Apple to deliver OTA iPhone updates in iOS 5?

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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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Charles Starrett

Charles Starrett was a senior editor at iLounge. He's been covering the iPod, iPhone, and iPad since their inception. He has written numerous articles and reviews, and his work has been featured in multiple publications.