iPhone ストレージの管理: 永続キャッシュの問題とその対処方法

By 2024, with iOS 18と iPhone 16 coming up soon, Apple is still not allowing direct access to some system functions such as application cache management. This restriction, which is intended to keep the devices secure and stable, makes it hard for users to clear the cache on their iOS devices thus creating a possibility of storage and performance problems.

iPhoneのアプリを削除する
The Application Cache Effect on iPhones

The cache is a kind of the short-term storage space where the apps keep their data and resources in order to make loading times faster and user experience better. Nevertheless, the most used social media apps like Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook および Twitter can accumulate up to several gigabytes of cache over time. For example, Instagram on its own can take up almost 4 GB of “documents and data,” which will drastically decrease the available storage space.

The Android Comparison

Unlike iPhone users, Android ones can wipe out app cache with just a single option but it should be mentioned that this cache often reloads quickly and so the long-term benefit is less. This shows that the cache management is a difficult problem, even on platforms where you can clear it manually.

Consequences of Cache Accumulation

Without the ability to clear cache, iPhone users may experience the following issues:Without the ability to clear cache, iPhone users may experience the following issues:

Reduced Storage Space: The collected cache can be so big that it consumes a lot of storage space and makes users to delete the important files or buy more iCloud storage.

Performance Degradation: With time, the unmanaged cache can cause a decrease in device performance as more and more memory is used up by the applications.

Workarounds for iOS Users

Despite the lack of a native option, there are a few methods iPhone users can employ to manage cache accumulation:Despite the lack of a native option, there are a few methods iPhone users can employ to manage cache accumulation:

Delete and Reinstall Apps: This way gets the cache cleared but also removes other app data, such as settings and preferences that have to be reconfigured after reinstalling.

Use Third-Party Storage Managers: Some third-party apps pretend to clean cache and temporary data, but their efficiency can be lowered by iOS limitations.

The Intentional Limitation

Apple’s restriction on clearing app cache natively looks like the deliberate way to secure and stabilize their devices. Although this way of doing things makes the system stay stable and secure, it also creates problems such as storage and performance issues for the users who have to deal with them without any clear solutions.

今後

As we step into the age of iOS 18 and iPhone 16, lack of a cache clearing option will still be an issue for many users. Users should be aware of the possible adverse effects that cache accumulation may cause and use the available workarounds to deal with their storage effectively.