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[Update] iOS 5 to Feature ‘Automatic Download’ for App Updates Over the Air

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Update 2: Okay, this is the real deal. @arnoldkim confirmed to me via twitter he saw it with his own eyes and took the screenshot himself, it was not a screen sent into MacRumors. It appears to be a US-only slip up–as Apple has deactivated the Updates page.

Update 1: Apple recently referred to applications as ‘apps’, as seen in its recent iWork announcement (thx @arnoldkim). Compare this to previously when they used the word ‘applications‘. This could very well be true! **crosses fingers**

The closer we get to WWDC, the more rumours we continue to see. Earlier today we saw leaked images of the iCloud beta login, more evidence of twitter integration, and now MacRumors is reporting iOS 5 will feature ‘Automatic Download’ for app updates–over the air. They were sent the following screenshot by a reader MacRumors founder Arnold Kim saw the wording and took the following screenshot:

Compare the following screenshot from my iTunes (Canada):

The language definitely seems different, which is odd. The existing iTunes refers to ‘apps’ as ‘applications’. This leads me to believe it’s either a hoax, US and Canadian iTunes accounts have different wording, or Apple has updated the language in a future version of iTunes.

Nonetheless, if this features is indeed true, it’s one that we’ve all been longing for. Previous rumours stated over the air updates would be coming this Fall. The jailbreak tweak WiFiSync can sync your iPhone wirelessly, but it’s not very practical.

Although updating apps isn’t hard, it can be time consuming when we have to constantly keep tabs on updates. Come on Monday, hurry up and arrive! πŸ™‚

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  • Anonymous

    Imagine having TomTom GPS app (1.8Gb) automatically updating over 3G or with a Canadian ISP data cap!
    This might not be a very good idea for all…

  • Alex Sebenski

    Likely will be only while on your home network where the apps will be automatically downloaded and stored. Just my guess.

  • Alex Sebenski

    Likely will be only while on your home network where the apps will be automatically downloaded and stored. Just my guess.

  • Ex

    I’m sure the 10MB cap would still remain. So anything under the cap would download automatically.

  • LOL. Yeah, and any updates to games too (ie Infinity Blade at 500MB).

    Surely there will be an ON/OFF toggle for this, especially for cases like
    this.

  • LOL. Yeah, and any updates to games too (ie Infinity Blade at 500MB).

    Surely there will be an ON/OFF toggle for this, especially for cases like
    this.

  • That would be pretty nice. As a big geek, I enjoy reading the release notes for updates and I’d settle for automatic notification of updates… rather than having to check manually every day.

  • That would be pretty nice. As a big geek, I enjoy reading the release notes for updates and I’d settle for automatic notification of updates… rather than having to check manually every day.

  • Yeah, there’s no way large apps will automatically update. Even the Americans have low data caps now.

  • Yeah, there’s no way large apps will automatically update. Even the Americans have low data caps now.

  • Great stuff, now we wait for iCloud what could bring to us!

  • This is a much welcome feature, but I doubt this will work via 3G. You will probably have to be on WiFi. Unless you jailbreak, and install 3G Unrestrictor. πŸ˜‰

  • This is a much welcome feature, but I doubt this will work via 3G. You will probably have to be on WiFi. Unless you jailbreak, and install 3G Unrestrictor. πŸ˜‰

  • The countdown is on! πŸ™‚

  • The countdown is on! πŸ™‚

  • Drocass

    Im still waiting for iOS updates that are OTA via wifi kinda like Android dose.
    Providing users with the best security and performance ASAP (but secretly to block JB actively)

  • Drocass

    Im still waiting for iOS updates that are OTA via wifi kinda like Android dose.
    Providing users with the best security and performance ASAP (but secretly to block JB actively)

  • Drocass

    Im still waiting for iOS updates that are OTA via wifi kinda like Android dose.
    Providing users with the best security and performance ASAP (but secretly to block JB actively)

  • Christopher Jones

    It’s 20MB, has been for a year or more

  • Christopher Jones

    It’s 20MB, has been for a year or more

  • Don

    Doesn’t bother me one bit, I have the 6GB of data for $30 add on so this +3G restrictor will be very useful and welcomed by me.

  • Don

    Doesn’t bother me one bit, I have the 6GB of data for $30 add on so this +3G restrictor will be very useful and welcomed by me.

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