I recently clicked a link which took me to the App Store to download the Amazon Prime Video app. This was confusing to me because I already have that app. I downloaded it anyway, and now I have two identical (looking) apps on my phone? How is this possible? I have an iPhone SE.

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  • One of them is probably a bookmark from safari added by the "Add the Home Screen" option. – JBis Oct 1 '18 at 11:21
  • Why did this happen? I dunno. You can always delete them both and re-download the most current version. – IconDaemon Oct 1 '18 at 11:32
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    It’s not a bookmark. They are both the app. And yes, I can delete them both and reinstall, but I’d like to know how this happened. – bornfromanegg Oct 1 '18 at 11:33
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    To the downvoter: it would be useful to know why you downvoted. – bornfromanegg Oct 1 '18 at 12:18
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    Not sure why this was downvoted.... – Tyson Oct 1 '18 at 12:18

I can answer this one for you. Amazon are trying to transfer everybody to a new app. The one you linked to is the old one. Search the app store and you'll find the new one (at V6.4 vs 6.1 for the old). A while back Amazon sent a push message with a link telling everyone to update. You probably did and didn't delete the old one. What the difference is at this point in time between the two? Probably nothing. That might change though.

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    It would seem from my own research that something called a Bundle Id is what identifies an app, and you can't have two apps with the same bundle ID. So the difference between the two is, I'm guessing, the bundle Id. It seems that Amazon have "updated" their app simply by publishing an entirely new one (with a new bundle Id). Quite why they would do that is beyond me, but thanks for the info. – bornfromanegg Dec 11 '18 at 11:57
  • Exactly right. They issued a new app and asked everybody to download that instead. It could be something to do with inheriting an Apple developer account from Love Film (the company in the UK that they bought and replaced the app of). So if centralising all their apps to a single developer account, maybe they had to do that. I don't know, but what you described is correct. I reckon just update all your apps and delete the version that's 6.1 instead of 6.4 and leave Amazon's old app to its merry ways. Already taken up too much headspace for us both! :) – iambasil Dec 11 '18 at 19:02
  • Yep, makes sense. Nice to know what’s going on though! Cheers. – bornfromanegg Dec 11 '18 at 19:06

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