Why don't Apps just update themselves?

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

  1. Emulsion macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2007
    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


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    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


    Jul 27, 2003
    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

    Mar 12, 2007
    Because a lot of people wouldn't want their internet quota wasted on a lot of big app updates.
  5. iTeleport macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    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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