Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:
The file size limit prevents iOS users from accidentally downloading a big game on LTE and blowing through their carrier’s data cap. However, the cellular limit is often mocked as a stupid feature as Apple offers no opportunity to override the limit and force the download to succeed.
It is also silly because the cellular limit is enforced non-discriminately, which means even iPhone users with unlimited data plans are still barred from downloading apps and games over 200 MB.
The alert would be better implemented as a warning, informing the user that they are about to download a large file but including a ‘Continue Download’ button to allow the download to complete. Even users with capped data plans may need a big app in a pinch from time to time.
Perfectly put, completely agree.
Add to this the places where cellular is fast enough and so readily available, that WiFi is just not part of the mix. There should be a setting to turn this limitation off. It’s an artifact.
And at the same time, Apple, bump that 5GB cloud base storage to something actually usable.