updated 09:30 am EDT, Mon March 23, 2009
iPhone dnld. cap dying?
An arbitrary size limit on cellular app and podcast downloads could disappear with the release of the iPhone 3.0 firmware, a developer suggests. Although iPhone owners are currently able to stream audio and video podcasts without restriction, a 10MB limit exists on individual files obtained through EDGE or 3G, rendering all but the shortest podcasts inaccessible on the road. Using the iPhone 3.0 beta however, a developer says he has been able to download a 138MB Diggnation episode.
If the limit is in fact being lifted, the change may be related to an increase in 3G speeds for future iPhones, which could see the throttle pushed as high as 7.2Mbps in select areas supported by carriers like AT&T. In most places, the iPhone and other 3G devices are limited to a maximum of 3.6Mbps, though AT&T has said that many cell towers can be upgraded simply through software.