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Apple App Store finally getting automatic updates

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Apple App Store finally getting automatic updates
It looks like Apple wants to get rid of the notorious red notification number that you find on app icons in iOS; and, the change is going to start with the iTunes App Store. You won't be seeing the notification number on the app icon in iOS 7, because Apple is finally adding automatic updates to the platform.

This is a feature that has been long overdue, but given the talking points throughout the keynote, it sounds like the reason Apple held back automatic updates is because of concerns about power usage. Earlier in the event when talking about the full multitasking that is also finally making it to iOS, Apple noted that one piece of the power-saving to make it possible was "opportunistic updates", which would have apps update in the background when the device was already powered-up rather than waking the device to perform updates. It sounds like that may have been a major issue holding back auto app updates in the App Store. 

Still, this should make it much more convenient for users, and also make it a lot better for developers, who should now have more and more users on the newest version of the app. Less tech aware users don't tend to update software as much, and this should fix that issue. 

source: Apple

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posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:22 15

1. ocilfa (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


This is only...a few years late.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:25

3. jaoowolabi (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


It's well needed!

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 14:21

11. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


I can not believe how Apple is so retarded!! They really hadn't had the feature before??
What else? A power button? Does it really have a power button? Can we power off an iToy with a long press? I'm really not sure now :-)

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:22 6

2. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 194; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I really hope this feature can be turned off. I like to find out what changes are made with the updates before I install each one.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:02 2

5. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Agree with you. I never allow auto update on my device cause I like to check out what the update does and if permission have changed. I hope Apple have left his up to their customers if they want auto updates or not.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:50

7. Galen20K (Posts: 515; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


I'm sure it will, you can choose not to update automatically on other platforms. Can't imagine why Apple wouldn't let you here either.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 20:43 1

9. E.N. (Posts: 2329; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Agree 100%, auto update will be turned off for me

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:32 5

4. kcombs (Posts: 248; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


Where have I seen this before?...

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:09

6. PhoneCritic (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Finally- as an ex iOS user I always envied Android for having this feature and not being tied down to iTunes for the updating of the app store. Good move even if its three years late. Aagin Catch up here not innovating. I like what apple is doing but they in no way should say they are innovating here as these features have been on other platforms long ago. So Phil show me real innovation give me some Iron man tech here. Lol

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 20:24

8. ckoch125 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


If this cannot be disabled I can see a lot of angry users if it eats into their data plans if it does it over cellular when they only wanted it to do it over wifi. Hope there is an option.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 20:49

10. xtroid2k (Posts: 382; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


That would be a nice feature but I personally dont care whether angry birds auto updates or not. Having the ability to turn updates off will benefit me in my job as an IT specialist. Having the ability to turn off updates would be cool. Less people messing crap up. People at home won't know the difference.

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