Is 256GB iPad Pro even needed?...

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Kal-037, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. Kal-037 macrumors 6502a

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    I ask this question just to maybe put my crazy OCD mind at ease (or make it worse.) lol... I got the 128GB 12.9 Pro, but am curious is 256 really going to make a difference for iOS devices aside from just have "more" storage. Like I work with large Procreate files and have 5000 photos on my cloud and on board my iPhone+iPad but still have 90+GB of free space on the iPad, and my phone still has 20 GB out of 55GB. Is anyone thinking that trying to get the 256GB is worth it, or even needed?
    I don't edit 4K or large Audio files. Just write and sketch.



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  2. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040

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    You answered your own question
     
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  4. Kal-037 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Wait, I did? lol... Oh yeah, ummm I guess I did. Thanks me! and thanks A213 for pointing it out. I guess I got caught in my own brain worried about if I "needed" the 256GB cause it's "just there." and Also thanks mcdj. :)
     
  5. jeremiah256 macrumors 6502a

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    Probably more people need it than you think. I know plenty of people that don't offload anything from their devices. They're not heavy users, they'll just use a computer or device for 4-5 years and then upgrade to the next device, transferring everything. They don't trust the cloud. They may backup once a year to a hard drive, but it's not scheduled. To me, and most of the technical smart people on this site, that would be horrifying. To them, it's not something they consider until a disaster happens.
     
  6. Kal-037 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So should I sell my iPP (which would get me about 750-800 if i'm lucky) and then buy the 1100 256GB?


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  7. jeremiah256 macrumors 6502a

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    If your use case is not to use the cloud to backup your media, photos and documents or you don't backup via another device, I guess so? I'd seriously recommend you stay with the 128GB iPP and instead invest in a backup system.
     
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    That reply was so simple and yet so zen. Perfect!
     
  9. Ghost31 macrumors 68000

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    You sound pretty unsure of your purchase. You sounded like that in other posts over the past couple months too.
     
  10. Kal-037, Apr 1, 2016
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    Well at first I wasn't really, (well I don't remember any posts about me complaining or anything... but I suppose it is possible.) I actually was thrown off a bit since last week's announcements that coincided with some other stuff which has made me a bit stressed about a bunch of things in my personal life and some random silly things (the iPP being one, lol.) I thought maybe getting some feedback here would help give me the punch in the face that I need, And honestly I have... (not the punch in the face.) But reading people's advice and also looking at other threads has helped lower my idiocy a bit.
    Anyway, sorry if I bugged anyone. I do appreciate all the suggestions and the patience.
    Also I promise I'm not insane, because I have the paper from the insane asylum right next to me that gives me a clean bill. ;)


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    I would easily fill that up lol. Vudu acct is plenty. hehe
     
  13. TheLondonFella, Apr 1, 2016
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    I suppose it depends on the user, and their intended use.

    A DJ would find it incredibly useful, for example.

    Or a photographer, who shoots in RAW.

    At the end of the day it's always best to have it, and not need it, than need it, and not have it ...
     
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    I always go for the largest one offered and always film them with music and films.
     
  15. masotime macrumors 68000

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    No one needs 256GB. No one even needs 128GB - the only reason why you'd truly need large storage is if you want to work with files that require that space - for example, if you work with a 40GB file, then yes, you'd need at least 128GB.

    What it really brings is convenience. Without the extra space, you're going to have to spend time every once in a while to clear up things if you like to install lots of apps or load up lots of movies.

    On the other hand, needing 4GB of RAM is actually something that is a lot more likely, especially if you are going to edit large movies or graphics images with lots of layers. At the moment, this isn't a common use case because you don't have full blown photo or video editing apps, or 3D rendering apps on the iPad, but it could be something that happens in the future.

    At that point you might just want to get the next iPad Pro though, because you're probably also going to need lots of computing power.

    EDIT: After thinking about it, even RAM is avoidable - Apple could implement memory page swapping on Flash storage, but performance would suffer as a result. I'd definitely not recommend it as an option - it's going to be a lot more inconvenient than clearing out files every once in a while.
     
  16. stevey69 macrumors regular

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    My iPP with 256gb currently has 35gb of free space. Has all my board exam videos worth 140gb and my lossless collection and about 30gb of pdfs and other books. So yes 256gb is needed, I'm glad my ipad was upgraded from 128gb to 256gb since I can truly be away from my laptop and still have all my laptop files with me no matter where I am. It helps a bit compared with 128gb as I was transferring files back and forth often. For me, its worth it. YMMV.
     
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    For a couple of dollars a month for iCloud storage:- need say no more
     
  18. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    If you always have easy access to inexpensive internet, sure. At $150+/mo for a 20GB plan, I think I'd rather pay the extra $300 as a one-time storage upgrade.
     
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    Speak for yourself.
     
  20. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    256GB in my cellular 9.7 allows me to take everything including all my music, images and company contracts and still have almost 100gb left. I can not thank Apple enough. Hoping the iPhone 7 will do the same.
     
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    You thanked them enough with your wallet lol.
     
  22. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    Yes, does that bother you? LOL!
     
  23. lax28 macrumors regular

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    I almost always buy the most storage there is, better to have and not need then need and not have. However, this time I ordered 256, but returned and got 128...spent extra money to get cellular this time around. Truth is I still have space on my 128 devices, and I tend to upgrade fairly often. So for me chances are by the time I can't live with 128 it will be time to upgrade anyways. Having iCloud Photo Library turned on has saved me a lot of space on my devices. I hope that by the time I need more than 128, there will be multiple bigger options.
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    Agree, I am hoping for a bigger option for phone. I rather have more stuff stored to phone then have to worry about getting good data coverage and not having to worry about using data for music and stuff.
     
  24. Kal-037 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I agree... And also the logic part of my brain finally kicked in, and I came up with the following conclusion... If you are an iPad Pro 12.9" user who bought theirs too long ago to exchange and get the different storage option from Apple, it's best to keep the 128GB. The reason being that trying to sell on 3rd party sites is a chore (and many people are already trying to sell theirs on ebay, craig's list and so on.) So you might be lucky to get around 700-750 (very lucky if you get up to 800) Then there's the issue of we are just about 6 months in to the life of the iPP 12.9" so if you are a person who upgrades each year, spending another 150 or 400 to get the other storage option might not be the best idea (unless you are dying to have it.) I kept thinking "i think I need this." I was wrong, as I usually like to upgrade iPads each year but everything else Apple is less so for me. If I tried to sell my iPad Pro I'd maybe get $800 (and that's if I threw in the Glass cover and smart cover in the sale.) Then if I got the other storage, I'd only have 6 months of using that guy... and even less if I ended up selling it a tad earlier than the next refresh, to get more return, (which I usually do.) Of course when it comes to upgrade cycles I know i'm in the minority of users who upgrades each year, so everyone's mileage may vary. :)
    Anyways, thus blabbering nonsensical post brought to you by letter "D" for dummy, (me) ;)



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  25. jclardy macrumors 68040

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    If you have 90 gigs free on a 128GB iPad you don't need more storage. "Upgrading" would just mean you now have 218 gigs free, and probably paid an extra $200 on top of the 256GB price because you had to sell your old iPad used.
     

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