iPad App Problem: App Store Badge Shows Updates Needed But It Won’t Work
by Andy Brovey
A reader named Tammy wrote to me yesterday about iPad app updates not working properly. The App Store badge shows app updates are needed but nothing happens when the update button is tapped. Tammy is not alone. A bit of research on the web shows others are also having trouble with app update notices. Apple will probably address this glitch soon. Meanwhile here’s a suggested fix.
1. Go to the App Store 2. Tap Purchased 3. Tap All 4. Find the Apps showing an update is needed 5. Tap theUpdate button on the App
Shut down and restart your iPad. This should update the Apps and fix the update count in App Store.
About the Author
Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, has over twenty-five years experience in educational technology, including teaching, administration and professional development. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. Andy now runs a professional development business, working on site and online to help others make sense and make use of digital tools. He started the iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale, and is the author of the self-published eBook - iPad Academy: Tips, Tricks and Clever Techniques. He also created and directs the iPad Academy Master Class, an online video training series to help others become more comfortable and competent with the iPad.Video Message from Andy
Rumors: iPhone 5S, And Maybe The iPad 5, Will Include Biometrics Technology
Apple’s Upcoming iPhone, And Possibly Including The Next Regular iPad, Will Offer Fingerprint Scanner Feature For Added Security, And “Coolness.”
JULY 29, 2013, 10:12 PM. Article by Raphael Labuguen.
Citing some codes found on the latest iteration of iOS 7 Beta build for developers, one popular app developer has uncovered minor evidence that Apple is working on a new feature to sell more iPhones, and possibly including the iPad. Adding a biometric scanner is Apple’s next big strategy to generate more revenue, and as reported by Hamza Sood on Twitter, the latest version of Beta iOS 7 includes reference to fingerprint scanner for the iPhone, perhaps for the rumored iPhone 5S which is expected to arrive by end of September, possibly including the next-gen iPad 5 with 9.7-inch Retina display.
“While touching the home button with their thumb,” the code reveals with follow-up sentence saying “a fingerprint that changes colour during the setup process.” The new biometrics feature is a security enhancement which would allow iOS users to lock the phone or tablet and the only way to open or unlock the device is to scan the owner’s thumb fingerprint. Of course, Apple might include a secondary unlocking feature in case of emergency.
Seasoned Apple analysts believe that Apple will introduce two new iPhones later this year, the flagship iPhone 5S which will replace the iPhone 5, and all but confirmed new low-cost iPhone 5C which will take the position currently occupied by the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4. It is possible that Apple will put the iOS 7 fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5C and the iPad 5 too to make its iOS 2013 lineup more consistent aside from making the lightning port the new standard syncing and charging port.
The iOS 7 upgrade will most likely arrive ahead of the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and the iPad 5 release date in the U.S. and other major markets. Last year, Apple rolled-out the iOS 6 update ahead of the iPhone 5 launch.
The new iOS 7 system update is compatible with the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S, all the iPads except the original model and the latest iPod Touch. Apparently, Apple’s new devices will ship with the new operating system out of the box.
There is no denying your iPad’s ability to do tons of things. You have probably found a lot of features yourself, but you should read these tips to become an advanced user. You can watch anime, browse the web, play online games and even write documents on your iPad. Continue reading for more information!
Battery life is typically shorter when using heavier applications like movies and games. Lowering the brightness on the screen can prolong the life of the battery. You may find you can enjoy your iPad without using the brightest setting possible.
If you plan to use your iPad to stream movies, play games or listen to music continuously, battery life may be shortened significantly. A simple way to get more play time out of each charge of the battery is to use a low screen brightness setting. You do not always need a very bright screen to use your iPad.
TIP! You can get to all of your active apps easily on your iPad. To see what you have running, just double-click the Home button.
Pay attention to how much you spend on all those apps you buy. Because your credit card is on file with the iTunes store, it is not hard to go overboard buying apps and then get a nasty credit card statement shock. Hence, you should set a limit on how much to spend on them.
When your iPad freezes, you can reboot your device with a soft reset. To start, hold down your home and power buttons at the same time for several seconds. This will cause the device to restart. If you wish for an app to be forcefully closed, hold your home button down for a couple of seconds.
Do you get irked each time you get a message from your iPad wanting to know if you want to join a new wifi network that it has just picked up? You are able to get rid of this if you go into settings. Press on Wi-Fi and turn off the last option to discontinue these prompts.
