Apple Watch's 8GB of storage does have limitations

Apple Watch's 8GB of storage does have limitations
All versions of the Apple Watch, from the $349 Sport model to the $17,000 gold Apple Watch edition, come with 8GB of storage. But there are limitations on how this storage can be used. The timepiece can hold up to 2GB in music and 75 MB of photos can be saved on the wearable device's photo app. This native storage on the Apple Watch can be employed without the timepiece being paired with an Apple iPhone.

With the internal storage on the Apple Watch, users can listen to tunes while going for a jog, and leave their iPhone at home. The 2GB of storage will allow you to keep about 200 tunes on your wrist. Users manage their music by syncing with the Apple Watch app that comes with iOS 8.2.

As far as images are concerned, Apple Watch users are allocated 75MB of memory to save photographs. When you import a photo to your Apple Watch, it is optimized to fit the size of the smaller watch screen. Since less space is required, one estimate suggests that over 100 pictures will fit on the Apple Watch's native storage.

In the future, some of the leftover 6GB on the Apple Watch will be use to store resources for apps that are being used. Currently, these resources come from the iPhone that you are pairing with your timepiece and are sent to the watch when an app is in use. This will change once the native SDK is launched.

source: 9to5Mac

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28 Comments

1. WackJobs

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

If you can't use it without your phone, why would you need more than that on a wearable device?

4. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

You can use Apple Watch without your phone because it has WiFi.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31083; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I love that feature. I wonder if you can sync music OTA, or if you have to plug into iTunes?

7. WackJobs

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You have a very good point. I just didn't see myself doing anything using that much of data on a smrtwatch. Streaming music, video or even games could be very nice.

10. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Some of the Android Wear devices also have WiFi, and Google stated today that they were going to enable the functionality in the next version of Android Wear, so there is also that.

11. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

But you only have 4 gigs of storage and the is takes part of that.

14. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

You can still use the watches on their own to listen to music.

17. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

True, but I am thinking streaming being better once everything has WiFi enabled.

2. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I do like that you can leave your phone while on a run and still listen to music. That being said having to go thru iTunes is the largest strike against apple. I truly hate iTunes and the restrictions it brings

16. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

It might be quite awkward running with headphone wires connected down to your wrist. Unless the ear buds are wireless of course.....

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31083; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It'll be sweet, once the SDK is launched, and more is freed up. These watches in general have tons of potential.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7377; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Developers can download the SDK with watchkit support right now. However developers currently cannot submit watchkit apps at this time.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Got to get my camping gear ready

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31083; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm taking a vacation day, our Apple stores are in three indoor malls, and one outdoor mall, so I can take my pick. Summerlin, Towncenter, Forum shops, and Fashion show. +1

12. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

Forums my dude! You know town center and fashion show will be a s**t show. But many people don't know about the summerlin one yet

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31083; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You live in the LV

19. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Have fun and I'm sure you will enjoy the Apple Watch! Are you getting one for your wife? My wife isn't into smartwatches or fitness bands yet but I'm working to change that.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31083; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thanx bro, and yes she wants the 38mm sport. She mentioned a pink band, but I'm not sure if they have one.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31083; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

+1!!!

13. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

Town square

18. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

I am very glad to see that there are no hateful comments on this article, especially given how someone could have easily used the subject of the article to post negative criticism.

20. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

"users can listen to tunes while going for a jog, and leave their iPhone at home" Does the Apple Watch have a headphone jack? How exactly would u connect the earbuds/headphones to the watch? That would look kinda weird having it connected to the watch unless they're wireless Bluetooth.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31083; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It has a speaker.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Who's going to listen to music through a single speaker when the music is in stereo sound?

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well it has BT, so assumingly you can use Bluetooth headphone, if you can't that would suck. My smartwatch has BT w/A2DP which means I can use it with any Bluetooth device that supports the same.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31083; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude so what! All you do is talk about my my my, who friggin cares man. Just enjoy your tech, and STFU!

21. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

After 6 months or so they will have a new watch called iwatch 1s with minor upgrades like you can now store 2,5GB of music and 80MB photos......Epic Fail!

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I agree. Hwiever, its a watch. Why do you need to store photos on it? It doesn't even have a camera, so I don't see a need for photos. Also, who wants to view a photo on such a small displap? Now, since the device does support music, even thought 2GB is more than enough for a few MP3's, for $349 that seems very high. I am not looking to store a huge library on a device this small. But for people who jog or bike like I do, I like to carry a nice amount of music, so I don't have to move files back and forth often. My device has 4GB available and I can plug my device directly to my PC an drop and drag tunes or use any music manager to do so. With 4GB that is a lot of tunes and I won't have to switch music often. Typical Apple, huge limitations, along with a huge price.

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