Apple and its software can be many things, but being open to options is another thing. Perhaps that has been the Apple way since the beginning. I bet most of you don’t remember but the original iPhone had a camera but it couldn’t shoot video. Yes, that’s right. Even today, a simple drag and drop with files on an iPhone are impossible without a third-party application. Similarly, when it comes to the App Store on its cellular devices, there is a download cap for downloads over data. To be more precise, previously there was the 150 MB limit of downloads off the App Store. According to a report on TechCrunch Now, Apple has “graciously” increased the cap to 200 MB.
Now, while this may not seem like a big deal, it can prove to be. Its all about perspective to be honest. Firstly we look at the consumer’s perspective. While it may be a bit difficult for North Americans or some Europeans to understand but in many countries in Asia, there are unlimited Cellular Data packages for rates under 10$. That’s right. For these people, an increased limit is a blessing. Although a 50 MB difference isn’t quite significant I guess, but something is better than nothing.
Now, looking over the developer side of things. A little extra wiggle room would allow them to pack more in the app and leaving the rest to in-app downloads. This would be quite a sensible thing to do, given that many people are on the go and download apps over cellular. For users in places like Asia, this would be quite convenient.
Finally, we look over the problem at hand. While Apple has increased its capacity by a little amount, in my opinion, they should have removed it altogether. After all, giving an option is better than a loosened restriction. Given that a user has extra MBs to use every month or its the final days of a month and you have a couple of GBs lying around here or there. Well, one can always use them in downloading apps. Sadly though, not with Apple. This is something they should take tips from Google. An operating system, full of option would be a hit with users because we are all different, after all.