iPad Is 64 GB enough?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Alaxlmartin, Nov 12, 2018.


64 GB Enough

  1. Yes

    83 vote(s)
  2. No

    65 vote(s)
  3. Depends on Situation

    112 vote(s)
  1. Alaxlmartin macrumors regular


    Feb 20, 2018
    I found an IPad Pro finally at US Cellular. Unfortuately, the only GB left was the weakest link (64 GB). I used about 30 GB on cellphone and IPad out of 128. I use Google Doc, ICloud and DropBox. Opinions?
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  2. Marzel macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2018
    If you are only using 30GB on your other iDevices it means that aren’t storing many documents or relying mostly on the cloud so 64GB should be sufficient. Contrary to what others might propose I thing that it’s usually better to go for the closest storage capacity above what you are currently using.
  3. Alaxlmartin thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 20, 2018
    I rely heavily on the cloud, and google Docs, and Drop Box. Pics are no longer hard. Same for Music. Apple Music now.
  4. map1978 macrumors 68020


    Feb 9, 2006
    Jacksonville, FL
    I opted for a 256 as I felt the price for a 64 is quite outrageous on a cellular model. If I’m spending that much, might as well go a few hundred more for a model I know I won’t ever have to micromanage.

    My thought process of course
  5. uecker87 macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2014
    Madison, WI
    Woah you actually found one at a USCC location? Where-abouts? I have been looking to get one for Verizon from either Best Buy or Verizon (since they come with discounts) without any luck in the Madison, WI area.
  6. Alaxlmartin thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 20, 2018
    I wanted a 256 but they were sold out, same for 512 or 1 TB. My plan was
    1: 256
    2: 512
    1 TB was out of my price range
  7. MisterSavage macrumors 6502


    Nov 10, 2018
    Not for me. Games can really chew up that storage.
  8. Alaxlmartin thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 20, 2018
    Called their 1800 number
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    Not a game player. More like I browse YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, internet. Have 1 game I haven’t played on phone.
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    Good luck at Verizon (Every model back ordered until Mid or late November or Early Dec). BB also Backordered. No dice also at Sprint.
  9. darthbane2k macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2009
    The price per GB is exactly the same. You don’t divide the cost of the iPad by the no of GB, the iPad itself is worth $750 with $50 per 64GB
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    1) do you want to have your music / photo library available to hand while offline? (64 isn’t enough)

    2) Do you subscribe to cloud storage? Are most of your documents hosted on the cloud? (64 is enough)

    3) do you stream your music (64 is enough)

    4) do you prefer to use services such as Netflix (64 is enough)

    5) Do you play lots of games? (64 isn’t enough)

    6) is the iPad going to be your primary device or pc replacement? (64 isn’t enough)
  10. Alaxlmartin thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 20, 2018

    Very interesting

    1 Very rarely not near an internet modem and IPhone is backup with ICloud
    2 Yes
    3 Yes
    4 Don’t use
    5 Never
    6 Yes
  11. DNichter macrumors 604


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    I am not sure anyone can answer this question for you without any background. If you use cloud services and don’t need to have every song, photo, movie, and tv show you have on your device at one time, yes.
  12. lax28 macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2014
    New Jersey
    I don’t think it is enough, but understand that it very well can be based on some of the circumstances others have listed. But also if you travel use cloud services and don’t opt for LTE version you can run into issues with WiFi when you want or need something from the cloud. I would rather pay extra for spaces vs LTE and a data plan if choosing between the two.

    I also think for cost of what is a “Pro” product 64GB is a embarrassing minimum amount of storage.
  13. Perene, Nov 12, 2018
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    Perene macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2015
    No. 256 GB is the minimum these days. With 4K content you are going to fill that up quickly. Not to mention your own camera recording, photos, apps, ebooks, songs...

    A 4K lossless Ultra-HD Blu-ray can even exceed that. I see there are movies that will waste 70, 80 GB. And this is only the movie. You can use free host services like Google Drive (15 GB) to host your stuff, but you are always going to need the device space.


    The next time I buy a tablet I will not settle for less than 512 GB.
  14. Porterhouse macrumors 6502


    Aug 13, 2011
    Personally, I wish that 128 had been available. But since it's not, I thought about it and finally went with the 64 GB. I got to the Apple Store early enough that all models were still available, but as you were asking, I have just about everything backed up on the cloud. My previous iPad (which, admittedly, wasn't a Pro) had about 35 GB taken. That's with a few movies, a ton of photographs, most of my Kindle/iBooks library, and so on. My documents are saved on the cloud, not on the device, so I can work on any device.

    However, I'm probably in the minority. I'm going to keep this model and reevaluate this weekend on space, though I'm pretty sure I have all that I need.
  15. VMMan, Nov 12, 2018
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    VMMan macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2009
    Just wait for the model that you initially wanted.

