Latest iPhone iOS 5 beta pushed to devs "over the air"

By on July 22, 2011, 8:41 PM

In an iDevice first, the latest development release of iOS (iPhone OS 5 Beta 4) is being pushed to developers wirelessly by Apple. OTA (over the air) updates are certainly not new: Android, Blackberry and WP7 users all currently enjoy this convenience. However, this is the first OTA update provided by Apple since they first enabled the feature in iOS 5 Beta 2 nearly a month ago.

The new feature will send iOS updates via both cellular data network (3G) and Wi-Fi (802.11x) to Apple's entire mobile line-up, including the iPhone 3GS (or newer), iPad (or newer) and iPod Touch (third generation and up). Updates beamed out to devices through cellular wireless are said to be delta patches only. Delta patches are updates containing only the differences between versions, thereby creating smaller path files and conserving bandwidth. As a result, users downloading updates through 3G are expected to be limited to incremental updates only (eg. iOS 5.0 to 5.1, but not to 5.0 to 5.3). Users who connect to their own wireless at home or in the office will receive the full updates OTA from Apple.

Currently, there are developer reports suggesting devices are not being updated properly without manually checking for software updates first. You can find this setting under Settings > General > Software Updates. Meanwhile, developers who have problems with OTA updates can still play with the new "iTunes Sync" feature which allows for wireless synchronization with iTunes.

The final version of iOS 5 is expected to drop this fall and brings a plethora of new features to iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches. You can find a thorough list of changes and features for iOS 5 Beta 4 here.




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mevans336 mevans336 said:

Hi Apple. Welcome to 2005, we've been waiting for you!

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

mevans336 said:

Hi Apple. Welcome to 2005, we've been waiting for you!

This made me smile.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I hope the next version of the iPhone is made available in suppository. That way, the proud owners could stick it up their a**es, and be able to pay attention to where they're driving their 6000 pound SUVs. (While still making the most sense they ever have, by talking out their a**).

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

It would make sense to make those post-PC comments AFTER you release this version of iOS OTA, not before when, you know, you need to hook up your iDevice to your PC to sync using iTunes.

fimbles fimbles said:

Say goodbye to your jailbreaks boys

Leeky Leeky said:

I hope the next version of the iPhone is made available in suppository. That way, the proud owners could stick it up their a**es, and be able to pay attention to where they're driving their 6000 pound SUVs. (While still making the most sense they ever have, by talking out their a**).

You sound jealous!

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

+1 CC

Couldn't have said this any better.

kuhva said:

captaincranky said:

I hope the next version of the iPhone is made available in suppository. That way, the proud owners could stick it up their a**es, and be able to pay attention to where they're driving their 6000 pound SUVs. (While still making the most sense they ever have, by talking out their a**).

Thats cheap for an SUV....

(sorry a British Citizen here :P0

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