Should Apple move iOS software update into the App Store

harry20larry

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Was recently updating my mac when I remembered the times when you had to go through the seperate Software Update utility.

It seems strange that apple haven't moved the system update function into the App Store like it has on the mac. I see so many people with their phone not in the latest version because drilling down into settings>general>software update is not something that the common user does.

Something the common user does do is check into the App Store. This means that the iOS update would get far better screen time and would unify the uodating experience across both platofrms.
 

maflynn

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I can see that making sense, I also wish they would not download the update to your device without your consent.
 
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But aren't those users annoyed of the red number 1 attached to the Settings app icon?

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I can see that making sense, I also wish they would not download the update to your device without your consent.
Strange, I had to give my consent to download 7.1.2 to my iPhone using that iPhone.
 

FSMBP

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Was recently updating my mac when I remembered the times when you had to go through the seperate Software Update utility.

It seems strange that apple haven't moved the system update function into the App Store like it has on the mac. I see so many people with their phone not in the latest version because drilling down into settings>general>software update is not something that the common user does.

Something the common user does do is check into the App Store. This means that the iOS update would get far better screen time and would unify the uodating experience across both platofrms.
The thing is my iPhone prompted me that 7.1.2 was ready to install. So a user will be aware there's an update but you may be right if it showed up in the App Store if they dismiss the original prompt
 

jhtrico1850

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Sounds like a great idea! I know a lot of non tech savvy users just ignore the red notification on Settings because they don't know what to do.
 

Zxxv

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I like it the way it is. I never have an issue with the badger because I install updates as soon as possible.
Badger? You got a badger with yours? Off to make a genius appointment and ask where my badger is. Will point them to your post :) :D
 

Chabba

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With a move like that, I'd like to see core apps separated, so they can be updated individually.
 

LordQ

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Was recently updating my mac when I remembered the times when you had to go through the seperate Software Update utility.

It seems strange that apple haven't moved the system update function into the App Store like it has on the mac. I see so many people with their phone not in the latest version because drilling down into settings>general>software update is not something that the common user does.

Something the common user does do is check into the App Store. This means that the iOS update would get far better screen time and would unify the uodating experience across both platofrms.
That's a nice idea but I think that for some people, it might get lost with some other app updates; I know a lot of people with more than 40 updates and having a badge with 39 on the App Store icon and 1 on the Settings icon might be easier for them to know there's a software update available... Maybe moving the software update menu to the front like they did with passcode?

Off-topic: I think your avatar needs the red iTunes icon from Yosemite now :p
 

matty.p

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I would love to see them move more things out of iTunes and make that product leaner. Maybe I'm crazy but I wouldn't mind iSync returning and having the Mac App Store and iOS App Store merging into one app.
 

Egish

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Yeah I would love to see iTunes just be music and media related. I think the system functions like moving files should go in a file manager. Etc
And the functions of adding or updating apps should go to the app store.
When I think of iTunes I think of multimedia
 

PsykX

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Yeah, it would totally make sense for me.

With a move like that, I'd like to see core apps separated, so they can be updated individually.
This. I can't believe I need to clean up 3 GB on my phone each time there is a Safari fix or something so meaningless for me.
 

cynics

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But aren't those users annoyed of the red number 1 attached to the Settings app icon?

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Strange, I had to give my consent to download 7.1.2 to my iPhone using that iPhone.
It will eventually download just not install without your consent.
 

Paddle1

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System updates don't have anything to do with apps, and people ignore the app store's badge all the time.
 

MisakixMikasa

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I rather want Apple treat each individual core app as app in App Store, so that Apple can update the app individually from App Store. I hate when Apple only update its core apps with iOS version update. This way, iPad 1 users would get the latest version of Safari rather stuck with Safari 5
 
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I rather want Apple treat each individual core app as app in App Store, so that Apple can update the app individually from App Store. I hate when Apple only update its core apps with iOS version update. This way, iPad 1 users would get the latest version of Safari rather stuck with Safari 5
Maybe the latest version of Safari does not run on older iOS versions?
 

uhaas

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iBooks and podcasts

I've been concerned with iBooks and podcasts moving into the OS not being updated frequently enough. Podcasts is buggy enough to require more than iOS update frequency.
 

The Doctor11

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No I like it in settings. And if it went to the apple store I won't be able to watch the gears spin around for an hour!
 

charlituna

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With a move like that, I'd like to see core apps separated, so they can be updated individually.
That would be nice. It's something I would like to see for the Apple TV as well.

I suspect the reason why not is Windows users. They don't want to have to make an App Store app for windows separate from iTunes so that the flow is the same. If they were going to move iOS updates to the App Store it would make sense to move the iOS App Store as well.

A part of me wishes they would do it. iTunes is rather bloated and messy and it would be great if they broke it up a bit. Create one 'store' app for all branches and let iTunes just be a player. Create an app for syncing and backing up perhaps even one capable of importing to iPhoto without having to open that app. They created an "automatically add to iTunes" folder that holds things until the next time iTunes is opened, why not the same for iPhoto.
 

darngooddesign

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I think that's a bad idea. Can you imagine updating to iOS8 accidentally when all you wanted to do was update your apps.

OSX is a poor comparison as iOS apps are updated far more frequently.
 
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