Just curious - why do non-professionals need more than 256GB storage on an ipad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by vmflapem, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. vmflapem macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2013
    I am a student and I use it for making/reading notes (onenote, notability), youtube, safari, etc.
    I'm pretty sure I'll even be fine with a 64GB storage but I just went with 256GB to be safe.
    When I buy laptops or desktops, I have a tendency of maxing out storage 'just in case' but for ipads I see no reason why I'd go with such a high storage. Do only professionals who edit videos max out their storage or is there another benefit of going for more storage?
  2. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    Some people just like having all of their music, photos, tv shows, and movies on device.
  3. Falhófnir macrumors 68040


    Aug 19, 2017
    They don't, which is why the iPad 6 tops out at 128 ;)

    But in all seriousness, if it's someone's main computer then there's no reason even 1TB would be overkill for an average user, that's what ships in most standard PCs (granted in much cheaper HDD format)
  4. josh bear macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2010
    I travel with work a lot and the extra storage allows me to carry multiple offline files in addition to many many films and tv shows

  5. mcaswell macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2013
    Well, I'm a professional photographer, and I easily get by with 256gb... in fact, I think I'm only using about half of my storage space (and that's even with a bunch of movies loaded up for traveling). However, that's largely due to how I use the iPad... I don't load my photos directly onto it, but rather sync them from my iMac Pro via Lightroom / Creative Cloud, which results only in "smart previews" being stored on it (at the rate of about 2gb per 1000 images). If I were using the iPad as a fully mobile editing solution (in other words, loading the full RAW files directly onto it), I'd need a lot more space.
  6. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I'm a professional and I use iCloud storage with a 256GB iPad. But even if I didn't use iCloud storage I could probably manage with 512GB. It's way cheaper to just buy smaller devices and pay $10/yr for 2TB of iCloud storage that you share with your entire family. Even storing videos and movies I can't see much of a need for a regular user to buy something larger than 1TB. iTunes movies are only a few gigs. Do people want to store their entire library? Seems like extreme overkill.
  7. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Comics. Lots and lots of high resolution comics (I think some are around 2+MB per page). I don't even keep any music or videos on my 256GB iPad because almost all the space is used by comics.

    Favorites are ~100GB so I can actually get by with 256GB after TBR list and apps. I can whittle down the favorites to 60GB. I won't like doing it but I can if I was only getting the cheaper iPad (I think $430 for 128GB?). If I'm gonna spend $1K+ though, I'm not willing to compromise and 512GB-1TB would be more comfortable.

    Also, it's not like the entire storage is available for use. iOS (mainly Photos) occasionally complains when you have less than 10-20% free.

    Admittedly, I'm a storage junkie. Got a 20TB NAS at home that I'm planning on upgrading to 40TB this BF.
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    It's $80/month to upgrade my cell service to unlimited and even then, there's no guarantee of speed.
  8. Viking2 macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2012
    I have an Ipad Pro 256 GB and a Iphone X 256 GB
    They are always full. And I need to "kill your darlings" to free space.
    As I do travel I don't want to use iCloud as it can be impossible or very expensive and slow to retrieve photos and videos.

    I amusing DJI drones and Gopros to do video recording in 4K.
    I use LumaFusion (that is a unbelievable fantastic program to edit your videos.)
    I am currently thinking of buying Insta 360 One X

    So I will buy new iPad 12.9 and Iphone XS Max. Both with 512 GB. So expensive!
    I also use 2 TB WD MyPassport Wireless Pro to store and retrieve pictures and videos (Damn slow)

    So yes - some people need more then 256 GB....
  9. flur macrumors 68020


    Nov 12, 2012
    I’m a writer and will be using my iPad professionally, but Word and Scrivener files are tiny. I’m also a hobby photographer and do research trips for the books I write, and like to travel light (without a laptop). I like to back up my SD cards (they go bad sometimes) and I know from experience that I won’t always have decent WiFi in the places I stay, and 3 weeks of RAW files take up a lot of space. So I can buy a hard drive that takes SD cards, or I can use the storage on my iPad, where I can also edit those pics. When I travel, I also like to have a lot of movies and tv series (so nice for plane and train trips). And of course I need all my writing stuff and research. So I went with the 512gb. It may be overkill, but I always think my storage is overkill and then wind up keeping the device as long as I can and only upgrade when I run out of storage.
  10. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    I have 220GB left on my max so technically I don’t need that much but rather have more than less
  11. BugeyeSTI macrumors 68030


    Aug 19, 2017
    Some would like to say they have the maxed out iPad Pro even if they will never utilize it’s full potential. Apparently the 1tb versions come with 6gb of ram where all the other options only have 4gb..
  12. ventuss macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2011
    If the new iPad Pro had an Oled display, I’d not think twice before buying the 1TB model.

    Since this isn’t the case, 256gb it is.
  13. Gherkin macrumors 6502a

    Apr 9, 2004
    I'm a freelance photographer currently using a Surface Book. I'm interested in switching to a Mac Mini/iPad Pro set-up.

    so you are liking the Lightroom CC workflow? Say you shoot 400 photos at an event. You come home, download the photos to your Mac, and then you can just go right to your iPad and edit on the couch? How is speed/editing on the iPad? Do you ever do batch processing on the iPad? Like you have 50 photos and you want to apply all the same edits from photo 1 across photos 2-50... you can easily do that?

    and then once you make your edits, you can right back to the Mac and export the photos with edits pretty seamlessly?
  14. hectorvs macrumors regular


    Feb 24, 2011
    I agree, went with 64gb this time..

