No one is concerned with 6GB usable?

ihonda

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Sep 17, 2009
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So.. native apps, great!

8GB watch with 6.xGB usable, not so great!

No one seems to be overly concerned about this??

Will apps be extremely small in size? like 5-20MB? I mean otherwise its going to be a mess!
 

jk4lebron23

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Apr 6, 2010
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So.. native apps, great!

8GB watch with 6.xGB usable, not so great!

No one seems to be overly concerned about this??

Will apps be extremely small in size? like 5-20MB? I mean otherwise its going to be a mess!
I wondered about this also, hopefully they work it out where they don't take up much space.

I really don't think they should be big apps though because that isn't what the watch is for so I think it will be alright.
 

nfl46

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Oct 5, 2008
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Lol, do you really think the file size of apps on a 38mm/42mm screen are going to be large? I don't think Apple would have introduced native apps and a 8GB watch if they weren't confident with usable space. You'll be fine. Don't expect 1GB hardcore games on your Apple Watch. Lol.
 

M.Rizk

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Apr 20, 2015
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With the Apple Watch screen resolution, it will be just as how it used to be during the 8 GB iPhone days, and even better.
 

xRYD3Rx

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Jul 3, 2010
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I returned my apple watch back to apple today. But that was also on my mind isn't 6GB little.
I think it will be down the road when developers/app creators start making apps especially that contains larger mb or gb.
 

melman101

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Sep 3, 2009
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I don't think this is going to be an issue. Most apps will probably be really small.
 

soya

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Jul 30, 2010
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Add to this that the new version of Swift reduces the size of the apps.
 

redman042

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Jun 13, 2008
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When it comes to my iPhone, it can't have enough RAM or flash storage IMO. More is always better. Which shouldn't surprise anyone when we're talking about a device that can be used to edit an HD video, among other things. It's a full computer shrunk down to the size of a pocket.

But the watch should never be used this way. Apps should be lean and fast, even after native app capability gets rolled out. There should not be a lot of graphics. So IMO 6 GB is actually a ton of storage for a watch and I'm not worried about this number.
 

iamasmith

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Apr 10, 2015
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I'm more concerned how battery friendly native apps are going to be.

You can bet that some muppet will produce a wrist warmer app that chews enough CPU cycles to warm the watch up :D
 

Julien

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Jun 30, 2007
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Before launch many including myself thought it would be a 4GB device. After all most Android are 4GB and Apple has never been known for adding more memory without paying extra. I even thought it may be a 2 tear with 4GB and 8GB $100 more (Apple SOP) or Sport 4GB and SS 8GB. What a surprise it was getting a full 8GB on all models.

In all likelihood 8GB will be a plenty for even 2.0 App hungry users. Don't see any need for a 16GB model until at least gen 2 or maybe even gen 3. Good job on this Apple.
 

CellXor10

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Apr 23, 2015
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Yeah, I don't think this should be concerning.

Also- did they mention if apps will be able to have an option to be native/still run from the iPhone? I get that native apps will be much more ideal, but surely not all would be needed I feel...
 

ant69

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I don't see this as an issue personally, its not an iphone or a mini iphone and wont be used in the same way, i wont be dumping loads of music/photos on my watch, a few apps - but i expect apps on the watch to be small than ios apps
 

Glene

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Forums are chock full of things that posters want you to worry about, that are really non issues....here's another one.......
 

GrindedDown

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Jun 4, 2009
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Yeah this is a total non-issue. With the way the Watch is meant to be used in bite sized pieces and feeding a lot of data from the iPhone for heavy lifting, 8gb is way more than enough.

In fact, it could also be seen as a very good thing. This places a limit in "ambitious" developers minds that they have limited space to work with and are sorta forced to find a way to make a functional app for AW, while not trying to do everything on the watch. This could lead to higher quality apps than if apple provided 32GB and developers started running wild trying to do way to much.
 

Twyntub

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Jul 13, 2007
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I remember one recruitment agency I worked at had 100,000 candidates on their books - with Windows NT 3.5 plus Oracle plus Exchange plus 100,000 formatted resumés fitting comfortably into 4.3GB.

Oh how will we ever cope with such limited space on our watches...
 

TallManNY

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Nov 5, 2007
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I remember one recruitment agency I worked at had 100,000 candidates on their books - with Windows NT 3.5 plus Oracle plus Exchange plus 100,000 formatted resumés fitting comfortably into 4.3GB.

Oh how will we ever cope with such limited space on our watches...
We used to fit our OS and our Word Processing Program onto an 512k floppy disk and have room for our papers.
Yeah, I think we will be fine getting a bit of text generated on a watch face and squeezed into 8gb which can offload to a phone and from there to the internet.
 
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