How long before apps release iPhone 5 update?

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vaultwit

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Several apps have already updated to support the bigger screen size, but many many apps haven't... And I feel like it may take a while. When the iPhone 4 came out, it took some devs a long time to release retina updates. Even now, I have one app that is still not retina (granted I almost never use that app). So how long do you anticipate it will take for the majority of apps to update to support the larger display?
 

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There is no way to determine that. Each app is done by a different person or company. Each have their own priorities, technical limitations and time constraints, among other things. Some apps may never be updated for retina or iPhone 5.

If you have an app that you want to see an update for, you should contact the developers/company that created it.
 

nefan65

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They already have...There's one now! Look, quick!! Ahhh see..you're too slow.
 

paulrbeers

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Several apps have already updated to support the bigger screen size, but many many apps haven't... And I feel like it may take a while. When the iPhone 4 came out, it took some devs a long time to release retina updates. Even now, I have one app that is still not retina (granted I almost never use that app). So how long do you anticipate it will take for the majority of apps to update to support the larger display?
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Honestly, you realize that Apps aren't updated by any one company right? Apple isn't retrofitting the apps for developers. You get that right? To ask when ALL apps will be updated, the real answer is NEVER. There will be apps that never get updated since they have been all but abandoned by the developer. Most of my daily use apps have already been updated. Games will take more time, but again they may not even be updated. If there is an app you need/want updated, email the developer. Frankly you didn't even tell us what apps you are specifically using that need updating so we can't even help you if we knew!
 

vaultwit

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Ugh seriously? I was not asking literally what time on what day all apps will magically change. Come on guys, I know y'all are better than that. I meant what general timeframe do you expect most apps to get updated, probably based on how fast or slow you think devs updated the retina display. You think in about a month most apps will be updated? 2 months? You think maybe even after Christmas, a lot of apps will still not be updated? Of course there's no way to know, I'm just asking for your opinion. Your guess.
 

nepalisherpa

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Ugh seriously? I was not asking literally what time on what day all apps will magically change. Come on guys, I know y'all are better than that. I meant what general timeframe do you expect most apps to get updated, probably based on how fast or slow you think devs updated the retina display. You think in about a month most apps will be updated? 2 months? You think maybe even after Christmas, a lot of apps will still not be updated? Of course there's no way to know, I'm just asking for your opinion. Your guess.
Once again, I do not even know how to guess on this. If I really have to guess, then, it might be longer than 3G/S to 4 transition. Between 3G/S and 4, it was just a matter of doubling the resolution of graphics. Now, with 5, you have a completely new dimension to worry about. More fragmentation = more time. For apps like Facebook, it was just easy because you are basically increasing the size of the container (main window) and splash screen. For apps that contain heavy graphics, it will be a while. It all depends on the developer.
 

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