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iphonefreak450

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I am waiting for my new iPhone which is a 12 Mini with 64gb of storage space. I still have my very old First Generation iPhone SE which I got back in 2016 which is also 64gb. That still has 53.97gb of AVAILABLE SPACE. The reason being for this, is that I remove apps which I do not need or use the most. The reason I am asking this, are the iOS updates, which can be over 1gb or more and I am afraid that these updates will take up space.

Should I be concerned or I should of just got the one that has 128gb?

Due to my budget, I had to go with the 64gb.

When my 12 Mini arrives, I will do the same, just remove all apps that I do not care for or use.
 

akash.nu

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The updates automatically get deleted after installation. When you have 53GB free out of 64 anyway, it’s not gonna be of any worry. Also generally apps hardly take as much space as media.

So as long as you’re not storing media you don’t need to worry about it.
 

Minorite

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Normally I would say you need at least 128 GB, but if you use it for calls/messages it should be more than enough for the phone's lifetime.
 

Osamede

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I am waiting for my new iPhone which is a 12 Mini with 64gb of storage space. I still have my very old First Generation iPhone SE which I got back in 2016 which is also 64gb. That still has 53.97gb of AVAILABLE SPACE. The reason being for this, is that I remove apps which I do not need or use the most. The reason I am asking this, are the iOS updates, which can be over 1gb or more and I am afraid that these updates will take up space.

Should I be concerned or I should of just got the one that has 128gb?

Due to my budget, I had to go with the 64gb.

When my 12 Mini arrives, I will do the same, just remove all apps that I do not care for or use.
This device is capable of taking 4K video and much higher res images. A minute of 4K 60FPS video is about 400 MB, which is about 10x the file size of a 720P 30 FPS video.

So all other things being equal in your usage habits, you’ll more likely want more storage than last time.

You can put more on iCloud but that hammers the battery life, which is the only weak point of the 12 mini.

If you want to keep the device for a while, give yourself the space.
 
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bubulol

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I have 64 GB and previously 32 GB from SE
32 GB were full or almost, i had to delete some apps/contents
I hesitated between 64 and 128 GB, i know it will be better to pick 128 GB but i find 12 Mini pricetag a bit overpriced, especially when you are non-us
699 usd -> in Europe, starting from 800 eur and above for only 64 GB
You can get 128 GB for 50 bucks
If dont plan to use photos/video, go on 64 GB, otherwise i highly recommend you of picking 128 GB
I consider myself as light user and still filling up half of my iPhone storage capacity lol
 
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7thson

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From your previous usage, it looks like you’ll be fine with 64gb. Normally I would recommend to buy as much storage as you can afford, but it’s entirely reasonable that 64gb is enough for you. Either way, you’re gonna love your new iPhone.
 

Robbosan

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I have 64gb and is fine 41gb free, i use iCloud for 200gb photos/videos, and don't have bulk apps, we have family plan for 3 phones and iPads.
 
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Spetsgruppa

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On Android the more ROM its better because they suck up so much space... on IOS i think 128GB is the safest... unless youre like my wife with tens of thousands of photos and videos then even 512GB wouldnt be enough lmao xD
 

ericwn

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Apr 24, 2016
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This device is capable of taking 4K video and much higher res images. A minute of 4K 60FPS video is about 400 MB, which is about 10x the file size of a 720P 30 FPS video.

So all other things being equal in your usage habits, you’ll more likely want more storage than last time.

You can put more on iCloud but that hammers the battery life, which is the only weak point of the 12 mini.

If you want to keep the device for a while, give yourself the space.

