10/6/12
9:10 pm

Forum Question: How Do I Remove an Update Badge From App Store Icon In iOS?

I have a 1st gen iPad running iOS 5.1.1, which is as far as I can go. It recently notified me that I had several updates. I opened the App Store. One of the updates in the list (which has the “update” button grayed out) is for Cards, which requires iOS 6, so I can’t upgrade it. I selected “update all” and everything else updated, leaving Cards still showing. Even though I can’t update this app, there is still a badge with the number 1 on the corner of my App Store app. How do I make it go away?
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Cameron

Comments: 3 Responses to “How Do I Remove an Update Badge From App Store Icon In iOS?”

    10/6/12 @ 10:14 pm

    Interesting anomaly. Normally that would never happen since Apple has a rule about apps in the app store — it must support every version of the hardware and iOS that it has always supported, since the first version of the app. So if a developer comes out with a new version that won’t work on something that it worked on before, then the developer has to make it a new app. A version 2 or whatever. So there would be the old one, and the new one — two separate apps.
    But it looks like Apple has given itself an exception and allowed Cards to break this rule.
    So I don’t know if there is anything you can do. You can uninstall Cards, certainly. Or, you can live with the “1” by the App Store icon.
    I suppose that Apple may issue a fix for this, but I’m not sure they would consider it important enough. After all, it is just a number next to an icon. It doesn’t change any functionality.

    Joseph M Landwermeyer
    10/8/12 @ 1:52 am

    Gary,
    Along these lines, why isn’t there a means to choose which apps we want to upgrade and which ones we don’t? I feel that if one thinks it is unnecessary to update an app (regardless of what their way of thinking is), they shouldn’t have to.

      10/8/12 @ 6:45 am

      Security. That’s the reason. And reliability. Often updates include security and bug fixes. Ever visit someone with a PC who’s machine is running poorly? Chances are they haven’t updated anything in a long time. Apple is trying to do better. You may not like that reason, but I think that is pretty much it.

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