By Ed Oswald | Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 11:55 am
Yesterday, there was news that Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion” may be delivered through the Mac App Store. That may not be the only delivery method for updates that Apple may soon be changing. 9to5Mac reports that Verizon and Apple are working to bring over-the-air updates to iOS 5 after its release this fall.
The site’s sources could not confirm if the Cupertino company was working on a similar deal with AT&T.
Given that Android already does updates in this manner, the basic idea is nothing new. But it does take iTunes further out of the equation, long a necessary evil for iPhone owners (and now, iPadders too). Once updates come over-the-air, there’s almost no reason anymore to sync.
Music? Buy it from your phone. Downloading apps? They’ve been delivered that way. The only thing not done yet is backups — but with all Apple’s rumored work “in the cloud,” that might not be too far off either.
Indeed, when you update, iTunes does perform a backup: this likely means that some method would need to be settled upon just in case something goes wrong. Also, Apple would need to innovate a bit — most updates now are nearly a half-gigabyte. Those updates would have to become much, much smaller if the carriers are going to agree to this.
May this lead Apple to deliver more frequent, smaller updates? That’s a possible solution. Another is do it like its done with FaceTime: require a Wi-Fi connection.