Can’t Update Apps
I just updated iTunes on my Mac to version 126.96.36.199 and discovered that you can no longer manage or update Apps in the new version of iTunes. I was set back by this at first but after a little thought, I agree that this makes perfect sense.
The new App Store is the place to go to update your iOS Apps and ringtones moving forward.
A Swiss Army Knife
It seemed like iTunes has been serving as a Swiss Army Knife when all along it really should have been focused on our personal media libraries. I’m all for seeing iTunes return to its original purpose and no longer serve as a bloated catch all for everything Apple. A heads up would have been nice. If there was one, I certainly missed it.
The iTunes update notes say, “It adds support for syncing iOS 11 devices”. So am I missing something? Is it referring only to media files or is there more to this? I guess I’ll have to wait for iOS 11 to find out. iOS 11 will be available on September 19th and I’m really looking forward to this update in just a few more days.
Backup iOS Devices Via iTunes?
After realizing what has changed in the new version of iTunes I thought “can we still back up our iOS devices via iTunes? Apparently, you can still backup your iOS devices in iTunes to iCloud or to your computer. And you still have the option to encrypt the backup.
In regards to re-downloading apps you have purchased, an Apple Support page states the following:
“Redownload an app
You can redownload apps on your iPhone or iPod touch, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV (4th generation). You can also redownload some in-app purchases.
On an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
1. Open the App Store app.
2. On an iPhone or iPod touch: Tap Updates, then tap Purchased.
On an iPad: Tap Purchased.
3. Tap “Not on This [device].”
4. Find the app that you want to download, then tap (iCloud Icon). The app downloads to your device.”
I’m not sure this will still apply once iOS ships so we’ll just have to wait and see.