All Devices App size - bigger apps in iOS 13??

theodorr

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AFAIK Apple promised up to 50% smaller apps in iOS 13 but for example the app PlayerXtreme just gut support for iOS 13 (specified in its update description) and now, after the update, takes around 62MB of storage on iPad. Before this update, the app took only 42MB. I certainly wasn’t expecting the opposite of Apple promised. What’s happening here?
 

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AFAIK Apple promised up to 50% smaller apps in iOS 13 but for example the app PlayerXtreme just gut support for iOS 13 (specified in its update description) and now, after the update, takes around 62MB of storage on iPad. Before this update, the app took only 42MB. I certainly wasn’t expecting the opposite of Apple promised. What’s happening here?
I think might have been in reference to smaller size when it comes to app downloads/updates: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/small-download-size-from-app-store.2196526/
 

jonblatho

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Apple promised smaller downloads and updates. You got smaller downloads and updates.

That doesn’t necessarily speak to apps’ installed sizes.
 
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Apple promised smaller downloads and updates. You got smaller downloads and updates.

That doesn’t necessarily speak to apps’ installed sizes.
True. But I wonder though. I've had a few apps (3 or 4 at most) that I noticed the actual app size itself shrunk by a pretty decent amount after an update. The update itself for one of them was much smaller than usual, but the actual app size dropped from over 1GB to about 650mb. Even Facebook seems to have gotten smaller, and that shocked me!
 

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True. But I wonder though. I've had a few apps (3 or 4 at most) that I noticed the actual app size itself shrunk by a pretty decent amount after an update. The update itself for one of them was much smaller than usual, but the actual app size dropped from over 1GB to about 650mb. Even Facebook seems to have gotten smaller, and that shocked me!
Some apps will have a smaller installed size while others will be larger. I’d have to dig up a Twitter thread I saw about it, but if I remember right it has a lot to do with how much an app uses Objective-C (i.e., apps that already use Swift heavily will see little, if any, benefit). It’s been several weeks and I could be totally wrong on that, though.
 

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Some apps will have a smaller installed size while others will be larger. I’d have to dig up a Twitter thread I saw about it, but if I remember right it has a lot to do with how much an app uses Objective-C (i.e., apps that already use Swift heavily will see little, if any, benefit). It’s been several weeks and I could be totally wrong on that, though.
Ya know, now that you mention it...I think I remember reading something like that somewhere. It definitely makes sense.
 

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No. Apple promised smaller app not download sizes. Bit smaller app means smaller download.
see my post in other thread:
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Not exactly sure if that really means smaller installed app sizes on the devices themselves or still in relation to downloads, given that what's quoted still puts it in the context of downloading. And while there are actual direct references to smaller downloads and faster launches in relation to iOS 13, it doesn't seem like there are similar references to actual smaller installed apps on devices themselves.