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iOS 7.1 beta 3 allows deleting over-the-air update install files

updated 04:36 pm EST, Mon January 13, 2014

Uninstalled updates currently consuming large amounts of space

iOS 7.1 beta 3 allows users to delete the installers for unused over-the-air firmware updates, reports note. The option can be found under the General/Usage menu under Settings, where the installer is treated like any other file. Automatic over-the-air updates have been possible since iOS 6, but people who choose not to install them have been forced to keep installers on their devices, losing space ranging from hundreds of megabytes to several gigabytes.

It's unknown whether the final release of iOS 7.1 will keep the feature, since Apple sometimes makes changes in betas that are later rejected. The installer problem has generated a number of complaints though, including a lawsuit. The issue isn't present if users opt to update manually, which is the default setting in iOS 7.

by MacNN Staff



  1. mr100percent

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 12-06-99

    Great, now when can we thin out the bloating Messages app?

  1. King Bob On The Cob

    Mac Elite

    Joined: 04-08-02

    Originally Posted by mr100percentView Post

    Great, now when can we thin out the bloating Messages app?

    Messages is bloating? The only "bloat" I see is if you're keeping videos/photos they can eat up a lot of space.

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    Isn't it technically iOS 7.1 beta 2 that allows deletion of over-the-air update files?

    The only reason that beta 3 update shows up is because it hasn't been installed yet.

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