Why doesn't the App Store use push notifications?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bbwinkle, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. bbwinkle macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2008
    I was just using Beejive and Sportacular and realized something. Why doesn't Apple take advantage of the new push notification feature and "push" updates through the App Store? Just a thought.
  2. saccento macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2008
    New Jersey
    that's really weird. i was thinking the same thing the other day.
  3. michael31986 macrumors 68040

    Jul 11, 2008
  4. arubinst macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2008
    Lausanne - Switzerland
    Have you noticed that it takes a while for iTunes or the iPhone's App Store to determine if there's an update available for your phone? That's because it looks at the list of software you currently have and then it goes and checks to see wether there's an update for any of your currently installed apps.

    In order to implement a push system to notify you of updates available for your apps, Apple would need to keep track of all the installed apps on every single iPhone/iPod touch. Now, they surely know which software you have downloaded at some point, because it is associated to your own account. ***BUT***, considering that you may have apps on your phone that are associated with different iTunes accounts (not only yours), also taking into account that you may sync, install and uninstall an app anytime on and from your phone, there's no way for Apple to know what really is physically installed in your device or if you even keep copies of every single app you have downloaded in the past. You would end up receiving notifications for apps that are no longer on your iTunes or even apps that you keep in iTunes but are not installed in your phone. You would also receive notifications for apps that you probably deleted a long time ago.

    So I think this explains why you don't (and wont) receive push notifications for app updates. Unless they change the way things work right now, I don't see a simple way for this to happen.
  5. tico24 macrumors 6502


    Jun 17, 2007
    Eastleigh, UK
    I imagine it would cripple their servers too.
    Imagine if tomtom issued an update and thousands of iphone users were simultaneously informed that it was ready for download.

    Cue thousands of users trying to download the same file at the same time. We've seen that Apple can't cope with something like this - check out what happens every year there's a new iPhone released - it takes hours (sometimes days) for some iPhones to be activated.

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