See if you can find what’s wrong in the pictures below. The first is from iTunes on my Mac:
The next is from my iPhone:
Do you see it? Can you guess? It takes a sharp eye, but I’m sure my readers can figure it out. And while you’re at it, exactly how many updates do I have anyway? Is it three? Six? 16? The mind boggles…
This is not the first time these counts have disagreed. In fact, whenever I have updates they never seem to agree. But I must admit to being surprised at seeing 16 updates listed. Heck, I recognize four of them as having been download and synced/installed to the iPhone only yesterday!
I used to think there was a simple pattern here. That maybe whether you originally downloaded an app on the iPhone or Mac might have some bearing on the discrepancy. Or perhaps if you didn’t sync it by a certain time, resulting in potential timing issues between the various downloads and installations.
After today’s mess, however, I’m inclined to think this is a more involved bug. On the other hand, there’s every indication that Apple did release quite a few updates today. They also released an update to iTunes (7.7.1) that I’ve installed. Maybe those two events have something to do with this especially large discrepancy.
I went through each App in iTunes, doing a ‘Get Info’ and checking its version against the 16 alleged updates. Of those, seven were in fact newer versions. Seven, meaning even the number on the iTunes Applications badge (six) was wrong. Sheesh. Meanwhile, the iPhone’s three updates were also part of the seven above.
I download and installed all three the iPhone listed, and downloaded all seven on the Mac (even though this included the three on the iPhone). Then I synced the iPhone to install them all from iTunes. After the sync, iTunes and the iPhone agreed all my apps were up to date — despite only updating seven of the 16 apps it had just told me needed updating.
It remains to be seen if this will do any good. I wonder how many updates it will think I need tomorrow…