The OP has 53 GB of their current 64 GB free. They can shoot a two hour movie in 4K in the unlikely case they suddenly discover their creative side.
 

bubulol

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128 GB is better for long term -> if he doesnt plan to change his iPhone 12 Mini in near future, it would better to go on 128 GB as far as upgrading to 128 GB only costs 50 bucks (i dont even mention there are some freak discounted bargain of iPhone 12 Mini 128 GB)
64 GB is better for short/mid term -> for those who switch iPhone within next years
 

ericwn

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On Android the more ROM its better because they suck up so much space... on IOS i think 128GB is the safest... unless youre like my wife with tens of thousands of photos and videos then even 512GB wouldnt be enough lmao xD

Pretty sure it’s storage and not ROM there too but if always good to know your storage needs ahead of time. Luckily the OP does.
 

ericwn

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128 GB is better for long term -> if he doesnt plan to change his iPhone 12 Mini in near future, it would better to go on 128 GB as far as upgrading to 128 GB only costs 50 bucks (i dont even mention there are some freak discounted bargain of iPhone 12 Mini 128 GB)
64 GB is better for short/mid term -> for those who switch iPhone within next years

Nothing in the OP indicates that they’ll use more storage down the line hence 64 GB will do nicely again as before.
 

Apple_Robert

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128 GB is better for long term -> if he doesnt plan to change his iPhone 12 Mini in near future, it would better to go on 128 GB as far as upgrading to 128 GB only costs 50 bucks (i dont even mention there are some freak discounted bargain of iPhone 12 Mini 128 GB)
64 GB is better for short/mid term -> for those who switch iPhone within next years
It is unlikely the OP is going to drastically change his phone use patterns. As such, buying for what his needs are today is the logical conclusion. His use doesn't come close to needing 128GB, unless you or some other members want to send him money for the extra storage capacity.
 

Spetsgruppa

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Pretty sure it’s storage and not ROM there too but if always good to know your storage needs ahead of time. Luckily the OP does.
Er... ROM is internal memory...internal memory = storage...

from google.
 

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Martyimac

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Er... ROM is internal memory...internal memory = storage...

from google.
You don't get to use ROM for "your" data. ROM stands for "Read Only Memory" which means YOU can't write data to it so it is only for the equipments use only. It is storage granted but it isn't yours to use.
 
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ericwn

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Er... ROM is internal memory...internal memory = storage...

from google.

Are you kidding me? ROM - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Read-only_memory

Of course it’s likely to be internal, and of course it’s not the regular storage we’re talking about. It’s not available in gigabytes and not used for apps - as you wouldn’t be able to write to it. As per the definition of read only.

ROM, if used, is likely used for the essential firmware. It’s not storage.
 

Spetsgruppa

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You don't get to use ROM for "your" data. ROM stands for "Read Only Memory" which means YOU can't write data to it so it is only for the equipments use only. It is storage granted but it isn't yours to use.
Ah right my bad. Ram, rom and storage.
 

Spetsgruppa

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Are you kidding me? ROM - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Read-only_memory

Of course it’s likely to be internal, and of course it’s not the regular storage we’re talking about. It’s not available in gigabytes and not used for apps - as you wouldn’t be able to write to it. As per the definition of read only.

ROM, if used, is likely used for the essential firmware. It’s not storage.
Ah my bad.
 

MarkX

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Sep 10, 2015
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I am waiting for my new iPhone which is a 12 Mini with 64gb of storage space. I still have my very old First Generation iPhone SE which I got back in 2016 which is also 64gb. That still has 53.97gb of AVAILABLE SPACE. The reason being for this, is that I remove apps which I do not need or use the most. The reason I am asking this, are the iOS updates, which can be over 1gb or more and I am afraid that these updates will take up space.

Should I be concerned or I should of just got the one that has 128gb?

Due to my budget, I had to go with the 64gb.

When my 12 Mini arrives, I will do the same, just remove all apps that I do not care for or use.

So let me get this straight, you are worried that your new iPhone 12 mini 64gb will run out of space over the coming years with 1GB or so updates, even though you have had your current iPhone with 64gb getting similar updates over the last 5 years!

You still have over 50gb available, why will that change if your usage remains the same?

I'm quite sure you could have figured out what storage size you required on your own
 
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