iPhone users can now download bigger apps & games over cellular

iPhone users can now download bigger apps & games over cellular
Apple has never been a fan of large file downloads over data, but this week the Cupertino giant has unexpected upped its cellular download limit for iPhones and iPads to 200MB from the previous cap of 150MB.

The move means iOS users are now free to download bigger apps and games from the App Store. Larger files such as films can also be downloaded from the iTunes Store, in addition to video podcasts. 

The idea behind Apple’s download limit is that it stops users from accidentally eating up all of their data allowance. But with no override option and in a world where most people either have unlimited data or lots of it, a 200MB limit really doesn’t make much sense.

It’ll also be interesting to see what Apple does next year when it launches the first 5G iPhones and data consumption suddenly rockets. After all, the faster data speeds mean you’ll be able to download a Full-HD movie in just 10 seconds, but if Apple doesn’t remove its download cap, you won’t even be able to start the download, ultimately limiting one of 5G's biggest benefits.

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13 Comments

1. cmdacos

Posts: 3973; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Fossilized idealism. Thanks for never making your phone truly your own, Apple. Daddy Timmy knows best for you...

12. TheOracle1

Posts: 2151; Member since: May 04, 2015

"It just works!" No it doesn't. I completely forgot about this dumb restriction. What it tells me is how stupid Apple know their users are.

2. User123456789

Posts: 677; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

User should always have choice .... I know people that no longer has home internet, just use mobile data.

3. KingSam

Posts: 1402; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

This limit triggered me so hard one day. I hate it. It's MY DATA. And when that's all I have access to in some situations it can be frustrating.

4. civicsr2cool

Posts: 262; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

If you aren't jailbroken: Start download, set date to 30+ days in advance, wait for download to finish, reset automatic time and date. (if you get notifications during this time you will royally f**k up your future notifications until teh date that you set earlier) If you are jailbroken: install unrestricter, select all apple processes, profit.

7. Valdomero

Posts: 662; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I've done it, and I don't open any app like Whatsapp or FB until I set back to auto date. During those download times I've received notifications but opened none of them.

5. Be_Mine

Posts: 219; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

50Mb worth of extra Courage from Apple to iFans.

6. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

There is a toggle in Settings menu: just make it "off" by default and warn the user when turned on. And implement (or allow 3rd party) data cap functions/apps.

8. oldskool50

Posts: 968; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Not needed on Android. I've downloaded full ISO images from Microsoft with zero issues. Enjoy your limited bubble!

9. XyAzario

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 15, 2019

That's on a browser, not app/play store.

11. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You waste no chance to prove your stupidity...

10. Dadler22

Posts: 238; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

That has been baked into iOS ever since the original iPhone and you can thank AT&T for that.

13. Menageryl

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 25, 2019

As much as this limitation irks me and those few people that need to NOT be limited like this, I DO wish people would wake the F* up and realise their cushy 1st-world experiences aren’t the standard the world exists on! In my neck of the woods the average smartphone user buys data in 50MB units. Think about that for a second and then realise how serious an unexpected 200MB download would be for such users. Again - I’m not arguing FOR this kind of restriction - I’m always (mostly) keen on more choice. I’m just saying that not everyone everywhere has the same experiences or equal technological footing.

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