hard Drive, Flash Drive, iPhone), the actual storage will NEVER be the same as it's advertised storage. Go and check your laptop!
     
  5. Bandolier macrumors 6502a

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    How many more times will people who only use computers for facebook and signing up for free trials understand this?
     
  6. rk1991 macrumors regular

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    Screen shot 2010-09-16 at 3.15.38 PM.png

    Never say never. This is my 250gb macbook unibody and it came with 249.72 gb. it actually had a little over 250gb before I reformatted it and for some reason it lost some. maybe it was because of the os update but watever. I cant post pics of those because that was like a year ago and I never took a screen shot.

    btw my iphone also has 14gb but its not a big deal. majority of the time u never get the full amount.
     
  7. The General macrumors 601

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    snow leopard measures storage capacity the same way hardware vendors do. (1 gigabyte = 1 billion bytes)

    boot windows on your computer and it will say it has far less space. os x creates a 200mb EFI partition, which explain some of the lose during formatting.
     
  8. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Of course "again". This question should be eternally expected as new users find out the wicked ways of marketing folk :)

    Here's what Apple says: http://support.apple.com/kb/ts2419

    (Apple's response page talking about powers of ten makes absolutely zero technical sense for iOS, as it uses neither a hard drive nor a flash drive. A 16GB iPhone uses a raw memory chip with full capacity of 17,179,869,184 bytes, not 16,000,000,000.

    Up to 10% of that is used for the Flash File System overhead, so that could knock off a lot of space right there. In addition, almost a half GB can come dead from the factory... which saves costs... so Apple probably hides that in there as well.)
     
  9. iMacDragon macrumors 65816

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    the os partition is 800mb iirc, and whilst the flash chip is 16gb, upto 10% of it will be set aside for wear levelling use, as on other SSD type drives.
     
  10. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    Have people never used a hard drive or a computer before?
     
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Guess not:D
     
  12. rk1991 macrumors regular

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    Oh that makes sense. I never realized that.
     

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