Buyer beware: Think twice about expensive iPhone X, MacBook Pro models

File photo: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, introduces the iPhone X during a launch event in Cupertino, California, USA September 12, 2017. (REUTERS/Stephen Lam)

In the era of cloud computing, consumers must rethink the old rule of thumb always opt for the larger hard drive.


It is tempting to splurge for a top-of-the-line iPhone X or high-end MacBook Pro with lots of storage. The iPhone X will cost $999 for the 64gb model and $ 1,149 for the 256 GB model is an extra $150.A 13-inch MacBook Pro with a non-Touch-Bar model costs $1,299 for the 128 GB and $1,499 for the 256gb, a premium of $200.

At first glance, it doesn’t look like a bad deal, but with so much stuff to be stored in the cloud is now free of charge or cheap, large local hard disks are just not as important as they once were.


For example, Google Drive is free up to 15 GB, and if a person needs more than that, it is an extra $1.99 per month for an extra 100 GB. Apple iCloud gives users 5 GB of free storage, 50GB for $0.99 per month, 200 GB for $2.99 per month. Microsoft’s OneDrive gives users 5GB for free and 50GB for $1.99 per month.

In addition to cutting costs, there is still a reason to rely on the cloud storage: everything can be stored in one place.

If a person has an iPhone, iPad and maybe even a MacBook, they can make the most of their storage for all their devices in one place. It can not only save money, but it shows the connection between devices. The exact same set of documents, photos, and applications are available for everyone and not duplicated locally on each device.

My experience

I am living proof that this works.

I have a 64 gb iPhone 8 and I’m only using 12GB of the 64gb available. That is a large buffer of about 50GB free. On my 2017 64GB 10.5-inch iPad Pro, it is exactly the same, about 50 GB worth of storage is freed.

On my 128GB 13-inch MacBook Pro, I have about 70GB free. So, even with the smallest, cheapest MacBook Pro configuration, I still have a lot of local storage.

And it’s not like I cut corners. I still use the typical range of work, play, and social media apps.


The setting of the iPhone, iPad or MacBook

The trick is to optimize the storage on the MacBook, iPhone or iPad. This brings the largest part of the storage space in the cloud.

When a user sets the Mac (or if they already have a Mac), you can go to “About This Mac”, then click “Save” then select “manage” and then select the “Optimize” button for “Save in iCloud.” Also select the “Optimize” button to Optimize the Storage.” This is a preview of macOS High Sierra.

For the iPhone 8, iPhone X 10.5-inch iPad Pro, it is more or less the same. First, check out how much storage space you have available by going to Settings > General > [device] Storage. Then go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos, then make sure iCloud Photo Library is turned on. This is for iOS 10.3 or later.


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