Apple on Monday unleashed the next major update to its mobile operating system, iOS 8.1, for download and it is literally a huge download in terms of size and features. Apple’s iOS 8.1 will bring new features to iDevices like Apple Pay for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and Continuity, but some users are reporting a big hurdle they are facing when trying to update their devices to the latest mobile OS.
When Apple released iOS 8 Last September, users were very eager to update their supported devices to the freshest iteration of Apple’s mobile OS from iOS 7. Surely enough, Apple servers were clogged up by the sheer download demand that users put on the hardware as they tried to be one of the firsts to have the iOS 8 on their gadgets. Later on, many users were surprised that the update would take a very huge chunk out of their devices’ storage as some over the air updates required a massive 4.8GB of space in order to do the update. Of course, the space needed would eventually be returned to the user as the OS needs the space mentioned for the temporarily installation files downloaded from the servers. Still, if the user had an iDevice for a couple of months now, it is a given that it is full of apps, music and videos and to be able to update to the new iOS via OTA, this would require backing up the content to the cloud or a computer, deleting some files after the backup to make room for the update, do the update and then restore all the files to the device.
Now, this time around, it appears that Apple engineers haven’t addressed this problem at all as users are still experiencing the same inconvenience again with the iOS 8.1 update. When updating via iTunes on a PC/Mac, an iPhone 4S running iOS 8.0.2 would need about 70MB, an iPhone 6 on iOS 8.0.2 – about 126MB, on an iPad Air with the same OS – around 140MB, but on an iPhone 5 on iOS 7.1, the space need quickly jumped to 1GB.
But users trying to update from iOS 7.1 to iOS 8.1 via OTA would still need at least 4GB of storage successfully do the update.
Some quarters say that there are users who are unaware that the update can be done using iTunes and that the Cupertino firm should emphasize on this but stressed that the company should make the update as easy as possible for the casual user to do both via OTA and iTunes.