Apple iPhone 5 Updates Over-the-Air: iOS 5 Feature?

The Apple iPhone 5 continues to be the subject of everybody’s lips despite uncertainty about when it may appear and also the possibility of two new iPhones coming. The latest news is about the possibility of the iPhone 5 featuring over-the-air updates as this could well be a capability of iOS 5.

We’ve discussed the possible beta release of iOS 5.0 at WWDC next month and whether or not the new Apple iCloud service will feature on the iPhone 5 and now the possibility of over-air updates coming to the next-generation iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch will please a lot of people. This would means that users would not need to plug their iOS devices into a computer to receive future software updates. This method has been available to Android smartphone users for some time and many feel it’s about time it came to the iPhone.

Over on 9to5Mac a report by Mark Gurman tells how sources say that this over-the-air feature will make it’s appearance in iOS 5 so although this update would not come over-the air, updates from then on would. However it seems that this may be available only to Verizon iPhone users as Verizon Wireless has been in talks with Apple about these wireless updates. It is not yet known whether AT&T has also been in discussions about providing this service. Gurman notes that to make future updates more manageable for over-the-air provision, it would be necessary for updates to be smaller and more frequent and says the plans also point to the likelihood of a Cloud-based backup system.

There’s also a take on this from Paul Lamkin on Pocket-Lint who reckons the likelihood of the OTA updates coming to just Verizon iPhones and not those on AT&T or other carriers, is slim. We agree that it would be more likely that Apple would provide this capability across all carriers. What are your thoughts on this? Are you ready for OTA updates on your next iPhone, or other iOS device? Let us know with your comments.