“Apple has long used the proxy of iTunes to push updates to its iOS devices: when a new software update is available, users need to plug their device in via USB, click update, and the new software version is downloaded and installed,” Mark Gurman reports for 9 to 5 Mac.
“Now, Apple… is preparing to provide over-the-air iOS updates, starting this fall.”
“Multiple sources (one as far back as March) say the new feature will debut in iOS 5, meaning iOS 5 will not come over-the-air but following point updates to it will,” Gurman reports. “Just like tethering in iOS 3, Apple has the technology but cannot just unleash it everywhere. Apple and Verizon Wireless are said to have been in talks over these wireless software updates since early this year. Sources could not comment on whether or not Apple is negotiating similar deals with AT&T or international iPhone carriers. The iOS-based AppleTV has been able to update itself without iTunes intervention so the hooks are obviously in iOS.”
Read more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]