Apple Increases App Download Limit to 50 MB Over Cellular Network

Apple increases app download limit to 50 MB over cellular network

Apple has increased the 20 MB app download limit to 50 MB when connected to a cellular network. This comes as a surprise, as it was not announced during today's event alongside the new iPad.

Previously, when connected to a 3G network, if you attempted to download an app the was over 20 MB, a popup would appear instructing you to connect to a Wi-Fi network in order to download. Now, that warning only appears when the app is over 50 MB -- which is a huge app; or, it used to be. Soon we'll be seeing Retina display iPad graphics included in universal apps, which could easily make even rather modest apps reach 50 - 60 MB.

Since the new iPad will be available with 4G LTE connectivity, the size increase makes perfect sense -- for LTE. Including 3G with the size increase is the cherry on top. Let's just hope it's enough. Those of us with capped data plans will just need to pay a little more attention to our monthly usage as app size increases.

Source: AppAdvice

Leanna Lofte

Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.

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Apple Increases App Download Limit to 50 MB Over Cellular Network

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Cool now I can get to my throttled speed faster now, they keep giving us more features to suck up data and the cell company takes away the features by saying use wifi.

Including 3G is the cherry on top?! I'd say it's too late and not enough, even for 3G. 50MB considered a very big file on 3G? We're way past that.