MacRumors has discovered a new addition to the iTunes App Store update page and that is a new sentence hinting at an upcoming feature called Automatic Download. The greater meaning of Automatic Download is not completely clear at this point but it seems as if Apple will give iOS users the option to have their iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch automatically download and install App Store app updates. The leak also hints at this being an option, so perhaps Apple has an iOS update up its sleeve for an imminent release.
Or if your device has Automatic Download enabled for apps, your updates will download to your device without having to sync.
Right now, users have to open the App Store app and manually pick and choose (or click update all) every time they want to update an app. The new sentence, quoted above, has appeared roughly three months prior to the rumored public release of iOS 5. Either Apple is just testing out some of their new iOS 5 literature, or Apple will be making this Automatic Download feature available to the public as soon as next week. Apple, afterall, will be talking the cloud and iOS on Monday at WWDC.
The phrasing of the new sentence does seem to be hinting at just more than App Store apps. This may be the first hint from Apple at their plans to deliver over-the-air iOS software updates and a new iOS software update solution via a new version of the Time Capsule and AirPort Extreme.
The previous wording can be seen below:
- Apple to offer automatic App Store app updates in iOS with ‘Automatic Download’ (9to5mac.com)
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- Twitter integrated into iOS 5 with MediaStream? (9to5mac.com)
- Official: Steve Jobs to unveil iCloud, iOS 5, and Lion June 6 at WWDC (9to5mac.com)
- Twitter’s gone native with photos. Apple to go native with Twitter? (9to5mac.com)
- Apple goes after app4mac company, forces to change names (9to5mac.com)
- Duke Nukem Forever likely arriving to iOS (9to5mac.com)
- Apple now field-testing iOS 5 with App Store applications (9to5mac.com)
- iWork hits iPhone/iPod touch ahead of WWDC (9to5mac.com)