iOS 9 will delete and return apps to allow system updates

Anthony Caruana
24 June, 2015
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Many iOS users will know the feeling. There’s a new update available, but there’s insufficient space on your device for the update to complete. Apple has found a clever workaround for this.

The iOS updater, as revealed in the latest beta, will uninstall enough apps for the update to be installed and then return the apps and their data to your device. This is a far more elegant solution than the current situation where we get angry, delete a bunch of apps, potentially lose a piece of important data and then curse a lot.

The good news is this will be less of a problem with iOS 9, as it has a much smaller footprint than iOS 8. iOS 9 is less than a third the size of its predecessor. However, it will make life much easier for owners of older devices or those with lower capacities.


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