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I have so many apps on my iPhone, when I install a batch of updates it takes a while for them to complete. Given how many different screens my iPhone has, it's difficult to determine when all of the updating apps are done installing.

Is there a different view/screen I can pull up to track the progress of all apps currently being installed and/or updated?

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Unfortunately, there is no feature like this built into iOS. Something may exist with a Jailbreak, but I am not aware of such a tool.

You have something 'like' this in the Mac App Store, where the update screen shows the progress itself.

You can possibly suggest the feature on Apple's Feedback Page, or submit a bug through Apple's Bug Reporter.

Luckily, in iOS 5, multiple apps can be downloaded and installed simultaneously, so this should speed up the process, and make it more noticeable.

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I found that when I go to the home screen and there's no spinning network indicator, then my updates are done.

I usually hit update all, then go to the main page and watch the little counter on the App Store icon decrement until it disappears (this is so I don't wake my phone later to find the process has halted because one of the apps is rated 17+ because it has a browser). Then I check it occasionally and wait for the network indicator to stop spinning.

I also have almost all my apps inside folders on 3 pages, so it doesn't take long to page through each page and look for the progress bar on the folders. If you have a lot of pages of apps it might take awhile, but put your apps into folders and the folder shows a progress bar that takes all the apps inside it into account for updates, so that can reduce the time you spend looking at app icons to see if an update is still occurring.

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