Another new feature has been uncovered in the new iOS 4.3 GM release, courtesy of 9to5 Mac.

The new feature allows the App Store to scan your Apple account for previously purchased apps that aren’t installed on your device yet. In the App Store, applications that aren’t yet installed but have been purchased before, will show “INSTALL” next to them, instead of the app price.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably downloaded hundreds of apps from the App Store. So when you restore your iDevice due to some issues and  sync it with a new computer, you will have to re-download all your apps from the app store, but sometimes you forget if you purchased certain apps before. The only way to find out if you’ve previously purchased a specific app, is to to download the app again and wait for the App Store display message, “You have already purchased this item. To download it again for free, select OK.”

Apparently, this new feature seems to only work on the iPad. Maybe the official public release of iOS 4.3 on March 11th will add the feature to iPhone and iPod devices as well.

What do you think?

Update: It seems Apple added this feature to the App Store 2 weeks ago, not in iOS 4.3. Sorry, folks!

  • I thought this had begun in 4.2.1 (at least on iPad)…

  • Jlowry

    Yeah I thought the same

  • Eric

    That’s on iPad right now with 4.2.1. Tbis blog is getting shitty. Sebastian needs to take over from these other writers.

    • Kickstar13

      We’re not the only ones that have reported this. I saw it posted over at 9to5Mac and assumed it was a new feature in iOS 4.3. We’ve updated the article.

      • Manuel

        Don’t let him get to you bro. Either way, I read it and enjoyed the article, so forget the last dude and his unneeded post

      • MrA

        Don’t listen to that guy we still love ya iDB.

  • AppleBits

    I’m on 4.2.1 and see the INSTALL option from time to time….on iPad. BUT, they are showing up in the iPhone app section so far. I think I have all my iPad apps installed already, tho.

  • DannyMarks

    Give the lad a break, not everyone knows everything there is to know! And if Sebastien selected this guy to write, then you can bet your bottom dollar he is worthy of a place on the writing team!

  • Even if it was already there, I never actually noticed it. How convenient. 🙂

  • This actually came without an update to the iOS. One day, the App Store started detecting apps you’d already bought, but weren’t downloaded – it was as if Apple had switched the feature “on” at their end, without iOS device owners having to do anything.

  • This is a pretty handy feature, although I have deleted many poor apps, wouldn’t want them highlighted everytime I use the app store.

  • Jason Masters

    This seems to be another rip from android it seems apple is paying close attention to android and borrowing from them….

  • Ai

    What about the apps downloaded from installuous?

  • mortopher

    This does not work on all purchased apps. Apple has implemented it very intermittently.

  • MCF3778

    so far I am still happy with 3.1.3 so as long as this dont break installous its will be fine… every time a new firmware comes out it has nothing to offer me my ipt3g 32gig is simply amazing on 3.1.3

  • Dan

    I wish they’d do that for music… I have tons of clients that loose, water damage or otherwise destroy their iPhones and have Bo idea what music they downloaded…

  • Jeff

    This is not a 4.3 feature… I have 4.2.1 and my app store has been like this for weeks

    • Kickstar13

      Did you not read the update?

    • Really?

  • droid_love

    Droid does that. From a while while back.

  • Woh.he is very clever

  • monkers

    This worries me, what next, knows that you have not purchased Cydia or cracked apps(not that I condone piracy) and blocks them out? Handy yes, more control to Apple…Yes. Perhaps I’m paranoid!

    • monkers

      Who said that!!

  • Igeek

    Yea… That feature is already on iPad 4.2…. Nothing new

  • Mervyn Goliath

    I downloaded a video tutor for paino that teaches youn to play the piano without understanding sheet music. My iPad crashed now restored but I can’t for the life of me remember where the apps is or what it’s called

  • Drew

    I just now got this feature on my iPhone 4. And I check my updates section all the time and never had the purchased section before. This is great

  • Richie

    If you have a 2G iTouch, the “purchased” apps section in ITunes app will not appear. Also the update app indivdually is broken in all versions.

  • shiit!

    this is freakin bull-crap! i have the new io-wth its called, and it says its up to date , still –when clicking on most of the apps , it says it requires iOS 4.3 .. how is that better when the new one they forced me to update is so up to date?!! i cant get it back ! help