    Wait and get the 256 GB model you planned on buying. You’ll regret it later if you buy the lower capacity model simply because of impatience or eagerness.
  16. Jensend macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2008
    64 should be plenty for you based on your use case. I have the 64gb 10.5” and I have 33.54GB free. 114 apps, including 30+ games on my iPad.
  17. Treebark macrumors 6502


    May 24, 2010
    On the one hand you are only using 30gb now so that'd seem to indicate 64gb is enough, however:

    • You mentioned above this is your main device / laptop replacement. Given you don't know how you will use it a year from now, I think you'd want more headroom than the 64GB would allow for. Remember, not all 64GB is user accessable.
    • Only you can answer this, but how long are you going to keep this iPad? If only a year, upgrading next year, then maybe go with the 64GB. But if this is a multiyear purchase, as in you will keep it for 2-3 years or longer, you really need to try to spring for a bit more storage. Again, versatility as you don't know what down the road you may want to do with the device, or what app that may come out to tempt you.
  18. Alaxlmartin, Nov 12, 2018
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    Alaxlmartin thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 20, 2018
    I have 10 GB hotspot data, and I never use that in a month.
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    1. I do know how. Basic internet browsing needs like YT,FB,Twitter.
    2. 3 years probably
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  19. darthbane2k, Nov 12, 2018
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    darthbane2k macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2009
    Photos can stay on the cloud,
    ebooks are basicly PDFs and take no space at all.

    As for 4K movies.. on an iPad?? Why?
    70/80GB per movie?! Sounds like you aren’t managing your storage correctly.

    Cloud services aren’t always free and limited, so the free 15GB Google Drive example isn’t the greatest. I for example have 2TB of storage on iCloud and have access to absolutely everything including my Mac desktop from all my devices. No duplication.
    Also I have a 300GB photo library at my disposal without clogging up the space. If I want the full quality image , one tap retrieves it within seconds.
    There’s a lot to be said about using the cloud as part of your workflow.
    As for my movies.. they live on my Mac mini server at home and I access them everywhere via plex. Either download for offline play as and when I need, or stream. I can’t imagine taking a copy of my entire library at once.

    I personally bought 256, restored my previous pro backup and saw what I was using. I am returning for the 64 because I clearly will not use 256GB of storage while I rely so heavily on the cloud.
  20. sammy2066 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 3, 2007
    Super relevant thread for me as well - I'm planning to pick one up from the Apple Store in Dubai today. My iPhone X has always been 64 GB, and I've never really run out of space.

    1. I use a very limited set of apps, which don't take up too much space.
    2. I don't play very many games on my iPhone, but that may change on the iPad. Don't think 2-3 games (SimCity, PUBG, etc.) will make a huge dent in the 64 GB storage.
    3. I own the Pixel XL, Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 3 XL - so all photos are backed up on Google Photos at original quality.
    4. All my music is on Spotify.
    5. I mostly consume content on YouTube, Netflix, Amazon when at home, so never download anything locally. My data plan offers 18 GB per month, and I never utilize it completely.

    Given the above facts, I think 64 GB should be enough for my needs. Thoughts?
  21. thecore762 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2014
    64gb is fine if you are using it for entertainment.
    If you use iPad for work then it depends on your situation.
  22. darthbane2k macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2009
    I think it’s the other way round. If you like entertainment, to load the iPad with movies and music for long trips etc then go for higher storage. If it’s work, you should be using the cloud anyway because say if your device breaks down, you’ve lost everything?! Cloud storage should be part of every modern person’s workflow to be honest
  23. KUKitch macrumors 6502


    Jan 10, 2008
    I was planning to go for the 64 gig 12.9 and use it as my main personal device, but I just didn’t feel like that would be enough to last for several years, so I ended up getting a 256 gig 11 and I feel significantly better about it. I’m sure storage will creep up over the years, so I feel better having more than enough rather than having to manage it... 64 is fine for my phone, but probably not for my iPad.
  24. iJohnnyG macrumors regular

    May 7, 2011
    For me, yes. My 12.9 won’t be leaving the house so I’m usually streaming stuff 99.9% of the time.
  25. darthbane2k macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2009
    A lot of people
    Say 64GB is a joke for a ‘pro’ device. Apart from the horsepower , Apple have yet to sufficiently prove that the iPad Pro is indeed a pro device.
    What’s more of a joke is the fact that on this so called pro device I cannot attach external storage. What if I’m editing a feature film? 1TB may not be enough.
    However I think Apple will
    you don’t manage anything with iCloud it manages itself.

    Storage will creep up over years? Actually it’s the opposite because of cloud.

    An iPad with 64GB storage will last just as long as one with 1TB provided the model is the same. When Apple stop supporting certain devices or certain ones dont get a new iOS feature it’s based on spec not storage.

    I’m not discounting your decision I’m just saying a decision based on fearnongering is a bad one.
    It should be based on workflow alone.
    Particularly when cost per tier is a huge jump, not to mention the ridiculous increases across the board for Apple Pencil , folio cases, keyboard etc

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