Can I buy my iTunes Apps without having an iPhone yet?

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  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

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    Going from the Galaxy Note 3 to the iPhone 6 Plus.

    Won't have the iPhone until October (or earlier)

    I opened up iTunes and went to the iTunes store. Saw all the apps available, and interestingly, an option to buy them just by putting in my iCloud password.

    Does this mean I can buy them now and when I get my iPhone they will automatically download to it?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    I often buy an app on my computer and then it downloads to phone when I connect it.
     
  3. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    Yes, you can buy them in iTunes on your PC (or Mac). If your new phone is checked for automatic download purchased contents then the apps will be downloaded to your phone automatically.
     
  4. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Okay, so I take that as a YES.

    Unfortunately, I forgot what apps I bought when I owned an iPhone many years ago.

    You would think iTunes would keep a record of purchased apps, but sadly, it does not.
     
  5. Cougarcat macrumors 604

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    It does, log in with the ID you used to buy them and they will appear in the apps tab.
     
  6. nnacrumors macrumors 6502

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    Open iTunes

    Sign in

    Click on iTunes Store (should be top right)

    Click on 'purchased' (under quick links on the right side)
     
  7. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, that did it.

    If there is a little cloud next to the app that means click on it to download to device?

    I take it that I should wait until I get the phone.

    Thanks, you guys have been GREAT
     
  8. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    You can download them to iTunes, so they are stored on your computer. When you then get the iPhone, the apps will be transferred quicker, since they are stored locally.
     
  9. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    And another question....

    Are there times when you buy an iPad app that you also get the iPhone app for FREE?

    I purchased NEWSBAR (RSS reader) for iPad. When I download it for iPhone there's no charge for purchase, even though I know there should be.
     
  10. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    There're universal apps. The one that works on both iPhone and iPad. When you buy one of these you don't have to re-buy it again.
     
  11. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks...

    ...but I take it not every app designed for iPhone and iPad is universal.
     
  12. markyr17 macrumors 65816

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    Right. Some developers opt to not make their apps universal.
     
  13. nnacrumors macrumors 6502

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    In iTunes on your computer you can tell if an app is universal because the button you click to buy it (that says the price) will have a "+" sign in the top left corner and it will say underneath "this app is designed for both iPhone and iPad".
     
  14. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    Yep. There're 3 types of app.

    1. iPhone-specific app. This works on iPhone and will work on iPad, but with the phone look.
    2. iPad-specific app. This will work only on iPad.
    3. Universal app. This will work on both iPhone and iPad and will look like a native app on both platforms.
     

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