TIP! You can reset your iPad if you see that it is frozen. For a soft reset, you will need to simultaneously hold the home button and power button for several seconds.
Is that app you just launched making too much noise? Press and hold the volume down feature until you get to mute. If you find yourself needing to mute sound frequently, you may want to set up the orientation lock button to work as a muting control.
Are you sick of your iPad asking you to become part of a Wi-Fi network? Then go to settings and eliminate the possibility. There is a selection in the Settings menu to disable Wi-Fi messages. Once set to no, you won’t be nagged again.
It is not necessary to tap the camera roll to look at your pictures. Just swipe the screen to the right and your content will appear. Previous photos of yours will show to the left.
TIP! Using shortcuts can make sending messages easier. For example, tapping the space bar twice when typing a sentence will add a period and a space.
You don’t need to press the small camera icon that’s found near the bottom left of the screen to see videos or pictures you just took. Just do a one-finger swipe to see your photo or video. For earlier pictures, just swipe left instead.
Does the battery charge icon distract you on your iPad screen? If so, then it’s possible to turn this off, and it’s quite simple. First enter the Settings menu. Under the General section, you will find Usage. In this menu, you’re able to turn off the display of battery percentage.
Do you like Google as your search page? If not, you can change it pretty easily. Visit your settings, pick “Safari,” and then open up “Search Engine.” You can then switch to Yahoo or Bing if you like them better than Google.
TIP! Switch on your auto brightness in order to add battery life. Your iPad can sense the lighting in the room you are in and adjust its own lighting to best fit the need.
Screenshots are simple to take. Just hold down the Home and Sleep buttons together. This takes the shot and places it with your other photos.
You can easily copy and paste using the iPad, just tap on the desired text, hold until the dialog box opens, then choose Select. Then push “copy” and move over into a different app. Push the screen and hold down for a second. A menu will pop up and you should tap on paste. In order to copy and paste an entire paragraph, four taps will be necessary.
It is possible to sync pages by using iTunes so that documents can be shared with Macs or PCs. Sharing your documents is no longer a hassle and the ability to interact with any brand of home computer via iTunes is irreplaceable. Things are even more easy when you’re able to send PDF’s from any location you wish online.
TIP! You might never use all of the apps on your iPad. Many of these apps cannot be deleted.
There is an iTunes store on your iPad, and there is actually quite a bit to it. One of the most interesting is called iTunes U (for university). There are many educational podcasts and you can learn a lot.
Forums online are a great way to learn more about your iPad. These sites can help you learn, and also understand, some of the problems you deal with. Introduce yourself and look through the forum archives to find useful information to fast-track your iPad talent.
Most of the time, you will hold your device on the edges when you take photographs. This makes your shutter button move, and you may start wobbling when trying to snap photos. Make use of the orientation lock. The orientation lock is right near your thumb, so it will be easy to reach. If you find that the picture came out with the wrong orientation, you can then fix it using your image editor.
TIP! Decrease the screen brightness in order for the battery to last longer. This can give you the battery longevity that you require and need.
If you want to take pictures with your iPad, you may think holding the sides is the best way to go about it. Holding the sides will make the shutter button move and ruin your picture. Instead, make use of the orientation lock feature. It ensures the shutter button is simple to reach. After you take a photo, use the image editor for rotating the image.
Keep multiple web pages open at the same time with tabs. Why depart from the webpage you are browsing just because you are clicking on a link? Pressing and holding a link will open up a menu with options. Choose “open link in new tab” so that both the new page and previous page will remain open.
TIP! Security is key to iPad safety. You could always misplace the device and someone could access all your information.
Even though you may not want them, security features are a smart idea. Since iPads can hold secure information, it is worth making sure that information is safe in case you lose it.
There are many online communities for iPad users. You can learn so much from others who already know how to use the device. This is a excellent time to share your knowledge of the iPad. Any issues you may face can be discussed there, too.
You can control all of the notifications you receive. Sometimes, it can be a hassle when you have numerous application notifications popping up. You can control these under Settings, and Notifications. Doing so lets you remove the less useful notifications from your home screen. This way you’ll only be alerted to things that you consider most important.
TIP! Read up on iPad forums. There is lots of information available this way.
Did you wish you could connect an iPad to your TV? You do need to buy an adapter, which is sold separately. The AV digital adapter will do this, or you can also use the VGA Apple adapter. Either works for your purpose.
