Apple’s next major software update for iOS devices, iOS 5, could deliver over-the-air updates for Verizon iPhone according to a new rumor. 9to5 Mac recently claimed that multiple sources have confirmed that Apple has been in talks with Verizon since early this year to enable iPhone 4 users to receive OTA updates. This move would obviously eliminate the need to connect to iTunes for frequent iOS updates.
The technology to send over-the-air updates already exists. Many smartphone platforms like BlackBerry, Android and WebOS already provide this feature and Apple could be looking at introducing it as a future upgrade during iOS 5 software cycle.
One of the main reasons why Apple’s devices need to be connected to the computer before upgrade is that all contents on your phone are first backed up and then the update procedure is carried out. iOS 5 is widely rumored to introduce cloud services which could enable users to backup the contents on the cloud and thus allow Apple to eventually enable over-the-air updates.
In addition to the back up and music locker service, many believe that Apple will revamp the notification system in iOS 5 and come up with a more seamless and non-obtrusive method.
iOS 5 is expected to be announced during WWDC 2011 however, we might not hear about iPhone 5 / iPhone 4S / iPhone 4G during this years conference. Apple’s fifth gen iPhone is rumored to be scheduled for announcement during fall and will probably coincide with the annual iPod event.
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