Apple’s latest update to iOS 10 appears to be giving iPhone users significantly more storage space on their handsets, despite them not having deleted any apps, music, photos or videos.
One uSwitch site user told us that updating to iOS 10.3.2 on a 16GB iPhone 6 gave them a massive 5.5GB extra storage. Prior to the update, their available space had been close to zero.
We conducted our own tests, installing iOS 10.3.2 onto a 16GB iPhone 6 with only 180.2MB of space left. As the image shows, once download and installation was complete, this had jumped to 2.76GB.
When iOS 10.3 was released in March this year, reports found that the software update was giving extra storage to users.
However, our own experience was different. We updated to iOS 10.3.2 from iOS 10.3, the latter not having boosted our available space.
The change is likely due to the new Apple Filing System (APFS), launched as part of iOS 10.3.
This tweak to Apple’s mobile operating system formats storage differently to older tech, supporting different file structures and organises data differently.
If you’re running low on space and don’t want to pay Apple for extra iCloud storage or buy a new phone with more room, then updating to iOS 10.3.2 maybe be the solution you were looking for.
At least until the new iPhone 8 comes out in autumn.