Does you screen get scratched easily? The iPad can withstand quite a lot of wear and tear, but a protector is a good purchase if you are seeing small scratches showing up on your screen. This not only protects the Ipad, but it protects the fingers from getting micro-cuts as well.
If you have multiple apps open and want to switch between them, double-tap the home button to open the task manager. Simply tap the application that you want to open up. To go back to the previous app, do it again.
TIP! Do you need to look at a PDF file on your iPad? You need to send the PDF files to your email address so your iPad displays the open in iBooks function. If you use the book tab that is in the iTunes app, you can sync your PDFs with the iPad.
To copy text on your iPad, double-tap a word. It will be difficult to copy entire paragraphs this way, though. Tap the chosen text four times which will copy the entire paragraph. This can also work for URL’s and addresses too.
Make sure you enable your Find My iPad app in the event you ever lose it. This will show you the exact position of your iPad, and you will be able to remove any information from it, even if you don’t have it in your possession. Some people do not like the phone to track where there are, but this feature definitely has more benefits than negatives.
If you have personal information stored on your iPad, it is important to make sure you have it backed up in case your iPad is lost or stolen. In addition, it’s possible to set the iPad to eliminate all information when someone attempts to use it. Go to Settings>Password Lock and change settings to erase all information when someone puts in the wrong password 10 times.
TIP! You can move to the top of a page in Safari by tapping the title window. This saves a good deal of time over scrolling up.
Back up personal information in case of loss or theft. If your information is truly private, you should turn on your iPad’s security system. Go to Settings>Password Lock and change settings to erase all information when someone puts in the wrong password 10 times.
Since you now are more informed on how to used the iPad, you can start using it more effectively. The more you learn, the more you will see that the possibilities are endless. It will prove to be very useful and you won’t regret your purchase!
Have you ever seen a picture on the web while using your iPad that you’d like to save? This is easy! Just tap directly on the image and hold it for a second. This will then prompt you to save it. You will have the copy of the image on your iPad for whenever you need it.
TIP! If you own both an iPad and an Apple TV device, you can tether your iPad to your TV. Airplay icons will allow you to look at what you are playing, if you click on it you will see it on the TV.
The iPad is known far and wide as an amazingly innovative piece of technology. If you want to use it as it was intended, though, you have to educate yourself about it. Keep reading to learn some helpful advice about maximizing the benefits of your iPad.
Stay aware of the amount of money you are paying for the iPad apps that you download. It is so simple to use your iTunes application that you can rack up a huge bill without realizing it. Hence, you should set a limit on how much to spend on them.
You can do a soft reset in order to reboot a frozen iPad. A soft reset consists of simultaneously hitting the home and power buttons. Your device will then restart. If you simply want to force close one app, hold only the home button.
Set a password to keep your information private. By using this setting, all of your information will be erased after 10 failed password attempts.
Many people find it difficult to type on tablets, but it gets easier with time. However, you can use speech dictation as an alternative. Tap the Home button two times, and then tap the Microphone button. Once done talking, press it again and you’ll see what you said.
It can be irritating for your iPad to chime every time you get an email. This can be turned off! Tap on “Settings”, and then select “General”. Finally, click on the Sounds option. Then you can change the volume or even turn off the sound for new mail.
Does the battery percentage indicator drive you crazy? It is easy to turn off. To begin, open the Settings menu. Under the General section, you will find Usage. This menu provides an option for turning off the battery monitor information and clearing the screen.
There is an interesting way that you can turn off the sound on your device. All you need to do is press and hold volume down for a couple of seconds. Doing this is more efficient then pressing it multiple times. If you want the volume to revert back to the original level, just hold down the button again.
Because iPads are expensive, it is a good idea to care for them properly. You can use a clear cover to protect your screen. Although the screen protectors are made of plastic and are very thin, they can help protect the screen of your iPad. Use a cloth that is designed for cleaning screens whenever you wipe off your iPad. Don’t ever use products such as common window and household cleaners on the iPad’s screen.
Establish FaceTime telephone numbers and email addresses. The email that was used to set up the iPad will be used by default on FaceTime, but it is possible to add others. Just add them in the Settings app.
To copy/paste quickly, press and then hold text and simply choose Select. Now, tap on copy, switch to another app, then tap and hold down once more. You can then paste. You can also highlight a whole paragraph; tap it around four times.
Are you on the Internet nearly all the time? Then take advantage of the iPad’s cloud functions. This is a wonderful way to keep information without storing it on your device. Make sure your important documents are backed up on your device and the cloud.
