Any reason to update apps?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Chupa Chupa, Nov 2, 2017.

  1. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

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    Before iTunes zapped the App Store I would update all my iOS apps in iTunes before my new iDevice arrived to save time. Now, of course, you have to install apps over the air to the phone. Right now I have 82 apps that need updating on my soon-to-be-retired phone. I'll do one last backup of it before I activate my X tomorrow.

    So my question is: is there any reason to update these apps now since they updates themselves won't get transferred to the new phone? Seems like it would just be a waste of time and that the newest versions will get downloaded to my X regardless. Is that correct?
     
  2. willmtaylor macrumors G4

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    That reads correctly to me.

    Out of curiosity, why do you have 82 apps that haven’t been updated?
     
  3. Chupa Chupa thread starter macrumors G5

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    I don't like auto-update (I want to know what is being updated and why first) and it's a huge time sink to constantly wander into the App Store to see what needs updating so I just let them accumulate until I have some time to kill.
     
  4. Hoosier317 macrumors 6502a

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    No point in updating any apps if you are getting a new phone tomorrow.
     
  5. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

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    To each his own, but god damn that sounds like a pointless waste of time and energy!!
     
  6. flat five macrumors 603

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    i used to not use auto updating.

    suggestion:

    enable auto-update ;)


    (i know this doesn't relate to your question.. just sayin)
     
  7. cwosigns macrumors 68000

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    One of my biggest beefs with the update process is that Apple doesn't require developers to be specific about changes. Probably at least half of the update notes I see have the same standard, "We do regular updates blah blah blah..." This bugs me.
     
  8. willmtaylor macrumors G4

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    Agreed. This also makes me crazy.
     
  9. Chupa Chupa thread starter macrumors G5

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    You really find it that hard to press "Update All"? Seems like you are being a bit hyperbolic there. Or at least I hope so for your sake. Once I do press "Update All," I don't watch each app download and update. I go do something else... usually go to bed because that usually when I have time to do it.
     
  10. Hoosier317 macrumors 6502a

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    I’m a little confused then. You use the “Update All” function? I assumed you were picking and choosing which ones to allow to update. If you’re going to update all of them anyway, might as well let it happen automatically. Your choice, obviously. Just curious.
     
  11. geoff5093 macrumors 68020

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    I don't either, but you must have waited like a year to check for updates if you have 82 app updates... Now you need to spend hours reading over the changes and manually updating.

    Google is no better, most apps there just say "bug fixes and improvements" for every update.
     
  12. DNichter macrumors G3

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    I just use auto update and don't really think about it. Or storage for that matter.
     
  13. Chupa Chupa thread starter macrumors G5

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    To me automatic updating is when the apps just update in the background and I have no clue other than the dot on the update app icon. I never really considered updating each one individually, but OK, I guess that is true manual and what I'm doing is semi-automatic. I basically like to review what is being updated before I update.


    That would be nice if it represented a years worth of updates, but no. I seem to get a nice chunk of updates every week. My last app update was just a couple weeks ago. They come at you pretty fast. (I have about 140 apps on my phone, no I don't use them all regularly. Some I don't use hardy ever. But I want them there and they still have to get updated).

    And for the last time I don't spend hours reading over changes. I spend a few minutes glossing over them. I'm not a kindergartener learning how to read. How long do you think it takes to scroll down a list of apps?
     
  14. Benz63amg, Nov 2, 2017
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    Benz63amg macrumors 68030

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    I don’t like auto update to be enabled either due to battery life concerns, I like to click “Update All” and do it myself when I want to update my apps than have my iPhone always checking for updates and installing them by itself (I am aware it only does it on Wifi but still)

    The battery life on these iPhones is not great and if there’s something I can do to improve it then I usually toggle unnecessary features like these off.
     
  15. bransoj macrumors 6502a

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    Always going to be a lot of app updates flying around currently when a new iOS has just come up followed by a few updates plus the launch of new phones including one that needs app updates to utilise the new screen.
     
  16. rui no onna macrumors 604

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    New iOS version or device means a lot of updates at the same time. That 82 updates could easily be just 1-2 weeks.

    Personally, I have auto-update disabled. I don't want to have all that bandwidth usage occurring when I have my devices tethered and using cellular data.
     
  17. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

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    You stated you like to know why each app is being updated and therefore set aside time to read all the update descriptions, before deciding if you want to update each app.

    Not sure why you do that and then hit “update all” anyway, but as I said to each his own.
     
  18. geta macrumors 6502a

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    Auto update is a no go if you want to use older app versions. I’ve got few apps that i downgrade to older versions (Skype for example) coz i didnt like how they change them and their new UI, and as long as i can, i won’t update them.
     

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