Can I update an iOS Enterprise App in the background like an App Store app can?

I have an iOS enterprise app that we are wirelessly distributing to our devices. Currently the app polls our server once a day to see if there is an app update. If there is, we try to install it by having the app call the following code:

        NSURL *installUrl = [NSURL URLWithString:[NSString stringWithFormat:@"itms-services://?action=download-manifest&url=%@", plistUrl]];
        [[UIApplication sharedApplication] openURL:installUrl];

This causes the app to prompt the user with an alert dialog to install the update. If they click install, the app closes and the update is downloaded and installed.

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    2 Solutions Collect From Internet About “Can I update an iOS Enterprise App in the background like an App Store app can?”

    The answers in these questions will give you a correct answer:

    • Auto-updated iOS application for enterprise distribution
    • Update In-House Apps — iOS Enterprise Developer Program
    • Updating iOS apps automatically with an MDM + Enterprise license

    There is a solution for this though by Stephen McMahon, but I did not test it.

    Sorry, but there is no way how to download the updates on the background for enterprise apps.