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More Data for the iPhone

February 20, 2010 11:59:56.889

I've run into the iPhone download limit myself - Civ Revolution for the iPhone is just over 10 MB, for instance. So it's welcome news that they are upping the (3G based) cap to 20 MB - but that's not going to help much with full shows. An hour long TV show, at compression rates that give you a decent viewing experience, is still in the hundreds of megabyte range. And that's stadard def - HD is a whole other kettle of fish.

This whole capped bandwidth model is going to have to change if mobile devices are going to be used to consume streaming video, or even just "not on wifi" video...

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posted by James Robertson


Re: More Data for the iPhone

[John M McIntosh] February 20, 2010 18:05:55.934

Er, I think the 20MB cap is based on the SIZE of the app that can be downloaded from the App store via cellular when you you buying apps in the app store application on your iPhone.

Still in place (I think) is bandwidth caps. Have too much data flow over N minutes over cellular and Apple rejects your app for excessive bandwidth usage.

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