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iOS 9 fixes one of the most annoying things about iOS 8

September 17th, 2015 at 1:04 PM
iOS 9 Update

With just about a week before the iPhone 6s goes on sale, Apple yesterday released iOS 9 into the wild. Per usual, Apple has baked a number of new, worthwhile, and long-awaited features into its latest iOS upgrade. From performance enhancements to entirely new features, iOS 9 is certainly an update worth checking out.

DON’T MISS: 10 more hidden features in iOS 9

While we’ve already covered some of the more intriguing and lesser-known tips and tricks that iOS 9 delivers, one of the more important, though perhaps less exciting, features that iOS 9 brings to the table is that it’s an update that you can actually download without completely wiping your phone.

When I started the iOS 9 download process yesterday, I was delighted to see that the installation file only weighed in 1GB. Fully unpacked, Apple has indicated that the full installation process only requires about 1.3GB of free storage.

In stark contrast, iOS 8 in this regard was nothing short of a frustrating disaster. In fact, many users last year reported that they needed upwards 5-6GB of free space to download and install the update. In turn, many users with 16GB and even 32GB of storage were unable to download iOS 8 without deleting tons of data from their devices. Hardly a good look for Apple, the last thing one associates with a pleasant user experience is rummaging through old text messages, photos, and apps in a desperate attempt to find content that can be shown the door.

With iOS 9, Apple has thankfully realized that pushing out a heavyweight iOS update when the company is still selling 16GB devices is counterproductive and, to be blunt, not good for the brand.

A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.

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