App Store downloads slow to crawl

Posted on by Mike Evans

My app store downloads have gone glacial since last night. I don’t know whether this is a problem with the iPhone, an actual bottleneck caused by the launch of the iPad, or the fact that I am in China.

Twelve hours ago I noticed I had 12 app updates for my iphone, most of them new iPad-ready retina rebuilds, including Kindle, Instapaper and Day One.

I restarted the iPhone a couple of times but a majority of the new apps were still showing “Waiting”. The hotel wifi here in Beijing is fast and there is no slowdown at this end.

Overnight eight of the 12 apps had downloaded successfully while four are still waiting. This phenomenon has never happened before and I have no idea of the cause. I will report more as the day progresses. But, since I am on a restricted data plan I will have to pause the outstanding apps when I leave the hotel.

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