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  • 'App Update Manager' Gives You Greater Control Over iOS 7 Auto-App Store Updates


    In iOS 7, you can choose to have all of your App Store applications update automatically for you in the background so that you'll never have to worry about having an outdated version of an App Store application when you go to use it.

    To add more fine-grained control over how and when App Store applications are updated in the background, check out a new jailbreak tweak called App Update Manager by iOS developer noppers.

    This tweak gives the user more options for defining when or when it isn't it's okay for an application to go ahead and update in the background when an update is available in the App Store. After you install the tweak, you'll find a new preferences pane in the Settings application where you'll find all the settings you can adjust to your liking:



    As is customary with most tweaks, you'll be able to enable or disable the tweak on demand via the available kill-switch. You'll also find yourself with the ability to have applications only update in the background when you're connected to a power source, which may come in handy if you're worried about a large download draining your battery.

    You'll also be able to define a battery percentage where the device should not attempt to download an application update, which could come in handy for preventing your device from dying when you're at a low battery percentage. The tweak gives you the ability to define any battery percentage (default), 5%, or 10% increments from there. If you set this setting to say, 30%, then your device will not attempt to automatically download App Store updates if your battery level is at 30% or lower.

    You'll also be able to individually control what applications are allowed to update in the background. You'll find a list of all of your application icons, and turning them on means that they are allowed to update in the background, while turning them off means that they are not allowed to update in the background.

    For this tweak to work correctly, you will need to enable Apple's Automatic Update Downloads option under Settings>iTunes & App Store>Automatic Downloads>Updates.

    Since many people are worried that automatic App Store updates might break certain applications on them, the control over which applications are allowed to update automatically is a nice feature to have. The ability to control when applications are able to update is also a nice way to control application updates. We would say that this tweak is a great addition to any iOS 7 device. If you're interested in giving it a try, it's available in Cydia's ModMyi repository for 99.

    Name: App Update Manager
    Price: $1.49
    Version: 1.0
    Requirements: iOS 7.0-7.0.4
    Repo: ModMyi
    Developer: noppers
    Editor's Rating:  5/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'App Update Manager' Gives You Greater Control Over iOS 7 Auto-App Store Updates started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. Kupe's Avatar
      Kupe -
      Wow- I used to love the tweak "Update Hider" that allowed you to prevent specific apps from updating, but it was not supported beyond iOS 5. I've had too many disastrous "updates" to allow Auto Updates to my important or work-critical apps, so this sounds like I will once again be able to choose. I think I'll give it a try. One thing- I see it costs $1.49 rather than $.99
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kupe View Post
      One thing- I see it costs $1.49 rather than $.99
      Thanks! Looks like I goofed up haha.
    1. Kupe's Avatar
      Kupe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Thanks! Looks like I goofed up haha.
      No worries!

      I am concerned about one thing though. It says "For this tweak to work correctly, you will need to enable Apple's Automatic Update Downloads option under Settings>iTunes & App Store>Automatic Downloads>Updates." Kind of a "chicken or the egg" dilemma here since I don't dare enable that option for even a second! Hmmmmm...
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kupe View Post
      No worries!

      I am concerned about one thing though. It says "For this tweak to work correctly, you will need to enable Apple's Automatic Update Downloads option under Settings>iTunes & App Store>Automatic Downloads>Updates." Kind of a "chicken or the egg" dilemma here since I don't dare enable that option for even a second! Hmmmmm...
      Once you enable that feature, this tweak begins filtering the updates that want to come through.

      I see where you're coming from though, but in the time it takes for you to enable that feature and then enable this tweak, I doubt the App Store would have phoned home to see if you have any updates.
    1. nopperssoftware's Avatar
      nopperssoftware -
      You can disable the apps you don't want to update in App Settings before enabling the automatic update downloads option in the App Store settings.
    1. Kupe's Avatar
      Kupe -
      Quote Originally Posted by nopperssoftware View Post
      You can disable the apps you don't want to update in App Settings before enabling the automatic update downloads option in the App Store settings.
      Thanks! That might be a good thing to mention in the Cydia description as well. To be safe, I bought your app, then I put my phone in Airplane Mode and made sure everything was configured in your app before I turned on Auto-Updates.

      I love this Tweak! It seems to work great- and for the first time in a long time I don't have an AppStore Update badge with 100+ Updates!

      Cheers!