iTunes Leaks Automatic App Syncing Feature on iOS 5 in Run Up to WWDC Event

June 4, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

As you all know, the Apple-hosted WWDC will get underway this Monday – that is just a few hours away. The run up to the event is already evoking an astounding sense of enthusiasm among iFans all over. Even as we stay tuned for the gathering to begin business, a leak has brought to the fore a new feature that the upcoming iOS 5 will bring along.

The leak on iTunes’ update page provides us with a hint to a new automatic app syncing in iTunes that the new iOs 5 will carry with it. Now, that means that’s a first by all means. The writing on the iTunes wall  clearly states:

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

Those who are regulars in this terrain know that a feature of such a kind does not exist in iOS 4.3. You must be aware that the existing scenario calls for users to either sync or download the updates themselves manually through the App Store app. Let us also tell you, the document that leaked has been pulled already, but not before the tech press knew about it.

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As per the revelation, a device can be enabled for Automatic Download to get apps – both purchased and direct ones – without linking through iTunes. That reminds us of Apple’s plans to usher in wireless syncing, and also earlier speculations that spoke of AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule updates that dropped hints of such a feature that was being lined up.

We might get to know about all these in detail this Monday when the curtains go up on WWDC. Stay with us.

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