Why did you purchase 128gb model?

acctman

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Just curious as to why 128gb owners purchased that size? My needs do not require 128gb (yet) so I went with 64gb. Even if Apple did not drop the 32gb I would have gone with 64gb since I struggled with space on my 5s 32gb. I take a lot of photos, videos and my music is all streamed.
 

andyp350

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Aug 14, 2011
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My guess would be people who watch a lot of locally stored films and tv shows. Or people who want their entire (large) music collection on their phone.
 

lordofthereef

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Nov 29, 2011
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I am after a 128GB mainly because, especially after playing with the phone now, it will replace an iPad for me. My iPad I mainly use for media consumption (books, comics, some videos) so the 128GB will do nicely. I think my TMNT collection is about 25 gigs, so there's that lol. It's not something I can really stream either, unfortunately.
 

RByers8252

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Sep 12, 2014
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Because I don't have sense. My iTunes music is around 140gb and I have around 500GBs of movies and another 100GBs of TV shows. Currently use iTunes match but would like to keep a handful know of movies and a few 1,000 songs so I'm not always killing my data. Have unlimted but it gets throttled down after 5gb. I barely ran out of space on my 32gb but I always deleted stuff and always changed what 1 or 2 movies i kept on it. In the end the 64+ was $849 and the 128+ was 949 which was barely $3 a month with att next so I said screw it.
 

Brenster

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Or people who want their entire (large) music collection on their phone.
This. Always bought the largest iPod capacity available each time I bought due to my music collection. My first iPhone (iPhone 3G) was 16GB, then 32GB 4, then 64GB 5. All for music. Whilst it sounds extravagant just my Beatles collection (all UK albums in mono & stereo, US albums in mono & stereo, BBC vols 1&2, Anthology 1,2&3 etc) comes to 8GB. Add in several other artists with large back catalogues (Zepplin, Floyd, Maiden, Beach Boys etc) and punching past 64GB isn't hard.

Add to this a Spotify Premium subscription with local caching to preclude burning through my cellular data allowance and space quickly becomes a premium commodity.

Whilst I could carry on decanting music on and off a smaller phone is hardly the worst problem in the world, I've happily ponies up for a 128GB phone so I don't have to. Being able to take some or all of my carefully curated iTunes library with me + Spotify and listen to what I want wherever I am is a pleasure I never tire of.

As far as the recent keynote went, they had me at 128GB. In fact they could have kept the 5:5s form factor, kept every other feature the same and I'd have happily bought one. All in all a small price to pay for the sheer love of music.
 

Dunkrag

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Nov 9, 2007
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Agreed - been pining for a larger capacity phone for years so I don't have to be constantly decanting music to and from the phone..
Also makes sense now with much larger video files capable of being taken with the phone..
Don't know how anyone copes with a 16gb...
 

mylexon20s

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Nov 27, 2003
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I probably could have gotten away with just getting a 64GB, however as others have said, I'd rather have 128GB and not need it, than need 128GB and not have it. I loaded all my information and music that I had in my library and have 98GB left. :)

I also have a 64GB iPad Air and have actually used more than half between books, apps, and some movies, so I really didn't want to leave myself needing more down the road.
 
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dfran1

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Apr 18, 2008
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Actually the question should be why not buy a 128 gig iPhone?

1. unlimited data is not readily available.

2. store my music

3. keep my video's

4. store my apps (the app store has about as of september 1,300,000)

5. store my documents

6. keep my photo's

7. record some special occasion.

8. record something spontaneous

Basically you could do all this with less, BUT you will need to remove most music, videos, apps, documents, photo's, special occasions, and random spontaneous videos, off the small ram you have in order to do others, UNLESS you have unlimited data and lots of time to remove and reinstall.
 

12vElectronics

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Jul 19, 2013
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Actually the question should be why not buy a 128 gig iPhone?

1. unlimited data is not readily available.

2. store my music

3. keep my video's

4. store my apps (the app store has about as of september 1,300,000)

5. store my documents

6. keep my photo's

7. record some special occasion.

8. record something spontaneous

Basically you could do all this with less, BUT you will need to remove most music, videos, apps, documents, photo's, special occasions, and random spontaneous videos, off the small ram you have in order to do others, UNLESS you have unlimited data and lots of time to remove and reinstall.
Lots of stuff is in the cloud and streaming now a days. I'm at work or home 99% of the time where I have unlimited WiFi.

