Apple Increases Maximum App Size To 4GB, Does It Mean An End for 16GB iPhone and iPad?
Mobile games and applications play an important role in enhancing the way people go about using their smartphones. So Apple Inc., with its recent announcement of increasing the upper bound on the maximum application size from 2GB to 4GB, has taken another step to make sure people enjoy the media-rich experience with apps and games. In the official announcement on its official developer blog, Apple said:
The size limit of an app package submitted through iTunes Connect has increased from 2 GB to 4 GB, so you can include more media in your submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation. Please keep in mind that this change does not affect the cellular network delivery size limit of 100 MB.
The news is likely to give all the iOS developers a chance at working further to make their applications, especially games, rich with respect to graphics more suitable for the high-resolution Retina screens. The developers would now be able to look for options to make their games even more engaging with elaborate/longer playing times.
The high-end applications after they hit the store would only be downloadable over a WiFi link as Apple has yet no plans of revising its policy for max download size over a cellular data connection.
Even though a lot of users and more importantly developers cannot wait to reap the benefits of this increase, still a major chunk of iOS users really don’t seem to positively acknowledge this transition. Because it only comes to benefit the users whose device’s storage capacity goes beyond the 16GB mark.
Many of the users with 16GB versions of the iPhone and iPad are already complaining about the fact that iOS 8 occupies upto 23.1 percent of the total storage space.
So in order to ensure these uber-sized games and applications get a significant market penetration, the top notch at Apple would also consider getting rid of the 16GB phone production in line.
Even if the 16GB ones are not scrapped what has irked the users most is that they won’t be left with any space for other smaller and more important apps if they start appreciating the usability of such intense applications/games both graphics and storage wise.
Increasing the application size limit is surely going to encourage the development and usage of high-quality resources in games and applications, Apple would still need to appease concerns of users having a lower storage capacity within their reach.