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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?

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

    12 years ago

    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
    12 years ago

    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.

      12 years ago

      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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