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iTunes Leaks 'Automatic Download' Over-the-Air Updates in iOS 5 [Updated]

In the days leading to WWDC, Apple's iTunes seems to have leaked a new feature that must be coming in iOS 5. A MacRumors reader discovered (and we verified) that when asking iTunes to check your app library for updates, iTunes' update page reveals a new feature for iOS devices. (Thanks Marcelo) The following line has been added to the My App Updates screen:
Or if your device has Automatic Download enabled for apps, your updates will download to your device without having to sync.
Such a setting doesn't exist in iOS at present, which suggests that you will be able to automatically get app updates to your device. Presently, users must either sync or download the updates themselves manually through the App Store app.

It also suggests that there is an Automatic Download setting for other items besides apps. Apple has been rumored to be making a push into over-the-air updates as well as some sort of wireless syncing. Rumors of AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule updates have also hinted at such a feature.

WWDC kicks off on Monday with a keynote from Steve Jobs who will detail Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud.

Update: Apple has removed the extra wording from the Updates page in iTunes.

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97 months ago

Who starts a sentence with "Or"?

Writers do.

Rating: 16 Votes
97 months ago
Sounds like a nice feature, as long as it doesn't impact battery life in a negative way.

Monday seems so far away.
Rating: 8 Votes
97 months ago
Sounds like a feature I'll keep turned off.

App devs have been known to remove features in new versions (*cough* TWITTER) or introduce bugs of death. I like to carefully review apps before I update them, and keep a backup of the previous version just in case.
Rating: 6 Votes
97 months ago
The last thing I want is "automatic" updating with iOS. I lost some great apps to so called "updates". I was luckily able to downgrade back to older versions of the apps because I had a Time Machine back up. If Apple offered a way to go back to previous versions of apps, I wouldn't mind auto updating. But now I am always wary of ANY updates to my iOS apps. Sometimes the developers change things and they really suck. Sometimes, so does Apple >cough<...QuicktimeX...>cough<
Rating: 6 Votes
97 months ago

Interesting feature.

But what's so hard about pressing "update all" when you are on wifi? No computer needed.

It's actually more like this:

1. Unlock iPhone, put in passcode (if set up)
2. Open App Store
3. Wait
4. Tap on Updates
5. Wait
6. Tap on "Update All"
7. Enter iTunes Password
8. Get kicked out of the App Store
9. Confirm that you are over 17 and can use App XYZ
10. If you only have one iTunes account, stop here.
11. Go to settings
12. Tap Store
13. Enter your other iTunes ID
14. Go to 2

Automatic App Updates would be more like

1. Connect to Wi-Fi
2. Wait for apps to automatically update
3. Done
Rating: 5 Votes
97 months ago

Seems interesting that the sentence in the leaked screenshot starts with "Or". Who starts a sentence with "Or"? A hoax perhaps?

"Or" is fine with me. It's a coordinating conjunction, so it's fine to start a sentence with it. Even if it weren't kosher, I think grammar should mostly serve to make communication clear.

But one thing that always gets my goat is that Apple never uses direct address commas! Drives me crazy! For example on the first iTunes Store page, it says "Welcome (name)," with no comma after "Welcome." Argggg, drives me crazy! Other sites like get it right. I've written to Apple about this, but writing to Apple is like trying to talk to the Wizard of Oz.
Rating: 4 Votes
97 months ago
I'm one of those control freaks and I like to be the one to determine if I want to update my apps. I'm hoping there be an option to disable this.

I've had my share of app updates that made the app worse, and unstable. I'd rather wait to see how others respond to a given update before taking the plunge
Rating: 4 Votes
97 months ago
I don't think I will enable it. I want to read update descriptions before updating. Unless they pop up under more awesome notifications with all the update descriptions.
Rating: 4 Votes
97 months ago
Never thought I'd want a weekend to pass by quicker.
Rating: 4 Votes
97 months ago

Nice ;)

Sounds like Apple is going wireless all the way!

Where did you get that from this story ? :confused:

Only sounds like Apple removed the need for the "Update All" button in the App Store app to me.

Ah....well, how is that an issue? Saves manually doing it.

What if... you want to continue browsing the store after clicking update ? I know, strange concept, not just wanting to do 1 update and wanting to actually do a couple of operations while not necessarily hitting update all...

Why even exit the app ? It is an annoyance. It's not like I want to go back in a hurry to the springboard to look at some scroll bars of apps updating/installing.

Not necessarily an issue. Just another thing that happens. (It is an issue if you are manually approving one update at a time - for each you have to re-load the app.)

Another issue is you should be able to flag an update as something you want to ignore so that it doesn't show up in the updates list anymore. If I don't want the "fix" or "new feature", the app shouldn't sticky in the updates with the red circle on the App Store app all the time.
Rating: 3 Votes

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