With iOS 5, some OTA updates can be handled through 3G

With iOS 5, some OTA updates can be handled through 3G
After combing though the iOS 5 SDK, the 9to5Mac crew discovered that some OTA firmware updates can now be handled via a 3G connection instead of requiring you to be hooked up to Wi-Fi. This is part of Apple's plan to make its iOS devices completely free of PC contact. There is a caveat and it is that not all updates will be able to get handled over 3G. It seems that some "point" updates, like iOS 5.1.1 might be able to get downloaded through a 3G connection, while iOS 5.1 might still require Wi-Fi. Or, perhaps 5.1 could be squeezed through 3G pipelines while iOS 6 will require you to have a Wi-Fi signal.

Although unconfirmed, it appears that it will be up to an individual carrier to decide whether or not it will allow an OTA update to be allowed through its precious pipeline. One interesting feature that Apple has set up allows the the update process to start only if the user has enough battery life and storage to handle the entire download. The Cupertino based firm wants you to have 500MB in open storage for each "Delta" update. A "Delta" update is one where only the changes and new code are sent instead of the entire program.

While Apple has not officially made any announcement about updating over 3G, at WWDC Apple's Senior VP of  iPhone software, Scott Forstall, had mentioned that no longer would a computer hookup be required for an iOS update. But nothing was said about whether such an OTA update would require Wi-Fi or could use 3G even though the slide on the screen at the time showed a 3G powered Apple iPhone. And while we still await official word from Cupertino, at least we now have an idea about which OTA updates can be downloaded using 3G.

source: 9to5Mac

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Some smaller "point" OTA updates can now be installed on the Apple iPhone over a 3G connection


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43 Comments

1. TDroid21

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 04, 2011

Wow!! That is quite a nice move by apple on a new ios faeture.. How is google going to counter apple's move? Let's see waht google will bring on teh table..

3. zealcrest

Posts: 7; Member since: May 23, 2011

Lol Android has been doing OTA's for quite sometime now so they dont need to counter they are just going to keep bringing new stuff to *teh* table

10. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

He's trolling that was supposed to be sarcasm. Fail for you both lol.

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Since iOS people want all these android features in iOS5, why not just get an android. Why get the pretender when you can have the throne?

4. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

And yet, most of those features in Android are so half baked that they aren't even worth having.

7. mfrapp20

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

@The_Miz such as?

9. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Such as this article. It talks about how Apple built in safe guards to make sure there's enough battery and memory so you won't brick your phone which happens to a lot of android users with ota.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

actually, that doesnt happen to a lot of android users. Android has been checkin battery levels and signal before OTA since at least android 2.0.

15. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Be careful now. Don't want the Fandroids to blow a fuse lol at such true comments.

24. TOdoubleD

Posts: 114; Member since: Mar 28, 2011

You really just don't have any idea what your talking about.

26. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Keep telling yourself that if it makes your tugboat float

14. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Notifications, widgets, browser, etc. Things iOS can pull off effectively when used by Apple.

19. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

can you explain further? I would like to hear about that

27. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

I can explain it over and over, but it won't change anything because Fandroids can't accept that their OS is half baked in some areas.

32. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Why not give an answer and just judge the person making the question? Saying that any Os is fully perfect is not the way to go, and don't come with the "lag " as your only argument, it would like to hear something that's not calling people names

39. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

let me ask you a question...Was notifications better on iOS before iOS5?Which one was it better on: Android or iOS 4 and earlier?How can you mention notifications being half baked on Android....when it wasnt better on iOS until iOS5?

41. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

not better jroc.. an EXACT COPY of Android Notifications in iOS5. Now, will google sue the daylights out of apple for it? If Apple can sue Samsung over how widgets look, i sure as heck hope Google goes after Apple for copying their OS so blatantly

8. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

And you're trolling on yet another Apple article. I think I understand you better now. You're on t mobile and CAN'T have the iPhone. You've become very bitter as we can all see.

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol, actually i wanted to bait you into making stupid comments to entertain me. Thanks for playing. :) Just as a point of note, there are over 1 million iphones on tmobile. Tmobile has had its own iphone tech team through phone cust service for quite some time. And if rumors are correct, we will have the upgraded iphone 4S with the bigger camera and processor by fall. And even then, I still wouldnt buy one. Why take a step back in tech and features? You iBots have no idea how many neat features your missing, and I'm not about to give them up. The samsung hercules which is an oversized Galaxy2 will release about the same time with more power, features, and the ability to go the whole way to 42mb/s... again, if the rumors are right.

13. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I've used android so I'm fully aware of features I'm missing. Majority I don't want such as widgets. T-Mobile doesn't do 42 Mbps that's theoretical. Real world speeds are about 4.

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol, if you want to beleive that, go ahead. I get more than 4 on my 3g vibrant. I get way more than that on my 4g LG Slate, and ive seen our aircards that can hit that theoretical max hit well into the high 20's pretty regularly. just because u cant hit it, doesnt mean no one else can.

16. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

There's a lot of bs coming from this. Galaxy S2 will as usual take forever getting updates just like the half baked Galaxy S did. I rather have features missing from an iDevice than to have a half assed effort on the Android device. Lol, more power, features, etc. Yeah right, good luck having your phone to yourself because it'll be loaded with some apps just for you Fandroids.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

The galaxyS was one of the first devices to get the 2.3 update. The US galaxyS variants are held up by carriers. That is neither Google's nor Samsung's fault. Ive been running 2.3 for quite a while now on my galaxyS. I wonder where you ibots get ur facts? iRetorts.com?

28. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Uh, no. Sasung sat on their asses for months with the Froyo update.

42. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

The euro galaxyS got the update like 3 or 4 months before america did. Samsung took its time at first but then only got held up by american carriers when it started rolling it out

20. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

well the Verizon iPhone cant use new features added, so maybe carriers have something to do after all

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i dont know how it is in the rest of the world, but in america carriers have final say on everything that goes on the phones.. updates included. That was the original reason VZW turned down the iphone way back when because apple refused to let VZW control features and such and VZW refused to allow a phone on its network that it couldnt control. the update must pass google, then the manufacturer, then finally the carrier. If it doesnt pass one of these, its sent back until it passes all. That is honestly the biggest reason android updates are so far behind sometimes.

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I buy Unlocked Phones.... so I cant really tell either.... I get the phone I want and a discount on my plan for bringing my phone to my company around 20% for a year ;D I go to websites check reviews, ask people who had it, read news and efforts from company to remain relevant, then I make my purchase, so far so good and hopefully my probably GS2 wont let me down when I decide to get it, waiting for overall impressions... so far its looking good

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

so far its lookin really good. :) im waiting to get my paws on one myself.. gonna be a while though :(

25. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Verizon already officially confirmed that Apple never approached them with an offer to carry the iPhone.

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