My iPad 1 runs iOS 5.0.1 but I believe I have had this problem with previous versions. I'll go into the App Store and find a lot of pending updates. I'll tell it to update all and then leave it on to do its updating.

Later (hours or days even) I come back and all or most of the apps that were updated have the faded icon and an empty update bar with a caption of "Waiting . . ." None of them are updating. I tap them and it doesn't launch and doesn't change the status. I've tried rebooting the iPad but that doesn't seem to help.

Eventually it will return to normal, but I have found no rhyme or reason. I am on 20 Mbit DSL so it shouldn't be that it takes days to download a few updates. I don't think that is what is happening anyway because I don't see any progress on any of them.

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    You could try logging out the store, and then logging back in. Then update. Do one at a time. If the first one successfully installs, try another. Give a few a shot before just hitting all. It might just be one bad app. If you can narrow it down, you can remove that app manually and then redownload it through the store.
    – user10355
    Dec 21, 2011 at 21:52

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Back up your iPad to your computer or iCloud, and pull a factory reset on the sucker. I know that some people have been having issues with iOS 5.0.1, and that a complete wipe/reset is necessary to fix some issues. I hope this helps, and good luck!

  • If finally finished updating. I'll give this a try it if happens again though.Looks like patience was the answer. Jan 10, 2012 at 0:28

Go back to the App Store app, and try hitting the update button again. Your account login activity time may have expired sometime during the process. If so, it will ask you to enter your password again before resuming downloading your updates.

  • I've done that. Even updated other apps, which finished downloading, but the others were still "Waiting . . ." Dec 21, 2011 at 20:30

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