iOS 4.3 features: Cancel app download/install

Looks like iOS 4.3, at least in the current beta, finally brings with it the ability to cancel app downloads/installs. Hit the App Store, start a download, and if you suddenly have second thoughts -- maybe you don't have time or bandwidth at the moment -- just tap and hold to enter jiggly mode and the X badge shows up on the downloading app. Tap the X, confirm you really want to delete, and the download and install stops and the icon vanishes.

Under current and previous versions of iOS, Jiggly Mode wouldn't provide the X badge for downloading/installing apps.

If you've just purchased the app you won't get refunded, of course, but if its a big game, huge navigation app, or for any reason you have second thoughts about downloading, you can now kill it and try again at a better time.

Small but great feature addition. Anyone else happy to have it?

For more, see our complete iOS 4.3 beta walkthrough...


Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.