General List of apps that support "App slicing"

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  1. FatPuppy, Oct 7, 2015
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    FatPuppy macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2012
    I thought it would be a good idea to make a thread with apps that support "app slicing". This thread is a wiki.
    • Amazon
    • Documents (by Readdle)
    • Do (by IFTTT)
    • Do Camera
    • Do Note
    • Evernote
    • FaceBook
    • FaceBook Messenger
    • GIF for Messenger
    • Heaps
    • iCabMobile
    • Instagram
    • iTranslate
    • Keynote
    • Linguee
    • Numbers
    • Pages
    • Pixelmator
    • Shazam Encore
    • Skype
    • SwiftKey
    • TestFlight
    • Things (by Cultured Code)
    • Tumblr
    • Twitter
    • WhatsApp
    • 1Blocker
    • 1Password
    • 500px
  2. Antoni Nygaard macrumors 6502a

    Antoni Nygaard

    Jun 23, 2009
  3. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    Added the list of Do apps by IFTTT (Do, Do camera, Do note), if their update log is anything to go by.
  4. adbe macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
  5. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    Do you have to re-download the apps, or will they be sliced at next available update?
  6. GCHASE1995 macrumors 6502


    Jul 4, 2015
    I re downloaded Facebook and messenger to get the thinned versions
  7. ashindnile macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2015
    I guess the next update would do that automatically ;)
  8. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    how can you tell, does it say in the App Store?
  9. Poontaco macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2014
    Keep in mind, Apple does the thinning/slicing itself. Developers can use Xcode to test how it works, but they are still sending just one version to Apple.
    Apple then does its thing, and sends specific "slices" to specific ios9 devices.
  10. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Looks like Twitter has a smaller app size if uninstalled and then reinstalled again.
  11. Yun0 macrumors 65816


    Jun 12, 2013
    Winnipeg, Canada
    isnt the whole point of this feature that broke itunes app syncing, supposed to come into effect when apps gets updated with it? why do we have to reinstall them to get it to take effect?

    ie: some of my apps already installed are up to date, size dont change, reinstall it, app size is smaller, shouldnt that last update enable it automatically? (yes APP SIZE, not it's cache)
  12. iOSBry macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2013
    I've observed when I update my apps, that I'm getting the sliced versions and I know this because all of the app sizes in manage storage drop by 30/40% depending upon app. I don't believe an uninstall/reinstall is required.

  13. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    So is this list being compiled based on people noting the size of apps before and after updates? Jeez, ok, I'll leave you all to it :D
  14. gaanee macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2011
    So how does app thinning work? Does it have to be installed OTA from Apple's server or can you download an app in iTunes and then iTunes syncs appropriate version for your device?
  15. APlotdevice macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2011
    Oddly Apple doesn't currently appear to be using App thinning for their own apps. I uninstalled and reinstalled Numbers, and there was no change in size.
  16. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    That isn't too surprising since the iWork apps haven't been updated for iOS 9 yet.
  17. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I don't think it's been implanted yet. I've been carefully watching app sizes when updating my devices and today Facebook, Instagram, and myFitnessPal were updated with identical files and file sizes between my 5S and Air 2.

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  18. earthman72 macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2011
    Same here with iPhone 6 And iPad Air 1. Identical sizes, sometimes even larger than before (Pixelmator and Facebook).
  19. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I know Apple held off on its implementation when iOS 9 was released due to a back up bug (if it backs up only the sliced version then it will be restricted to one particular device). I assumed when I saw this thread they had fixed the issue, however that doesn't appear to be the case.
  20. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Seems like the sizes of various installed apps themselves are smaller than they used to be though after an update or re-installation.
  21. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    App sizes should still vary per phone and tablet. Facebook is as large currently as its ever been. Sure reinstalling it will remove the cache but that's always been the way of iOS (inability to remove cache without deleting and installing).

    App slicing was/is going to remove the elements of the iPad version and other factors (CPU, screen size, screen rest audio etc) when downloading an app for the iPhone and vice versa. So it would be virtually impossible to have exactly the same file size (to the kb if you use a computer to look) between them.


    There are just too many variables. And this is completely done on Apples end. Devs still upload the universal versions of their apps.
  22. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    That's the thing, this is comparing on the same exact device looking at only the app size itself (without including any app data). As discussed at as well.
  23. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    We are talking about App Slicing which is part of but not the same as App Thinning. By its very nature you can't compare app slicing on one device. Apps decrease and increase in size all the time.

    The thing I was pointing out is it appears I'm receiving the universal apps in there entirety meaning I have all the elements of the apps. But per app slicing I should only have the elements related to that device. There should be some variance in size between apps per device. Kind of like a "for iPad" only app is WAY different in size then it's iPhone counter part, universal apps should display similar behavior.
  24. Smut macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2010
    some actual installed sizes of lately updated apps:
  25. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    Haha, you just earned yourself an extra minute of 4K video.
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