Is 64 GB enough for an iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Starfyre, Dec 28, 2018.

  1. Starfyre macrumors 68030

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    Does anyone have a 64 GB iPad and thinks it's enough space? If not, please share your opinions too. For me, I was thinking of using iPad as an ebook reader storing PDFs and watching/browsing internet with a handful of designer apps like Photoshop (whenever it releases). Am I crazy in thinking 64 GB is enough or am I just fooling myself?
     
  2. KPOM macrumors G5

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    I have the 64GB 11" iPad Pro, and it's enough for me. I have 22GB left, and if I really need the space, I can delete up to 23GB of music, video, and photos. I have about 13GB of apps, and 8GB of data. I use my iPad Pro primarily to access my employer's mobile apps, as well as store and read PDFs of our handbooks and manuals, and as a secondary device to read emails. We also have an internal "cloud" that I'm able to store and access files from.
     
  3. Starfyre thread starter macrumors 68030

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    So this iPad Pro was given to you by the business and not a personal purchase?
     
  4. KPOM macrumors G5

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    No, it’s a personal purchase. However, we can voluntarily add a profile so that we can access our email and the corporate intranet, as well as some internal apps (CRM, time and expense, travel, etc.).
     
  5. Richard8655, Dec 28, 2018
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    Richard8655 macrumors 6502a

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    Of course it's enough, if you manage your resources and data accordingly. 32gb here and more than enough for me. My data (music, videos, books, files, etc) are stored in my iCloud account or Mac via WiFi. In my opinion, trying to locally store all your data is a thing of the past, when network storage options were limited or didn't exist.
     
  6. mtneer macrumors 68030

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    You will run out of lifetime to go through 64GB of eBooks and PDF's. Now, photos are tricky - that depends on your workflow. If you are one of those people who never download/ upload your images, then you'll fill up pretty much any storage level - its just a matter of time. If you have a good workflow to handle your images into WIP, immediate storage, trash and archive; then 64GB will be more than enough.
     
  7. Greenmeenie, Dec 28, 2018
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    Greenmeenie macrumors 65816

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    Well, I was gonna say yes you could Definitely get by with 64 gigs for an ebook reader...um...until you said photoshop. Lol. Then no. I would say 64 gigs is the absolute bare minimum today for the avg user. But if you plan to dabble in anything like photoshop, you’ll definitely want more. Unfortunately they don’t offer 128, so I would go for the 256 if you can. Cause if you are going to be editing photos & videos you’ll definitely be happy you did. I know others have said, and it’s true...you can - with icloud, and depending on your workflow make 64 gigs work. But, i have found more often than not, a little more space is always a good thing. It does fill up fast.

    * I don’t want to make it seem like you can’t get by with 64. Especially if $ is a concern. You can make anything work. I am just saying what i have found works best for me.
     
  8. augustya macrumors 68030

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    64GB in today's time is way way too less. Even an average conscious user will fill up that much space very easily. Certainly not enough !
     
  9. Freakonomics101 macrumors 68000

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    Lots and lots of games, apps, messages and photos. 64 GB has been great for me. Still lots of memory remaining... at least 15 GB.
     
  10. chabig, Dec 28, 2018
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    chabig macrumors 603

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    I have 11,000 photos, 142 apps, and it all takes about 50GB. 64GB is plenty. Now if I were heavy into video, then no. But for most people I think it’s fine.
     
  11. Skeptical.me macrumors 6502

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    I used a gen 2 iPad Pro 12.9 64GB for university. Most of the stuff I used I kept in cloud storage.

    It did the job, plus they're less expensive
     
  12. KPOM macrumors G5

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    And they hold their value better. When it comes time to sell, the lower-capacity devices will command a higher percentage of their original purchase price.

    Remember, someone buying the 2018 iPad Pro in 2020 or 2021 isn’t the likely demographic for the largest storage capacity.
     
  13. Skeptical.me macrumors 6502

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    I did not know that. :)
     
  14. mjschabow macrumors 68000

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    Yes. Unless you foresee having a poor Internet connection, you can keep everything in the cloud.
     
  15. mofunk macrumors 68020

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    iOS 12 is 6GB so you are left with 58GB of storage. 32GB is not enough if you are planning to use it for at least 2-3yrs. If you are going to be using Editing software you should get 256GB or more.
     
  16. DNichter macrumors 604

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    It is for me, but I use the cloud and my NAS a lot. It all depends on the individual.
     
  17. mrex macrumors 68030

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    well, apps on my air2 are filling the space (64gb) because many apps nowadays can take easily upto couple of gigs of the space per app. the reason my ipp is 256gb version.
     
  18. digitalcuriosity macrumors 6502

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    I wonder just why Apple does not include the Micro Memory slot in their iPads like about all other tablet Mfg.s have, could it be because of the really high profits they get making people by larger sizes of memory?
     
  19. tarsins macrumors 6502a

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    64GB is fine on my 2018 iPad Pro, and my XS Max. All documents, videos and photos are in the cloud and if you’ve got good internet I believe this is the way to go.
     
  20. Silver Idaten macrumors 6502a

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    I’m going to go out on a limb and say if you can, try to spring for the 256GB. We’re talking four times the storage, and it may give you some piece of mind. I opted for the 256GB because I came from a 128GB iPad and didn’t want to go down. I think the value is there, it’s when you go up to 512GB and 1TB where it becomes unnecessarily expensive. That kind of storage is what my PC is for.
     
  21. mjschabow macrumors 68000

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    I don’t know. I have a crapload if games on mine and still easily have 30gb left.
     
  22. Spinrite, Dec 29, 2018
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    Spinrite macrumors newbie

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    What does good internet mean? When you're always having to retrieve from cloud storage or send to cloud storage? That consumes data and unless you have high data limits on your plan, you will eat through your limited data in a month. Also, to boot if you want to do it around wifi connections then it's the hassle having to be around it. In my mind, you still can't beat having enough storage on your device that you can afford. For me the higher the better.
     
  23. Freakonomics101 macrumors 68000

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    At least I am not the only one who has noticed! Didn’t know if the iPad Pro 10.5 Wi-Fi + Cellular would hold most of its value longer or not since the A11 is more efficient than the 10X, or the same. 4 GB of RAM will help a lot with longevity of pristine performance.
     
  24. thadoggfather macrumors G4

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    64gb is fine for iOS on iPad Even 32 for my uses

    If iPad Pro ever gets macOS like functionality it definitelynwill not be

    I guess cross that bridge when you need to? Doesn’t look like apple’s been eyeing that for some time now
     
  25. tarsins macrumors 6502a

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    I understand what you’re saying and you pretty much described "good internet" with high-speed high-data connections. I think (hope) that 5G will make this even more available and affordable. I much prefer cloud to on-device storage because I want the data to be immediately available to ALL my devices regardless of their OS, location, etc.
     

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