iOS 9 will temporarily delete your apps if you don't have enough space to update

iOS 9 will temporarily delete your apps if you don't have enough space to update
Last year, a lot of iPhone users were caught off guard by the hefty 4.6 GB package that needed to be downloaded for the iOS 8 update. This caused an uproar, as owners of iPhones of the 8 and 16 GB varieties had a tough time freeing up enough space to download the needed file. Accidental picture deletions and memorabilia loss ensued.

This year, Apple proudly announced that the iOS 9 update will only require 1.3 GB of temporarily free space in order to nest itself on an iDevice. Additionally, Cupertinians spoke about the concept of "app thinning" – developers will now be able to categorize app resources so that each user's device will only download the ones it needs. For example, 64-bit capable iPhones will discard resources that are meant for the app to run in 32-bit mode, and vice-versa. This all speaks of Apple working towards maximizing the usable storage on their mobile devices (and, sadly, it suggests that the company doesn't intend to increase its minimum storage option if its iPhones and iPads up to 32 GB).

If you happen to be one who has already filled their iPhone to the brim, however, fret not – the company seems to be working on yet another solution for OS updates. Users that are testing out the iOS 9 beta builds, but didn't have enough space to download packages for Beta 2, report that their iPhones offered up a solution. The software would automatically delete apps from the storage, in order to complete the OS update. After the ordeal is over, it would re-download anything it deleted from the App Store – sort of how a new or factory reset iPhone would download all the apps that a certain user has been using up until their most recent iCloud backup. However, this could mean that if one currently has an app that has been taken down from the App Store, they will be unable to get it back - ever. So, use with care!

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31 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31632; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's actually pretty nifty. What would be even niftier, would be to make the minimum storage 32 gigs Mr. Cook.

2. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Why would they do that when they can charge you $100 for it? Perfect business plan, as it costs them pennies to upgrade the storage.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't be ignorant.

7. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

How. Every storage up costs them pennies, and you isheep will gladly pay $100 for it.

6. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

STFU if you don't know a thing. You can pay as much extra as you want, there is no 32GB iPhone.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31632; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Damn BB, you settled that lol.

18. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Actually, it is a valid economical practice. If demand is high, so is the price. People typically want more storage and if they're willing to pay the extra money then it's in Apple's best interest to raise the cost up on upgrade. That being said, I think the cost of the upgrade in storage capacity for Apple is actually along the lines of $10. Not sure where I read that, but I think that Apple should actually consider using 32GB as the new minimum, especially if storage capacity is becoming such an issue to where they're incapable of performing updates to the system without removing apps first.

20. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well that is the best part about Apple's user base, it is a very "loyal" group even to their own detriment. So Apple can and is willing to milk them as hard as possible and they will do it while blaming everything other than Apple if they find a problem with it. That is usually why Apple fans are called sheep and derided so often, they do things most people consider pretty retarded. On the topic of this article though, it seems Apple is willing to pull all the stops to make people upgrade to iOS 9. More than likely, it will be the final nail in the coffin for a lot of older devices. That should lead to a very healthy boost in sales numbers if they can make that happen.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agree. 32 gigs should have been the standard for OEMs years ago.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31632; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep, but I go no lower than 64, so I'm covered. I mean the 64 does cost what the 32 did, so are they really cheating us?

19. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Hey! Something we can both agree on!

9. waddup121 unregistered

That's nice. Android should incorporate that to.

14. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 715; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Agreed 32GB should be minimum. It is just a question of time until Apple will run out of work arounds for the deficits of their products.

3. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Deleting apps to install the update? Aww. (,--)

8. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

I hope something similar comes to android...it would be quite useful to many.

10. Tizo101

Posts: 604; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

useful how?... we can move our apps to sd and our updates are usually less than 1 gig. Perhaps for the guys who have 4 and 8 gig phones then it makes sense but I'll bet most if not all people with 4 and 8 gig android phones ain't that keen on updating software of any kind.

13. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Yes, our updates are usually smaller but we should have such an option. It would be really helpful to those with lower end phones that don't have enough memory. I have seen many people who don't use memory cards and there are phones that don't even support one. It's a nice little feature, we should have it.

11. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

So that's why iOS apps are bigger in size compared to Android apps.

12. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

I was smart enough that I bought a 32GB iPad mini 2 and a 32GB LG3. That means people should always think of future updates before getting a new device.

15. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

"However, this could mean that if one currently has an app that has been taken down from the App Store, they will be unable to get it back - ever. So, use with care!" That's not a feature, that's a flawed concept. Now think of this: Your iDevice is a few generations older, you have not updated apps because their functionality is now limited on your device... Too bad, so sad; you now get the functionality breaking version. Hell, even if you just preferred an older version over a newer one you can still get stuck with something you didn't want. Well, that's Apple for you.

21. AlikMalix unregistered

Roscuthiiii, Apple keeps older version of apps for older iOS version phones. If Facebook was optimized to run on a 64bit iOS 8 and you have an iPhone 3GS that has 6.x when you look for facebook app - it will automatically download the one for 6.x version. The apps that get removed are typically the ones that Apple found to be misleading on what it does, the developer himself decided to remove because the offer better app, or its obsolete to a point that no one really needs/uses it. I don't know why I want to keep an older version of an app anyway ... But if you're concerned about that - DONT USE THE AUTO DELETE/RESTORE OPTION - that's Apple for you.

22. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Is that how it works? I think you won't be able an apps without upgrading to newer iOS version that met a minimum requirement.

23. AlikMalix unregistered

No, i was talking about apps that were made for older versions of iOS are still there - when you install an app - it installs older version of you have older version of iOS. What you're talking about is apps that were specifically made to take advantage of new iOS and its respected apk (or what ever it's called) these apps were never made for older iOS - so you wouldn't have lost them if there wasn't any apps made for that. But nearly all 99.9% of apps will work on ios7 and at least 80% (my guess) will work on iOS 6. Beyond that point if you have an iPhone that can only run ios5 or below (which still have all the apps created back then ready to be installed) you have a phone that was build in 2008 or prior - 6-7 years ago. You can find a good iPhone 4/4s for pennies without contract. But I'd recommend phones that are no more than 3 years old (currently iPhone 5) as they run very good and also include iOS 8 and will have ios 9, I'm sure). We have an iPhone 5 in my household and it is smooth with latest iOS 8.3. If you search you can pick up a used one for under $100 (no contracts). So no excuse for not having latest iOS to run current apps.

24. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Question for Alik- Are you ..using iOS 9 beta or talking about a separate process? I ask because of your statement: "The apps that get removed are typically the ones that Apple found to be misleading on what it does, the developer himself decided to remove because the offer better app, or its obsolete to a point that no one really needs/uses it." This article isn't referencing misleading apps, it's about clearing limited storage in order to receive an update. You're talking in past tense about an upcoming process. Although I do suppose that a similar process could be implemented.

25. AlikMalix unregistered

Sorry if I confused you. Basically, I was trying to explain why Apple removes apps. Taking the example from your original post: if you update using the "delete/restore apps" option and one of the apps no longer on App Store - it will not restore that app. (So don't use that option if you want to keep apps that Apple deem unsafe or developer chose not to keep on Apple Store). But fret not, because if Apple or developer removes an app - that's usually because there's a better option or the app is not what it says it does (or does something in background it's not supposed to). But if u must keep it - do it manually, this option is done for those that bought limited storage devices and don't care to bother with it.

26. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

This is why I always opt for the max storage option. Manual just seems like the obvious way to go... make sure you don't lose an app.

27. AlikMalix unregistered

I agree... Problem I had is I was offered $100 for my 3GS when iPhone 5s came out 2 years ago and it was extremely difficult to get ANY iPhone - so when I got a call from bestbuy that they have one spacegrey in stock - I had to get it regardless of storage. I kinda regret it now - shoulda waited til at least a 32gig available.

28. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

5S is a big upgrade over a 3GS though... worth it even if not 32GB. (Unless Murphy's Law would have kicked in and the 32GB was available right after trade-in. Damn that Murphy and his law!)

30. AlikMalix unregistered

16gb was more than enough with 3GS. Photos were smaller in resolution, games and apps were not so sophisticated. But with 5s, the Slo-motion videos, hi resolution photos, games like RR3, bio-shock, GTA SA, - 16 gigs fill up fast. (Don't tell me about external SD storage - too slow to navigate thru 1000's of photos and I prefer wireless file organization than to deal with physical drives - nothing wrong with it - just not for me). But I should have gotten bigger size - I don't even know why Apple still offers 16 gig, when the next tier is 64 gig. That was cheap on apples part. I applaud Samsung for jumping to 32 gig right away when they stated with built-in storages like Apple. Anyways - not making that mistake again. For the same $100 I can get 64gb instead of 32gb now - so that's what I'm going for regardless of which phone I get Apple or Samsung.

31. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Yeah, that'll eat up storage quickly but at least you have good taste while doing so. Fight the good fight my friend, more storage for the masses!

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