Originally Posted by blackbook
That's interesting because on my iPhone when I go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Manage Storage > Backups
I can see how much app data
is occupying my iCloud. Currently app data and photos is taking up 13.7GB of space on my iCloud. My 3rd party app data ranges in size from a few KB to about 200MB.
So yes even though the apps themselves don't count against your storage app data
Looks like that actually makes sense. Data associated with an app is stored within the bundle AFAIK, you know, deleting iPhoto.ipa will delete the photo's that have been imported into that $4.99 app.
I took a peek at my end to compare against your 13.7GB and I only have 1.1GB in use:
But I must say that I don't backup to iCloud, so it might
be different at my end.
Anyway I see that my Passbook takes up almost 700KB of data space even though I only have 4 passes. This is when I would love to be able to delete some native apps and replace them with 3rd party apps that just work better. Core native apps like Maps and Safari don't have to be delete-able, but having the ability to change your default apps for those services and having the ability to "hide" Maps and Safari would be great.
The 3rd screendump is from a (now gone) free FileSystem.ipa utility which is a read only app that can browse (tada) the FileSystem. It looks like these iPhone apps are small and wouldn't make much difference if one were to delete unwanted native iOS apps. But this is pure speculation...
And I fully agree that one should be able to at least have a 3rd party app as the default, many people seem to want this. I don't care myself, but TEHO / YMMV and all that.