The improved UX of iOS upgrading

Posted on by Elliot Jackson

Andrew Cunningham on Ars Technica:

iOS 9 is implementing some changes to make things easier on owners of 8GB and 16GB iPhones and iPads. We've already taken a look at App Thinning, a collection of technologies that will reduce the amount of space downloaded apps take up.


Today, the company sent out its first update for the iOS 9 developer beta, and iOS developer Kaleb Butt noticed yet another feature—if you don't have the required free space, the operating system will offer to delete apps to make room for the update. It will then automatically re-download them when the update is complete.

Speaking of App Thinning, David Smith recently posted and interesting review of the data he has from his Audiobooks app:

I was curious, though, as to how much of an impact this reduction would have in practice. So using the dataset I have from my Audiobooks app I took at look at how many of my customers have enough space for the upgrade.

The result was pretty promising.

66% of my customers on eligible devices have at least 1.3GB of free space. This compares to just 37% of users who would have immediately had sufficient space at the old iOS 8 requirement.

I love that this is the sort of thing Apple spends time on when it isn’t caught up in the feature race. It’s something that’ll only be seen once by most users but it’s a fantastic move from a UX standpoint.

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