iOS has been notorious for requiring massive amounts of free space available on a handset before proceeding with a software update. This has traditionally proven to be a hindrance for users of iOS devices with low internal storage. Devices like the 16GB iPhone and iPad remain amongst the highest selling devices for Apple and with the limited amount of storage on offer, the devices invariably lack enough free storage onboard to facilitate the update. With iOS 9, Apple is rolling out changes that will make it foolproof for users to get said update.
Step 1 to this was the announcement by Craig Federighi at WWDC that the upcoming software update will weigh in at just 1.3GB of storage. Lowering down the amount of space required is certainly a step in the right direction however for users that lack even that much free storage, Apple has something more interesting to offer. The update will prompt users to temporarily delete apps to clear out storage before applying the update. Post the update, Apple will automatically restore the applications including user data. It is clear that while iOS 9 might not have a lot of hallmark features, in typical Apple fashion the company is making small yet meaningful changes that go a long way in improving the user experience.
[Via – 9to5Mac]