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Apple Apps Fail to Update in iOS9

Apple iPhones have a worm

A Worm in the Apple

I am a longtime Mac user, since 1985. I’ve come to the end of my love affair with Apple, esp. the iPhone.  I previously wrote about many issues I’ve had with Apple and iCloud. I have been patient.  I was hoping the 9.2.1 updates would finally fix this issue, but I have an iPad Air and 2 iPhones all stuck in recurring app limbo.  My apps will not update, or they take weeks to finally complete. After doing a search, I have proved that this issue is not isolated, but is global. At the bottom of this rant I will post links to all the various pages of attempted fixes posted by well meaning bloggers. Some may work for you. Unfortunately, even if they have worked temporarily for me, they fixes don’t last. The problem recurs and the frustration level just increases with each and every update.

I have been through all the solutions posted, even going to my daughter’s house and trying their very high speed connection, but she too is having problems with updates on her iPhone. I think this issue has to do with OS9, iCloud, and Apple’s servers. I can’t think of anything else that has caused this glaciation. I am so frustrated. The only solution I’ve found is to do all my downloads to my Mac, which never has a problem, then connect via USB and sync my devices that way in iTunes. However, this ongoing and daily problem has become so annoying and time consuming that I am actually strongly considering an Android phone and turning in my iPhone 6. Strangely, my wife’s iPhone 5c seems to have less issues than my iPad and my 6. I thought the issue might have been my slower 10/1 wireless burst technology internet service, but the fact that the issue persists when connected to TWC at 150/30 means that that is not the problem.

I am very disappointed as well.  I wish there were a way to make Google Now the default voice helper on my iPhone, but you cannot do that without jailbreaking your phone. Siri has proven herself worthless. She misunderstands me more than my wife 🙂

Siri, please call Dr. Herztog…

“I’m sorry, I cannot find a Dr. Hemorrhoid in your contacts list.. ”

Siri, find a Home Depot near me…

“I’m sorry, I cannot connect to the internet right now… “

Luckily I have found that you can transfer your contacts to an Android device. There are apps that do that from your iPhone and from your Mac. iCloud has at least made my transition easier.

If you have an Android phone that you just love, leave a comment below. I’d be glad to hear it. My friend likes his Galaxy 6, but said that there were tons of problems with the Galaxy 5, which the recent issue of Consumer Reports rated as a top pick. I’d prefer not to carry a brick in my pocket, but good photos would be a major plus and good reception is a must. I live in a rural area on the edge of Sprint’s connectivity.

Here are some links to possible fixes for stalled app updates.

  1. https://www.assistiveware.com/support/faq/page/143
  2. http://alvinalexander.com/apple/iphone-waiting-apps-update-install-reinstall-delete-ipod
  3. http://ipadacademy.com/ipad-app-stuck-on-installing-how-to-get-app-downloads-started-again/
  4. http://ipadacademy.com/how-to-solve-the-problem-of-an-ipad-app-download-stuck-on-waiting
  5. http://ipadacademy.com/ipad-app-problem-app-store-badge-shows-updates-needed-but-it-wont-work/
  6. http://ipad.about.com/od/iPad_Troubleshooting/a/How-To-Fix-My-Ipad-App-Won-T-Update.htm
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2 comments on “Apple Apps Fail to Update in iOS9

  1. The apps refusing to update has been a problem for perhaps a year. But for some reason it has gone away… Think the last update fixed it.

    • I hope so… I think my iPhone finally updated. I will watch and see. However Siri is still ridiculous…

      “Siri, web search Hobby Lobby Coupons….”
      Ok, opening a Facetime with Robert Evans…

      Gad! 🙂

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