iOS 16.1 Beta 3 Lets You Preload In-App Content After Installing Apps So They're Ready to Go

In the latest iOS 16.1 beta, Apple has added a new toggle to the App Store's settings that allows apps to automatically begin downloading their in-app content after they're downloaded and before a user launches them for the first time.

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"Automatically run apps in the background to download content before you first launch them," the description of the toggle says. With the new option enabled, after a user installs an app from the ‌App Store‌, it'll automatically begin running in the background to download their in-app content so that when the user opens the app for the first time, it's ready to go.

The new toggle was added in iOS 16.1 beta 3 and macOS Ventura beta 9. Also, in the latest ‌macOS Ventura‌ beta, Apple has a new dynamic version of its Ventura marketing wallpaper.

Related Roundups: iOS 16, iPadOS 16
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Top Rated Comments

twocents Avatar
9 weeks ago
Yeah… pass on that all things considered Meta
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
solarflab Avatar
9 weeks ago
I dont get it. Why? If you are downloading an app, aren't you most likely going to open that app as soon as its installed? Why even make it an option?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
adamlbiscuit Avatar
9 weeks ago
I can't recall the last time an app required an additional download after installing. Does anyone have any examples? The only ones I can think of are games.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TimmKook Avatar
9 weeks ago
GOOD MORNING!

This is a sneaky way for us to enable Background App Refresh for new apps, considering most people turned BAR off a long time ago after realizing we only use it to track users and it provides the user nothing.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Shirasaki Avatar
9 weeks ago
Wow, those mobile games will definitely use this feature EXTENSIVELY after every month‘s maintenance. Aside from that, I dunno who will benefit too much from it.
Just did a quick test and Genshin took advantage of that very well. O_O
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ignatius345 Avatar
9 weeks ago

I can't recall the last time an app required an additional download after installing. Does anyone have any examples? The only ones I can think of are games.
Content streaming apps. One of the first things I've had to do with a new phone is launch Spotify and let it start downloading the many GB of music I've saved to play offline. Same would apply to stuff like HBO Max that also lets you locally cache content for offline use. Could maybe apply to something like Dropbox to preload pinned files.

But yeah, even considering the above it's not like I'm getting a new phone every week and need to keep doing this. Whatever, might save some time at some point ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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