iOS 14 could let users access small parts of apps without installing them

Polycount

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Or, maybe you downloaded a few new games and got bored with all of them. Whatever the case may be, if you aren't diligent about removing these unused apps, they can stack up pretty quickly, eating up valuable space and possibly draining your battery in the background. While there's no perfect solution to human forgetfulness, Apple is reportedly aiming to stave off the problem with the launch of iOS 14.

When the update hits the digital streets, users will allegedly be able to take advantage of a new feature called "Clips." Clips, according to 9to5Mac, will let you download and use only a specific part of a third-party app without needing to install the full thing. Using the Clips API, developers could offer this "interactive and dynamic" content through things like QR codes.

If you scan such a code on an app's website, you could effectively try out its featureset via an on-screen "card." Which features are shared via Clips is entirely up to developers -- 9to5Mac says they can specify which part (or parts, we suppose) of the app will be downloaded to a user's smartphone or tablet. While this has not been explicitly confirmed yet, we wouldn't be surprised if closing the card, or otherwise ending the task eliminates the data from your device.

It's worth pointing out that the Clips feature as a whole hasn't received an official announcement from Apple. While we have no reason to doubt 9to5Mac's claims, software development is hardly a linear process. If Clips isn't ready in time for the official launch of iOS 14, it may be pushed back to a later date, or it could be scrapped entirely. Still, we hope that doesn't happen -- it sounds like an incredibly useful feature for anyone that cares about mitigating app bloat.

We look forward to learning more about Clips later this year, perhaps at WWDC 2020.

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ShadowDeath

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I wonder what year it will be when Apple can release a new feature on their products and someone won’t make this same parroted joke as response?

All jokes aside probably when Apple stops setting themselves up for the joke and innovates again. Apple has done it on several occasions. They would strut their **** out on stage and in their speech either say it was their idea or suggest that they were the first to do it even though there would be several phones out before with the same feature.

I have no hatred towards apple, but the disingenuous marketing bothers me. Just like when Motorola claimed that their mid-tier flip phone was worth $1,500. That hunk of plastic isn't worth more than $400 and that's being generous. Everyone gets a turn. Lol
 

Shadowboxer

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All jokes aside probably when Apple stops setting themselves up for the joke and innovates again. Apple has done it on several occasions. They would strut their **** out on stage and in their speech either say it was their idea or suggest that they were the first to do it even though there would be several phones out before with the same feature.

I have no hatred towards apple, but the disingenuous marketing bothers me. Just like when Motorola claimed that their mid-tier flip phone was worth $1,500. That hunk of plastic isn't worth more than $400 and that's being generous. Everyone gets a turn. Lol
Oh yeah all these companies are just trying to make money. In all fairness to Apple, they do that better than anyone else.

Of course, Motorola’s flip phone is worth whatever people are willing to pay for it. It’s the same with anything. I get fed up of hearing people whine about prices being too high. Clearly these manufacturers know how to price their products better than we do. If you sold something you’d sell it for as much as you can get.

Would I pay $1500 for the new Razr? Hell no! I don’t think I’d even pay $400. But then I would never willing use an Android device.
 

captaincranky

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Is this anything like an ".exe" file that already runs resident in RAM only? (Which I might add has been around for 20 (?) years.

Way to go Apple..!

(I've been told I don't know anything about computers, so enlighten me).
 

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