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iOS 9 will temporarily delete inactive apps to create space for software update

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From the new Proactive Assistant to multitasking on iPads, iOS 9 is bringing a whole lot of new features for iPhone and iPad users. And now, 9to5Mac has just stumbled upon another new feature that indicates yet another effort by Apple to make the iOS update installations a less tedious task.

This feature activates itself when an iOS update comes in, and if it finds insufficient storage space, it automatically suggests you to delete select inactive apps. However, that is not the end of it, after deleting the app, iOS 9 reinstalls the app automatically after the update is complete.

This new feature comes parallel to Craig Federighi’s announcement at WWDC that installing iOS 9 will require just 1.3GB of storage space on the supported iPhones and iPads. The deleted apps, according to report, do not lose any user data in the process. This new feature was found by developers while installing the iOS 9 beta 2 that was released yesterday.

One of the major issues users had with iOS 8 was the sheer size of the update, which was also one of the primary reasons behind the slow uptake. This was specially a hindrance for people with 16GB variants. Apple seems to have heard all the feedback, and has not only trimmed down the size of the latest update, but has also taken additional measures to ensure seamless transition. Just to put things into perspective, iOS 8 weighed somewhere close to 4.58GB.

FROM EARLIER: From Proactive Assistant to multitasking apps, top 10 new features on iOS 9

iOS 9 is also bringing in the ability to ‘thin down’ apps for more optimal use of storage space. Other features on iOS 9 include the new low power mode, a new app called News, new and improved Apple Maps, improved security features, updated Notes app and deeper integration of Siri among other things.

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  • Published Date: June 24, 2015 1:46 PM IST
  • Updated Date: June 24, 2015 1:47 PM IST