App Store doubles max app size to a whopping 4GB

App Store doubles max app size to a whopping 4GB


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Since the App Store’s debut in 2008, apps have never been able to be larger than 2GB. Today that changes.

Apple has notified third-party developers that they can now submit apps that are a max of 4GB in size. The change reflects the needs certain apps, namely games, have for larger file sizes as iOS becomes a more mature platform.

Developers can now include “more media in your submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience,” according to Apple. The 100MB cellular download cap is still in place. But over WiFi, apps can now be delivered at double the size.

Device storage is still at a premium for most iPhone owners, but Apple has higher-tier 128GB models of both the iPad and iPhone now. And with the larger screen on the 6 Plus and the possibility of a 12-inch iPad Pro in the near future, it only makes sense for apps to keep getting bigger.

Source: Apple

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