Apple doubles the maximum size of an App Store app to 4GB

Apple doubles the maximum size of an App Store app to 4GB
From the beginning days of the Apple App Store back in 2008, apps have been limited to 2GB in size, or less. But that has changed starting today. Apple is now allowing developers to submit apps as large as 4GB, which is a doubling of the previous maximum app size. The reason for the expansion is that new games for iOS are starting to come with larger file sizes.

Apple still has a 100MB limit on apps delivered via a cellular connection. On Wi-Fi, the limit matches the new 4GB maximum. Allowing those using a Wi-Fi conection to install larger sized apps makes sense, and keeps down the cost of installing apps on an iOS flavored device. Apple iPhone and iPad users will also have to keep an eye out on their native storage limits, especially those sporting 16GB models.

Expanding the maximum size of an app submission means that developers can include "more media in your submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation," according to Apple.


source: Apple via CultofMac

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45 Comments

1. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Honestly, the biggest downside to Apple products is the storage and the ridiculous amount they charge for more.

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

True, they do charge a lot more than any other company.

3. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That's there entire business model philosophy.

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Not a problem to them or their users judging from their sales.

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

until u start installing 4gb apps

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Except it's not much better on Android. You can't download apps to the sd card.

24. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Not without root or 4.2 or newer. However, if the phone does indeed have a microSD card slot, music/video/photos can be stored there, freeing up space on internal storage for apps. What Apple charges for storage is damn near criminal. If Motorola charges $50 to go from 16 to 32GB, and OnePlus to go from 16 to 64, then how can Apple justify charging $100-200 for the same increases? Because iFans are dupes. It's blatantly obvious Apple does this on purpose, and because they can. They could put microSD card slot in their devices, but that means they can't milk their customers for every penny. I'm definitely a die-hard Android fan and supporter; I dislike iOS and I hate Apple, but I can't deny that I'd love an iPad Mini 2/3 to play games with (since there's so many awesome games on iOS that aren't on Android). I'll probably never own one though, because I can't justify the cost.

28. Mxyzptlk unregistered

"I'm definitely a die-hard Android fan and supporter" "Because iFans are dupes." So you're a drone? I won't even bother going through your comment or taking it serious. I'll take my working iOS over the many bugs and glitches that are still plaguing Lollipop right now.

33. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

If I'm a drone, what does that make you? Go ahead. Justify charging 2-4x the cost of storage for me. Is Apple's nand flash memory made by magical pixies? Does it do anything other memory doesn't, except give you an inflated ego? Explain this: OnePlus One 16gb costs $299, 64gb $349. iPhone 5C (unlocked, from Amazon). 16gb $440, 32gb $490. Both use Toshiba nand flash memory. I'm using a custom KitKat ROM, btw. Tried LP, didn't like it, so I went back. I can do that. You can't. So I hope you love every iOS update that comes. Ah, who am I kidding, of course you'll love every update. Apple could put an A8 chip in a dog turd, paint it gold, call it the iPooped, and you'd buy it.

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

but u can move them

34. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Wrong sir you can move most app to the SD card or at least the data

43. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

While apps can't be moved, their data files certainly can. So nav apps can put the maps on the sd card, same goes for the camera app storing it's photo's there (with the exception of burst shots). So a 4 GB app can have 1 GB on the internal storage and 3 GB on the sd card. So yes, much better on Android.

23. dimas

Posts: 3440; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

That's the marketing plan. Offer a device with no micro sd slot and make people buy the higher storage models. And if you don't, you just have to force yourself using their iCloud services. And don't forget how consuming the iOS system to the storage. Very iProfit.

36. Iodine

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

No that's marketing plan of google. Not only offer no expansion, but also no choice for bigger capacities, while charging the same (or more ?) for storage as Apple. And btw iOS is the most efficient considering the real amount of storage you will get.

44. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Google (apart from the Nexus line) doesn't offer its own smartphones and other brands do offer expansion and bigger capacities. And Google does support sd cards in their OS. So no, not their marketing plan. And btw it's about the same (stock vs iOS 8) both need about 4 GB's of your storage.

40. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 951; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

And all the people buying an iphone with 8GB storage. Yes I'm looking at you 5c, 4s and 4 users! Don't give me that crap of "they don't need much storage" cause a few of my friends cant even update iOS because they don't have the space!

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31753; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I wouldn't buy a 16 gig anything, let alone iPhone. 64 minimum, and I gotta rock 128 now. I'm loaded with pics, vids, music, apps, and still got 90+ left.

6. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Agreed. I got a Galaxy S4 to hold me out until the S6/.M9 release and 16GB with 9 free? whats this joke?. The Galaxy S5, Xperia z3. also shipped with a pitiful 16GBs.. 32 GB should be standard for anyphone over $400.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31753; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

16 just isn't enough anymore. I remember when the 32 gig 3GS came out, that was it for 16's.

10. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

16gb is enough for me for apps. Everything else is stored on SD. Music , Videos, and pictures are what people use the most. Did you need to have your iPhone replaced Jedi? Apple used cheap quality storage for the first batches. I'm not sure if it only affected the 128gb iPhones.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31753; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nope, no replacements. No issues with it hardware wise at all. Software still has a few bugs here and there though.

5. emanuelwooten unregistered

16g Android has always been good enough for me with my 16g sd card that I've had for like 6 years lol my current phone its 32g tho HTC m8

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I feel a bit restricted with the 16GB on my 2013 Moto X, but I do love the fact that I can buy super inexpensive micro USB storage solutions that can be switched out as easy as possible for the fraction of what Apple charges for their non expandable storage.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31753; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

We know this already. Who're you trying to convince, us or yourself?

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

He's trying to convince himself that his phone is ok even though its midrange specs is outdated and he's in damage control.

38. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

My mid range phone from a year and a half ago is smarter than the current iPhone, even with the mid range specs.

26. Mutation.X

Posts: 185; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Everyone.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Cool story bro

19. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Kltpyxm now begone back to the 5th Dimension

25. dimas

Posts: 3440; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

16gb + sd slot of 128gb. More freedom.

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