iOS 8.1.1 will give you 500MB of extra storage space after updating your iPhone or iPad

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In the past few months, Apple has come under heavy criticism for selling 8GB and 16GB iOS devices, which barely have enough space for doing OTA updates. It looks like the company is paying attention to that, as it was discovered that updating to iOS 8.1.1 increases the user available storage by 500MB.

My iPhone 6 had 1.8 GB of free space on iOS 8.1, the least that was required in order to do an OTA update to iOS 8.1.1. After updating, I now have 2.3 GB of free space, which is exactly 500MB. Other users are reporting similar, or even more, increases in available storage space. iMore reports:

After hearing about it from several readers last night, I tested it on a couple iPads in my possession, and in both cases post-update storage availability grew considerably. My iPad mini 3 it went from 7.5 GB remaining to 7.9 GB remaining. My iPad Air 2 went from 40.9 GB to 42.8 GB.

While the 500MB won’t sound much for 64GB and 128GB devices, for those who constantly run out of storage space, this extra 500MB is a welcome change. It can hold more photos, music and apps.

Did you notice an increase in free space after updating to iOS 8.1.1? Let us know in the comments below.