Apple Makes Live, its CDN to Provide Faster iOS 8 and OS X Downloads to Users

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Apple has given you a reason to buy iOS 8 and OS X devices. Once the reason is explained to you, you’ll rush to the nearest retail store and stand in the queue as soon as they launch. The reason is Apple has set up its own Content Delivery Network. The CDN is live for users from United States and Europe. At this moment, the CDN isn’t capable to deliver all of Apple’s content but it can handle ten times more data than what Apple was delivering its users earlier.

Apple CDN

Consumers can now enjoy content directly from Apple. It implies Apple won’t have to depend on any third party for speed or content. Besides, users could give feedback to Apple regarding the quality of content and after receiving those feedback Apple could work on the content quality. Because Apple is very much brand conscious, users can expect the company to act upon feedback collected from them.

To improve user-experience Apple has entered into deals with a number of Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Comcast and AT&T are two of them. The Cupertino giant now has direct access to the networks of those ISPs. Streaming Media has traced the routes on OS X downloads from different ISPs and found data are coming from Apple’s CDN. Below is what Streaming Media has found when they have done the traceroutes;

– te-0-7-0-9-sur02.lowell.ma.boston.comcast.net (68.87.159.37)

– be-21-ar01.needham.ma.boston.comcast.net (68.85.106.45)

– he-1-12-0-0-cr01.newyork.ny.ibone.comcast.net (68.86.90.253)

– he-4-15-0-0-cr01.ashburn.va.ibone.comcast.net (68.86.87.197)

– he-0-11-0-1-pe04.ashburn.va.ibone.comcast.net (68.86.82.222)

– as714-2-c.ashburn.va.ibone.comcast.net (66.208.228.214)

– usqas1-vip-sx-003.aaplimg.com (17.253.0.223)

Experts opined a CDN was the need of the hour for Apple. Users have increasingly been downloading jailbreak tools and other software. Due to that Apple’s servers stay jammed most of the time. Another familiar scenario is majority of users updating their existing iOS versions shortly after a new version releases. Servers therefore require constant upgradation to guarantee uptime.

We need to bear in mind iOS 8 release is just around the corner. iOS 8 is heard to arrive in third week of September and Apple is rumored to bring a slew of exciting features in it. The OS X 10.10 Yosemite is also to release this year. Apple knows very well users in mass are going to hit its servers after the launch of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. To nullify any possibility of downtime and to offer speedy download, a CDN is the best solution Apple could have.

The model that Apple is about to introduce will benefit the ISPs also. Apple has staged massive amount of capacity so downloads could be made available to users directly through some top ISPs. Those ISPs won’t have to worry about the speed because of the CDN. If this model draws popularity (which it surely will) more and more ISPs will show willingness to partner with Apple.

Things are looking up for iOS 8 and OS X users. They just need to hold their breath for some time until iOS 8 and OS X land.

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