iOS code hints at over-the-air firmware updates via 3G

One of the features that must be enabled before iOS devices are truly "PC-Free" is the ability to perform firmware updates over the air (OTA) regardless of where you may be. 9 to 5 Mac is reporting that a detailed look at the iOS 5 Beta 2 SDK produced solid evidence of OTA firmware updates using Wi-Fi or 3G networks.

Hidden deep in the bowels of iOS 5 are several text strings that refer to 3G download errors. For example, one states that "This update requires a Wi-Fi or 3G connection to download," while another warns the user if the iOS device doesn't have enough battery power to download a full update: "This update requires at least %i%% battery, and 500 MB of available storage." The OTA update will not begin unless a specified battery charge level and 500 MB of storage is available.

This is one iOS 5 feature that I'm really looking forward to -- not having to do a slow backup and update while my iPhone or iPad is connected to the iMac. Readers, what's your take on 3G OTA firmware updates? Leave your comments below.

iOS code hints at over-the-air firmware updates via 3G originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 27 Jun 2011 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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