Your iPad will come preloaded with apps that you may never use. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to remove these apps completely from the device. Drop them in a folder that is moved to a spot far away from your usual screen haunts. Without these apps to clutter your screen, you can do more with your preferred apps.
You can use your iPad to listen to the iTunes music you have. You don’t even have to download all your songs again. Just allow “Home Sharing” on the iPad and iTunes. In the iPad’s Music app, click on More and then Shared. Now you can listen to your heart’s content.
There are two ways to show a PDF. You can place a PDF inside of iTunes and then sync it up with your iPad or if your would like you could also email a PDF to your iPad. Try them both out to see which method is best for your needs.
Want to navigate between your apps without having to navigate to the home screen? All you have to do is double-tap Home, and all running apps will pop up. Simply tap the app that you’d like to switch to. You can find any open app using this feature.
Try using street view on the Google Maps app. Search and a red pin will show up on your map. Tap the pin and tap the icon that looks like a person. Street view will then open in the app.
Your first exposure to an iPad can leave you in awe. Anyone who wants to integrate this tool into his or her daily life should spend some time learning how to operate it. This information will give you the skills necessary to really use your iPad well.
Several iPad users have reported that they have experienced issues with Wi-Fi connectivity (weak signal, random Wi-Fi disconnection etc). If your new iPad has poor Wi-Fi reception problems; try the following steps to resolve your issue:
Make sure that your router firmware is up-to-date.
Make sure that your your iPad’s iOS is up to date.
Tap Settings > Wi-Fi > tap the blue arrow next to the wireless network you are connected to and tap “Forget this Network”.
If Fix#1 does not fix your issue, try this:
Tap Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings and restart your iPad.
Tap Settings > Wi-Fi > tap the blue arrow next to the Wi-Fi network you are currently using and tap “Renew Lease”
Do not use router wireless WEP security, instead use WPA or WPA2 because WEP may cause intermittent disconnects to iPad.
Computers used to be all about expandability. Essentially you owned a box that could be tailored to your needs as your requirements evolved. A popular upgrade path was storage, adding new hard drives as your files grew in size and number. But with Apple's touchscreen revolution, everything changed.
The iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are more like appliances than 'traditional' computers - they're sealed boxes that forever remain as they were the moment you purchased them. You can no more extend their storage capabilities than you can add a new compartment to your fridge-freezer.
A quick look at Apple's modern hardware suggests its entire line-up is heading in the same direction, but iOS devices are more restricted than Apple's desktops and notebooks. After all, if you need more storage for a MacBook Air, you at least have the option of offloading large documents to an external hard drive (and, of course, then sensibly backing up that data along with the internal drive's, either locally or to an online service such as CrashPlan).
But iOS devices aren't designed that way. They don't have a USB port or a user-accessible file structure. The intention is that you store everything on the device itself (well, almost everything - services like iTunes Match enable you to grab your music from the cloud).
Therefore, an important tip when it comes to better iOS device storage and management comes at the moment of purchase: buy the model with the most storage that you can afford, unless you're absolutely convinced you won't need it.
Even then, reconsider; be mindful that as technology evolves, demands for storage increase. Retina screens require larger applications, and iOS cameras can shoot HD video, which requires a huge amount of space.
Also, demands on iOS devices are increasing purely on the basis of what they can now do. People frequently shoot and edit video, work with photography, read magazines and compose music on iPads and iPhones. All these things require lots of storage.
If your device gets really full, it alerts you. Also, things stop working. You won't be able to install new apps or shoot video new footage. You may find that updating apps becomes problematic, because the device doesn't have enough space to download, unpack and install updates before deleting older versions.
We offer advice for dealing with such a situation, along with managing iOS storage in general. Note that this isn't intended as a start-to-finish walkthrough, more a series of ideas that can be utilised to free up space.
As ever, we should stress the importance of back-ups before making major changes to iOS devices. Even if you're backing up to iCloud, make the occasional local back-up (select your device in iTunes and click 'Back Up Now' on the Summary page).
Local backups are also useful when it comes to dealing with app data, because you can later use iExplorer to fish out settings and other documents from such a backup, even if those things have long been removed from your device. Also ensure before making any major changes in terms of deleting content that you don't only have said content on your iOS device.
For music, sync your device with iTunes to transfer tracks to your Mac (although you can grab previous purchases from iTunes, if necessary). For photos and movies, transfer them across by attaching your device to your Mac via USB, launching iPhoto, selecting the device and clicking the Import button.
