How “Wireless” Really Are iOS Software Updates?

November 23, 2011
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Earlier last week, iOS users began to update to version 5.0.1. The newer version of iOS 5 is supposed to give increased battery life to the iPhone family. However, for some users, that was clearly not the case. Some of the issues were:

Cannot Update Without Wi-Fi

Cannot Check for Update

Cannot Install Update

Clearly, there are a few flaws in the iOS over-the-air updating system. However, these problems didn’t happen to everyone, but a good deal of people were experiencing some updating errors.

In addition to these errors, some also observed that one cannot update the device without being connected to Wi-Fi.  Apple’s main reason for doing this is not to annoy the heck out of you. The iOS 5.0.1 update file is bigger than 50 MB all by itself. If you don’t have unlimited data, that update will be taking a huge chunk out of your limit. On the other hand, if you do have unlimited data and you’re out and about, don’t expect to be getting this update until you get back to Wi-Fi.

Wrap-Up

Now that iOS allows for over-the-air updating, this is not much of a deciding factor in the Android vs. iOS competition. However, we have seen a few flaws in the iOS updating process in addition to the Wi-Fi mumbo jumbo. Finally, if you think this is a flaw in iOS, check out other security flaws that iOS reportedly comes with.

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