iTunes Leak Points to Automatic App Updating in iOS 5

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News Posted: Sun, Jun 5 2011 9:13 AM
It looks like Apple may be moving toward the possibility of automatic OTA updates of apps in iOS 5. Currently such updates have to be manually initiated, either via the App Store iOS app or by syncing with iTunes.

A MacRumors reader tipped the site to the fact that when asking iTunes to check an end users' app library for updates, the following line had been added to the My App Updates results page (since pulled):
Or if your device has Automatic Download enabled for apps, your updates will download to your device without having to sync.
That's not a feature of iOS 4.3, so it is likely one for iOS 5.0.

Android can optionally update apps on an Android device (unless a manual update is required because of a permissions change) so Apple is playing catch-up here. It's unclear if the setting would be app-by-app, as with Android, or overall.

The finding doesn't point to Apple yet offering OTA firmware updates, which was rumored earlier. In that way, iOS still lags behind both Android and (yes) Windows Phone.

Apple is expected to spotlight iOS 5, as well as iCloud and Mac OS X Lion on Monday during the WWDC 2011 keynote, at 10 a.m. PST.
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AKwyn replied on Sun, Jun 5 2011 5:22 PM

Sweet for those who wished for automated app updating.

Sucks for those who get discover that their app had some forbidden content on there and get pissed off when the update removes it.


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It certainly is about time. Though I don't understand how they can not have OTA firmware updates for these phones by now. I would assume this is because they want to phone to check in when a user requests a firmware update.

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I can do fine with manual updating, don't want it to auto update while you are using the internet and have to slow you down, and the fact that data is capped... You might want to download apps with your computer and transfer it over instead, so they better have options to not have it auto update.

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WNew replied on Mon, Jun 6 2011 12:23 PM

Looks like that might be a worthwhile update.

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It sounds like it is going to work similar to Android where you can mark the app to allow auto updating. Or they are going to have an option to allow auto updating across the board. I personally don't see how they would not have some type of option so things don't update automatically. Especially when like you said your data is capped.

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