iOS 5 rumor: Apple to offer automatic App Store app updates

Thanks to a hint in iTunes it seems as if Apple has unintentionally intentionally let us in on a little secret. iOS 5 is just around the corner, with WWDC launching in a couple of days time. So far we’re not 100% sure on everything, but we know that the cloud – dubbed iCloud – will be a major part of the upgraded experience. The cloud is predicted to offer a music streaming service alongside current MobileMe features (email, contacts and calendar sync, iDisk).

One relatively recent rumor was that Apple has been working on a deal with Verizon to enable over-the-air updates to iOS. The latest addition to this is that iOS 5 could offer a new ‘Automatic Download’ service for all apps purchased in the App Store. Essentially, instead of having to access the App Store manually, your apps would update themselves as soon as a newer release is available. I for one, would be glad of this change. A quote from the updates page reads:

“Or if your device has Automatic Download enabled for apps, your updates will download to your device without having to sync.”

As of yet, this feature does not exist within iOS. What are your thoughts on this? Personally, I’m tired of having to keep accessing my App Store app to get updates, this will make the process much easier. You have to ask though, with iOS becoming much more data-centric, will carriers be forced to bring back an unlimited plan? My current 500MB limit is starting to appear a little tight.

Via: MacRumors

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  • Volas

    For the most part it would be fine, but I sort of like updating them myself. The reason why is because what if someone is waiting to use an App like TomTom and they have to wait for the update to finish and TomTom takes a longtime. It can ruin someones day.

  • Jamie

    the updates file sizes would have to be small, a 300 mb would b a pain in the neck to update over the air, plus everytime I update an app, without doing it through iTunes, it considerably slows the phones performance. cant imagines how it would be with an actual iOS update! I’m fine with synching through iTunes

  • Mrd1

    Why is this article even listed? It is dated June 4, 2011. Today’s date is 11/16/2011.