Who went with 512GB?

iMas70

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Wondering how many people went with the top storage option of 512GB? I'll be ordering the new 10.5" IPP next week. Leaning towards the max storage but might go with 256GB instead. I probably won't even use that much who knows what will happen while I have it over the next few years. I rather have to much storage over not enough. My current 64GB iPad Air 2 only has 2GB of storage left. I have that much because I deleted some apps until I get the new one.
 

parseckadet

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I sort of wish I had gone 512, but I just couldn't justify the $200. At 256 I've loaded this thing to the gills with hours and hours of video, my entire music library, everything I could possibly need for productivity, and several games.
 

missbing

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I originally purchased the 512, but then decided to return it for the 256 and use that extra money towards a mini 4. I'm only using 100gb of storage and don't see myself even reaching 256 over the next few years. Plus it gives me a reason to upgrade early which I don't mind if I do need the extra storage.
 
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d5aqoëp

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I would say that buying a 512 GB iPad would be incredibly STUPID because the sync takes forever with USB 2 speeds.
The slow USB transfer speed has been kept to purposely spite us and when next year Apple announces new iPads, they will tout faster sync speeds as second homecoming of Jesus.

I am using iPhone 7 128 GB as well as Pixel 128 GB. The sheer speed at which Pixel transfers files from PC to it's internal storage (USB 3 speeds over USB-C that is 170 MBps vs 20 MBps of iPhone) is so god damn awesome that it has become my go-to media consumption device. iPhone 7 lags far far behind. The less said about default music and video apps on iPhone the better.
 

parseckadet

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I would say that buying a 512 GB iPad would be incredibly STUPID because the sync takes forever with USB 2 speeds.
The slow USB transfer speed has been kept to purposely spite us and when next year Apple announces new iPads, they will tout faster sync speeds as second homecoming of Jesus.

I am using iPhone 7 128 GB as well as Pixel 128 GB. The sheer speed at which Pixel transfers files from PC to it's internal storage (USB 3 speeds over USB-C that is 170 MBps vs 20 MBps of iPhone) is so god damn awesome that it has become my go-to media consumption device. iPhone 7 lags far far behind. The less said about default music and video apps on iPhone the better.
I think the horse is dead on this one. No need to keep bringing it up every chance you get.
 

d5aqoëp

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I think the horse is dead on this one. No need to keep bringing it up every chance you get.
No it's very much alive. People are running straight into the trap Apple has created for them.
Guess, I must be incredibly STUPID then. :rolleyes:

Purchased a Pro 12.9 512GB. Will mostly be used for comics downloaded from the internet with my measly 100Mbps connection which is even slower than USB2. :rolleyes:
Not everyone has 100 Mbps unmetered connection. Very few have such privilege.

I am being straight forward and brutally honest about my thoughts on why getting a 512 GB model will be painful in the long run. You can't even use it as a god damn storage device. Even if you have 100 Mbps connection, you cannot download more than 12.5 MBps which is half the USB 2 rate. So it's funny I get countered by illogical arguments.
 
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yegon

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Yeah, it's stupid that I synced 330gb of high bitrate video (with Infuse) that never buffers and is always available to me in the places I get long breaks at work (railway), where wifi is non existent and data charges for said video would cost me, within a few months, more than the initial outlay for the extra storage.

I wish I hadn't synced complete collections of Far Side, Calvin and Hobbes blah blah to Comic Zeal, totalling 22gb.

That huge archive of podcasts that I love listening to all the time is another stupid mistake on my part.

But seriously, what I love about having loads of storage is barely having to manage it (deleting stuff, making space etc), I've 98gb free currently. Equally, maybe once a month I sync it to iTunes to do a file transfer to refresh the content. iTunes sync is a pain IF you have to do it regularly. Once a month doesn't bother me at all, set it going, come back later, done.

If your iPad usage involves frequent, constant wired data transfers then the speed would be an issue.

