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iphone 4s 16gb shows 13.6gb why?????

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  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,395 points)
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    Sep 30, 2012 7:20 PM (in response to pagel)

    You might as well give up on this because you are only showing your ignorance.



  • WrightsCS Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 1, 2012 2:17 AM (in response to pagel)

    I understand where you are coming from and yes Apple should follow industry standards. Your missing 2GBs went to the root file system which houses the operating system, iOS. The .ipsw you download when you update theough iTunes is about ~1GB, expanded is ~2GB, hence the loss of space you initially see reported in Settings. Misleading, I know.

  • iinami Level 4 Level 4 (1,400 points)
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    Oct 1, 2012 3:18 AM (in response to Allan Eckert)

    Allan Eckert wrote:


    You might as well give up on this because you are only showing your ignorance.



    you know....i love all 7 apple products in my house and my iphone has never even come close to using all of it's storage, but i agree that the number should tell you how much storage is available. i'm sitting here looking at a box of cereal and it says that there's 24 ounces of cereal, it's not 24 ounces of cereal minus the packaging. i can certainly see why people would not like the way the storage of their phone is calculated.

  • Soriano86 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 11, 2012 5:53 AM (in response to pagel)

    Ok man, everybody understood what you`re trying to say, just deal with it, your device has 16gb, mine too, but as many here tried to explain to you (read the posts), 16gb makes 14.6gb, and that works for PCs, Mac, iOS and everything else too, check your PCs HD for instance (if you have one), if you buy a 500gb Hard Disk, you`ll see that windows shows it with 465gb. To finish this, the phone Operational System (iOS) "Steals" another 1gb so the phone can actually work leaving you with 13.6gb for usage, just like Windows needs some GBs from your HD to work as well.

  • DreadedRas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 8:48 PM (in response to tonefox)

    2992 schooled you ***** on a similar thread hahahh

  • rio23 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 8:50 PM (in response to pagel)

    maybe because those other 2.4 gb are taken up by the numerous apps apple has so generously pre-installed in your machine? those actually take up space, you know.

  • DreadedRas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 9:08 PM (in response to rio23)

    Then by reason it should still say 16gb capasity should it not? So are you saying if I deleted some of the pre-installed apps i would see the capasity increase? Cause I can do that. But the point still stands and I support what 2992 says they should install an 18gb drive and use the 2gb to put on there os and pre-installed apps and give the consumer the 16gb they promised. in the past when my phones should the capasity of storage it was the actual capasity i would full them and would see like some kilobytes that remaind so i was getting what i bargained for.

  • DreadedRas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 13, 2012 6:17 AM (in response to pagel)

    I have come to see that Apple fan boys are really some crazies. For the man to have to restate his problem over and over and you  still on the same stupid answer. Shows that you will make excuses for apples mess up no matter what. You know yourselves you level 7 and 5 crazies. The point is and from all you explaining It should show 14.6/14.9 or what ever if it is not 16gb capasity and should be sold as a 14.whatever iphone. If its a 16gb iphone it should say thats the capasity simple. and dont say its just the os cause its not. I had the iphone 3gs and it was a 16gb and it showed that in the capasity. so i was hella shocked when i saw my 4s was 13.6gb. and like someone in the thread said She and her friend have the same phone and her friend's show 16gb and hers show 13.6 so there obviously something wrong. Why are people so stupid and then tease normal people ?

  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,500 points)
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    Oct 13, 2012 7:00 AM (in response to DreadedRas)

    Well, if you actually bothered to read rather than mouthing off from total ignorance you would have seen:


    1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.


    And if you look at a competing product like you will see that it's capacity is stated as Internal Memory: RAM (2GB), ROM (16GB) with this disclaimer: Device operating system and preloaded content will occupy a portion of the memory.




    says: 16 GB internal memory (14.5 GB user memory)


    I'm not going to waste time finding more examples, although every computing device since the beginning of the millennium and before has measured and published memory specs the same way. Which is a good thing, because it lets you compare competing products using a common measure.


    But facts don't matter to an accomplished trollboi.

    Macbook Air, iPhone 4S, iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5), iOS 6.0
  • DreadedRas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 13, 2012 7:58 AM (in response to Lawrence Finch)

    Back again with tell us what a gb is it dosnt really address the problem. Your trying to say that there isnt a problem which means you dont read carefully. It has been stated more than once but I guess smarty pants like yourself didnt get smart by learning to read and understand before vomiting up your tech knowledge. To make it simple Problem iphone 4s 16gb shows capasity 13.6gb! Reason this is a problem other iphone 4s 16gb shows capasity 16gb, iphone 3gs 16gb show capasity 16gb. Does this make it any clearer? Why does other iphone show the full capasity and others do not? Instead of mouthing out about what should be why not address the issue at hand?


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