Possible iPhone 5 OTA Updates Like Android: Problematic

The next Apple smartphone aka iPhone 5 or 4S whatever it will be called could possibly feature OTA (Over the Air) updates.

You all know how it works when there is a new iOS update, you have to plug your iPhone into your computer to initiate the update via iTunes, so it stands to reason that Apple updates should be completed like Android phones via OTA. Apple listen up and follow the path of Android, come on you know it will work.

According to Mashable by way of 9to5 Mac there is a report that the next-generation iPhone suspected to be released in September 2011 could have this new feature. The report suggests that Apple and Verizon Wireless have been chatting to provide the over-the-air updates, wonder if AT&T will come on board?

Apple will have to make massive changes to its system if this is to happen on the iPhone 5, for example the new iOS 4.3.3 download is now available and that is a big 662.3 MB, plugging the iPhone into your computer makes this a fairly fast download. Downloading 662.3 MB via 3G or 4G is going to be considerably longer to download and install, it would be great news if Apple allows downloads via WiFi connection.

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3 thoughts on “Possible iPhone 5 OTA Updates Like Android: Problematic”

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    David says:

    OTA updates would likely be against Apple's core principles, Apple insists on their software being downloaded "in completion" for a reason – to avoid lots of little updates interfering with each other, stopping some people installing one update and not another… This means that they are able to deliver an incredibly stable operating system.

  2. I do not see any major issues with updating the way it is right now but I think Wireless updates would be a better way of updating. A 600+ MB file for updates would cause a lag on the phone and would slow down the AT&T and Verizon networks to facilitate that. If they do offer this feature, I would recommend the wireless update and not the over the 3G and 4G networks. It is also not so critical to get these updates that you cannot wait to get home to plug in or even stop off at a Starbucks or some other wireless location to update.

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