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Apple to deliver OTA iPhone updates in iOS 5?

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Thursday, May 5, 2011
News Categories: iPhone

Apple plans on delivering incremental point updates to iOS 5 over-the-air (OTA), according to a new report. Citing multiple anonymous sources, 9 to 5 Mac reports that Apple has been in talks with Verizon Wireless over the feature since early this year; similar talks with other carriers could not be confirmed. As noted in the article, some iOS updates can weigh in at over 600MB, a size that will likely need to be reduced in order to secure agreements with the carriers, and since OTA updates don’t offer users the ability to backup their device to a computer before the update begins, Apple could conceivably offer a cloud-based backup system instead. It is also expected that similar functionality would be available for the iPad and iPod touch under iOS 5; the second-generation Apple TV, which runs a variant of iOS 4.x, currently offers similar, iTunes-free update functionality.

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Comments

1

Well, there goes my 200MB data limit with AT&T.
Also, I can just see Apple pushing out updates without asking for the update. There also goes my hypothetical future jailbreak options.

Posted by Joe Dirt on May 5, 2011 at 7:33 AM (PDT)

2

I would rather hear about wireless syncing to iTunes.

Posted by alden wilkins on May 5, 2011 at 10:16 AM (PDT)

3

Wireless syncing to iTunes sounds much better.

Posted by Brian Mermon on May 5, 2011 at 12:34 PM (PDT)

4

I dont know about you, but I would feel a lot safer actually tethering my phone to my computer for updates.

Screw OTA updates, just give us wireless syncing Apple!

Posted by ahMEmon on May 6, 2011 at 6:19 AM (PDT)

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