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I have two iPhones (personal and work) that are on the same Apple ID. On the personal one there is the the following problem that doesn't happen on the work one: on the Updates tab of the App Store, the update dates are wrong for most apps. For example, Skype for iPhone right now shows 2 days ago, but when clicking on that app, it shows 2w ago and it was indeed updated about 2 weeks ago (typically I update the apps as soon as updates show up).

The Date & Time are Set Automatically on both phones, the city is found correctly by the location services (Setting Time Zone is allowed). The phones are on different operators, but I don't think that they use the operator time for setting the date and time.

What is most baffling is that it happens only on one phone, although both are on the same account. Any idea what may be going on and how to fix it besides trying to reinstall the phone from scratch?

  • I'm guessing you're on 11.2? – JMY1000 Dec 5 '17 at 17:59
  • Do you have your apps set to automatically update? – Allan Dec 5 '17 at 18:11
  • What are the version, build, and model numbers on the two devices? – drivec Dec 5 '17 at 20:22
  • What model of iPhone are they? Also are they on the same carrier? – Melvin Jefferson Dec 5 '17 at 20:38
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    Both are iPhones 6s, now on 11.2, but this happened on 11.1.x, different carriers, apps do not update automatically but I update them within a day after new update shows up. – lupincho Dec 6 '17 at 5:01
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Not to take away from Allan's or drivec's answers, as I do think they have pieces of the puzzle, but the real answer is a little more complicated.

drivec is correct about a 'bug', but the bug is actually an interaction issue between iOS 11 and the iOS App Store.

This bug presents itself by listing apps as having fresh updates, when many of them do not!

Example

I have an iPhone 6s, as does my wife. I also have a number of apps I've developed, available on the App Store. As you would imagine, I have these apps installed on my iPhone, as does my wife.

Now, here are the interesting things:

  • During the last couple of weeks, in the Updates tab within the App Store app on my iPhone, I've seen a number of my apps listed at various stages. Now, these apps have not been updated since Feb/Mar/Apr of this year!!!
  • My wife's iPhone does not list these apps as having updates available, even though the same apps are installed on her phone. So, I got update notifications for apps I know have not been updated, and my wife hasn't received the same notifications.

The first time this happened I was rather confused, to say the least. I looked at my apps on the App Store and they still showed me as the developer, and they still showed the correct version numbers and in the Version History the correct timeframe of when the latest version was released. But, if I go back to the Updates screen, it'll show 2 days ago, or a date from last week, etc.

I reported this to Apple and they are aware of it (having received reports from other developers). And it is something they're working on.

Finally, Allan is also correct because the dates shown on the Updates page does indicate the date the updates were installed, while going into the App's individual pages and looking at the version history shows the date the app's latest version was released.

However, because of this bug, what is happening is that people are installing updates when in fact there is no need to do so, but when they do the dates appearing on the Updates tab change to the more recent date, even though the exact same version of the app may have been released months or even years earlier. And, since this bug is not necessarily presenting itself on all iPhones, or even with the same apps on different iPhones, it's only adding to the confusion.

NOTE:

When speaking with Apple about this, they informed me that they were updating apps so that they're signed with Apple's latest signing certificate. However, in those cases, Apple was pre-populatng the "What's new" text with the following text:

This update is signed with Apple's latest signing certificate. No new features are included.

So, if apps are listed as having updates available, and the above text is shown, then they're not being affected by the bug I refer to here in my answer. However, it is possible that perhaps they're appearing in the Updates tab because of the certificate signing, and for some reason the "What's new" text isn't pre-populating correctly.

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    Thanks a lot, now I know that I am not the only one with this problem. Hopefully Apple fixes it soon. – lupincho Dec 6 '17 at 5:16
  • The answer doesn't provide a solution (it seems that Apple has to fix the issue) but it provides a credible explanation, so the bounty is awarded to it. – lupincho Dec 12 '17 at 19:52
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I believe you are confusing the installation date with the release date.

For example, I have two apps for which updates were both installed on the same day (Nov. 30th) but different dates (days) on which they were released. The two apps are:

  • Microsoft To-Do
  • JetBlue

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However, if I go into the individual pages, Microsoft's shows 5d ago and JetBlue's shows 6d ago. Two apps; updated at exactly the same time (Nov 30th) but with different "dates"

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Note: I would provide more examples, however this is a new phone and I don't have an installed and updated App more than 8 days old. However, as I was writing this answer, and checking the updates under the App Store app, an update for Netflix came in. As Netflix is not critical, I will delay the update a few days to test and verify this premise.

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    You are right but I update the apps within a day after an update shows up, thetefore at most 2 days after an update is released. So regardless of what date is shown on what screen, there should be at most 1-2 days difference. If an update is released 2 weeks ago, it can not be that I updated it 2 days ago. Moreover, I always update both phones at the same time, so for the common apps, there should be no difference in the dates. Right now the same app shows a week ago on the work phone and today on the personal and I am sure that I didn’t update it today or yesterday. – lupincho Dec 6 '17 at 5:10
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Based on what I am seeing, this is a bug in iOS 11 and has no clear user-facing fix or workaround. You should file a bug report here. If you are using a public iOS beta, follow the bug reporting channels provided by Apple.

Previously, iOS 10 allowed you to clear the App Store cache by tapping one of the App Store tabs 10 times in quick succession. This no longer functions in iOS 11.

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