Code found in the iOS 13.4 beta released on Wednesday suggests that Apple is developing an over-the-air recovery feature for iPhone and iPad devices.
9to5Mac reports there are references to a hidden “OS Recovery” option in the update. It appears to provide a way to restore an iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, or HomePod without requiring a connection to a computer.
Currently, users with a malfunctioning iPhone or iPad require a Mac or PC to restore the firmware. This can be inconvenient for many users, as many users don’t have a Mac or PC readily available.
It appears the feature will allow users to restore their devices over-the-air or by connecting to another iPhone or iPad by using a USB connection. It is expected that it will work much like the macOS Internet Recovery option that has been available for quite a while.
Devices like the Apple Watch and HomePod will greatly benefit from a feature like this, as they do not have an option to restore software, due to a lack of connectors.
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