The size of the Apple Watch’s memory module has now been confirmed, and it’s been revealed in a new report.
According to 9to5mac, Apple says the device will indeed ship with 8GB of storage, although there’s an important caveat.
Unlike most devices, Apple has portioned off segments of the storage for specific data types, which means you won’t be able to fill all 8GB with, for instance, music.
In fact, users will only be able to store a maximum of 2GB in audio on the Apple Watch.
Apple also says users will face a 75MB cap for the Photos app, which sounds frightfully small.
All three Apple Watch variants – the Sport, Watch, and Edition – will carry the exact same storage capacity, as well as the same data segmentation.
Having local storage means the Apple Watch will be able to play music or display photos without the need for a nearby iPhone.
This means, for example, that you can go for a run and listen to music via the Watch without an iPhone on hand.
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2GB should offer a hefty amount of music – most audio tracks measure between 5MB and 15MB.
The 75MB image storage limit, however, sounds rather less impressive, but it might not be as bad as you might think.
For starters, Apple only wants you to store a select few of your most prized snaps on the Apple Watch.
It’s also worth remembering that the Apple Watch will resize images so that they are better optimised for the smaller display, which will inevitably reduce file size.
The report says you will be able to hold somewhere in the region of 100 photos within the 75MB storage slot.
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The remaining 6GB is set to be used for hosting the operating system and whichever apps you choose to install on the device.
The Apple Watch, officially launched last night, will be available to pre-order starting April 10, and due for release on April 24.