iOS 7 update traffic

Bryan Irvine sparctacus at
Thu Sep 19 18:31:22 UTC 2013

Apple actually tries to rate-limit the notifications to prevent this, but
you can just manually go check and hit the upgrade button yourself. It's
pretty well-known that Apple likes to release ~10am, so tens (hundreds?) of
millions of users did just that. Since this update is available for all
iThingies made in the last 4-ish years that means a lot of extra traffic.

On Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 7:13 AM, Justin M. Streiner <streiner at
> wrote:

> On Thu, 19 Sep 2013, Paul Ferguson wrote:
>  Can someone please explain to a non-Apple person what the hell happened
>> that started generating so much traffic? Perhaps I missed it in this
>> thread, but I would be curious to know what iOS 7 implemented that
>> caused this...
> I think this was just the traffic to download iOS 7 to everyones' relevant
> Apple devices.  I don't know how large the update was (maybe a few hundred
> MB per device?), but I guess everyone got the notification or their devices
> started automatically downloading around the same time.  The vast majority
> of the traffic here (large .edu) happened between about 1 and 5 PM
> yesterday.
> jms

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