Maybe it was the 2.0.1 iPhone firmware update, or more likely the iTunes 7.7.1 update, but it seems that Apple has fixed the iTunes app updating process.
This morning, I woke up to find five updates for my iPhone apps. Previously, iTunes had issues with figuring out how to update apps: It would find many more updates than were appropriate for your app collection; it thought that some apps needed to be updated more than once at the same time, when there was only one update available; there was an issue with iTunes creating duplicates of apps and trying to update each one.
For some, this was not an issue, because downloading 50+ apps isn’t a big deal for those with enough bandwidth. The apps only updated once on the device, so after downloading the updates, it was a minor annoyance. But if bandwidth is an issue, this bug was a huge pain.
In any case, I was delighted to see that only five updates were available for five programs this morning.
So, it seems—for me, at least—that this issue has been resolved. I’d like to hear if this is the case for everyone. If you’ve had app updates since the newest patches for iTunes and the iPhone, did they download correctly?
[Update] It appears this issue isn’t fixed. I may have just gotten lucky with my app updates. As Steve would say, App Updates aren’t yet up to “Apple Standards.”