San Francisco – Apple (NASD: AAPL) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) Wireless have been
discussing offering over-the-air iPhone software updates since early this year,
and may introduce such a feature in a software update in the fall, 9to5 Mac
reported, citing multiple sources.

The sources could not comment on whether
AT&T or any of Apple’s international carrier partners are considering
similar moves.

The report noted that updates are currently upwards of 600MB,
but speculated that Apple may break these into incremental patches to alleviate
potential network strain.

It also speculates that Apple would create a
cloud-based iPhone backup in this case, instead of the current model where an
iPhone’s data is backed up to a computer before software is updated.


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