Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2012 7:52 AM (in response to muzzar69)
The amount of space needed to install an app is about 3 times the amount it will take up once it is installed.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 15, 2012 7:13 AM (in response to AKRBTN)
Ah ok thanks for that, I'm going to sync everything accross to my PC tomorrow so the phones blank, download N.O.V.A 3 than sync everything back.
Hope Apple can work on a solution to this in the future, a bit tedious having to copy everything accross waiting for hours for it to complete, download 1 app, then wait for hours for everything to sync accross again. Last time I had to sync my apps I only had 3GBs worth and it took several hours!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 15, 2012 7:41 AM (in response to muzzar69)
Why not just remove enough to allow loading the new app
and then resync the music or what ever you temporarily removed
no need to remove everything
I frequently have to this especially for satnav apps
ps just untick items in iTunes to remove and then sync
Currently Being ModeratedMay 15, 2012 10:14 AM (in response to muzzar69)
Space needed is not just the way it works on the iPhone,
it works that way on a computer.
First a package is downloaded (some compression involved
to save bandwidth), it is unpacked, and then installed.
Pretty much the same process on any computer (unless
the executable is so small it doesn't really matter). Quite
often on Windows machines, I have had to download a zip
file, unpack it to get the installer file, and then run the installer.
It is usually not noticed on computers since these "images" get
unpacked and such on a disk drive. On the iPhone, the flash memory
is the "disk drive". On Droids it is either internal or SD card flash.
When the app is downloaded on iTunes, the package is unpacked
on the computer, prepared as needed. This pretty much leaves just
the executable to install on the iPhone.
Also, it should not take "hours" to install one app from iTunes
once it is downloaded to the iPhone. You have some other
issues going on. I recently downloaded the Garmin USA app
(~2 gig) and once downloaded it only took a few minutes to
load it from iTunes to the iPhone.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2012 6:54 AM (in response to woodmeister50)
Sorry I did not word that very well. What I meant was it was taking hours for everything to sync accross. Everytime I sync all my applications to Itunes mainly when there's a OS update it takes hours to sync everything accross. Last week for instance when I updated to the latest software I had 2 purchases to transfer, only 2, and it took over a hour! Which is why I don't bother with Itunes anymore I just leave it as it is because everything is so dam slow!
Anyway with N.O.V.A 3 I'll download it off Itunes than install it from there that way I wont have to remove then replace everything again.
Thanks for your advice guys!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2012 8:27 AM (in response to muzzar69)
There is still something that is not right. A month ago
I got a new iPhone 4S and syncned all my purchased
apps, bookmarks, etc. plus 28 gig of music and it only
took around 20 maybe 25 minutes.
When syncing it should only copy those items in iTunes
that are not present on the phone and visa versa.
Are you sure you are not doing something like Restore
instead of syncing? Also, are you doing this wireless or
via USB? What computer and OS are you using?
As far as iOS 5.1.1 update, it did take a very long time
to get the update on the computer (Apple servers must
have been very slow that day) but once download was
complete the full process to update and sync only took
about 10 minutes at most.
For major updates like going from 4.x to 5.x it does take
longer because it does a complete wipe and restore.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 17, 2012 7:23 AM (in response to woodmeister50)
Yes I'm sure it's doing a sync not a restore. I'm using windows 7 and my own built gaming PC. Always transfer things accross via USB. Most of the times I've synced it is not because of a OS update, normally just because I want to switch accross some apps.
I remember a few months ago when I contacted Apple support about a game not syncing accross I kept getting error messages. He requested me to do a format and copy everything accross, but it took so long he said look I'll let you go because it's taking so long and if you have any more problems give us a call back. It's always taken forever to sync my apps from my phone to PC, and PC to phone which is why I just leave it now.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 17, 2013 11:31 PM (in response to muzzar69)
The app on the app store says only optimized for iPhone 5, so I guess that might pose a problem in installing the game on you iPhone 4.