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Question Do you really need more SSD Storage on a MacBook?

Super Spartan

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So I remember last year when I bought a MacBook Pro 16, I custom ordered one with 4TB of SSD Storage which took 5 weeks since it's not a standard config which you cant just buy from a store. Now when I set it up and whatnot, I realized I am barely using any of that because all my documents, pics, etc were on the iCloud Storage which is very cheap. The only thing I guess I used the 4TB storage was to copy my entire movie library locally on the laptop but now that we have these very small sized portable SSDs I am wondering, is that really a must to buy more storage? What for? What am I missing here?

Reason I ask is because at the local stores here in Dubai they only have the new M1 Chipset MacBook Pro 13's with either 256GB or 512GB SSDs and only 8GB of RAM not the 16GB.

I hate waiting and was contemplating picking one of these little bad boys with their insane battery life for when I am out and about.

Also, is having an iPhone a MUST to be able to take advantage of all the features such as authentication and whatnot for Apple Pay and logging into my Apple ID? I'd hate to give up my Google Pixel 5 and pay an insane amount of money for these iPhones.
 

Commodus

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So I remember last year when I bought a MacBook Pro 16, I custom ordered one with 4TB of SSD Storage which took 5 weeks since it's not a standard config which you cant just buy from a store. Now when I set it up and whatnot, I realized I am barely using any of that because all my documents, pics, etc were on the iCloud Storage which is very cheap. The only thing I guess I used the 4TB storage was to copy my entire movie library locally on the laptop but now that we have these very small sized portable SSDs I am wondering, is that really a must to buy more storage? What for? What am I missing here?

Reason I ask is because at the local stores here in Dubai they only have the new M1 Chipset MacBook Pro 13's with either 256GB or 512GB SSDs and only 8GB of RAM not the 16GB.

I hate waiting and was contemplating picking one of these little bad boys with their insane battery life for when I am out and about.

Also, is having an iPhone a MUST to be able to take advantage of all the features such as authentication and whatnot for Apple Pay and logging into my Apple ID? I'd hate to give up my Google Pixel 5 and pay an insane amount of money for these iPhones.
Storage doesn't mean as much as it used to, that's for sure. If the movies you like are available to stream, there's not much point to keeping them locally unless you're worried they'll vanish from a given subscription service (and if they're purchased, you'll likely have access to them for at least as long as the company survives). I don't think I'd need more than 512GB for the next few years, and can likely get by on 256GB.

With that said: I don't know that I'd rush out to get an M1 Mac in your position unless I wanted to downsize. Your 16-inch MBP is still a very capable beast, and you won't even have to think about app compatibility.

You don't need an iPhone for Apple Pay and other authentication on a Mac as long as the system has Touch ID, like your MBP does. It might be helpful for two-factor authentication when signing into your Apple ID, but that's about it. Most of the advantages of an iPhone-and-Mac combo come from the ease of syncing, transferring media and handling calls/texts (it's wonderful to simply answer a call on your computer).
 
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Super Spartan

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Storage doesn't mean as much as it used to, that's for sure. If the movies you like are available to stream, there's not much point to keeping them locally unless you're worried they'll vanish from a given subscription service (and if they're purchased, you'll likely have access to them for at least as long as the company survives). I don't think I'd need more than 512GB for the next few years, and can likely get by on 256GB.

With that said: I don't know that I'd rush out to get an M1 Mac in your position unless I wanted to downsize. Your 16-inch MBP is still a very capable beast, and you won't even have to think about app compatibility.

You don't need an iPhone for Apple Pay and other authentication on a Mac as long as the system has Touch ID, like your MBP does. It might be helpful for two-factor authentication when signing into your Apple ID, but that's about it. Most of the advantages of an iPhone-and-Mac combo come from the ease of syncing, transferring media and handling calls/texts (it's wonderful to simply answer a call on your computer).
Thanks a lot for this detailed answer!
 

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I usually get what's best bang for buck and performance.
2TB for 15 and 16" models.
1TB for 13 including the M1 I'm replying on now.

With thunderbolt, you can really get super fast external storage that can used for big (video) project files and not need to spend time copying to nvme storage. And needlessly wearing the flash down too.

8TB on the 16" is kind of crazy, I guess for someone that keeps everything on internal storage that may be the way to go.

But be forewarned too, if your logic board suddenly dies and you have to get it replaced all that data is gone! IMHO it makes more sense to keep it sensible and use external storage. A 10Gbps NAS/SAN is also another option.
 

Commodus

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I usually get what's best bang for buck and performance.
2TB for 15 and 16" models.
1TB for 13 including the M1 I'm replying on now.

With thunderbolt, you can really get super fast external storage that can used for big (video) project files and not need to spend time copying to nvme storage. And needlessly wearing the flash down too.

8TB on the 16" is kind of crazy, I guess for someone that keeps everything on internal storage that may be the way to go.

But be forewarned too, if your logic board suddenly dies and you have to get it replaced all that data is gone! IMHO it makes more sense to keep it sensible and use external storage. A 10Gbps NAS/SAN is also another option.
Mind you, if you're the kind of person who can make use of an 8TB SSD, you almost certainly have extensive backups and network storage ready to go!

The OP likely doesn't need external non-backup storage since this is more for watching movies and documents, but a backup, absolutely. As I like to put it: imagine your home is on fire and you have 30 seconds to grab anything you can't afford to lose... a backup drive is much easier to take than a laptop.
 

Oyeve

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On my non Mac laptop I have 6tb but I game heavily and games are in the 100+ gb range now. Being that Mac is not a gaming platform you don't need that capacity. I only think it's necessary if you use it in a more professional manner, like video editing and such.
 

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