In a small, short release on its Developer Portal, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has announced yesterday that it will now be accepting larger ‘Binaries’. It announced that the previous size limit of an ‘app package’ that has to be submitted through iTunes Connect has been increased from 2GB to 4GB.
According to Apple, the same has been done to incorporate the growing consumption of media and multimedia in the content developed and targeted for mobile smart phone users. The Cupertino giant felt that the current size restrictions may be limiting the scope and the features that developers could add to their app packages. With that concern, Apple doubled the previous limit to the new limit in the expectation that the possibility of greater multimedia inclusion will only further enhance the quality and content of the app packages that it receives through its iTunes Connect. As stated by Apple, the current change hopes to allow users to ‘include more media in their submissions and thus enable a more complete and rich user experience’ upon installation.
This new development is good news for both developers and users alike. Developers can now work on more graphically detailed applications without being bothered about Apple’s size restrictions. At the same time, users can now download and play larger sized games on their phones itself, instead of streaming, as they used to earlier. This only streaming option for 2GB+ sized games lowered the quality of a user’s experience; a factor that must have weighed considerably with Apple before it decided to go in for the size change.
Additionally, Apple clarified that the different size limit currently applicable to the delivery of apps through a user’s cellular network will continue to be the same. The size limit in this respect is a 100MB.
However, this may prove to be an issue on another front. Users of iPhone with only 16GB disk space, may face capacity issues if developers start upgrading their apps to graphics intensive versions. This problem gets further compounded when the size of the latest version of the iOS8 is considered, which currently stands at 4 GB itself. This problem will be present specifically for Apple users as Apple devices don’t offer external SD card options, although the latest release iPhone 6 does offer the 128 GB onboard storage option.
Google too had recently increased the size limitation from the earlier limit of 500 MB. However, any such improvements in size limitations may not be that stark for Google Android based phones as they can be upgraded to higher sized disk space with a new purchase of an SD Card.