Apple’s iOS 9 will automatically delete apps to allow OS update

24 Jun 2015

Apple's new iOS 9 operating system will delete third-party apps before updating to make space and will reinstall the apps afterwards.

Apple’s forthcoming mobile operating system iOS 9 will come with a new Auto App Delete/Reinstall feature for OS updates on devices with insufficient space.

The new feature will automatically delete third-party apps to download the new OS and will reinstall them afterwards.

It is not clear, however, what happens to the data contained within those apps.

With iOS 9, Apple is avoiding a situation that arose with iOS 8 when the requirement for 6GB of free space made the download of the OS slower than usual.

This particularly affected 16GB iPhone users who had to manually delete data to accommodate iOS 8.

The iOS 9 should be faster since it requires just 1.3GB of space.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years