Why don't Apps just update themselves?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Emulsion, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. Emulsion macrumors 6502

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    I've noticed a little pattern going on. Every couple of days I open the app store and go to the update tab, and update the applications that have updates. My question is, Why do I have to do this. Can't the things freakin do it themselves. Even more so, Why do I have to input a password to update them?

    That is all.
     
  2. Peace macrumors Core

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    In order to have 10,000 apps auto-update you would have a severe constraint of bandwidth with all those billions of apps constantly sending data to see if there is an update.
     
  3. rorschach macrumors 68020

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    I'm pretty sure you have to enter your password to prevent people from logging into their iTunes account on their friend's phone and downloading apps -- which you can do but unless they give you their password, you can't update them (and you can't sync them back to the computer)
     
  4. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

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    Because a lot of people wouldn't want their internet quota wasted on a lot of big app updates.
     
  5. iTeleport macrumors member

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    The download process is also set up to handle apps with paid updates, which hasn't been utilised just yet, but this will start rolling out in the coming months.
     

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