It’s the Storage Space, Stupid

John Gruber, writing on Daring Fireball:

This is a serious problem for Apple, because all those 16 GB devices (let alone the 8 GB ones) aren’t going to suddenly gain more free storage space on their own. A lot of these devices might never get updated to iOS 8, but would if the OTA software worked. Unless they can rejigger the OTA software update to require less free space, iOS 8’s adoption rate might lag permanently.

Couldn't agree more with him. I can't tell you how many of my colleagues and family members have come to me due to issues with upgrading to iOS 8. Every time it's an issue of storage space. They've all purchased either an 8 or 16GB model iPhone, and now they don't have the capability of upgrading, even after just casual usage.

Suddenly, something as simple and wonderful as taking photos or videos with what is now their main camera and center of their life is a frustrating experience, as they need to manually manage this storage just to get enough space to apply the update.

"Why not just plug it into a computer and update via iTunes?"

I counter only with this: "I've never synced my phone to the computer before. How do I do that?"

It's one of those rare moments where things that used to "just work" aren't just working anymore, and that's troublesome.

At this point, I don't see a good rationale for why new 16GB iPhones even exist.