1. iMore Question's Avatar
    Every time I update IOS for my ipad air2 I am connecting it to my macbook air and updating it through itunes which would download a large file normally above 1gb. My friends tell me that when they are doing the update through wify the downloaded data is not so big why is that? which one is the better option to upgrade the IOS.
    10-15-2015 04:45 AM
  2. Highrisedrifter's Avatar
    From my experience, updating through iTunes provides a more robust process. I gather that the OTA update is more akin to a game 'patch' whereas the iTunes update is more like a reinstall of the OS. A much cleaner option.
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    10-15-2015 05:13 AM
  3. Bigeric23's Avatar
    And from my experience, Wi-Fi was less reliable. Sometimes it would work, sometimes . . . not so much.
    10-15-2015 08:36 AM
  4. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    I've personally never had issues with updating OTA. If you're looking the the cleanest slate possible and maximum battery life updating through iTunes and setting your phone up as a new device is going to deliver the best results.


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    10-15-2015 08:40 AM
  5. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    iTunes installs the full version, and that is why "I prefer" it, especially when troubleshooting. If something gets corrupted, I want a fresh new installation of the iOS version. Having said that, updating OTA is effective and preferred by a good deal of people, and should not be shied away from. I update OTA for incremental updates, but I eventually set up as new when I get the time to do so.
    10-15-2015 08:41 AM

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