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  • Future iOS Updates May Be Delivered Over the Air


    The days of cumbersome and lengthy iOS updates via the standard USB-to-computer iTunes connection may be coming to an end, possibly before the end of the year. The blogosphere is buzzing this morning with speculation born of new revelations from "sources" speaking in confidence to our friends at 9 to 5 Mac. According to information they possess, Apple is planning to deliver iOS updates over the air beginning this fall.

    The next major iOS upgrade - and it will be a hefty one - should propel the iDevice universe into iOS 5-land. Once iOS 5 is made available, subsequent software updates may be delivered to the iPhone over the air.

    In this regard, however, Apple isn't ahead of the curve, it's actually playing catch-up. Given that a number of rival smartphones already offer over-the-air operating system updates, Apple will simply be striving to better compete with other handsets and technologies that, at present, are superior to Apple's iOS in some regards.

    Obviously, if this is a feature in iOS 5, it should conceivably make its way to iPad and iPod touches as well. That means iTunes may no longer be a needed conduit for updating iOS devices in the future. It would also mean that the iPad could finally be a stand alone device.
    Of course, Apple would likely have to change to a considerable degree how frequently it delivers software updates - updates that will now have to come in much smaller download packages. After all, many of us had a chuckle at Engadget's jab at yesterday's release of iOS 4.3.3, which delivered a sizable 666.2 MB file to update iPhones to a version that only accomplishes the "removal of things."

    Source: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Future iOS Updates May Be Delivered Over the Air started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 57 Comments
    1. MYPHONEI's Avatar
      MYPHONEI -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      This would coexist with what I said in a previous article, that the iPhone 5 will not have any memory, and it will all be stored in the cloud.
      I love your name...........Too bad its a PUN

      How could we have Gigabytes in the "Cloud" when AT&T makes a fuss bout a little tethering?

      Current android phones ( some more advanced then the behind the curve Iphone) have the OPTION to upgrade and even then you can download the update online as well as through 3g

      A lot of people on here do not understand technology well do they?

    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Come on guys, I feel pretty certain these OTA updates would NOT be pushed out over a cell data connection. It would likely only happen when the phone is on an active wi-fi network, and it would likely do a pop-up notification asking if you want to d/l the updates. Or perhaps it would show up as an update when you go into the App Store or iTunes on the phone or whatever.

      Some of y'all are reading too much into this.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I'm worried about the Jailbreak scene as well - however, there are a lot of brilliant people out there. I have no doubt someone will figure it out.
    1. Hardcoredrummer1996's Avatar
      Hardcoredrummer1996 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ramicio View Post
      No thank you! I'm not one of these yuppie idiots who don't have the 5-10 minutes to sit down at a computer and update manually because I'm too into myself. It also would NOT have to be something to opt into, it CAN be forced. Look at the Chrome browser. It updates on its own without option to not do so. If they roll this out I will simply sell my phone and go back to a "dumb" flip phone. Kinda sick of paying a $100 bill a month instead of being billed on actual usage. I also don't foresee and networks giving people a break on the data usage this will use. I think they will count it against their bandwidth usage.
      Yes but with chrome. You don't buy chrome you but the iPhone though. If they **** chrome up you won't be out of money they would. If apple fucks up then you would be out of money and they would most likely loose a lot of customers and people would go to android an just root it.
      If apple dose go through with it it probably wont be perm because it wold most Lkely fail. And it wouldnt be the end of jailbreaking due to fact that someone would make a jailbreak
      That dosnt need iTunes or make more jailbreakme type sites.
      JAILBREAK WILL NEVER DIE!

      Oh and also I'm sure at&t and Verizon won't allow it. They have to go through them. And it will cause drama l
    1. Nasakii's Avatar
      Nasakii -
      lol. ota update followed by ota jailbreak. It'll happen eventually.
    1. obtrunco's Avatar
      obtrunco -
      Quote Originally Posted by x12_Carnage View Post
      Will this over the air thing pose a problem for jailbreakers?
      My thoughts exactly!


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Looks like they are taking advice from Android
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      That would be so nice if they would do that i mean i plug my phone into my computer everyday but still
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      im not too worried the devs will take care of this if apple sets it up wrong to counter jailbreaking
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      My question is if apple is doing over the air updates wouldnt it be easier to do a jailbreak?
    1. punjabi212's Avatar
      punjabi212 -
      Quote Originally Posted by scroogelives View Post
      They would have allow it to be turned off! And only idiots can update by accident at present!
      +1
    1. Napoleon_PhoneApart's Avatar
      Napoleon_PhoneApart -
      Quote Originally Posted by MYPHONEI View Post
      I love your name...........Too bad its a PUN
      Stole my thunder. Good point!
    1. EddieLeonard's Avatar
      EddieLeonard -
      this might be useful for jailbreakers.... if a update can download and install... why not a jailbreak like the jailbreakme pdf exploit?

      also if this is going to happen, apple would need to ditch the "wipe phone clean apart from media and data and replace with new os" approach and move to wards "replace files that need replacing/upgrading"

      anyone else agree?
    1. ReidStylez's Avatar
      ReidStylez -
      OTA iOS updates means OTA Jailbreaks

      Oh yeah and say good bye to the 250mb data plan.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by ReidStylez View Post
      OTA iOS updates means OTA Jailbreaks

      Oh yeah and say good bye to the 250mb data plan.
      I an sure you will have to be connected to wifi like android os updates
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      This will be mostly wifi only..it's ok to have update over the air but battery will drain.I like the option but I prefer USB while I'm getting charged or plug to a AC wall while on wifi
    1. ReidStylez's Avatar
      ReidStylez -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cowboy View Post
      I an sure you will have to be connected to wifi like android os updates
      Yeah, didn't think about that. LOL
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by ReidStylez View Post
      Yeah, didn't think about that. LOL
      Lol
    1. bigliquid530's Avatar
      bigliquid530 -
      Somebody in cydia will make a tweak for it
    1. phoenix81's Avatar
      phoenix81 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      This would coexist with what I said in a previous article, that the iPhone 5 will not have any memory, and it will all be stored in the cloud.
      And I for one would certainly *not* purchase that device.