iOS 9 Can Now Delete Apps To Allow Software Update

iOS 9 Can Now Delete Apps To Allow Software Update
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Good news for Apple fanatics excited for iOS 9. MacRumors reports that the latest operating system’s beta will have a useful feature that will allow users to save space on their devices while installing system updates.


On June 23, Apple released the second beta for iOS 9 to developers only two weeks after unveiling it during the 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Juli Clover, writing for MacRumors, noted a few parts in need of improvement, such as faulty FaceTime calls and erroneous Activation Locks. However, Clover notes that Siri “is smarter in iOS 9, with the ability to create contextual reminders, and search is improved with new sources.”

The way it works: while installing iOS 9 in the device, a popup will appear if the space is running low. The popup will allow users to choose if they want to delete a few apps to make way for the installation. As soon as the operating system has been installed, the deleted apps will be reinstalled automatically.

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The pop-up alert will say, “Insufficient Space For Download. In order to make room for the software update, some apps will need to be temporarily deleted. All deleted apps will automatically be replaced after the update is complete. Would you like to continue?”

It is still not clear, though, if the feature will be present when iOS 8 users are updating to iOS 9, or if it will only work only when iOS 9 is installed.

Still, this is a welcome feature especially for those who was highly against the humongous 4GB installation size of iOS 8. Good thing, though, that iOS 9 will only take up 1.3GB worth of space.

Also read: iOS 9 Features Expected To Be Revealed In Weeks