I have the same problem as well - did you find a solution? it used to work on previous versions just fine.
I have tried lots of different things like
- transferring purchases
- hiting the update button on the app in itunes and then syncing.
I have completly restored the iphone 5 to factory and restored from backup but the problem continues - the restore gives me the latest app version - but any new app updates subsequent to that arent synced.
I even tried just restoring from backup without retsoring from factory settings and i still got the 'old' version of the apps.
Ideas? i guess i could delete the indiviudal apps that need updating and then reinstall them but this seems ridiculous!
: It seems if you check "Automatically Install New Apps" (which is generally something I don't want) then your updates of apps you already have installed will install as well. I shouldn't have to install my daughter's Fashion Star (or whatever) on my phone in order for iTunes to work how it has since my 1st gen iPod touch.
Same problem here!
The problem reported here is made more frustrating because I cannot even update many apps straight onto the iPhone because of the rather silly restriction with apps that are over 50MB limit with no option to disable the limit for those with unlimited data plans.
Unfortunately Apple lack the intelligence and integrity to realise that 'some' people also do not and cannot have dedicated WiFi access point/router with dedicated Broadband internet (for various reasons), therefore I have to use my iPhone's internet. In my case my iPhone's data connection is actually my sole Internet and I use it heavily for it's Personal WiFi Hotspot feature for tethering to my computer and therefore is my computer's only WiFi/Internet point which normally this setup is absolutely fine and I would update all the apps in iTunes first and then easily sync those updated apps to my iPhone, BUT as pointed out by the OP this feature is not working (either disabled or is faulty).
The "Automatically Install New Apps" feature mentioned above doesn't appear to update my iPhone apps either for some reason, although if it did I too have a daughter and can be embarrassing if someone catches sight of your phone's Home screens' containing some princess and Monster High icons that you've let slip leaving them to think you have a secret fetish.
The only work around at the moment is rather long winded. After updating all the apps in iTunes and just before you sync: you have to click on your connected device on the left in iTunes, then click on the 'Apps' tab at the top, the left 'Apps' window shows all of your apps stored in iTunes and the right 'Apps' window shows all of the apps currently on your device/iPhone; you have to steadily scroll-down through all of the apps in the left 'Apps' window clicking each and every App that shows an 'Update' button next to it (normally they would show either an 'Install' or 'Remove' button), once clicked it should then change to 'Will Update'. Once you have identified and clicked on every app that needs updating, then you can immediately click 'Sync' before you loose that state. This can be a very tedious if you have hundreds of apps. Some users may prefer this as they can be cautious and read reviews first to see if an App is worth updating or if it has been reported as being dissasterous for various reasons (i.e. new version crashing, features taken away, etc), however I would have been happier if we had the option of a check-box/switch to either update all apps automatically, or, separately as with the current state of affair - then everyone pleased and everyone happy having been given the choice to choose.