users of Apple iPhone and iPad have taken to social networking to show their frustration after installing the company’s latest product update.
Many have resorted to deleting photos, videos and other files in order to free up enough space for the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS8, which needs up to 5.8GB of storage resource.
Apple has also deleted apps for its new health software because of a problem.
One professor said that Apple’s updates were often about “teething problems”.
Some upset Apple users took to Twitter to express their annoyance, at one point causing the subject to be trending above the Scottish referendum.
David Roberts tweeted: “This update would be great… If you didn’t have to delete half of the stuff on your phone just to install it.”
Daniel Zennon also tweeted in a funnier way: “So Apple put the #U2 album on everybody’s phone and then tell them they don’t have enough space for the #iOS8 upgrade”.
This is not the first time that Apple users have had troubles with iOS updates.
In 2012, the iOS6 update caused some of its users to lose their apps, and others even lost photos and texts when updating to iOS7 last year.
As well as needing a lot of storage resource, the latest version, iOS8, does not contain apps that run with Apple’s new HealthKit service, which is developed to work with third-party wearable health devices.
The software was originally scheduled for release in iOS8, but has launched while Apple works on fixing a problem.
David Price, online editor at Macworld UK, said to the BBC that the issues were not “really a surprise”.
“There’s always a rush on the servers on launch day, some delays, and usually some teething problems,” he said.
“That’s why we always recommend that people wait a day or two before updating.”
Apple users can ignore the need to free up storage space for the latest update by upgrading their apps through iTunes on a Mac or PC, instead of via the phone or tablet itself.
In addition, much of the free space needed by the update is made available again once the installation process has completed.