Is 64 GB enough for an iPad?

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

  1. Shanghaichica macrumors G3


    Apr 8, 2013
    Depends on the user and what they want to do with it. I need a minimum of 128GB on mine and 256GB is my sweet spot.
  2. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    YMMV, but 64GB is more than enough for me on both my iPhone and iPad. I have 30GB's left on both my iDevices. I do use iCloud a lot too to store images and documents.
  3. 1rottenapple macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2004
    I have 64gb. If you have a high gb iPhone I think a 64 gb would work. I use the iPhone for Netflix downloads at the gym, iTunes, and pics (vacation pics through the years). I have about 90+gen on the iPhone.

    The iPad is strictly a streaming and storing PDFs, and writing which do not take much space. I have one game on it (Pubg).

    Do you plan to truly game with the iPad?

    It’s mainly connected to my home WiFi so for pics, it’s connected to google photos. For media, YouTube and Netflix and sling are all streaming. If your use case matches mine I think 64 go will work. At this time I have 17gb used out of the 64.
  4. Kiimora macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2014
    London UK
    In as much as I can live with a 64GB storage iPhone , I always opt for a higher storage on the iPad for my download contents i.e minimum of 128GB. Thanks to :apple: we may never get that back hence the 256GB.
  5. kazmac macrumors 604


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the silver scream
    I can get away with 64gb on a phone, but not an iPad. Do not use the cloud and I’d rather have that extra space on board.

    256gb is my sweet spot.
  6. xxray macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2013
    It depends what you’re doing with it. If you mainly do a lot of online video/music streaming, web browsing, reading, and have a good amount of apps, 64GB should be plenty. If you’re doing a lot of gaming, picture taking, video taking, using a lot of pro apps, larger would be better. However, there are still workarounds to save space by using the cloud, external storage, etc. if you still don’t want to pay more money for extra storage.
  7. perezr10 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2014
    Monroe, Louisiana
    I recently downgraded to 64gb iPads because any thing larger just wasn’t getting used. I have no regrets. After a year I still have 15gb free.
  8. DiamonDecoden macrumors 6502


    May 26, 2011
    Get icloud and you may be able to get by with 64 gb.. if you don't use it that much.

    Personally I cannot go below 128 gb... that'd be my minimum
  9. 1rottenapple macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2004
    Yes it really depends on the use case. 64gb on my iPad Pro 12.9 works great for me.
  10. RevTEG macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2012
    San Jose, Ca
    I always buy larger HD’s so I never need to ask if “X” is enough.
  11. Sodium Chloride macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2017
    I had a subscription with Scientific American magazine. The entire archive, going back from its first issue in 1845 to the present is 100 GB. That is 100 GB just for the Scientific American. This is why I bought 500 GB version to store all I need in one device.
  12. rowspaxe macrumors 68000


    Jan 29, 2010
    64 gb is fine. 32 gb was fine. Only if your playing a lot of heavy games or doing video editing that you
    should be concerned with space
  13. ericwn macrumors 68000

    Apr 24, 2016
    Certainly not accurate as has been discussed above. In times of Cloud storage solutions local storage is way less important for many people.

    Some people may desire more due to specific reasons but especially with the intended use case 64 GB is clearly enough.
  14. ericwn macrumors 68000

    Apr 24, 2016
    Is that a rhetorical question? ;)
  15. augustya macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2012
    It maybe clearly enough for you !! not for majority of them. SO why not keep your opinion to yourself ??
  16. alphaswift macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2014
    Looking forward, I expect iOS 13 to finally come with a proper file system to use the Ipad more like a laptop. At that point, 64GB won't be enough.
  17. ericwn macrumors 68000

    Apr 24, 2016
    The OP has stated the intended use case. EBooks and most PDFs don’t consume much Space. Anybody who has them at home can easily check how much space they require. Most ereaders have significantly less space compared to an iPad and people still manage huge libraries. So a 64 GB iPad will have tons of space available for the occasional art app.

    And even then and if more cloud storage cannot help the user there is always the option to upgrade to a more expensive device further down the road. Used entry level iPads that I come across on the Canadian market retain a lot of their value.
  18. Freakonomics101 macrumors 68000


    Nov 6, 2014
    Prepare to be disappointed. We all know Apple has a reputation of doing so with iOS. I don’t expect many changes to iOS 13, but still may include nice features for iPad, but not many.

    Apple may not want to make the iPad compete with a MacBook.
  19. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    With a keyboard and Pencil, the iPad Pro costs more than a MacBook, so I don’t think they care.
  20. Jack Neill macrumors regular

    Jack Neill

    Sep 13, 2015
    San Antonio Texas
    I was using a 16GB iPad and went to a 128, I have about 70Gb free.
  21. Ladybug macrumors 68000


    Apr 13, 2006
    I am using 23 out of 64gb's. Works well for my needs.

    ETA: My iPhone is using 8 out of 64gb's.
  22. smirking macrumors 68000


    Aug 31, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    For your purposes, I think you can manage on just 64GB. Your iPad's being used as an accessory device. Much of your computing life action is taking place elsewhere. If you wanted to skate by with just 64GB and use an iPad as your primary device, 64GB would be hard to live on.

    If you're not storing a lot of photos, music, and (especially) videos, 64GB will go a long long long way.

    I recently purchased a 32GB 9.7" iPad and a 64GB iPhone X. Both of these purchases are replacing 128GB devices. I just don't need that much storage on my mobile devices for my uses, but my 2016 MBP is maxed out at 2TB. It cost me an arm and a leg, but that's where I do need as much storage as I can get and skimping wouldn't have been worth the money I'd have saved.
  23. rowspaxe macrumors 68000


    Jan 29, 2010
    Um, because this is a forum where people give their opinions?
  24. smirking, Jan 7, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2019

    smirking macrumors 68000


    Aug 31, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    I'm doing quite well on 64GB on my iPhone X and 32GB on my 9.7" iPad. My use case is pretty similar to the OP's. The iPad isn't a primary device for me. It's an accessory device. You can live with a pretty modest amount of storage when you're not counting on a device to house your music, photo, and video library.

    A lot of people have said storing stuff in the Cloud will save on storage. Personally, I'd rather have local storage than Cloud storage for speed reasons, but I can rest comfortably with my decision to go minimal on storage knowing that I COULD rely on Cloud storage if I guessed wrong about my storage needs.
  25. ascender macrumors 68020

    Dec 8, 2005
    Its interesting seeing the different responses to this. In my case its my iPhone which gets filled up with pictures and music whereas my iPad tends to only get big files downloaded to it if i'm going to be away from the web for a while and am looking for some videos to watch.

    I'd still be nervous about only having 64GB on it though - 128GB was always the sweetspot for me when it came to the iPad.

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