iPhone may get OTA software updates with iOS 5 release

iPhone may get OTA software updates with iOS 5 release
We live in a world where more and more stuff is starting to get done wirelessly. So why is it that every time your iPhone needs a software update, you have to hook it up to your computer? Well, it looks like the days of tethered iPhone updates may be coming to an end pretty soon, and Apple may be already working hard on it.

According to rumors circulating on the web, Apple is going to make iPhone users' lives a bit easier by enabling hassle-free, over-the-air updates. No more looking for the iPhone's USB cable anymore – software updates will be delivered straight to the smartphone over the carrier's cellular internet connection.  Android users, for example, have been enjoying that feature for ages so probably many have been wondering why Apple is not doing anything to make updates a bit more convenient.

If the rumors turn out to be true, OTA updates are very likely to be introduced as a part of iOS 5 when it launches later this year. Some say that Apple and Verizon are already negotiating the details around the feature, but there is no word about talks with AT&T or other carriers around the world just yet. It wouldn't be very kind of them to make OTA updates Verizon-exclusive now, would it? Anyway, we are hoping to learn more in about a month's time, on June 6, when Apple is going to host WWDC and hopefully give iOS 5's first preview.

source: 9to5 Mac

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33 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Is OTA updating exclusive to the iPhone? Or, all iOS devices running v. 5+? If limited to iPhone, that would suck.

2. Astreo

Posts: 105; Member since: May 05, 2011

maybe ipods can use the wifi but for iphones it would be nice in any coverage areas. what critical updates and features does an ipod need anyways?

3. Astreo

Posts: 105; Member since: May 05, 2011

Oh and as an android user i can say that OTA updates dont always work. on my old captivate for instance it wouldnt download at all and i had to find the updates online and move them to my phone.

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

indeed OTAS will depend on how stable your connection is, thats why its recommended using wifi at home

10. JeffdaBeat unregistered

They would definitely have to change the practice of the user having to download the entire OS over the air. They would have to do it in the way that OSX is updated, in small portions as the update becomes available. Of course when the OS switches entirely to the next version, you'd have to plug your phone in... Still, I think this is needed. There are a lot of folks out there who only update because iTunes randomly prompts them to do so. This would help people keep their devices up to date...even if they aren't tech wizards.

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

some updates are small, only entirely new versions update downloading the OS all over again, Ive seen small updates before, still a good idea to do it a a place you know your connection will be good

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

but personalty to me OTAS and cloud services are an important step when it comes to phones and tablets, unties your device completely from your computer making it completely standalone, you can decide not to have a PC/Mac at home, and yet get the latest your company provides you with

33. NVPMOTHA unregistered

I think that an iphone ota would definately be cool, but the bad thing about it is, with how large the update is, it would take forever if you didnt have sufficient coverage. On top of the coverage issue, you might not be able to update fully which would cause issues. I think that doing it tethered is a smarter way to ensure full update.

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

welcome to 2007, iphone users!!! I can hardly beleive.. first you get an update for MMS, then cut n paste.. now OTA updates!!! who woulda thought!! Sooo revolutionary! Im glad we waited for steve jobs to invent all that!! :) :) :) :) :)

24. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

oh rnt u funny, well how r those OTA updates treating u cause my iphone is on the current software, can u say that about ur android phone? probably 90% of people cant.

28. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

I just can't imagine Apple leave updates up to the carriers, mister Jobs controls every single detail about his baby.

4. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

I really need that for my iPad.

5. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

"...software updates will be delivered straight to the smartphone over the carrier's cellular internet connection." Will this charge against AT&T's 2GB of data? Hopefully, AT&T would make an exception for an iOS update to NOT count against your monthly data allowance.

6. android_hitman unregistered

i don't see why the wouldn't charge! they can't make exceptions .. the 2GB plan is part of your contract :( i am 99% sure that the evil corporation whould not make an exception

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

And I can guarantee that if the feature is introduced it'll be treated as exclusive innovation by Apple. "Reinventing updates. Again."

25. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

of course... becuause they probably will actually do it right... unlike android with everybody on different softwares

9. AppleFUD unregistered

but using iTunes is so much easier /s

15. AppleFUD unregistered

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13. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

NO NO NO NO. Let stupid android keep ota! Using itunes for your updates is one of the best things about the iphone. You get to pick when to do it. You use your home broadband connection not slow ass cellullar. You dont worry about how much battery charge is left. Remember all the android bricks because their battery was not at full charge.

16. derp unregistered

Android phones turn into bricks because their so called "updates" usually create more problems than they fix.

17. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

Plus the ota to android is very small to save the cell networks. Using itunes, apple can make the update large and it works.

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

1. your phone is probably soft bricked and fixing that is stupidly easy. 2. you can do updates thought cable and will download the whole package if you want it to, so OTA is just a bonus you get making the phone stand out by itself

20. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yes. Because Gingerbread with new Blur has caused SOOO many problems with my X. *rolls eyes*

18. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Oh, so THAT'S how you managed to brick 3 brand newnew DROID Xs in a row, Hawk? Here I just thought you were extraordinarily horrible with technology. Now I know that you were just too stupid to decline the update until you could plug the phone into the charger and/or get a wifi connection. Three times. In a row. Lol.

26. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

My x never bricked. Took shit vz n moto too long to get ota out. Say want u want, apple plain n simple has a better os.

27. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

But you DID somehow destroy 3 Droid Xs in a row. So if that's not your excuse, what is?

14. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

wow, Iphones didnt have OTA updates? I didn't think Apple was that far behind... EVERYONE ELSE. That's the only freakin' phone that requires you to plug into computer to download updates, even Blackberrys went OTA about a year or so ago, LMAO.

19. JPage unregistered

Yeah I'm sure Apple doesn't do OTA because their way behind everyone else please I'd rather update when I want and not have it pushed on my phone, can't stand people that go Android because they don't want to go mainstream, please Android just as mainstream as iOS everytime I look another cookiecutter Android phone comes out, talk about oversaturation.

21. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

If you've ever owned an Android phone you'd know that an OTA update can be delayed until you're ready for it.

29. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Oh yeah, because everyone loves downloading a 600+ megabyte software update over 3G

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