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iOS 7 beta using 'ghost' apps when syncing from iCloud

updated 01:30 pm EDT, Fri August 9, 2013

Prevents restores from consuming bandwidth, usability

The iOS 7 beta currently creates "ghost" apps on an iOS device when restoring from an iCloud backup, a report notes. When restoring from iCloud in iOS 6, a device will normally start re-downloading every app automatically once core data is back in place. iOS7, by contrast, will recreate folders but leave grayed-out icons in place of apps; only tapping on one will get an app to download.

Although it's unknown if the change will make it into iOS 7's final release, it appears to be a way of coping with a fundamental problem of restoring from iCloud. Simultaneously downloading every app a person owns can cripple bandwidth, and potentially render a device useless for hours. By forcing people to re-download apps only as needed, a device can become usable again in the shortest time possible.

by MacNN Staff





  1. reciprocity

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 05-08-08

    When restoring from an iTunes backup (before iCloud became available), I've twice lost the organization of all my apps. What appeared to happen was the "order" appeared first (before there were any apps loaded), then the apps loaded after that and got moved to additional screens outside their original folders.

    I wonder if this new functionality is designed to solve that sort of problem -- the "order" comes first, then the apps start to download to the "placeholder" icons (hopefully automatically after a set period of time).

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