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Apple bumps 3G/4G wireless download limit to 50 MB

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In preparation of larger apps tailored to take advantage of the third generation iPad's Retina Display, Apple more than doubled the over-the-air download limit for music and app purchases made on devices running iOS 5.1.

The launch of Apple's third-generation iPad on Wednesday brought with it a new version of iOS that, along with a bevy of new features, increases the cell data download cap of music and apps to 50MB, up from the previous 20MB limit.

Apple presumably made the change to cope with upcoming iPad apps that will be comparatively larger than current offerings due to the new tablet's high resolution Retina Display.

During Wednesday's special event, Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller noted that while existing apps would have no problem scaling to the new tablet's 2,048-by-1,536 pixel display, app makers could "do even more" to get their software to look better. He added that the process would be similar to the changes developers made when the first Retina Display was introduced in the iPhone 4.

The raised mobile data cap not only affects purchases made through the App Store, but is a system-wide rule that allows iTunes customers to download large media files up to the same 50MB limit.

Any device running iOS 5.1 can take advantage of the relaxed data restriction.


Wireless download limits have been raised to 50MB in iOS 5.1.


It is unclear how large the average Retina-capable iPad app will be, but Apple is apparently estimating that sizes will be larger than the previous 20MB limit. This is in line with one developer's guess, who in a previous report said that it would be difficult for app makers to respect a 20MB limit while coding for such a high resolution display.

Due to the newly implemented cap, iOS 5.1 users should be aware that wireless downloads over 20MB will start without displaying the familiar pop-up warning to switch to Wi-Fi.

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http://www.pcworld.com/article/25136...mb_to_4gb.html

Should have at least match 4GB
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/25136...mb_to_4gb.html

Should have at least match 4GB

What does your post have to do with this story?
Application max size vs. downloadable max file size?
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What does your post have to do with this story?
Application max size vs. downloadable max file size?

Everything. Read.
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Agreed. +1
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Everything. Read.

Your post has nothing to do with the article. You're talking about the maximum size of apps to be submitted to the App Store.

The article is talking about the maximum size allowed to ANY files downloaded over 3G. They have nothing to do with one another.
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Still unlimited on jailbroken iPhones!
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Still unlimited on jailbroken iPhones!

I don't think it's so much as a problem for most people, just that Apple is deciding (quite rightly) that most people would like to be alerted when the app size is too large to download over 3G. Not only would you take out a significant chunk of your data cap, it would also take longer to download than over WiFi.
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This story is wrong. It has nothing to do with updating to IOS 5.1. The new limit applies to 5.0.1 as well. It's a change in the server behavior and has nothing to do with the client.
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This story is wrong. It has nothing to do with updating to IOS 5.1. The new limit applies to 5.0.1 as well. It's a change in the server behavior and has nothing to do with the client.

How come I can circumvent this by jailbreaking and instaling 3g enabler. I think this should be user decideble what you want to do. Tether via iphone and download 2GB via 3G.... no problemo. download 30 Mb on that same phone, Cant do that!!! Seriously retarded.

Why cant you just switch of the cap if you dont like it (without jailbreaking)!!!!!! Atleast let the USER decide if he/she wants to change the cap.
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