Dismissing large storage as stupid outright is utterly laughable though, good old MacRumors lol
 

Shirasaki

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I will surely go 512GB. I wish 512GB could be enough for me to carry my entire music library, and some more movies. Plus, photos, videos, and games...
Yup, iPad is a consumption device. I do use Office though.
512GB is just an overnight thing. Not even a deal for me even if I transfer large amount of data every day.
 
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rui no onna

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Not everyone has 100 Mbps unmetered connection. Very few have such privilege.

I am being straight forward and brutally honest about my thoughts on why getting a 512 GB model will be painful in the long run. You can't even use it as a god damn storage device. Even if you have 100 Mbps connection, you cannot download more than 12.5 MBps which is half the USB 2 rate. So it's funny I get countered by illogical arguments.
I think you missed where I mentioned that 100Mbps was slower than USB2 (480Mbps theoretical, more like ~40MB/s real world max). I know what the conversion from bits to bytes is. The point is the comics I'm downloading are from the internet (comiXology) so I don't even get the benefit of USB 2.0 speeds. No choice but be bottlenecked by my internet connection. :rolleyes:

For me, the primary benefit of the 512GB device is so I don't have to sync or redownload stuff all the time. I'll be able to keep a lot of data on the iPad's local storage. Goodness knows I've never used iTunes sync. I don't even use the native video and music apps. Much easier to sync content with my Plex server overnight while the iPad is charging and I'm sleeping. Even then, that's mostly gonna be incremental/differential updates. Would USB 3.0 be nice to have? Sure. It should be much faster at handling the hundreds of thousands of small files for iTunes backup and restore. That's the only time I'll use USB3, though. Otherwise? My media sync/downloads will either be through internet (by necessity) or overnight on local wi-fi (for convenience, connecting it to the desktop or laptop is a hassle).

512GB without USB3 doesn't work for you and that's fine. I don't understand why you think everyone is in your shoes and use their iPads exactly the same. :rolleyes:
 

Analog Kid

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But seriously, what I love about having loads of storage is barely having to manage it (deleting stuff, making space etc), I've 98gb free currently. Equally, maybe once a month I sync it to iTunes to do a file transfer to refresh the content. iTunes sync is a pain IF you have to do it regularly. Once a month doesn't bother me at all, set it going, come back later, done.
This is exactly the point for me. I went 512GB, and I'm happy as a lark. I intentionally increased the audio bitrate I sync my music at, increased the number of photo albums I sync, synced all lessons on my iTunes U classes, went through my movie library and started happily clicking the checkboxes, synced a ton of maps to a few of the GPS apps I've been wanting to compare and I've still got upwards of 70GB free.

The joy of not having to figure out what to give up is worth it to me. That first sync was rather slow, but having free space means not having to remove and add as many things so future syncs should actually be faster than they used to be.
 

The Game 161

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Thought about 512GB but knew I wouldn't need that much. Have about 83GB left on my 256

Also OSD the storage on my iPad needs to match my iPhone.
 

akdj

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I would say that buying a 512 GB iPad would be incredibly STUPID because the sync takes forever with USB 2 speeds.
The slow USB transfer speed has been kept to purposely spite us and when next year Apple announces new iPads, they will tout faster sync speeds as second homecoming of Jesus.

I am using iPhone 7 128 GB as well as Pixel 128 GB. The sheer speed at which Pixel transfers files from PC to it's internal storage (USB 3 speeds over USB-C that is 170 MBps vs 20 MBps of iPhone) is so god damn awesome that it has become my go-to media consumption device. iPhone 7 lags far far behind. The less said about default music and video apps on iPhone the better.
No it's very much alive. People are running straight into the trap Apple has created for them.

Not everyone has 100 Mbps unmetered connection. Very few have such privilege.

