The App Store, being Apple’s own official way for installing software for iPhone and iPod touch, was intended to be more stable and faster than third-party installers whichÂ precededÂ App Store. In fact, many of the features of App Store were taken from Nullriver’s Installer.app. But, when launch day came, users were faced with iPhone sync times that lasted hours, and installing applications could take up to 30 minutes in some cases.
Apple has now updated the entire system, both iTunes has been bumped to 7.7.1, and iPhone OS has been updated to 2.0.1. Yet still, these most-complained-about bugs persist.
Worse, the issues appear to be increasing. Yesterday’s wave of software updates that were approved, has caused an isolated issue to spread like wildfire. Essentially, more and more users are reporting in that iTunes and iPhone state that they cannot update an app without completely re-purchasing it. iTunes reports anÂ ominousÂ “You do not qualify for this price” when using the App Store’s built-in software update mechanism.
Apple has not acknowledge an intention to fix these issues, though from all external expectations, they will in the future. Multiple insiders report that company continues to invest most of its development resources on iPhone internally.