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Apple fixes flaw that prevented iOS 9 app-thinning

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Apple has informed developers that an issue, which delayed the arrival of heralded app-thinning feature in iOS 9, has been resolved.

App-thinning (or app-slicing) enables developers to build apps that take up less space on the device’s hard drive, making it especially useful for iOS owners with 16GB handsets.

It enables users to download smaller versions of apps depending on which device the owner is using.

For example, an iPhone 6 owner will only download the content that’s relevant to them. So larger imagery designed for use on the iPad will be left out of the package.

The issue, the result of an iCloud backup issue which saw Apple hold back the feature from the initial iOS 9 release, has been resolved in the iOS 9.0.2 update.

Now developers can start building app thinning into their wares.

See also: iOS 9 Features: What's new?

In release notes for the latest software tweak, Apple wrote (via 9to5Mac): "The issue affecting app slicing has been fixed, and device-specific versions of apps will be delivered when downloaded by users running iOS 9.0.2 or later."

iOS 9.0.2 was made available for download late last week and can be downloaded over the air from the Software Update section of the iOS 9 Settings app.

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