11:03 AM Posted by Mark
hi friends 9to5Mac reports that according to their sources, Apple is planning to offer iOS software updates over-the-air (OTA).
According to 9to5Mac, Apple is working with Verizon and we assume with other iPhone carriers to offer OTA iOS updates, which will be one of new features introduced in iOS 5 that will be unveiled at next month’s WWDC 2011.
As of now, we need to connect our iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to the computer and update to the latest software update using iTunes.
According to 9to5Mac’s sources, Apple plans to cut the cord and offer OTA iOS updates just like Google’s Android and HP Palm’s webOS that have been offering this feature for quite sometime.
Multiple sources say the new feature will debut in iOS 5, meaning iOS 5 will not come over-the-air but following point updates to it will. Just like tethering in iOS 3, Apple has the technology but cannot just unleash it everywhere. Apple and Verizon Wireless are said to have been in talks over these wireless software updates since early this year. Sources could not comment on whether or not Apple is negotiating similar deals with AT&T or international iPhone carriers.
Apple already offers OTA iOS updates for Apple TV (2010) without needing iTunes so it looks like Apple has already been preparing to introduce this feature for other iOS devices.
It needs to be seen how Apple plans to implement this feature for iOS devices, as Apple also stores data backup of the iOS device on the computer. It doesn’t sound practical to save the backups in its new cloud based service. OTA iOS updates makes sense if updates are incremental, as it would not only reduce data usage but Apple also won’t need to worry about data backups.
It’s high time Apple cuts the cord. What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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