iOS 10 space optimization on the 16G iPhone 6

iOS 10 space optimization

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iPhone 6 16GB

The one thing every iPhone owner complains about the most, is their handset being full. Most would believe that the answer to that is purchase a handset with more permanent storage: 64GB or 128GB. But that is simply kicking the can down the road. The problem isn’t the phone. The problem is you. You don’t have a good memory management plan. Why should you? This isn’t Windows. You don’t want to admin the phone, you just want to use it.

iOS 10 space-saving

Currently, Apple has a strategy that attempts to tackle the issue of iPhone users leaving photos and video on the handset. It doesn’t matter how big the purse is, the iPhone user will fill it full of photos and videos because it’s important to have them. All of them. All the time. Instead of snapping the shots or capturing the video, then going through the footage selecting what is good, deleting the rest, go into post production with edits and filters, then sharing and archiving – off the phone – iPhone users are happy to let those accumulate until they have 2,140 photos and 162 videos.


Who wants to go through all those?


iCloud storage
Photo and video storage in iCloud

How it works

Apple uses the iCloud Drive space you have and the Photo Library to store all your photos and video in the cloud. On your device, there is a low resolution image that is used as the place holder for the original file that resides in the cloud. When you tap on that photo or slide it into the view-port, the original gets pushed to your iPhone. You can duplicate it, edit and save it. But when you move past that image, it gets deleted. Only an updated placeholder for that image at about 1:10 file size is left, and your original goes back up into the cloud.

Apple does this for Music as well. But not everyone gets this. You need to subscribe to a larger iCloud capacity, you also need a Mac. This only helps iPhone users with a Mac that share a common AppleID based iCloud account.

Currently, I have an iPhone 6 – 16 GB, and iPad Mini 4 with 64 gigs, and iPad Air 2 at 16GB and a MacBook Air. All of the mobile devices are running the developer preview of iOS 10 beta 1, and the MacBook is running macOS Sierra.

Mobile configuration 

All of the devices are connected to an iCloud account that uses the same Apple ID. That iCloud account also has a paid-option 200 GB store. Whenever any of the devices takes a photo or shoots some video, it gets uploaded to the iCloud Photo Library, and then replicated across all 4: iPhone, Mini, Air 2 and MacBook Air. Each device is set to optimize storage, using the method explained above, outlining the low resolution place holder.


unlimited storage
iCloud+Local = unlimited storage

Portable Configuration

On macOS Sierra, Apple has a space reduction plan, and a shared folder for mobile devices: The Desktop. Apple space optimizes MacOS by taking inventory of documents, photos and other files, racks and stacks them by age, last accessed and access history. 30 days or older: Moved to the Cloud. The same storage container as all the other device photo, video and document data. The new thing is, everything that is on your Mac desktop gets replicated in iCloud Drive inside of a folder called. “Desktop”.

The Result

The iPhone 6 has 16GB of storage space. The operating system file size is 2.5GB for iOS 10 beta-1. Currently, the device has 3.5GB of available space, with 8.41GB used by 162 Videos, 2,164 Photos and 11 applications. But if you look at the iCloud Photo Library image above, those 162 Videos and 2,164 Photos weigh in at 16.6GB aggregate.

But how can this be? How can I have 162 Videos and 2,164 Photos that weigh in 16.6GB on a 16GB iPhone that still has 3.5GB of free space on it?


iCloud storage
Current Photo Library size 16.5GB

Now you know.

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