    Part of this decision is the fact that I went with 256gb iPhone and looking at my storage, I have more Than 220gb left, lol... I'm also not holding back any of my usage, so...
  15. mcaswell macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2013
    Yes, I absolutely LOVE editing on the iPad (Pro 10.5) with LR Mobile / CC. I shoot about 40 weddings a year (plus portraits and some other stuff), with my wife and I both doing the editing.

    When I get home after a wedding, the images are loaded into Lightroom Classic on my iMac Pro (I convert to compressed DNG), and I then designate the folder to be sync'd to CC. LR generates and uploads Smart Previews, which are then sync'd to the iPads (my wife also uses an iPad Pro, as well as an iMac running LR CC). From that point on, both of us are free to edit on the iPads or iMacs. There's no manual moving of files back and forth... for instance, I might sit at my desk and work for a few hours, then decide to kick back on the couch for a while. I grab the iPad, and pick up where I left off, with the edits I did on the Mac automatically syncing to the iPad. When I'm finished, I can go back to the Mac to export, and all the work I did on the iPad is there. Likewise for the weddings my wife works on.

    It's really revolutionized how I work, as I often find myself in situations where I have "dead time", maybe waiting in a coffee shop between client meetings, or like this evening, when I'm bringing my kids to their violin lesson... I can sit in the room with them and get the enjoyment of listening to them play, while simultaneously getting work done. And, of course, in many instances I simply don't feel like sitting at my desk. The freedom to switch back and forth between devices is what makes it so great.

    And the iPad version of LR is remarkably capable. I'd say the only thing I find lacking is what you mentioned about batch-applying adjustments across a group of images. On the Mac, I can make adjustments to an image, select the next 100 similar images, and "sync" all of those to the first one's adjustments. On the iPad, you can copy/paste settings, but it's a one-at-a-time kind of thing as opposed to applying to a group of images in one click. Hopefully they'll address that in the future, but in the meantime, what I usually do immediately after importing on the Mac is quickly scan through and look for large groupings of images that need a white balance adjustment, and do it there.
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    Also, I should note that after my wife saw how great it was to be able to work on editing weddings anywhere, she wanted one too. At the time, one of our kids was in competitive dance, and attending those competitions involves LONG days of waiting around for hours, watching your kid dance for 3 minutes, then waiting around for several more hours for the next dance, etc. She loved being able to bring her iPad and use that time productively instead of just sitting there twiddling her thumbs.

    The funny thing is, even though she originally intended to only use it for editing away from home, I often walk into her office to find her sitting at her desk (right in front of her iMac), editing on the iPad!

    I personally am a bit more productive on the Mac (especially with Pfixer keyboard shortcuts), but still I'm surprisingly efficient on the iPad. I probably do about half my editing on the iPad.
  16. sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    There have already been some solid responses, but I'd like to add, that the large iPad storage capacities are beneficial for larger files not more files. Unless something has changed since the last time I did some testing, the sandboxed nature of iOS requires multiple copies of a file to exist if multiple apps will be modifying/accessing a particular file (a copy for each app). That kind of behavior is going to require more storage space to support multiple copies.

    If you have a file open in app "A" and then want to open that same file in app "B", you have to select the "copy to..." app "B". That creates a 2nd copy on app "B"'s storage sandbox.

    I believe that there are now new APIs that allow app "B" to open the file without copying but not all apps have been updated to support that functionality.

    As I said, my info may be out of date, if so, I'd love to see that apps can directly access files regardless of where they reside (and NOT rely on the app supporting that behavior)
  17. mdwsta4 macrumors 65816

    Jul 23, 2007
    I currently own a 256gb 10.5" iPad Pro and only went with that size because at launch Adorama was offering $50 off the 256 version vs the 64gb version. Made sense to get more space. A year and a half in I'm using maybe 50gb of storage space. On longer trips I'll fill up more with videos, movies, and photos, but if I do end up upgrading to the latest iPP, I'd likely go with 64gb and better manage the files I leave on it daily.

    You mean $10 per month, correct? If I could get 2tb of space for $10 a year, please let me know where and how!
  18. Rhonindk macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2014
    sitting on a beach watching a DC simulation ...
    Not so much need 256gb, rather I all too often need more than 128gb. Might be for personal use, might be for consulting use, or maybe work use. Either way, being caught short is not an option.

    yes, I use a cloud account (Box and Google). Active files for use I keep on hand and backups / archives go to the cloud. Just me style. :cool:
  19. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Oh, lol, whoops. Monthly.
  20. illitrate23 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2004
    i fill mine up with a ridiculous number of tv shows and movies. more than i am ever likely to be able to watch before i'd have a change to do another sync, so it's not necessary, but i do like being able to leave the choice of what to watch until i'm ready to watch it, rather than having to think about it the day before
  21. darkarn macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2017
    My games take up about 4 GB per app on average and I play quite a few of them.

    Sure, I can go with 64 GB but I got burnt before for using the lowest storage capacity. So since Apple does not have 128 GB, I will have to go for 256 GB

    It will also give me some wiggle room if and when I can turn the iPad Pro into a photo editing machine when travelling
  22. ipponrg macrumors 65816

    Oct 15, 2008
    It's the same reason why iPhones started increasing their minimum size.

    Our day to day consumption of content is increasing, and content providers are caring less and less about decreasing their content size. In addition, people are storing larger (and more) files across the board.

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