I love taking pictures and videos as well. Important ones should the be imminently stored your computers hard drive. You never know if your phone was to ever get stolen/lost/malfunction etc. So I don't mind deleting pictures and videos.
 

dfran1

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Apr 18, 2008
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UNLESS you have unlimited data and lots of time to remove and reinstall.
Lots of stuff is in the cloud and streaming now a days. I'm at work or home 99% of the time where I have unlimited WiFi.

I love taking pictures and videos as well. Important ones should the be imminently stored your computers hard drive. You never know if your phone was to ever get stolen/lost/malfunction etc. So I don't mind deleting pictures and videos.
Actually I agree with you on backing up, I would hope everyone does as I do it also, BUT we can not back up app data and no jailbreak is not an option.

But you fall into the last category above but do it with wifi instead, and there is nothing wrong with that all, it works for you and many others.
 

leenak

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Mar 10, 2011
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Actually the question should be why not buy a 128 gig iPhone?

1. unlimited data is not readily available.

2. store my music

3. keep my video's

4. store my apps (the app store has about as of september 1,300,000)

5. store my documents

6. keep my photo's

7. record some special occasion.

8. record something spontaneous

Basically you could do all this with less, BUT you will need to remove most music, videos, apps, documents, photo's, special occasions, and random spontaneous videos, off the small ram you have in order to do others, UNLESS you have unlimited data and lots of time to remove and reinstall.
I can give my answers based on my needs
1) What data do you keep on your phone? I have some kindle books, some music, some this or that.
2) Not an application for me
3) Not an application for me
4) Apps take up most of the space on my phone
5) Not an application for me
6) I do have photos on my phone because my phone keeps the photos and it has over 1000 photos on it but all of those are also stored elsewhere
7) Not an application for me (I don't do any video recording)
8) Not an application for me

At the time I erased everything from my iPhone 5, it had 34GB free on a 64GB phone. So I can see someone getting a 128GB but I think you have to review how you use your phone, what you'd put on it and how much space you'd need.
 

Knowimagination

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Apr 6, 2010
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My last phone was 16GB (normally get 32 but somehow ended up with 16 on the 5s) and I had less than 1GB of free space and could hardly store any of my music or pictures. I probably could have done 64GB and done fine, but for the extra 100 bucks and never having to worry about the space again it was a no brainer for me.
 

komiothebeat

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Jul 8, 2008
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mainly because ATT did away with their unlimited data and i didn't want to have to stream my music library from the cloud and use my data
 

Snot Rox

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Sep 16, 2014
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I originally was going to get the 64GB and since the 128GB was a 100 more, I thought to myself, "why the hell not." Now I will just be eating ramen for the next few weeks. :-D
 

legioxi

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Mar 2, 2013
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10GB of podcasts
20GB of apps
10GB of local music (rest in iTunes Match)

And no chance of upgrading if I need more later. Short of them offering SD slots, I'll always buy max capacity.
 

ZebraDude

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Sep 7, 2014
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Actually I agree with you on backing up, I would hope everyone does as I do it also, BUT we can not back up app data and no jailbreak is not an option.

But you fall into the last category above but do it with wifi instead, and there is nothing wrong with that all, it works for you and many others.
I believe an encrypted iTunes backup does back up app data.
 

Bazilemac

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Sep 10, 2014
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This. Always bought the largest iPod capacity available each time I bought due to my music collection. My first iPhone (iPhone 3G) was 16GB, then 32GB 4, then 64GB 5. All for music. Whilst it sounds extravagant just my Beatles collection (all UK albums in mono & stereo, US albums in mono & stereo, BBC vols 1&2, Anthology 1,2&3 etc) comes to 8GB. Add in several other artists with large back catalogues (Zepplin, Floyd, Maiden, Beach Boys etc) and punching past 64GB isn't hard.

Add to this a Spotify Premium subscription with local caching to preclude burning through my cellular data allowance and space quickly becomes a premium commodity.

Whilst I could carry on decanting music on and off a smaller phone is hardly the worst problem in the world, I've happily ponies up for a 128GB phone so I don't have to. Being able to take some or all of my carefully curated iTunes library with me + Spotify and listen to what I want wherever I am is a pleasure I never tire of.

As far as the recent keynote went, they had me at 128GB. In fact they could have kept the 5:5s form factor, kept every other feature the same and I'd have happily bought one. All in all a small price to pay for the sheer love of music.
haven't you heard of spotify??????
 

IllIllIll

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Oct 2, 2011
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So I can rub it in the faces of those who can't afford 128GB.

That and the fact that people who buy 128GB are superior in all ways. It's the truth.
 
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