App Slicing Back On iOS 9; Apple Says Issue Affecting Feature Has Been Fixed

App Slicing Back On iOS 9; Apple Says Issue Affecting Feature Has Been Fixed
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‘App Slicing’ is back on iOS 9.0.2. 16GB iPhone/iPad users, save the space on your device by utilizing this feature to the fullest.


As soon as iOS 9 was rolled out, it encountered a few bugs here and there, due to which Apple deleted around 40 apps from the App Store. To fix the problem, Apple updated iOS 9 and started rolling out iOS 9.0.2. This seems to be working in the company’s favor.

“App Slicing,” an app that helps save space on the device by allowing you to download just the most required parts of the app, is now available. This was the good news. Now comes the bad news. App Slicing, or “App Thinning,” is available only to people using iOS 9.0.2 or a higher version of iOS.

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On its developer website, Apple mentioned, “The issue affecting app slicing has been fixed, and device-specific versions of apps will be delivered when downloaded by users running iOS 9.0.2 or later.”

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How does App Slicing work?

App Slicing allows developers to mark certain sections of the app applicable only to a few devices. Supposed you are downloading an app available for the iPhone or the iPad. In such cases, the app might be compatible with both the devices, but it will bring along features of the iPhone to the iPad and vice versa. App Slicing was born so that it can distinguish among device-specific features and allow the user to download only the necessary parts of the app.

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In Apple’s words, “Slicing is the process of creating and delivering variants of the app bundle for different target devices. A variant contains only the executable architecture and resources that are needed for the target device.”

16GB iPhone and iPad users should wait no more and get App Slicing right now so they do not waste more space on unnecessary parts of the apps they download.