How To Turn Automatic App Updates in iOS 7 On and Off

iOS 7 Automatic app updates


One of the most popular new features in iOS 7 is automatic app updates. I know there are many iPad and iOS users who have grown to hate the little red badge on the App Store icon that reminds you of how many app updates are available and the fact that you need to go deal with that.

The new automatic app updates feature is a way to rid yourself of the chore of installing updates manually. The feature is easy to turn on or off. Here’s how:

– Go to the Settings app and tap on the iTunes & App Store section on the left sidebar.

– On the iTunes & App Store page on the right of the screen, look at the ‘Automatic Downloads’ section.

– Tap on the button alongside the ‘Updates’ entry to turn it on or off. If the button shows as green and white, it is On.

If you want to see which updates have been applied recently, for troubleshooting purposes or other reasons, you can go to the Updates section of the App Store and see a listing.

That’s all there is to it. Enjoy waving Bye Bye to the task of keeping your iPad apps up to date.

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How to Quit Apps in iOS 7

iOS 7 Multitasking Cards

As you know if you’ve got it installed over the last couple days, iOS 7 brings a wealth of exciting new features. One of them is real, intelligent multitasking for all apps.

Along with the new multitasking there’s also a new method for switching between apps and quitting apps. It’s very simple and also a more elegant method than in iOS 6.

You still get to the multitasking controls via the same two methods as before: a double-tap of the home button or a four-finger swipe up from the bottom of the iPad screen. In iOS 7 rather than seeing just app icons we now see card style thumbnails of running apps. These cards even show the current state of each app.

To switch to any of the apps, just tap on its card. To quit any of the apps, just swipe up on its card.

There’s even a card for the home screen, the one you were last on before invoking the multitasking bar. A quick tap on that card takes you back to that home screen and saves a wee bit of wear and tear on the home button.

That’s all there is to it. Hope you’re all enjoying the new multitasking controls and other new iOS 7 features.

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iPad Tips: Faster Way to Unlock the iPad with a Bluetooth Keyboard

iPad Passcode Lock

Here’s a simple but handy iPad tip for when you’re using the iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard. If you’ve got Passcode Lock set on the iPad you do not have to touch the home or power button on the button to wake it from sleep mode. In fact, you can speed up the unlocking process by making use of the Bluetooth keyboard.

To do so, when the iPad is in sleep mode – just hit any key on the Bluetooth keyboard and then start entering your passcode.

Thanks to David Chartier at Finer Things for this one.

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App Store Updates Not Showing – an Easy Fix

App Store Updates page

Update: It looks like my ‘easy’ fix has not worked for many users. It looks like now like this is an Apple issue that they are aware of and working on. In the meantime, the best current workaround seems to be this one: Go to the Purchased section in the App Store,  make sure you’re on the All tab, and scroll through and apply updates.

I’ve seen a large number of users saying that the App Store Updates page is not working over the last few days. I experienced the issue myself – with the App Store icon badge showing a number of updates available, but the Updates page was completely blank.

It looks like there is a very easy fix for this though – the old school, cure-all fix for computer issues of all sorts. Reboot the iPad. Just power the iPad off and back on like normal. Just to be clear, to reboot the iPad you hold down the top Power button until you see the ‘Slide to power off’ prompt, then slide to power off. Give it 10 seconds or so and then hold the power button down again until you see the Apple logo appear on the screen.

That simplest of solutions has worked for me. Let me know in the comments if it works for you or if you have another solution to the issue.

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How To Import Instapaper Articles into Pocket

Pocket and Instapaper are two excellent read-it-later apps / services for the iPad, iOS and beyond. I’ve used both services for years, but for the last year or so I’ve been using Pocket a lot more than Instapaper. So a tip on how to import Instapaper articles into Pocket, from Whitson Gordon at Lifehacker, caught [...]

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