Buying the 16-GB Version of the New iPad? Consider the Retina Display Means Bigger File Sizes. A Lot Bigger.

Buyers of the 16-GB version of new iPad may find themselves running out of memory a lot faster thanks to the new Retina Display. According to Vietnamese site Tinhte, who got their hands on a new iPad a little early, file sizes for Apple’s own iWork apps have increased up to fivefold:

…[F]or example with Keynote (iWork software sets), this application previously only 115MB capacity but its latest version is 327MB. Numbers from 109MB or 283MB up to, from 95MB to 269MB Pages, iMovie from 70MB to 404MB.

It’s a shame that Apple couldn’t find a way to bump up the minimum memory size from 16 GB to 32 GB, and maybe top off the range with a new 124 GB model. What type of user experience will a 16 GB iPad provide if users have to keep shuffling apps on and off it?


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