iOS 7 – Auto Update – Needed???

A new operating system and more problems…

This however was really not foreseen (I hope)…

The issue I find is the new operating system iOS 7 has a few new services one being automatic application updates. On the one hand it seems like a great idea…

With all the updates one with an iOS device sees… It’s very nice for the device to do the update itself instead of the operator when needing the app only to find there is a much needed update before using the app… Like I said before very handy… However… The more apps one has the more updating is expected and the more
bandwidth is needed to do the updates…

This doesn’t sound too bad but let’s just say for only one device is always updating maybe on
an average of 2-3 apps per hour… Maybe less… Maybe more… The device is always checking and polling the apple servers… Again nothing new… But what is new is if an update is found it will automatically update your app (hopefully no issues will arise during this process) and use bandwidth while doing so.., if one has a very nice network with no bandwidth issues of limitations then no problem…

But with today’s Internet bandwidth caps and multiple node connections with Internet sharing it becomes an issue
Now let’s put more than one iOS 7 device on the same network… It becomes evident very fast that this is now a major issue… Just think 3 devices (an example only) all trying to automatically update with the same apps usually, causes a very crazy bandwidth issue when the updates are available… And if any thing else is using the network, say a
Skype app (a very bing bandwidth hog) then something has to give…

Limited bandwidth is like a garden water pipe with water running through it. Only one feed is connected say a sprinkler and you got a very nice pressure system running throughout it. Now connect 3 more sprinklers to the first and what happens?!? The pressure is week… Still there but not as strong… Same as bandwidth… What would take 5 mins per app to install now turns to 20 mins per app… And don’t forget that Skype connection… Most likely full of pauses or digital video bumps… It might be an idea to turn off the automatic feature (like pre iOS
7) and update in manual mode… This sets the day and time the updates happen… If maybe in iOS 7.1 you can set the time to do the auto update (maybe when you sleep) then set it back to auto update… Until then I will disable all my iOS 7 devices from automatic updating…

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