I am being straight forward and brutally honest about my thoughts on why getting a 512 GB model will be painful in the long run. You can't even use it as a god damn storage device. Even if you have 100 Mbps connection, you cannot download more than 12.5 MBps which is half the USB 2 rate. So it's funny I get countered by illogical arguments.
...where to begin???
A. We're all really sorry you're mom said 'No!' - plenty of summer to mow some lawns left...
B. Who's using USB 2 speeds, and for what? I'm dad, family of four and pay $2.99 monthly for 200GB, 100 unused iCloud storage. Apps, media (iTunes), and the bulk of the storage taking duff isn't counted against the storage and even w/40,000 pics, videos and backups I'm not sure how long it's been since you've (actually) used iOS devices - you said you have an iPhone, why backup to your Mac? And once matched. It's wireless. As well, the 'load' is done on initial sync - from then on its background and noiseless!
C. The iPad 12.9" models (both) as well as the new 10.5" models feature USB 3.0 and the 'camera connection' dongle with power I'm using at USB 3 speeds and without the latency... or inability to use at all of previous iOS (& Android) devices.
D. What's the Pixel have to do with the price of tea in the Himalayas?
E. I am being straight forward and brutally honest about your thoughts on why getting a 512....blah blah blah ... I am successfully using mine as a storage device and my ISP is gigabit, so... six times the speed of USB 2? But it's irrelevant, cause again... who's using USB 2, on what, for what?
F. I'm with others, don't care for your 'brutal honesty' and consider your lack of vocabulary and creative writing skills (lack of) like a zit in my nose. Annoying, but gotta deal with it once or twice

Dude, pay a buck or two for some iCloud locker space and forget local backups, long as you using iOS/macOS, your media, pics, vids and notes, contacts, etc etc are synced and updated immediately... when you update them.
Backing up from a Mac is bound to introduce redundant contact info, pics, etc as it did pre iOS 5? 6? I can't remember when tethered backups went the way of the dodo ...much has changed and unlike your 'Pixel' - the iPad Pro is a different animal altogether --- like a grizzly or lion ...compared with, I dunno, a penguin maybe? Rare, slow, and... well, a long way away from the iPad Pro and its Pixel Crushing Performance (and ecosystem to utilize its power)

G'Day, forget to let you know, I'm just stupid though so as usual, ymmv

Peace
J
 

MrGimper

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I'm stupid and bought the 512GB silver LTE 10.5", because, y'know, that's the one I wanted so I bought it.
I'm always stupid, and buy the maximum capacity devices, that's why I had a 256GB 9.7 pro. The irony is that I'm SO stupid, I have a great job and get a great salary that allows me to blow my money on all these top-spec devices
 

The Game 161

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I'm stupid and bought the 512GB silver LTE 10.5", because, y'know, that's the one I wanted so I bought it.
I'm always stupid, and buy the maximum capacity devices, that's why I had a 256GB 9.7 pro. The irony is that I'm SO stupid, I have a great job and get a great salary that allows me to blow my money on all these top-spec devices
Don't you just hate stupid people who earn what they buy lol
 

aevan

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512Gb is useful no matter how fast or slow your connection is, because it fills up. Download a few magazines, comics, videos every week and you'll fill it up even with slower connections.

With that said, I took the 256Gb option because I felt that it was sufficient for my needs.

If you plan on using your iPad as your only mobile computer, I'd say 512Gb is nice to have, depending on the type of files you have.

For a companion device, even 64Gb is plenty.

256Gb is the best value, in my opinion, but if you can afford 512, why not? The speed not being fast enough for that size argument is silly, IMO.
 

mosesming

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If jumping from 256GB to 512GB cost only extra $100 it should be no brainer to go for the 512GB model, but it cost $200 so I just bought 256GB instead. 256GB is sufficient for all my music and photos, but not videos, which I usually consumes at home with my Qnap NAS connected, that’s okay.

More reason for me to upgrade to the next generation of iPad Pro if Apple offer a 512GB storage with the price of current 256GB model :)
 

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No it's very much alive. People are running straight into the trap Apple has created for them.

Not everyone has 100 Mbps unmetered connection. Very few have such privilege.

I am being straight forward and brutally honest about my thoughts on why getting a 512 GB model will be painful in the long run. You can't even use it as a god damn storage device. Even if you have 100 Mbps connection, you cannot download more than 12.5 MBps which is half the USB 2 rate. So it's funny I get countered by illogical arguments.
You do realize that you do not have to sit there and watch it sync. You can actually be doing other things. :oops: