Ios 11.3’s app store brings back version number and size information for updates

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Aside from a few major iPhone and iPad enhancements that are in tow for iOS 11.3, like battery health and power management which were previewed recently ahead of release this Spring, the software update brings back the version number and size information for app updates.

These important pieces of information got removed from last September’s iOS 11 release as part of the major revamping of App Store. In the current beta of iOS 11.3, you can now see the version number and installation size for all app updates listed under the store’s Updates tab.

The version number and installation size are found under each app’s name in the Updates tab. Like before, this information is displayed both for updates that have already been installed and those that are ready to download. However, this handy feature may use some additional work.

That’s because app pages still do not show the version number nor the size for pending updates, as evidenced by the screenshot above showing the Facebook app page on iOS

Don’t get us wrong, we’re not whining for whining’s sake.

As a matter of fact, we’re very happy that App Store is now showing update sizes and version numbers for both apps and their updates, as it should. Following the iOS 11 release, Apple quietly increased the cellular download limit for App Store apps and updates to 150 MB.

Seeing an update’s size is crucial before hitting the Update button only to be greeted with a message that it cannot download over cellular because it exceeds the 150MB threshold.

Are you glad that Apple has reinstated this App Store feature in iOS 11.3?

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