WWDC 2011: Purchased Updates quietly activated in iOS 4.3
Apple quietly activated its new Purchased Updates feature in iOS 4.3 -- without requiring a software update. When you touch the new Purchased link in Updates you'll see apps you've previously purchased, but have not yet installed on your device
Try this on your iOS 4.3 device: touch App Store > Updates. Notice anything different?
That's right, Apple quietly activated its new Purchased Updates feature in iOS 4.3 -- without requiring a software update. When you touch the new Purchased link you're taken to a page that looks like this:
From here you can see which apps you've previously purchased, but have not installed on your device. The All tab distinguishes between apps installed on my iPhone, and in my case above, the princess apps that I installed on my wife's iPad for my daughter. Touching Not On This iPhone displays just the apps that you've purchased and not installed on a particular device -- as opposed to both.
I really surprised that no one found this feature previously, because it's been there since iOS 4.3 was released.
Update: On the iPad, a completely new Purchased icon is visible to the right of Updates at the bottom of the screen. The iPad version of Purchased Updates also features buttons to distinguish between iPhone and native iPad apps.
Update: I was running stock iOS 4.3.3 on a GSM iPhone 4 and GSM iPad when I took the screenshots above. Several readers have reported both seeing the new Purchased Updates feature and not, so the feature may be rolling out slowly on a tiered schedule. If you do see it, post your device specifics and software version in the TalkBack below.