Could just be me.. but didn't Apple announce delta updates for apps

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  1. Jare, Nov 3, 2012
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    Jare macrumors 65816

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    Didn't Apple announce delta updates for apps in iOS awhile ago? I have yet to see one true Delta update, apps are still fully redownloading themselves during updates.

    I mean c'mon, downloading a 1GB+ App on 3G (or even crappy wifi) isn't a solution. LTE isn't available in my area anyways and with Canadian data caps screw downloading GB's at a time.

    I could be wrong, but I'm not sure.
     
  2. Beeplance macrumors 65816

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    Have heard people talking about this in early iOS 6 betas, but so far it's still essentially redownloading the whole app like you said. I hope delta app updates come in the future too.

    Btw, I don't heard Apple actually announcing this feature in any of their keynotes. The only one related is OTA updates for iOS in 2011 iOS 5 WWDC keynote.
     
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    [MOD NOTE]
    I edited the title to make it a bit less ambiguous

    Taking off my Mod hat and putting on my member hat...

    I think apple mentioned that delta updates for iOS not for apps. I don't do OTH updates for iOS so I'm not sure if we're seeing that however
     
  4. Jare thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I was actually just updating the title as you edited it, you overwrote my changes :p

    Sidenote: @beeplance It may have just been for iOS updates themselves. Sheesh, we're still following the old Apple 'wait 5 years till the technology is polished before launching!' Would have figured by now we'd have pure delta ios app updates.
     
  5. PaulyD macrumors 6502

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    I updated Galaxy On Fire 2 HD a little while ago on my iPhone and it downloaded in seconds, there was no way it could have downloaded the full thing again in that time - I thought delta updates for apps were working since then.
     
  6. thewitt macrumors 68020

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    Not yet for non-Apple apps. You will certainly see it in Apple's own before we are able to include in our apps.

    As a developer, I'm really looking forward to this capability.
     
  7. ProudLoz macrumors regular

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    This is something that's really needed. Specially for those universal apps that are so huge. I can't "cut the cord" like Apple insists I should because I don't want to "download" the same huge update on all my devices. I'm wasting precious bandwidth.
     
  8. Jare thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I could have sworn they said delta app updates and people cheered. Maybe it was just 'delta ios updates' but even then, I wouldn't cheer.

    I guess I'm getting old.
     
  9. Futurix macrumors 6502

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    Last week I had 1 Gb+ (non-Apple) app updated in about 10 seconds - so I do think delta updates are working. However as with any technology it depends on developers - if they've for some reason changed every single file in the app (for example if they used some additional encryption to prevent piracy) then delta updates are impossible.
     
  10. nuckinfutz macrumors 603

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    "Delta All of the things!"

    Please Apple. Make it happen. Help me preserve my bandwidth.
     
  11. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    I also could be wrong, but I thought this feature was strictly for OTA updates for iOS only from iOS 5 onward.

    It would be cool, for iOS apps, though! But to be honest, the apps I use are only like a few Mb anyways.

    And honestly, app updates are hardly so urgent that you need them right away over cellular - just wait until you get a wifi hotspot or home!
     
  12. monkey28rb macrumors 6502

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    Android announced delta app updates for JellyBean. Apple, they only announced delta updates for iOS.
     
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    Its been since beta 1, almost all my apps have updated that way; i guess it depends on the developer.
     
  15. The Phazer macrumors 68030

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    They've never announced deltas for apps themselves.

    Which is a shame, as Infinity Blade 2 now requires you to keep over 2.5 gig of space free on your device for updates...
     
  16. monkey28rb macrumors 6502

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    No just delta updates for iOS itself. Not apps.. Maybe iOS 7 when they announce the new "worlds best mobile os"
     
  17. roxxette macrumors 68000

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    Delta update work for apps too, since beta 1 i started to see it, even the damm iwork apps updated that way.
     
  18. Daveoc64, Nov 5, 2012
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    People keep saying about seeing it in the beta, but they have dropped quite a few features since the final version of iOS 6 was released.

    Apple never announced it to developers or consumers, so it seems surprising to me that they would continue to do it.
     
  19. roxxette macrumors 68000

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    Also the limit for cellular data on the appstore its up to 50mb i think.
     

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