iOS 11: The next iPhone update is going to save you a serious amount of storage


Last week Apple unveiled iOS 11, the next major update to its operating system for the iPhone and iPad.

Some of the key features of iOS 11 include the ability for you to be able to send payments to other iPhone users and major improvements to Siri, Apple’s digital assistant.

However, iOS 11 will also include a host of smaller tweaks, many of which will have a major impact on how you use your iPhone or iPad.

One such tweak which is happening throughout iOS 11 is its ability to greatly reduce the amount of storage space required by apps and photos, which will be a big boost to users.

At its unveiling, Apple said iOS 11 will include two new camera file formats: High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) and High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF).

Apple claims the new file formats will take up 50 percent less storage space, without sacrificing any image quality.

And it’s not only photos and videos where users will be able to save on storage space.

Apple also announced that in iOS 11, all iMessages will be stored in the iCloud rather than locally on your iPhone or iPad.

Not only will these free up tonnes of space, especially if you have lots of messages going back over a long period of time, but it will also mean that your messages will be synced across all your Apple devices so if you send a message on your iPhone, it will automatically show on your iPad.

Storing iMessages on iCloud will also speed things up when it comes to backing your iPhone.

“With your messages in the cloud, we only need to keep your most recent messages cached on the device,” Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi

“That makes for smaller and faster backups,” he added.

iOS 11 is available now to beta testers, but the full version is expected to be rolled out in September.


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