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iOS 9 will delete apps to make room for system updates

Early adopters of iOS 9 beta 2 have discovered a new feature that will temporarily delete apps from overloaded devices when there isn’t enough space to install system updates. Many users with the smaller 8GB and 16GB iPhones reportedly had difficulty fitting the last upgrade onto their mobile devices. And while iOS 9 is only a fraction of the size of iOS 8 (they’re 1.3 GB and 4.3 GB, respectively), Apple is clearly trying to nip similar complaints in the bud this time around. The new feature will of course reinstall the deleted app once the update has completed — plus, presumably, any user data that was deleted along with the app itself.

The process is completely automatic, and once the update is successfully installed, iOS will reinstall those apps. 9to5Mac says that apps are restored without any loss of user data, though the dialog box in the screenshot above doesn’t directly confirm this. Still, this new feature combined with iOS 9’s smaller footprint should make keeping up with the latest iOS release easier than ever before. With iOS 9, developers are also gaining a new ability to “thin” their apps, freeing up even more space for your media, photos, and other content.

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