App Slicing Gears Up for Second Run on iOS Devices

October 10, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

After a brief introductory appearance that went wayward, App Slicing from iOS is now psyching up for its second introduction, with developers receiving the new App Thinning feature along with the iOS 9.0.2 update.

Apple has now given the final word on its App Slicing feature saying that the service has been reintroduced for the app developers following the rollout of iOS 9.0.2 update for developers, and the subsequent Xcode 7.0.1 update.

The initial App Slicing feature came coupled with iOS 9 update that was released during September, and arrived as a part of the App Thinning feature that aimed at curbing app sizes.


The feature worked on a device-centric ideology, with which it was supposed to chop off the ‘useless’ features for specific devices.

With this enabled, Apple iPad users could skip the download of features available for iPhone, saving space and time during the process of downloads.

The feature worked even within the iPhone devices, like having the iPhone 6S-centric features trimmed down for the previous models.

App Slicing was initially released with the iOS 9 update, but was later pulled due to the accumulating bugs. Apple later admitted that the pullout was due to the piling up of bugs caused by its iCloud integration.

Apple has also made it clear that App Slicing and App Thinning will only be available with those users who get their iOS device updated to version 9.0.2. In short, it won’t be working with the version 8 of iOS, or either with version 9.0.

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