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Updates Are Now Treated as New Apps on The App Store!

11-17-2011, 06:35 PM
#1
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Updates Are Now Treated as New Apps on The App Store!

I've noticed today that updates are now showing up under the "Release Date" list on the app store in all categories. I think this will give apps more exposure, however if that list gets very crowded, users may not visit it that often.

What do you think?


Last edited by INNOVATTY; 11-17-2011 at 10:50 PM.
11-17-2011, 07:10 PM
#2
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Not noticed this. I think it's a win-win.

It should encourage devs to release updates, which is good for the consumer. And anything that's good for the consumer should translate into being good for the dev.

11-18-2011, 02:56 AM
#3
I didn't notice this too, but cool actually when you're bringing an updated. However fresh released may be obscured by this.

BUt in sum a good thing. If you keep polishing your App then you'll have more exposure now.

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11-18-2011, 05:38 AM
#4
Good to know. Thanks for sharing!
11-18-2011, 05:45 AM
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Thanks, excellent information! :-)

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11-19-2011, 12:39 AM
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Sounds great on the surface but in the good 'ol days the bogus generic "bug fix" update spam was a real problem for new apps and legitimate updates.

Hopefully Apple does a better job vetting updates this time around.

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11-19-2011, 12:51 AM
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Originally Posted by ChaoticBox View Post
Sounds great on the surface but in the good 'ol days the bogus generic "bug fix" update spam was a real problem for new apps and legitimate updates.

Hopefully Apple does a better job vetting updates this time around.
Thinking the same thing. If updating an app will bump you up I can see a lot of updates being released without any real value.
11-19-2011, 03:50 AM
#8
This is a disaster! The only possible scenario is we are experiencing Part A and the fix to Part A will be released with Part B. Apple and anyone who has been around long enough knows this model didn' t work last time around.

So get ready for part B. Or this will be switched back quickly. This has ruined all our Xmas release ideas.

Here is a perfect example. Mac Store released Voice Email today shows up at 4:40 this afternoon in

Productivity at 10:30 the app was off the chart all togehter giving us 6 hours of exposure. Before with only the new apps showing it was between 4 to 6 days.

Wow updating apps to get more exposure sure looks attractive since the updates even get listed a few hours before the New releases.

We are depressed to say the least.

This is the wrong time of the year for such an experiment. So plan B will kick in shortly.

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Last edited by Syndicated Puzzles; 11-19-2011 at 04:24 AM.
11-19-2011, 04:46 AM
#9
It might look as a good idea on the surface, but it really isn't

It's been that way before and it sucked. Don't see any reason why it would be better now. There's more new apps being released now then ever before and together with updates that will lead to a total mess

I've just checked how many games were listed in new games yesterday - 19 PAGES of them. That's close to 500 games. There's no way any actual user will scroll that much and request 19 pages to see all of them

So we'll be back to the constant "AAAAAGame" update trick
11-21-2011, 09:47 AM
#10
Totally agree with everyone who says this is a bad change. I don't get why they would go back to something they fixed.

If a developer doesn't get that updating and improving his/her app is a good idea and they need incentives to do so, then there is something wrong with their development process/idea in the firstplace.

I really hope it's just a bug - otherwise we are back to the old update spam.

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Last edited by Kyena; 11-21-2011 at 09:50 AM.