Storage space has always been an everlasting problem for iPhone users. While Apple has bumped up the base line storage to 32 gigs with the launch of its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the hardship still persists on older iPhone models. However, Apple seems to be addressing the problem in iOS 11 as the company is introducing new tools to manage storage space. With that in mind, the new tools in iOS 11 will allow it to automatically delete apps that you never use. So let's dive in to see some more details on the subject.
iOS 11 Will Delete Unused Apps Automatically To Save Storage Space
The feature in iOS 11 is called Offload Unused Apps. The basic purpose of the feature narrows down to the fact that when storage space is running low on your iPhone, little-used apps will be removed from your phone.
You can now “offload unused app” in iOS 11. It deletes the app binary, but keeps the documents and data. pic.twitter.com/X1b7eljXDR
— Chris Hannah
However, the deleted app's data and documents would remain on the device. Moreover, apps which have been automatically deleted will appear as dull colored grey icons on the home screen. These apps can obviously be installed again with just a tap. In addition to this, the feature is completely automated as all activities takes place in the back ground. If you want, you also have the option available to offload different apps which you do not readily use.
The idea is pretty similar to what Nextbit implemented in its Robin smartphone of 2016. This is Apple's move to save storage space and clear its tab of the age old memory issue that users had to endure. This is because the iPhone never had an SD card slot and we don't expect to see it either on any iPhone. Henceforth, implementing such methods does justice with their part as notable amount of data space is freed up.
Luckily, this is not the only step that Apple went underway to find cure for the same problem. There are other options present in the same settings menu as well. For instance, iOS 11 now suggests you to clear recently deleted photos, moving your personal data to iCloud as well as the new "auto delete old conversations" feature. This deletes data in the stock Messages app which is present on the device for more than a year.
At this point in time, iOS 11 is available as a beta download for developers. The public beta is expected to arrive at the end of the month. As for now, what are your thoughts on the matter? Do you think Apple did the right thing to preserve its storage space in iPhones? Share your views in the comments.