iPhone capacity shows 14 GB?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by gtgrad95, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. gtgrad95 macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2007
    Atlanta, GA.
    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

    Jul 16, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    The OS takes up space as well, so the actual storage space available would be <16gb
  3. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Because of how the disk is formatted and the iOS takes up about 1 Gb.
  4. Decesus macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2010
    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

    Aug 2, 2010
    How many more times will people who only use computers for facebook and signing up for free trials understand this?
  6. rk1991 macrumors regular

    Dec 10, 2009
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    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

    Jul 7, 2006
    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 P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    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 68000


    Oct 18, 2008
    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


    Jun 30, 2008
    Have people never used a hard drive or a computer before?
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Guess not:D
  12. rk1991 macrumors regular

    Dec 10, 2009
    Oh that makes sense. I never realized that.

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