Why Every Geek and Gamer Needs a 128GB Capacity iPad


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If you’re an iPad user or just a regular Apple enthusiast, you probably know by now that a 128GB version of the iPad 4 is coming. But the question is, do you need one? The answer depends on another question which is, are you an iPad gamer and a movie geek?

If you’re neither, then perhaps you don’t really need the space. Even if you consume and download tons and tons of apps, 128GB may still leave you with a lot of unused space. In fact, compared with laptop and desktop applications, the vast majority of iPad apps don’t take up all that much space. Then again, that doesn’t mean you can put the whole App Store on your tablet.

Games are a different species of apps however, that can very quickly consume a whole lot of storage space on an iPad, particularly for more hardcore gamers who like to play console games on the go. Even though casual games like Angry Birds or Gridlee don’t take up a lot of space, something like an Infinite Blade can easily take up well over 500 MB to download.

Multiply that by twelve and you’re already looking at 6 GB. Thing is, if you’re a hardcore gamer and you don’t like to delete and reload games constantly to optimize your storage space, you’re likely going to end up taking a lot more than that. So very soon, you’ll feel things jamming up on your iPad.

If added to that variable you also happen to be an avid insatiable movie and TV show geek, things have gotten worse for you, by the order of at least 42. Considering that the average size of an SD movie on iTunes is between 1 and 3 GB, with HD going between 3 and 5 GB, then cramming the whole Star Trek: The Next Generation, plus the Original series, plus the whole Lord of The Rings: Extended set of movies for your lonely business trips can become a bit…well, stuffy.

Then of course you have your music space considerations. Typically speaking, music files aren’t very large, but if you like to carry all your favorite albums around, it adds up. You may use a music locker service like iTunes Match or some streaming services. However, you still need local space for your offline playbacks.

At the end of the day, all of the above adds up to an expensive storage bill. In fact, Apple may well be trying to cater specifically to such an audience with the new iPad 128 GB. Logically, the people more prone to buying a tablet with lots of space can only be for the above stated reasons. In other words, it’s built for geeks.

But, as Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing said in the 128GB iPad press release, he clearly mentions the target market of the higher capacity iPad:

“With twice the storage capacity and an unparalleled selection of over 300,000 native iPad apps, enterprises, educators and artists have even more reasons to use iPad for all their business and personal needs.”

How about you? Do you plan on buying an iPad 128 GB? If so, please share comments about how you intend to use the extra space.


  • Zzzz

    I wouldnt play any game on touch screen.

  • Acer12345

    If you’re a “hardcore” iPad gamer who needs 128GB of storage, you need to reevaluate your life…or get with the program and use a PC for gaming haha

  • WatDaPhuck

    Hahaha that’s my thoughts exactly when I read the first line!

  • wuju

    If I do get the 128GB model, It would be for backing up photos on my vacation. It would be awesome to see photos on the iPad. Off loading picture of my memory card and keep shooting with that much more space in the 128GB is awesome. However, I would get the 128GB iPad mini for portability in that case.

  • That’s what they said about 1tb of storage for desktops.

  • Your loss.

  • MleB1

    A 128GB iPad is, pricewise, flirting with the prices of a real computer – Mac Air on sale or at the Apple Refurb Store – with almost the same portability.

    Given the iPad is still – according to Apple themselves – a companion device to a real computer (and in reality, simply a Content Delivery Device to the iTunes Store), one wonders what the rationale is for such a device. Movies? I’ve got 48 on my 32GB iPad (and some 1200 songs and 600 photos) and that seems excessive to me! And I’ve still plenty of wiggle room for business stuff. Gaming? Most serious gamers I know wouldn’t be caught dead using an iPad for gaming – or any Mac, if it comes to that…

    It looks more like Apple is offering quantity over any meaningful quality (actually, you know, improving the iOS and its embedded apps), while I’m not sure that further increasing the price differences between their tablets and the competition is the wisest thing to do.

  • Peter Pottinger

    There is zero reason to store 128gb of content on 1 device. Its madness. Delete some games you haven’t touched in 2 years instead of wasting money on another ipad.

  • Acer12345

    Yeah but those are desktops. Totally different class of computing than tablets, not to mention storing files on a desktop is on a completely different scale than storing files on an iPad…

  • ipad dude

    the way I see it is why buy a 64gb ipad when you can double the space for an extra $150
    plus itd be easy to share with a partner or sibling and not worry about space