Automatic over the air (OTA) iOS updates could be on the way to Apple devices, rumours suggest, as Apple prepares to lift the lid on the latest version of the iKit operating system tonight.
According to MacRumours, evidence of the new feature showed up when a reader checked his app library for updates - only to be presented with an update page with a new line of text (underlined in red below).
The copy only explicitly refers to app updates. But the opaque wording does raise the possibility that Apple could finally implement OTA updates for its operating system too, removing the need to use iTunes on a desktop/lappy/tablet to bump your phone up to the new version of Apple's software.
This would bring iPhones in line with Android smartphones, which have offered OTA updates since time immemorial.
News of Apple’s plans for its ecosystem come as mobile maven Eldar Murtazin today claimed via Twitter that the WWDC event will also bring carrier app billing to iPhones.
In the event that Murtazin is correct, this would mean that application purchases would be automatically added to users’ monthly bill from their networks, negating the need to pay for titles individually at the point of purchase.
The WWDC is also widely expected to mark the debut of the much-touted all-new iCloud streaming and music management service and may yet give us our first glimpse of the iPhone 5.