Dropbox for iOS updated to 1.5, brings 3 GB additional free space and automatic uploads

The latest update to the Dropbox app for iOS (v1.5) brings some of the much awaited features to iOS users that Android users have already been enjoying with their Dropbox app. The application’s look and feel are also now similar to its Android version.

Automatic uploads is one of the most anticipated feature that has been added to Dropbox 1.5 for iOS. This feature allows automated uploads of photos and videos from your iDevice to your Dropbox account. At the same time, the desktop version of the Dropbox app allows a user to upload photos and videos from any external device (like camera, SD card, or a phone).

Dropbox 1.5 also allows users to earn upto 3 GB extra free storage for Dropbox. The 3 GB free storage works similar to how free storage was given away earlier this year by uploading images and videos via Dropbox’s beta desktop version. When you first use Camera Upload from iOS’s Dropbox app to upload photos or videos from your device, you get the first 500 MB. After that, you get increments of 500 MB each for every 500 MB of automatic uploads (camera uploads) you make through the app for a total of upto 3 GB. Best part is if you want to just get the free space and do not want to keep the files uploaded via automatic upload, you can delete the uploaded files after you get all free storage.

Other useful changes of the Dropbox update are: that the app no longer proposes any restrictions on file size — now you can upload any sized files you want; and the app now also allows users to do bulk actions like move and delete sets of files together.

You can download the Dropbox app for iOS from the link below:

Dropbox on App Store

[via Engadget]

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  1. tphank

    Thanks as usual for the great heads up!

    FYI, if you did the Android Camera Uploads, you wont get the free bonus from the iOS uploads.
    From Dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/help/287/en )
    For our advanced users

    If you were lucky enough to be included in our Camera Upload early beta testing period (from February 2nd, 2012 to February 23rd, 2012), either through the desktop application or the Android app, you are still capable of earning up to 5 GB instead of the standard 3 GB (but not both). Thank you so much for your help!

  2. Bruce

    The downside of recent Dropbox developments is that they will be discontinuing the Public Folder capability for users who sign up after July 31. They continue to stress that there will be no change to existing accounts, but this move has aroused strong passion in their forum, and Dropbox’s attempts to explain their rationale are tangled and hard to understand or believe. They claim that the recently introduced sharing capability will provide equivalent capability but appear blind to the functionality that will be lost.

    Public folders allow you to use Dropbox as a Web server, but shared folders simply let people download files. Big difference!

    The first release of the new app was apparently a disaster, garnering tons of comments saying that it simply crashed. They came out with an update the next day.