Apple fixes app slicing issue with iOS 9.0.2 update, allows for device-specific resources to be downloaded as needed

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Date: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015, 08:16
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software, Watch OS


Well, there’s good news if you’re developing iOS apps.

Apple has just announced that its app slicing issue has been fixed. This will allow for device-specific versions of apps to be delivered when downloaded by users running iOS 9.0.2 or later.

For those of you unfamiliar with app slicing, this is a delivery method that allows for the optimal installation of an iOS or watchOS app to be delivered to a user’s particular device, with minimal footprint. This optimization, called app thinning, lets developers create apps that use the most device features, occupy minimum disk space, and accommodate future updates that can be applied by Apple. Faster downloads and more space for other apps and content provides a better user experience.

If you’re an end user, this makes downloading updated versions of an app that much easier, as it can amount to smaller required downloads and thus make you a bit less crazy with the ever-present flow of app updates.

If you’re a developer, this is something you’ve been hankering for for a while.

Your iOS or watchOS device will need to be updated to iOS 9.0.2 or later or watchOS 2.0 or later to take advantage of app slicing.

Via Apple

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