Bytes Explained

A “bit” is a basic unit of computational data. It is a binary unit, so can only ever have the values of 0 or 1.

A byte is equal to 8 bits, and corresponds with the data size of a single character (letter, number or punctuation mark) in ASCII format.

A kilobyte is 1024 or in some cases can be referred to as 1000 bytes depending on the context, but in pure technical terms, 1 KB = 1024 bytes.

For example, some manufacturers or hosting companies that deal with bandwidth or storage space may claim or calculate that 1gb is equal to 1,000 MB.

Here is a quick reference table for you

b = bit = 0 or 1
B = byte = 8 bits
kb = kilobit = 1024 bits
KB = Kilobyte = 1024 bytes
MB = Megabyte = 1024 Kilobytes
GB = Gigabyte = 1024 Megabytes
TB = Terabyte = 1024 Gigabytes
PB = Petabyte = 1024 Terabytes
EB = Exabyte = 1024 Petabytes

Version History

  • Submitted to Apple on 2/9/2012
  • Approved by Apple on 11/9/2012
  • Added Terabytes (TB) to main screen
  • Added new screen called “info” to explain briefly about bytes and kilobytes
  • Added new screen called “about” giving version information and link to web site
  • Created new splash screen and changed colour of gui
v1.0 – Concept realised around 2009
  • Original version created
  • Not released to apple store

Why We Built It

For many years I have had an online version of this calculator (here) and of course when ever I wanted to make a bandwidth conversion, I would need to open the web browser and perform the conversion online.

With the advent and easier access to ios and mobile software development, its been my realisation thats its possible to also create a version for mobile phones so that you do not need to have an internet connection to open the calculator.

For me personally, its a very useful tool that I use daily as I quite often have to work out how many bytes are in megabytes and gigabytes.

I do hope that you also find it useful in your day to day business.

If you do download the app, please rate it on the app store!!

Warmest Regards and All the best!

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