Should Apple discontinue the 16GB iPhone?

26 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple disables iOS 9’s space-saving ‘app slicing’ feature due to iCloud bug.

The ‘app slicing’ feature in iOS 9 that enabled developers to send optimally-sized variants of their apps to different devices is unavailable because of a bug in iCloud, Apple’s cloud service for its devices. Slicing is one of three components of Apple’s app-thinning process that enables developers to install iOS apps by matching app delivery to the capabilities of the user’s particular device, with a resultant smaller footprint.

Unfortunately, Cupertino can’t release it to the general public yet (even though its beta testing app has been supporting the feature for quite some time), “due to an issue affecting iCloud backup.” See, Apple gave developers the power to mark parts of their applications meant for specific devices. That means folks with an iPhone 6s will only end up downloading app components meant for the 6s and not the ones meant for iPads or other iPhone variants — hence, the term app slicing/thinning. The update is available as an OTA download for all the devices that support iOS 9. iOS 9.0.1 will fix a bug which was reported by many users wherein the device stuck on the ‘Slide to Upgrade’ screen after updating to iOS 9 or while restoring from a backup.

The note posted on Apple’s developer website says the company will roll out app slicing with a future software update, though — hopefully sometime soon, for the sake of everyone quickly running out of storage. It also fixes an issue in Safari and Photos where pausing a video could cause the paused frame to appear distorted. iOS 9.0.1 also fixes an issue that caused many users with a custom APN setup via a profile settings to lose mobile data.

You’ll get to keep your current user name (as long as it doesn’t contain invalid characters, in which case you’ll have to go through a few extra steps to make the transfer), and all your old comments will eventually (not immediately) migrate with you.

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