iOS on a diet? Redditors claim iOS 10 has increased the storage capacity on their iPhones

With the iOS 10 beta dev preview out in the wild, it's only natural for the tech scene to disseminate each and every aspect and feature of Apple's freshest. And guess what, not all that came with iOS 10 got announced on stage during WWDC '16

One such thing could be extended storage capacity, probably due to slimmed-down iOS 10 system data. Numerous Reddit users claim that with iOS 10, their 128GB iDevices have had their user-accessible storage increased - from around 113GB on the latest official iOS version (iOS 9.3.2) to roughly 122 gigs. We said "could", as there is no official statement on the matter, as well as the fact that we are dealing with a beta version - anything could change in the final release.

However, it seems that this roughly 8% of increased user-accessible capacity will be more than beneficial for iOS users, even those that are not rocking a 128GB iPhone or iPad. 16GB iPhones, for example, have around 11.9GB of accessible storage on iOS 9.3.2, thus an 8% increase will mean you get 0.95GB extra, or 12.85GB of storage right out of the box. 

We will definitely wait patiently for the next iOS 10 previews to confirm whether the increased total storage is a well-planned feature or merely a trait of the beta preview. 

Regardless, a slimmer iOS would definitely be a sexier iOS!

source: Reddit 



1. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

What do apple do to increase the storage capacity by 10GB

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It is unknown what is causing this because different devices are getting different amount freed up. A 128GB device gets 10GB back while a 16GB device gets less than 1GB back meaning it isn't OS related clutter being cleaned up but rather some sort of media compression. This tough, might be used as an excuse to keep releasing the 16 GB version of the iPhone instead of upgrading the lowest end model to 32 GB. Likely, that is the case and what they are preparing to do, so lets see how this rolls in september.

4. Nopers unregistered

Ability to delete non essential apps, even iTunes can be deleted. Probably streamlined the whole OS.

2. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

gotta give it to apple , Great move ! hope android IDIOTIC OEMs start doing the same thing .. nobody likes crappy bloatware and more than 20% of the storage taken away

5. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Apple was one of the worst offenders. Glad to see they finally made their bloatware removable. It's be nice for all OEMs to follow.

6. Unordinary unregistered

Actually they are one of the least. If you remember the Galaxy S4/5 days.... Ouch. A 16gb phone with only 8 gigs usable lol.

16. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They had more than 9GB available. Whereas we have seen 32GB Sony phones with only 20 GB available

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah! Optimization at its finest...!!! iOS 10 is indeed the finest piece of Operating System targeted towards mobile users... It looks classy, has a TON of productivity while at the same time looks and feels minimalist & simple... Just watched some Youtube Videos and WOW... Just plain WOW! I didn't need owners manual with my Windows Phone; nor in case of Nokia 3310...!!! But I was indeed in need of a manual in case of Blackberry OS and... Read my lips... A.N.D.R.O.I.D...!!! Android is versatile, yes... But its definitely not simple or clean... Or perhaps even efficient... And that's it; Mr. Green has spoken (No, I'm not The Hulk, "I speak for the trees")... G'Day!

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

I never read any owners manual for any of my phone, I even learn to use windows and linux without any manual.. I guess any human with proper brain wont have any trouble to learn using android

15. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Maybe old man needs it.

17. libra89

Posts: 2277; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Android can have a serious learning curve. I originally started with Windows Phone, and the learning curve shocked me. iOS felt like way less of a learning curve. Once you adjust, you'll be fine though.

19. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

So, instead of doing from the beginning all the stuff the phone can do, you have wasted the time by learning from practice.

12. bucky

Posts: 3782; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

While I do agree about the optimization, part of the fun of getting a new phone is figuring out how it works

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Dude... you read a manual for an Android phone? Really? I have all sorts of snide remarks that I'm really trying to hold back. I have very little experience with iOS, but I have read a few articles that draw comparisons on the different methods each mobile OS executes a specific task, and from what I walked away with was that iOS has some really bizarre methods of going about things. I guess it's all relative to the individual, but I just feel that Android has a far more straight forward and intuitive interface.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

so before that, 128GB have 113GB usable space, did that mean 16GB have 1GB usable space? the later one seems correct, iOS and system eat 6GB of space, with that 16GB model still have around 10GB to use I guess they just bloating previous iOS on 128GB model just so they can make this news

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lolololol. +1

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31007; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You should really consider not posting.

18. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

wrong timing my dear.. *insert 'Futurama Not Sure If' meme*

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