How to manage iOS device storage
1. Check device capacity in iTunes
Although iOS devices no longer require iTunes, Apple's desktop app remains useful from a device management standpoint. Connect your device (via USB or over Wi-Fi) and select it from the Devices button. Across the bottom of the window, you see a chart detailing what's taking up room: audio, photos, apps, books and 'other'.
If storage is an issue, you could free some up. For example, if you've lots of music or photos on your device, select the relevant tab, uncheck the sync box and then sync your device. The relevant media is removed. You can then perform updates and manage your apps, perhaps free up more space, and later restore your media by resyncing it.
Occasionally, you might find the 'other' section becomes massive. In our experience, this is usually down to you having a lot of in-app data (see Step 3) or failed app updates, which can happen on trying to update without enough free space. Resyncing should help; if not, a restore from a local backup.
2. Discover app sizes
Apps can be massive. Sizes are shown in iTunes and the App Store, but that's the size of the compressed download. Once installed, an app's size can balloon.
In iTunes, check app sizes by clicking on the Apps tab and selecting Sort by Size from the pop-up menu at the top of the apps list. Peruse the list, and if there are apps or games you no longer use, consider deleting them. You can do so by clicking Remove in iTunes; when you've done so for all apps you'd like to delete, click Sync.
Alternatively, tap-hold an app on your device to make all the icons jiggle and, for each, tap the cross icon and then 'Delete' to remove it.
3. Examine app data
Open the Settings app on your device and in the General category, select Usage. You see available and used storage and a list of apps. These are ordered by the total amount of space they require, including app data.
Newsstand and similar apps tend to be storage-hungry. Their containers might be small, but the actual magazines rarely are. If you want to see how much space an app's data is using, tap the app in the list and look at the Documents & Data figure.
If you've several such apps taking up loads of room you need, consider deleting data. For example, if you subscribe to magazines, delete old issues from within each app. You can usually redownload issues later if you need to. If you fancy taking a speedy option and don't have a capped broadband connection, deleting a Newsstand app takes all its data with it. You can then download a fresh copy from the App Store and the latest issue.
Magazine and book apps aren't the only storage culprits, note. Dropbox can (optionally) store documents locally (by flagging them as favourites) and some video apps have download capability, so check those too.
4. Back-up app content
Should you no longer use a game or creative app, but think you might one day return to it, download its data to your Mac using the free version of iExplorer (macroplant.com/iexplorer).
Connect your device to your Mac via USB, select Apps from iExplorer's sidebar and select the app in question. Select the Documents and Library folders, Ctrl-click and select Export to Folder. (Alternatively drag them to a Finder folder.)
The contents of these folders can later be sideloaded into a fresh install of the app, meaning you won't lose your progress in a game that doesn't support iCloud, or could get saved compositions from a music-app back to your device with a minimum of fuss.
5. Use last-chance folders
If you tend to frequently download new apps, chances are some fall out of favour, but you might not necessarily know which. Create date-based folders (07-2013, say) and place apps within that you don't think you use any more. If you find yourself using one, 'rescue' it from the folder. Otherwise, delete the folder's contents after a few months, first backing up app data as necessary.
(Note: if you don't download apps to iTunes on your Mac, sync with it before deleting the apps, so you've a back-up you can later install to your device. You can of course redownload apps from the App Store, but only if they are still made available to you.)
This is a fairly ruthless app-management method, but it's useful for keeping installs current and ensuring you have space.
iPad Basics: How to Stop Apps & Music from Downloading Automatically
by Patrick Jordan
This is another basic iPad tip and a question I see asked about a lot in iPad discussion forums – how to stop apps or music or books from downloading automatically.
Automatic downloads can be very useful – these allow for all your new purchases (which even includes free apps you download) on any device where you have an iTunes account to be downloaded automatically on your iPad. But for some of us they can end up being an annoyance – for instance when you have certain apps or music that you only want on your iPhone. I tend to keep a much bigger music library on my phone than on my iPad, and there are some apps that are really only suited for and useful on a phone device.
The nice thing is that iOS makes it easy to turn these automatic downloads on and off for apps, books, and music individually or for all of them. Here’s how:
– Open the Settings app, scroll down the left sidebar a little way and tap on the ‘iTunes & App Stores’ section.
– You’ll see the ‘Automatic Downloads’ settings right in the middle of the screen. You can tap to toggle automatic downloads on and off for music, apps, and books.
It’s as easy as that and of course you can easily change these settings up as and when needed.