why are software updates so big?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by pavvento, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. pavvento macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2007
    After reading about some G1 updates and Storm updates that are available OTA I was wondering why Apple's iPhone updates are the entire OS (seemingly) and thus are way too big to be done OTA.
  2. ouimetnick macrumors 68020


    Aug 28, 2008
    Beverly, Massachusetts
    Good Point

    The reason Apple just issues a new version of the iPhone OS when there is an update is for people with lets say 1.1.4 and want 2.2! All they do is download the entire OS and it will replace 1.1.4 with everything from 2.0-2.2! Its like saying, oh i missed that update.
  3. nickspohn macrumors 68040


    Jun 9, 2007
    Well, it's a large OS because it was claimed as OSX. It's the whole software completely. Say if there was an issue, a full restore using the entire OS would clear of any software problems. It's just like reformating a computer. When i get a virus or have a bad problem, a reformat fixes the issue.

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