Updates Are Now Treated as New Apps on The App Store!

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  1. INNOVATTY, Nov 17, 2011
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    INNOVATTY macrumors newbie

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    I've noticed today that updates are now showing up under the "Release Date" tab on the App Store.

    See the picture below.

    Do you guys think it is a glitch or a new feature from Apple?

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  2. Thetonyk123 macrumors 68000

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    If i"m not mistaken I think it was in iOS 4 for me.
     
  3. macingman macrumors 68020

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    It shows the release of the latest version, as it always has.
     
  4. INNOVATTY thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If you go to the App Store under any category and open the "Release Date" tab as shown in the picture below, you'll see a mixture of updates and new apps. In the past you could see only new apps. This will allow users to learn about updates and not just new apps.

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  5. psonice macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting, if it's not a glitch. This was the way it used to work a year or two back actually, and it's good for devs.. kind of. When you release an update tons of people see it in there and you get a good sales spike, which rewards you for the hard work that went into that update.

    Problem was, some devs were abusing it. New updates for all their apps, once a fortnight, often with 'fixed a typo' or some other excuse to get their apps on that front page. Honest devs were releasing a major new app they'd spent months on, and seeing it buried under a pile of shovelware updates. I think that's why apple changed things, to remove that incentive.

    So, if they've changed it back.. what happens with the shovelware? Have they clamped down on meaningless updates?
     
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  8. INNOVATTY thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Good point! I have 13 updates waiting for me :)

    Believe it or not, I just updated last weekend. I have many apps on my iPhone. I guess it's time for another update.

    I think with this new feature from Apple, I will have to update more often since developers will be updating more frequently.
     

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