iTunes to Offer Automatic Over-the-Air Updates with iOS 5

With WWDC just around the corner, some of the new features offered by iOS 5 have started to leak. One of them is automatic over-the-air updates, to allow your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to automatically download and update your apps without having to do anything, or sync your device with your Mac or PC. The new feature, that briefly appeared on iTunes but has since then been removed, is one of the main capabilities users have been requesting since the launch of the iPhone. Until now, users had to go through a somewhat painful process to keep their apps up to date: sync or manually download the updates themselves.

Or if your device has Automatic Download enabled for apps, your updates will download to your device without having to sync.
A new setting available in the Settings app is expected to be made available when iOS 5 is released, to toggle the option on or off. While Steve Jobs’s keynote on Monday will be focused on Apple’s new cloud services, with the launch of iCloud, many expect the Apple CEO to also offer a sneak peak of iOS 5, a revamped version of iOS expected to be released later this Fall. [via MacRumors]