Apple makes it very easy to update apps on your iPhone. Just click the giant UPDATE ALL button and whoo – all your apps get updated, shiny and new.
But newer is not always better. Apps I refuse to update:
“Removes the dictionary from your list of books, and no longer lets you open the dictionary and read from it. Update notes do not disclose this.” –925925
“Maybe if you guys stopped trying to cram in an escalating amount of bloat and advertising [with every update] the app would continue to work properly.” –Shawhan Moleski
The loading time got so bad, I just deleted it and replaced it with the free Merriam-Webster Dictionary, which is much faster.
“Before the update, you could end an activity [quickly]. Now, ending an activity involves a convoluted multi-step process, where one has to decide whether to share the activity on twitter, Facebook, or some other mindless social website.” –FlyDogAZ
“All you did was add pop up banners constantly.” –Nyr9440
Other apps I’m not updating: Bejeweled and Drop7 (Facebook integration: no thanks), Shazam (now limits you to 5 music tags per month).
The iPhone really needs an IGNORE UPDATE button. I’ve submitted feedback to Apple requesting this. Now it’s your turn.
Addendum: Two years after I wrote this, Apple released iOS7, with optional Automatic App Updates. So what I do now is simpler. I don’t like managing updates. If an app upgrade makes it worse, I just delete the app and replace it with something better:
I replaced Kindle with iBooks. Pandora with iTunes Radio/Soundcloud. Dictionary.com eventually got a bit faster, and Merriam-Webster got slower. I usually use Siri to look up words now. Runkeeper was replaced with Nexercise, but both are pretty slow. With Apple’s new M7 Motion Sensor, I suspect they’ll be releasing some sort of fitness app/watch soon. Mapquest replaced with Apple Maps.