Apple iOS6: You Can Have Too Many Apps

miss.manson

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Apparently there is such a thing as "too many apps".

The beta versions of Apple’s iOS 6 limit the number of apps that you can have installed on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch – a limitation that didn’t exist on iOS 4 or iOS 5.

The limit, however, is high enough that only the most app-happy Apple-kit owners would hit the wall, according to a post by “macjeff” on the Mid Atlantic Consulting Blog.

According to macjeff, who says that his discovery was confirmed by Apple, once your iOS 6–equipped iDevice has over 500 apps installed on it, you will begin to experience “slow booting, auto-rebooting, and other issues.”

Exceed 1,000 apps and your beloved shiny-shiny won’t even boot at all. You’ll be forced to restore it to factory settings.

From the article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2012/07/20/apple-ios6-you-can-have-too-many-apps/
 

Whorehay

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Assuming 50MB per app, 1000 apps is already 49GB. The 64GB iPad comes with about 57GB available fresh out of the box, so 1000 apps is doable but not likely at all.

I personally don't see the point of 1000 apps. I've only got about 40 apps from the App Store and I don't even come close to using all of them on a regular basis.
 

MeetJoe

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I am okay with it

I only have three pages of apps in my iPhone 4S installed and feel like my plate is full. So I don't think I will ever cross this "sky-is-the-limit' mark.
It is just a number and won't affect majority of people using iDevice.
 

Nyk0n

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I have about 112 and only a small amount of those are used regularly. dont know how or why anyone would install 1000 apps on any mobile device...
 

Sedrick

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You have to be a real app-whore to have that many apps. Note I didn't say need.

I just checked and I've got 97(!) apps on this thing. 'course that's from 3 years of iPhone use and the usual "ooo, it's free! download". I probably use 10 of them on a regular basis.
 

Nevzorus

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I had 357 apps on my iPhone the first months when i got it. I deleted so many of them that i didn't use and YES! So glad i did that :)
 

maflynn

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I have lots of apps but only a small subset on my phone. Most of the apps are stuff my kids want to play with.

I do not have anything to worry about hitting any sort of app threshold in my case ;)
 

Small White Car

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I have 218 and nearly everyone who sees my phone says "Wow! You have a lot of apps!"

So I would describe the average user as someone who "has way less than 218 apps."


Also, people sometimes ask me for app suggestions when they buy a new iPhone. I usually type up an e-mail that ends up having about 25 or 30 suggestions on it. That kind of shows how much un-needed bloat I've got.
 

APlotdevice

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This thread from 2008 would suggest there already was an app limit in previous software.
The limit was set by the fact that you could only have 11 pages on your home screen. I think that limit is still there, but the introduction of folders in iOS 4 dramatically increased the number of apps that could be installed at once:

iPhone
(16 * 11) + 4 = 180 apps prior to iOS 4
180 * 12 = 2160 apps after iOS 4

IPad
(20 * 11) + 6 = 226 apps prior to iOS 4
226 * 20 = 4520 apps after iOS 4

The number of apps you could have loaded in iOS 5 is potentially infinite since Newstand is not limited like a normal folder.
 
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monaarts

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Assuming 50MB per app, 1000 apps is already 49GB. The 64GB iPad comes with about 57GB available fresh out of the box, so 1000 apps is doable but not likely at all.

I personally don't see the point of 1000 apps. I've only got about 40 apps from the App Store and I don't even come close to using all of them on a regular basis.
Unless the are finally planning to release the 128gb iPad and/or iPhone. :)