KEY POINTS

  • The latest iOS 13.4 beta reveals a new feature called "OS Recovery"
  • The feature is expected to allow users to restore iPhones, iPads and more via over-the-air connections
  • The feature's release date remains unknown at the moment

Apple is working on a new way to allow consumers to restore their iDevices to a functional state the moment they stop functioning. This way, a report says, doesn't require a computer or Mac to work.

IPhone and iPad users know that when their devices stop working, they can bring it back to working condition by restoring the device's appropriate firmware. While the restoration process is simple and effective, it requires the use of a Mac or PC which is something that everyone doesn't have. Those with the know-how and equipment to do it can do it, while those who don't cannot.

Apple Watch and HomePod owners, on the other hand, need the help of an Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) to restore them when they stop working. This is because unlike iPhones and iPads, the Apple wearable and smart speaker do not have external connectors allowing users to connect them to Macs or PCs.

Thankfully, a way to restore such devices without the need for a Mac, PC, Apple Store or AASP could arrive real soon. 9To5Mac reported that the third iOS 13.4 beta version reveals a new feature called “OS Recovery,” which will allow for over-the-air recovery of Apple devices.

9to5Mac noted that the new “OS Recovery” feature should work like the macOS Internet Recovery feature which allows users to reinstall macOS to their Macs via the internet. This process does not require a Mac owner to use another computer.

The report states that “as best as we can tell, it looks like a new way to restore an iPhone, iPad, and other Apple devices without the need to connect them to a computer.” The restoration process will likely take place over-the-air, in the same way that updates arrive.

The report also revealed that aside from over-the-air restoration, the new feature will allow users to restore their devices by connecting it to another iPhone or iPad via USB connection – a method similar to what's introduced by Apple's own Migration Tool.

As exciting as the new feature is, there's no clear indication as to when it will become available for use. It's entirely possible that Apple might be testing it for future iOS versions, or that it won't even be released at all.

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