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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. gthugballin's Avatar
      gthugballin -
      was wondering when this news would finally show up
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Man of Sand View Post
      So this will then make an iPad a computer by definition? I'm gonna start saving now!
      A computer where the manufacturer won't give you root access :-(
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by phoenix81 View Post
      And I for one would certainly *not* purchase that device.
      Why is that endless storage? Is that a bad thing
    1. Trooper Sam's Avatar
      Trooper Sam -
      If they take iTunes out of the loop, we're gonna be at a loss as to how to downgrade for a bit. All of those saved SHSHs won't be very useful with an OTA delivery method.
    1. buttamix's Avatar
      buttamix -
      Quote Originally Posted by MOJO5873 View Post
      Will these be automatic updates or will we still be able to update when and what we want? How will this affect jailbreaking?
      My thoughts exactly
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Quote Originally Posted by csglinux View Post
      A computer where the manufacturer won't give you root access :-(
      What if you jailbroke it...
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Trooper Sam View Post
      If they take iTunes out of the loop, we're gonna be at a loss as to how to downgrade for a bit. All of those saved SHSHs won't be very useful with an OTA delivery method.
      I'm sure OTA updates will merely be an option. No doubt you could still do it by connecting to iTunes. That option would be required to be available since not everyone has wifi in their homes *gasp*
    1. A3gOwner's Avatar
      A3gOwner -
      I posted this last night on here and wondered the same thing, how's this going to effect jailbreaks? I'm sure a block would be easy to do via the host file tho so that's a plus atleast.
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by Trooper Sam View Post
      If they take iTunes out of the loop, we're gonna be at a loss as to how to downgrade for a bit. All of those saved SHSHs won't be very useful with an OTA delivery method.
      in the same way that Tiny Umbrella spoofs the DNS, we can just do OTA via 'wifi sharing' from a PC/Mac. I imagine it would be even easier -- less proprietary junk in the middle.

      If apple wrote iOS like a 'real' 21st century OS (modular, scalable), they could send out modular updates which address only very specific components. My basic understanding of how their authentication scheme works leads me to believe that they can't because they have iTunes authenticate the software en masse as a complete file. Doing it with individual components may be more difficult. But, I could be wrong.
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Quote Originally Posted by PStuLovesCrackk View Post
      Apple has to send the updates in smaller parts.... Could you imagine if they didn't.... The complaints from customers "WTF!! I wasted half my monthly data plan on this b.s. update!"
      Yeah I agree. Updating takes I while already.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Xenthis View Post
      Wow- what if one of these fails to install when you are on vacation or something? Wouldn't you have a bricked phone until you get to a computer?
      That's why most people don't do updates when not near thier computers on Cydia apps and this should be treated no different.

      Well maybe not most but a decent number of people don't because of the breaks some apps can sometimes cause.
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      I sure hope this is true! It's about freaking time. I'm tired of having to completely backup my iPhone or iPad, download a large file (iOS update), install said file which removes all my apps, then have to wait for iTunes to reinstall my apps.. That's not to mention having to re-jailbreak my phone and install my Cydia apps and setup my theme again.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by The6uest View Post
      I sure hope this is true! It's about freaking time. I'm tired of having to completely backup my iPhone or iPad, download a large file (iOS update), install said file which removes all my apps, then have to wait for iTunes to reinstall my apps.. That's not to mention having to re-jailbreak my phone and install my Cydia apps and setup my theme again.
      Well get ready to try that without backing up then waiting for the slow cell download compared to home internet. Something goes wrong you don't have a recent backup.
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Well get ready to try that without backing up then waiting for the slow cell download compared to home internet. Something goes wrong you don't have a recent backup.
      I didn't say I wouldn't back up and they are also planning wireless syncing which will be good. Also I didn't say anything about updating on a cell connection rather than wifi. I don't mind major updates using iTunes but these minor "patches" that require a complete reinstall of the iOS is a waste of time.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by The6uest View Post
      I didn't say I wouldn't back up and they are also planning wireless syncing which will be good. Also I didn't say anything about updating on a cell connection rather than wifi. I don't mind major updates using iTunes but these minor "patches" that require a complete reinstall of the iOS is a waste of time.
      Incremental updates would be nice over the air but big updates not so nice.
    1. ScottyOhio's Avatar
      ScottyOhio -
      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.
      that will 100% not happen.

      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Well get ready to try that without backing up then waiting for the slow cell download compared to home internet. Something goes wrong you don't have a recent backup.
      or possibly not even have a phone if lets say your on a buisness trip and the patch/update screws up.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Speculation like this article is a good reason people shouldn't discuss things on Twitter....