Ever since Apple introduced higher resolutions to their smartphones, it meant that app sizes had to be increased as well to accommodate the larger image files. However the more powerful hardware also meant that apps could become more complex and go beyond what we have seen since smartphones started to become mainstream.
The good news for those looking for more complex apps is that Apple has recently announced that they are now increasing the maximum app size from 2GB to 4GB, basically allowing developers to release apps that could be as big as 4GB in size. This will no doubt come in handy for more complex apps, such as graphics intensive games that might need to extra space, or to create games that have longer playtimes.
“The size limit of an app package submitted through iTunes Connect has increased from 2 GB to 4 GB, so you can include more media in your submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation.” However Apple notes that this does not change the cellular network delivery size, which at the moment is limited to 100MB since we doubt anyone wants to blow through their data allowance with a single app, right?
We’re not sure which developers will be taking advantage of these changes, but a couple of years ago Square Enix cited the app size limit of 2GB as one of the reasons why an iOS version is years away from being ported, although in Japan gamers can play the game on their phone thanks to the Dive In video game streaming service.