Apple App Store finally getting automatic updates

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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11 Comments

1. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

This is only...a few years late.

3. jaoowolabi

Posts: 201; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

It's well needed!

11. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 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 :-)

2. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 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.

5. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

7. Galen20K

Posts: 555; Member since: Dec 26, 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.

9. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

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

4. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

Where have I seen this before?...

6. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1337; Member since: Oct 05, 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

8. ckoch125

Posts: 192; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

10. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 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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