When Will App Thinning be implemented?

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by Anonomation, Sep 21, 2015.

  1. Anonomation macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2015
    As many have noticed, nothing has changed within the storage space, some apps have even gotten larger. :rolleyes:

    Will iOS 9.1 beta 2 feature it? Is there any possibility? I've haven't seen any big news on this.
  2. gwhizkids macrumors 68040


    Jun 21, 2013
    I think it is now up to developers to make their apps "thin capable". Apple has done its part.
  3. lagwagon Suspended


    Oct 12, 2014
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    Pretty sure the apps themselves need to support it. So that only pieces specific to your device are downloaded (ie no iPad resolution icons/images are included on a iPhone install.)
  4. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    I have seen a possible app thinning scenario recently. A user with iOS 8.4 has 36MB downloads for an app, while I have 21MB downloads for that app.
    I run iOS 9.1 beta 1.
  5. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    So the apps themselves or the total size that includes the data associated with the apps?
  6. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    I guess this is only for apps stored in App Store. If developers request downloads after installing apps (which is very common for Japanese games), then those downloads will not be affected by app thinning technology.
  7. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    I wonder, if the app downloaded and stored in our iTunes library are still device insensitive, or device independent? I mean, if I can install an app optimised for iPad and iPhone from iTunes, on iPhone and iPad without downloading different app package?

    What's more, if this implementation is only for iOS, but not for desktop iTunes?
  8. lancastor macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2011
    Can you tell us the name of this app? Thanks.
  9. thekayman macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2014
    Have they? How come the iwork apps are as large if not larger than ever? (on my iphone)
  10. lancastor macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2011
    Garageband from Apple also grown from 720MB to 732MB.
  11. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    That’s because GarageBand hasn’t been updated yet. App thinning comprises two important parts: app slicing and on-demand resources. On-demand resources need to be implemented in the app itself, so they have to be updated for iOS 9 specifically. App slicing is something Xcode does almost automatically, provided developers use the right Xcode functions as Apple has been suggesting since iOS 7. In that case they only need to recompile their apps with Xcode 7 and submit them to the App Store. That’s all. Basically, every app that has been released since the release of iOS 9 will likely have been compiled with Xcode 7 and will thus benefit from this. Maybe not to the fullest extent.
  12. QuickDraw macrumors regular

    May 29, 2009
  13. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    I think, this should apply to all apps installed on your device running iOS 9, not solely limited to one app.
    I only see this app having such, uh, effect for now.

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