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.