iPad Real storage in iPad Air 2

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  1. Bromio macrumors 6502

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    Hi:

    I've just bought an 64gb cellular iPad Air 2 and I've found out that it has "only" 51.7gb free out of box.

    Is it normal or should I be worried?

    Thanks.
     
  2. danthe93 macrumors member

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    Yes it is normal. System partition takes a lot of space.
     
  3. Bromio thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wow! So 16gb version will have just 4gb out of box! Now I understand all the complaints about 16gb as base model.
     
  4. danthe93 macrumors member

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    Not really. When Apple is saying that you have 64gb, you don't actually have 64, but around 59gb available. The same is true with hard disk manufacturers. 256gb hdd is actually around 250gb actual space.

    The rest is taken up by iOS :)
     
  5. Downs2011 macrumors regular

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    Haha it may seem that way but not necessarily. You will get around 11 to 12gb to use with a 16 gb model.
     
  6. Bromio thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I thought Apple has used 'giga' nomenclature instead 'gibi' one since Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

    Anyway, 4gb are due to iWork and iLife.
     
  7. danthe93 macrumors member

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    They are referring to the same thing. Just some marketing b$ to make apple's sound cooler. xD
     
  8. warfed macrumors regular

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    Not quite, tech companies are a bit deceiving when they're telling you how much storage they have. When they say something has 64GB they say 1GB is equivalent to 1,000,000,000 bytes. So 64GB to them is 64,000,000,000 bytes... but that's actually not the case, it really is 1MB = 1024KB, 1GB = 1024MB, etc. So 64,000,000,000 bytes is actually 59.6GB, and that's how much you get out of the box minus the few gigs of the OS + I'm gonna guess caching and the "other" files on the iPad and you end up with 51. So 16GB would be 14.9GB out of the box before OS and the rest.
     
  9. Bromio thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, but if I have 51.7GB out of the box, as I really bought a 59.6GB iPad, we can assume the OS and the Apple apps sum around 8GB. So, because the 16GB also includes that software, it will have ~15-8=7GB?
     
  10. afsnyder macrumors 65816

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    So that includes iWork and iLife as its preinstalled? Thats a good chunk of space. Ofc, you can delete those apps.
     
  11. Bromio thread starter macrumors 6502

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    They came preinstalled, yes. They take around 4GB.
     
  12. warfed macrumors regular

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    In that case it sounds reasonable. I believe when I formatted my iPad (installed without iWork and iLife) it was 55.5GB.
     
  13. dannyyankou macrumors 603

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    A lot better than the surface pro. The 128gb version only has 83gb available.
     
  14. Bromio thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That sounds very reasonable, because iWork and iLife take around 4GB. The left MB will depend on what information have been synchronized via iCloud.

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    What??? How many free space will have 64GB the Surface Pro 3?
     
  15. dannyyankou macrumors 603

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    I was actually looking at old numbers. Free space with the 128 surface 3 improved to 97gb, but the 64gb version only has a pathetic 37gb free.
     
  16. Bromio thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Pathetic is indeed the right word. The best thing is that I was about to buy the Surface Pro 3 instead the iPad Air 2!!!!!!
     
  17. dannyyankou macrumors 603

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    Forgot to include this in my last post. It compares the storage of all the models.

    http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/support/storage
     
  18. iosuser macrumors 6502a

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    The funny thing is that the iWorks and iLife (GarageBand and iMovie, iPhoto is gone) suites are only preinstalled on the 64GB and 128GB models. That goes for the iPhones too.

    It's more a sad thing than a funny thing. Apple really should've made the base 32GB. Of course a lot of people would be happy with 32GB and not fork over the extra $100, myself included :p That's $100 x many millions. Such a slick move by Apple..
     
  19. Bromio thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That would have been my case. 32GB was what I was looking for.
     
  20. danthe93 macrumors member

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    Though to be fair, Windows takes a lot more space simply because it is a desktop operating system. You cannot compare Windows 8.1 to iOS since they are completely different from each other.
     
  21. mrex macrumors 68020

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    but again, sp3 has a full "real" os.. cant really compare between the real windows os and ios.
     

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