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With the introduction of iOS 7, Apple has raised the cellular download threshold for the App Store to 100MB, likely to make way for more advanced apps.

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You probably didn’t notice it while first becoming acquainted with the iOS 7 redesign yesterday, but Apple quietly doubled the limit for over-the-air downloads from the App Store. Now you can download apps up to 100MB via your cellular connection. Any apps that are larger will require you to be connected to Wi-Fi.

This is likely to make way for bigger, more advanced apps designed to take advantage of the new 64-bit processing abilities of the iPhone 5s. Still, 100MB can only get you so far. A graphics-driven game like Infinity Blade III weighs in at a whopping 1.47GB, or roughly 15 times higher than the newly raised over-the-air limit.

But limits like these aren’t such a bad thing. Many people are connected to Wi-Fi throughout the day, and when they aren’t, it’s not like you’d want to use up three-quarters of a 2GB monthly plan downloading a game via your cellular connection.

This change will really only matter for the smaller apps that are being tweaked above the 50MB mark for iOS 7, but not quite large enough to chew through your monthly data plan via the occasional cellular download. And chances are you won’t even notice this change. You’ll only receive a notification when attempting to download an app larger than 100MB over the air.

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  1. Wifi download would be less painful if Apple implemented AC, not just n.

    1. Since there’s about 4 people that own AC routers it isn’t surprising that it wasn’t included.

    2. The ability of your wireless network to transmit data at rates above 54 mbps is not the limiting factor in your “download speed” from Apple’s servers.

  2. It’s interesting but even though I see the message popup it still grabs the file regardless of the size.

  3. Limiting makes perfect sense in most cases, but what if you’re on an unlimited plan, or just don’t care? This should be a preferential setting, not a mandate.

    It’s put kind of a cramp on my experience – I’m on a very fast LTE plan (and paying for unlimited data) that’s typically significantly faster than my WiFi (lots of other stuff going on that network). It stinks to have to slow everything else down – and my phone – for larger purchases.

    Doesn’t make sense that it’s not optional… Sprint still gets no love!

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