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Apple raises over-the-air app download limit to 100MB

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Apple raises over-the-air app download limit to 100MB
Wireless data speeds are getting faster and faster, especially with the expansion of LTE, so users can download bigger files with ease. With that in mind, Apple has quietly raised the App Store over-the-air download limit in iOS from 50MB to 100MB. There have been a lot of updates with iOS 7 and many changes that Apple didn't expressly talk about, and this is one of the latter.

For a long time, the over-the-air download limit on iOS was just 20MB. Then with iOS 5.1 which was released in March of 2012, Apple raised the limit to 50MB. Some expected Apple to raise the limit again with the introduction of the iPhone 5, which was the first LTE-capable iPhone, but instead Apple has waited until now to raise the limit again. 

Of course, iOS developers have been having more and more trouble keeping down app sizes because apps need to include assets for Apple's high-res Retina displays. Another issue could also be the move to a 64-bit processor with the iPhone 5s, because 64-bit apps are larger than their 32-bit cousins. For anything over 100MB you'll still need to be on Wi-Fi. 

source: CNET

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posted on 18 Sep 2013, 20:24 6

1. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


There shouldn't be any cap IMHO.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 20:32 3

2. darkkjedii (Posts: 10258; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


But remember some carriers have data caps bro.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 20:42 6

4. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Agreed, too many people would probably go over their limits without realizing it. Too easy to lose track of.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 20:51 4

6. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


But that is why we have data counters right.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 20:49 2

5. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


Just saying, as an option, let the user decide.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 21:05 3

7. Shatter (Posts: 1974; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Android lets you decide and just warns you its a large download.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 21:14 1

8. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


No, it doesn't.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 21:35 4

9. Shatter (Posts: 1974; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Yes it does Apple Fanboy. If I go on my phone and try to
download an app that is large it says exactly this:
"This app is very large. To avoid potential delays or extra data usage charges, use Wi-Fi only."

It then has a checkbox to use wifi only if you want to. Under that there are 3 options that say:
Cancel, Set up Wi-Fi and proceed. Upon pressing proceed it beings downloading dungeon hunter 4 over the mobile network which is .95GB but I have unlimited so it doesn't matter.

Just accept it already your iphone is an inferior product and stop spreading lies.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 21:54 1

10. Ninetysix (Posts: 1419; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Bro..can you even text animated GIFs on your android?

http://youtu.be/ep2VCcGn41Y

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 22:00

12. Shatter (Posts: 1974; Member since: 29 May 2013)


If you download quickpic and set it to the default photo viewer than yes. Its better than the stock gallery anyway.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 22:03 1

14. Ninetysix (Posts: 1419; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Quickpic will only let you view animated gifs. Your stock messaging app will still not be able to send animated gifs.Send one to yourself.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 22:04 2

15. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3930; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Yes, why wouldn't I? I can beam them as well.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 22:06 2

16. Ninetysix (Posts: 1419; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Because you can't. Send an animated gif to yourself or a friend via sms/txt. It's one of the features that I miss when I was on iOS. Can't get it to work on my S4 :(

feelsbadman

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 22:16 1

17. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3930; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Really? I've never had that problem, sometimes they take a while to load but I can receive and watch them, I've never sent any gifs except over NFC via Beam, so I don't know if that would work, but I can definitely receive them through text.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 22:27 1

22. jaychildz (Posts: 104; Member since: 31 May 2013)


i promise you this HTC one im holding can but whats the point of GIFs, can you send 7MB files to people on that apple with no comression? didn't think so!

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 07:13

30. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


What's that have to do with downloading large files? Completely different issue.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 22:25 3

21. jaychildz (Posts: 104; Member since: 31 May 2013)


That fool must not own anything android

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 08:49

32. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


OK noob. I have an android tab and a phone. Thats two more android devices than you'll ever have kid.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 11:12

34. jaychildz (Posts: 104; Member since: 31 May 2013)


Ha, sir I have so many phones it doesn't make sense. While you wonder if the one is better than the s4 I've owned both...my little brother is now an s4 owner. I'm fat from noob status , need a video? HTC hero, G1 HD2 SHIFT 3D EVO4G EVOLTE(black & white) HTCONE mytouch IPHONE(the first one) S2 S3 S4 iPhone4(black & white) I'm a 21 year old manager at finish line so money ifs no option and phones are nothing to me but you'll never see me with the 2012 in 2013 oh yea and I'm buying the MAX on release day. Yea so keep that noob ish to yourself.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 18:51

36. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


Calm down noob. No time to read your rant.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 08:44

31. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


Haha i know it does but whats the point? Android apps have compatibility, stability and spamware issues. Plus most big apps and games never make it to android or arrive very late. Even when they are compatible they don't look as great as their counterparts on iOS and then there's lag on almost all phones. I would rather download on wi-fi and have perfectly working, good quality, spam free app on a phone that doesn't rely on ads. Shattered noob.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 06:04

27. mohammed2222 (Posts: 29; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


yes , it does , apple fan boy .
android has millions of features which ios dos not .
android has more apps , more feature , better experience , and more customization .

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 08:51

33. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


Go download spyware and spamware and run benchmarks on your low grade, ad reliant, cheap cousin of symbian OS, fandroid.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 13:34

35. mohammed2222 (Posts: 29; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


and have a boring and bad OS such as ios ........

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 22:23 3

20. jaychildz (Posts: 104; Member since: 31 May 2013)


i download ROMs and full gig apps on my sprint LTE and never have to worry about a thing.

People if you don't have unlimited you don't have anything

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 22:52 2

24. Shatter (Posts: 1974; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Hes a lot like my neighbor who tried to tell me his iphone 4s was better than my Nexus 4 and that I should of bought an iphone because it has a quad core cpu with 4GB of ram and a "The best screen of every phone". I just laughed at him and walked away.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 23:37 1

25. jaychildz (Posts: 104; Member since: 31 May 2013)


They can't even give specs. WTF is retina, A7 & a bigger battery, i need numbers!

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 02:57

26. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1264; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


This is what I was talking about the other day. What started out as an argument about if android gives you the option to download large files over mobile networks. Suddenly it switched to if androids can send animated GIFs in texts (if you don't understand how the argument went from the former to the latter, don't feel bad, I don't see what they have to do with each other either). Then it denegrated into name calling and the usual bs.

I didn't open this story to get into stupid arguments, I genuinely never knew that the iphone had an app download limit on mobile networks, and wanted to know more. And apparently knowledge is the Nemesis of the comments section these days. Sorry, continue with recess.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 07:01

29. Shatter (Posts: 1974; Member since: 29 May 2013)


They can send gifs but you need a different photo viewer that supports them because Google wants gifs to die.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 06:27 1

28. tedkord (Posts: 4416; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Not all iPhone users are that dumb. But I know one who insisted that his iPhone 4 was 4g, and the only reason he didn't get 4g was Verizon didn't have 4g in our area. He actually said that the 4 in the name meant 4g.

I just whipped out my Verizon phone and showed him the LTE signal indicator in the status bar. He still insisted his iPhone 4 was a 4g phone.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 20:35 1

3. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


All fine and dandy... Except most people have data caps. Being able to download larger files means little if people aren't willing to do it for fear of overages.

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