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Cause For Concern: Reduced Download Size Limit on iOS Devices

Cause For Concern: Reduced Download Size Limit on iOS Devices

by MaaS360 staff | March 15, 2012

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Decreased iDevice Wi-Fi Dependence
Last week, a CNET report came in that Apple reduced the limit on the size of content that can be downloaded from iPads and iPhones. The bump comes at no small margin--a 30MB increase--raising the limit from 20MB to 50MB. The convenience factor alone makes this great news. Just think back to a time where you were nowhere near Wi-Fi but had to download or update a large application. You may recall a notification popping up, explaining the 20MB file size requires you connect to Wi-Fi or your computer to download the app (see an example of the new notification on the right, source: CNET).

Consider this a much more unlikely scenario moving forward, especially if you plan to hang on to your older smartphone or tablet. Reason being, the 30MB increase in the data size was a measure taken to account for the new iPad's 2,048 x 1,536 pixel display. Simply put: you can't have the best mobile display ever without large content sizes to go along.

Implications for the CIo’s IPHONE OR NEW IPAD
If you've issued smartphones or tablets to your users, or have employees connecting to the corporate network via their iPhones and iPads, the loosened limit makes it much easier to rack up data usage (and a hefty wireless bill to boot). This limit change could influence users to forego connecting to corporate Wi-Fi even when they are in range, now that their 3G or 4G-enabled device can handle the download. The worst part is, they may not even be thinking about it. Our devices have become very good at staying out of our business until its absolutely necessary to interrupt. In this case, unless the non-Wi-Fi connected user tries to download a 50MB+ sized file, they won't receive a notification. So how do you ensure a best of both worlds scenario? You know, where end-users use their devices for work purposes and you receive the bill you expected vs. the bill you dreaded...
Your wish is mobile expense management's (MEM) command. No longer do you need to be kept in the dark about your employee's activity on their devices (especially the type of activity that will have you spending more than you budgeted for). As we discussed in a previous post, a MEM solution makes it possible to alert employees in the real-time when they are about to exceed their acceptable-use threshold. These notifications work to modify user behavior, influencing an immediate connection to Wi-Fi before too much data is used up.

How to you plan to address these updates at your organization? Will you risk having your employees exceed their data limit, or will you put a plan into practice to eliminate risk of excess expense? Share in the comments below. Of course we're here to answer your questions about MEM as well. To learn more about the new iPad, join us for our webinar "The New iPad Goes to Work".

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