What Happens When Your iOS Device Runs Out of Storage Space

You may have spotted my recent article about a lawsuit targeting Apple’s way of presenting iOS device storage. One thing that stood out when reading the complaint, which I didn’t mention in that article, was this allegation:

“Apple exploits the discrepancy between represented and available capacity for its own gain by offering to sell, and by selling, cloud storage capacity to purchasers whose internal storage capacity is at or near exhaustion. In fact, when the internal hard drive approaches “full,” a pop up ad opens up offering the purchaser the opportunity to purchase “iCloud” cloud storage.”

Well, this is just wrong. I tested it. Here’s what you see when your device starts getting full:

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What the complaint is probably describing is a pop-up that displays when your iCloud storage is nearly full; that’s quite a different kettle of fish. If they’re suing about storage on devices, and confuse iCloud storage with device storage, it’s likely they won’t last long in court.

As I said in my article, I don’t disagree entirely with the lawsuit, but this part is just plain wrong.

8 thoughts on “What Happens When Your iOS Device Runs Out of Storage Space

  1. I agree with the assessment. But I also get a LOT of folks who grouse to me about needing to buy iCloud storage; even as far as people talking to AppleCare and getting the idea. The few who HAVE purchased get even MORE angry when they realize that buying iCloud storage doesn’t seem to magically fix their photos storage problems with their 16GB iPhones (coming quick on the heels usually is iCloud backup space issues). The iCloud backup problem has a near 100% infuration rate for users with multiple devices (who you’d think would be the people Apple LEAST want to infuriate).

    Regardless, Apple has really screwed the pooch here. iCloud has just turned into “a bag of hurt”, to use the parlance of our times. Apple’s greed has become pretty naked; this is the early signs of the public “getting” it. Having been here before with Apple, experience tells me this is going to get worse and not have a good outcome for Apple fans (like myself). Being greedy and not responding well to valid criticism is THE recipe for doubling-down disaster.

  2. I agree with the assessment. But I also get a LOT of folks who grouse to me about needing to buy iCloud storage; even as far as people talking to AppleCare and getting the idea. The few who HAVE purchased get even MORE angry when they realize that buying iCloud storage doesn’t seem to magically fix their photos storage problems with their 16GB iPhones (coming quick on the heels usually is iCloud backup space issues). The iCloud backup problem has a near 100% infuration rate for users with multiple devices (who you’d think would be the people Apple LEAST want to infuriate).

    Regardless, Apple has really screwed the pooch here. iCloud has just turned into “a bag of hurt”, to use the parlance of our times. Apple’s greed has become pretty naked; this is the early signs of the public “getting” it. Having been here before with Apple, experience tells me this is going to get worse and not have a good outcome for Apple fans (like myself). Being greedy and not responding well to valid criticism is THE recipe for doubling-down disaster.

  3. Well, I had a problem with this storage because I knew I had enough space but iOS storage show me all the time there is no free space to upload new pics or vids.. What the hell? and everything one day it start working again and there was enough space for new documents. iOS….

  4. Well, I had a problem with this storage because I knew I had enough space but iOS storage show me all the time there is no free space to upload new pics or vids.. What the hell? and everything one day it start working again and there was enough space for new documents. iOS….

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