App Store randomly prompts user to update available apps

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This afternoon I turned on my iPad to see a surprising alert from the iOS App Store. The alert prompted me with a message stating that “5 app updates are available,” with options to either ignore or update all. In the screenshot, it is confirmed I have 5 updates available in the App Store.

This is the first time I have seen such an update and after a quick browse around the net, cannot confirm this has happened to other users recently or in the past…

Granted, I write for iDownloadBlog and my mini is, naturally, jailbroken. However, I have no packages installed on my device that cause this type of notification. I have checked with some trusted blogging friends; they too have confirmed never seeing such a message.

Maybe this is a great new silent update for the iOS App Store. I personally really like this alert message and would often simply choose to update all of my apps from the alert message.

My iPad mini is running iOS 6.1 build 10B141.

What do you guys think? Should this be added to the App Store? Are any of you getting similar messages? Meet us in the comments below to explore the conversation.