macOS Sequoia Needs 2x Less Free Storage Space For App Store Installs

Apple released the second macOS Sequoia beta to developers this week and it includes the usual array of fixes and improvements. But there’s one change of particular note and that will be welcomed by people with small SSDs.

That change, Apple’s release notes explain, will mean that apps installed via the App Store will no longer need twice the space during the installation process. That’s a big deal for gamers in particular, where installation can take hundreds of gigabytes.

Starting in macOS 15, the App Store no longer needs twice the space free for an initial app download and install. The free space requirement will now be the final install size of the app, plus a small buffer. Developers should consider this change in any messaging they might have around size requirements.

The macOS Sequoia developer beta is available now while a public beta is expected to be released in July. However, the final release isn’t going to be made available to the public until this coming fall, likely in September.

The new software comes with a number of improvements including Apple Intelligence, although that is not yet ready for beta testing and will be added later in the program.

The new macOS Sequoia release will come alongside new software updates for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Apple Vision Pro.

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