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Apr 12, 2001

In iOS 17, Apple has made a small but notable change to the App Store app so that it now tells users how long an app download will take once it's started.


When the "Get" app button is tapped in an app listing and the circular download symbol appears, the time remaining for the download to complete is displayed beside it in minutes and seconds. If the installation is likely to take only a brief moment, the time remaining is not shown.

Obviously the time it takes for a given app to download will depend on the user's internet speed and the app's file size, which is why users might only see how long it will take once the download has been initiated and the App Store server connection is established.

Still, it gives users a more accurate idea of how long a download is likely to take than a circular downloading symbol does, and users can always opt to cancel the download by tapping the cancel button within the circular icon if the remaining time is considered to be too long.

(Thanks, Dimitri!)

Article Link: App Store App Can Now Tell You How Long an App Will Take to Download in iOS 17
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macrumors 68000
Jun 17, 2009
Lincolnshire, England
Did I need it? - No
Do I mind having it? - No

I always appreciated how fast apps download / update on iOS. I have another Android device (Samsung) from work and it feels like it takes an hour to update my PlayStore apps if I did not touch the phone in a week.

Apps installing/updating on Android have definitely got quicker, but still slower! Maybe because it can only do one app at a time unlike iOS


macrumors 68040
Jun 8, 2017
Should have had that from the start, every download progress bar since the 90s normally has that.
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macrumors 6502
Jul 14, 2022
A solution in search of a problem.
Not really. Download ETA is pretty standard thing. You've got it in every browser for instance.

There's problem on slower networks and rural areas. You may appreciate to know your app will be downloaded in 10 minutes if it is something you need instantly because of its relation to your current place.


Jul 18, 2011
While they most likely had this presentation done months ago, I would not be surprised if the prominent featuring of Apollo was a last minute edit. Apple was not subtle at all on where they stand on this issue.

I don’t see what Apple can do to reddit over this matter. Threaten to withhold subsequent reddit app updates? And for what, when this matter has nothing to do with Apple and they have zero skin in the game?


macrumors 6502a
Jul 12, 2010
Nice feature, though would have been more relevant 10 years ago. The one App Store feature I want is the ability to auto download on a per-app basis, I believe Android can do that.
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macrumors 68040
Jun 8, 2022
It baffles me Apple never shows the great quality of life changes during the keynote, but after how much Craig is getting laughed at for the "we truly live in an age of wonders" line with the multiple timers addition it's probably for the best lmao


macrumors 6502a
Oct 31, 2018
Toronto, Canada
Good feature, but this probably would have been more useful back at the start of the App Store when networks were a lot slower. Then again, apps were generally much smaller back then.
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