Apple leaks its own iOS 5 automatic download feature with iTunes

It’s not every day Apple leaks its own features before they actually ship, or heck, before they even announce it to the public. But this time, things are just a little bit different. It seems that in preparing for the big announcement, Apple let it slip that automatic app downloads will be available in the very near future.

iTunes spilled the beans before Apple even had the chance to tell us just how awesome, great, and fantastic the feature may be at his point.

Here’s the key quote from iTunes:

If your device has Automatic Download enabled for apps, your updates will download to your device without having to sync.

Long story short, the feature will automatically download updates to your applications without having to sync your device or even manually update through the App Store. There’s obviously a good side and a bad side to this approach. The good side is that your apps are patched on the fly. The bad side is that your apps are patched on the fly. How many times have developers jumped the shark and gone from a free model to a freemium model with an app update? Personally I prefer to know what’s being updated, and why it’s getting an update before pulling the trigger on a patch.

Most people probably aren’t in the same boat as I am, but I can’t help but think that this could be a potential problem with the technology.

Article Via MacRumors

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