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Last night iTunes told me that I had 10 applications that were updated. However, the badge that appears on the application item under the library section in iTunes showed only 1. I went ahead and downloaded all 10 anyway. They all downloaded but no update was made to the iPod. I even pressed sync, but still nothing. I took a look in the Mobile Applications folder and now I had multiple copies of the supposedly updated apps. The updated files were labeled with a 1 at the end, for instance:

 

Evernote.ipa

Evernote 1.ipa

Trism.ipa

Trism 1.ipa

 

This is the same as what iTunes will do with music if you already have the song there and choose to keep the old version (except it'll ask you if you want to keep the old).

 

A quick comparison of file sizes showed that only one was different: Evernote. I ended up deleting the original apps from the Mobile Applications folder and renamed the new ones. Then I deleted the apps from the iPod, and then readded them. The problem with this is that all the of the application's data is lost when you do this! This is a major problem. I didn't lose anything important this time, but it's all going to depend on which applications get updated.

 

I'm curious to find out what other people have experienced, because I think the update system is broken as it is now.

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I think there are probably some glitches in the App Store yet to be worked out.

 

My iTunes is reporting an available update with the no 1 listed by the Applications in iTunes but when I check for actual updates, it tells me there aren't any for my account.

 

But, I'm not going to do anything about it unless an app quits working or clearly malfunctions.

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For me, the biggest issue is going to be losing an application's data when a newer version is installed. Take PocketPedia for instance. Let's say I find and add all my DVDs (around 250) to my collection. If I have to do that again everytime the app is updated, well I guess I'm just never going to update, which ruins the whole point of being able to update in the first place! I'm sure Apple must've thought of this, so I'll see what happens with the next apps that get updated.

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I've already had Apps updated and I don't think I lost any data.

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I've already had Apps updated and I don't think I lost any data.

 

So, what happened then? Did the iTunes download the app and then automatically install it?

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My recollection is it said it was updating rather than reinstalling but I'm not totally sure. Sorry, I wasn't paying very close attention to the process.

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Re-installing means all app data is trashed (including Libraries and preferences). Updating just replaces the actual application, so your data and preferences survive.

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Last night I actually updated an app (Zenbe Lists) directly on my iPod touch. It worked great doing it this way, except that the updated app wasn't synced back to my Mobile Applications folder on my iMac. At least all my data was preserved on my touch. I still think the process is flawed.

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The update is synced back in the way you've always synced things purchased on your mobile device - right click on it in itunes and choose transfer purchases. The update process worked flawlessly for me.

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The update is synced back in the way you've always synced things purchased on your mobile device - right click on it in itunes and choose transfer purchases. The update process worked flawlessly for me.

 

That was the first thing I tried and it didn't work. I'm starting to think I may need to do a reinstall.

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