I've released an app to the App Store, it's been waiting for review for about 9 days.

Upon running my own dev version I've realised I'd left a critical part out. Would it be worth waiting for release and then pushing an update or remove it and resubmit?

Will the update be processed faster than a resubmission?

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Updates are generally processed faster than the first submission of an app for review, but not drastically faster. It's usually around a day shorter (5 days) compared with the average 6 or 7 days for a first submission.

Note that iOS 8 has caused an increase in submissions and a consequential increase in review times; Apple may be prioritising updates more to make apps compatible with iOS 8.

  • In my experience this is not true. I've submitted a number of new apps and updates, and both in the last 6 months have taken around 10-14 days
    – jjxtra
    Commented Jun 4, 2015 at 1:35

Check out this resource http://appreviewtimes.com/ . Very handy but it doesn't distinguish between first submissions and updates unfortunately.


If you check Apple's developer site they list the percent of new and updates approved in 5 business days or less. I'm not sure how accurate this is because in my experience it usually takes 7-10 days to get either a new app or update approved and far longer if you get rejected.

Apple's review claims link: https://developer.apple.com/support/appstore/app-review/

Actual times from statistical sample: http://appreviewtimes.com/

Between the two there is a big discrepancy, or I am just really unlucky as it takes about 10 days (7 business days or so) for me to get updates through for You Doodle.

  • Do you have a link for that? Commented May 27, 2015 at 13:54
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    @HaemEternal Added links
    – jjxtra
    Commented May 27, 2015 at 17:06

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