Free space is a perennial problem on many iPhones — especially those saddled with just 16GB of storage. To help address the problem in the upcoming iOS 11, Apple has introduced a few new tools for managing user data, including the option to automatically delete the apps you never use.
As Tom Moss, co-founder of Android phone company Nextbit, pointed out on Twitter, this is the same idea his company implemented with its 2016 Robin smartphone. Right down to greyed-out icons marking gone-but-not-forgotten apps. However, it is worth pointing out that iOS 9 had a similar feature back in 2015 — although that was only for temporarily deleting apps while upgrading to a new operating system.
Thankfully, it’s not the only storage-saving feature Apple has introduced in iOS 11 either. Others, found in the same menu in Settings, are simply suggestions for clearing out recently deleted photos and moving data to iCloud, but there’s also a new “auto delete old conversations” feature that deletes data in the Messages app that’s more than a year old. You can also sort conversations by the amount of storage they take up, and delete them on an individual basis.