App Background Refresh does the opposite for me (help)

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by madeirabhoy, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. madeirabhoy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2012
    im really confused by this. it seems like apple has advertised a feature that was always there, and removed it at the same time.

    According to the advertising, ios 7 has a new feature App Background Refresh, where apps can update themselves and get new content when not at the forefront.

    this isnt new. my daily newspaper and monthly magazines used to download happily in the background under ios 6.

    now that they've promised this as a feature, it no longer does it.

    i go into settings and the tickbox is ticked for it, but whenever i open my daily record app, i then have to twiddle my fingers for 5 minutes whilst it downloads. it wont even download when the ipad is on but that app isnt at te forefront, whereas under ios 6, the thing could be asleep with another app at the forefront and i'd wake up to my newspaper.

    very annoying.
  2. hafr macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    I know some things, such as subscribed calendars, need to be re-added in order to work properly. Have you tried logging out then back in (or deleting and re-installing) the apps in question? Might be worth a shot.
  3. firstapple macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2007
    Is it possible the app (or apps) in question haven't yet been updated for iOS 7?
  4. allistera macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2012
    Does anyone know if any third party alarms make use of this yet? Would seem the best type of app to use for this.
  5. aDRock1154 macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2011
    I noticed Pocket (for me anyways) isn't working correctly. Everytime it opens I see "downloading" at the top. It's been updated for iOS 7 and uses background app refresh.
  6. Nikhil72 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    Background refresh for pocket and Evernote started working perfectly when I Realized I can't force close them. If you let them exist in the background, they update.

    My nytimes app loads perfectly every morning. I had to do a reinstall though. And they did release an iOS 7 version.
  7. madeirabhoy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2012
    but thats my point, under ios 6 they did this already, so apple touts it as a new feature and its not. under ios 7 it doesnt work for this app, ill try deleting and reinstalling
  8. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
    In iOS 6 it worked only for certain newsstand apps that opted to support it. Now, it's open to all apps if the developers want to use it. iOS 6’s version of this seemed to have been a trial run for this technology.

    Depends really on your definition of 'new' but this is a new service for app developers to utilise.
  9. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Has that app been updated for iOS7?

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