Zarr Tech (www.ZarrTech.net) a leading IT support company in the GTA that solves and diagnoses business technology problems and offers local IT consultation, is weighing in on the recent Apple iOS 9 update.
Although application updates happen fairly frequently in the tech world, the iOS 9 update is unique in the sense that it impacts the way applications are downloaded onto the device. Through what is termed “app thinning” or “app slicing,” the recent iOS 9 update allows users to download only the parts of the app that are necessary for the device. (Source: Moon, M., “Apple fixes ‘app slicing’ iCloud bug for latest iOS 9 update,” Engadget.com, October 6 2015; http://www.engadget.com/2015/10/06/apple-fixes-app-slicing/.)
“The point of any update is to improve any bugs in the application,” says Matthew Zarrillo, IT Specialist at Zarr Tech. “What this specific iOS 9 update does is essentially modify the way an app operates on a given device, saving valuable storage space.”
Usually upon downloading an app, the entire application is uniform regardless of whether if it was downloaded on an iPhone or iPad. However with app thinning/slicing, if an app is downloaded on an iPhone, the parts of the app needed for an iPad won’t be included, saving storage space.
Apple says that this update was meant to be part of the original program, but was delayed due to some bugs that needed to be worked out before being implemented. That said, it is likely that this will not be the last update, either.
“Applications are in constant upgrade mode. Once a problem is addressed, other problems become present that need to be fixed,” Zarrillo concludes. “The key for developers is to determine the urgency of each issue and address them accordingly.”
Zarr Tech offers its clients IT expertise, support services, and cloud solutions with the goal of implementing, securing, and maintaining networks that work for each business. For more information, visit www.ZarrTech.net.