what is the actual capacity of 16gb iPad

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  1. deskjetian macrumors newbie

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    I'm trying to decide on what size iPad I should go for and have a question.
    For a 16gb iPad, how much of that is actually available for photos, music etc. or to put it another way, how much does the iPad os use for itself ?
    thanks.
    Ian.
     
  2. AppleKash macrumors 6502

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    Something like 14gb... Blah sorry for not being very specific on this one.
     
  3. Geoff. macrumors 6502

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  6. doodude macrumors regular

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    I've often wondered why the consumer has to pay for the loss of memory capacity.

    In other words if Apple claims they are selling me a unit with 32 gb then I should get 32 gb of usable memory. Not 28 gb of free memory.

    So if Apple has to install 36 gb in order to assure that a unit has 32 gb of usable memory, then so be it. That should be the cost of their claim & of doing business.

    While we as consuming sheeple allow this small lie to go on they, companies such as Apple for one, make billions in profits partly based on this small lie.

    Am I wrong about this or have we all become so used to bogus claims from all fronts that we just roll our eyes & accept another...?:rolleyes:
     
  7. iDutchman macrumors 6502a

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    yeah, I'd say 14Gb as well.

    I got the iPhone 4 16Gb myself and it has 14.0Gb. I'm just saying;)
     
  8. INeedAMacBook macrumors 6502

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    I don't get why the 16gb only loses About 2gb, but the 64gb loses about 4.5gb :confused:
     
  9. DSPalpatine macrumors member

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    iOS has roughly a 500 MB footprint. When I bought my Macbook last year, if I had wanted the 'full' 160 GB hard drive to be free, I would have wiped Leopard off the drive. Of course, the computer wouldn't have done much, but I'd have total drive space available.

    When I buy a a computer, phone, iPod, or whatever else, I expect that part of hard drive space will be used by the OS of the device. Is this surprising? Unless you're going to code your own OS for a device, or install something else, why would you not expect the OS to take up space on the drive? When I get my iPad next month (32 GB wifi), I would certainly hope that iOS would already be installed so I can, you know, use the device.

    Part of the confusion about storage space also comes down to the way that a "Gigabyte" is reported. Wikipedia has a great entry that is well written if you search for "Gigabyte." I won't repeat the entire entry, but the most common mistake is that customers believe that kilo-, mega-, and giga- are all base-10 numbers. While part of it may be a 'marketing' decision that you can deride, part of it is also mathematical. A Megabyte, for instance, is not 1000K, but rather, 1024K. Again, I'm oversimplifying, and heading out the door, but check out the Wikipedia entry for further details.
     
  10. doodude macrumors regular

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    You have a point... Darn It!!!

    Actually, I wonder in terms of the law & the 'right of expectation', how that would hold up in a class action suite? Hmmmmmmmm... just thinking out loud here...

    Deep & pointless I know, but still... Anyone currently in law school care to weigh in? :rolleyes:
     
  11. iThinman macrumors regular

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    What block size do these things read/write at?
     
  12. Hyakku macrumors newbie

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    Well I'm not in law school, but i know they also make memory modules in certain increments, with common lcds, I think its 4, so I mean to give you 16gb exactly they'd essentially have to tell samsung to make new memory modules specifically for the iPad. Don't think I'm willing to have those costs passed down to me lol.
     
  13. seajay96 macrumors 6502

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    Not in law school, but a simple read of the box shows that "1Gb=1 billion bytes, formatted capacity less"
     
  14. doodude macrumors regular

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    OK, OK, Im convinced. I will not seek a class action suite against the behemoth, what is Apple.
    I will simply... um, what were we talking about? :confused:
     

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