iOS 6 Users complain about unwanted iOS 7 over-the-air update taking up storage space


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A sizeable percentage of users did not update their iOS device to iOS 7 when it was released last week due to various reasons.

These users are now discovering that their iOS device has already downloaded the iOS 7 update, and are not happy about it.

Since the iOS 7 update is a major release, it is nearly 1GB for some devices, which means it is taking up quite a significant portion of the storage space for such users, especially for devices with 8GB and 16GB storage.

The over-the-air update feature, which was introduced in iOS 5 in 2011, automatically downloads the update when the device is connected to a Wi-Fi network and a power source. The installation of the update still needs user interaction.

This is quite convenient if you want to install the update, but it can end up taking up precious storage space if you don’t plan to install the update.

Users had complained about this issue last year as well. Unfortunately, Apple still hasn’t given users an option to disable the OTA update feature, which could have prevented the update from being downloaded automatically.

If you’ve jailbroken your device using evasi0n then the good news is that it is OTA updates are disabled, so you don’t need to worry about them.

Earlier in the week, Apple announced that over 200 million iOS devices have already been updated to iOS 7, making it the fastest software update in history.

[Via CNET]