One of the most controversial actions that Apple has taken recently has been to launch an iTunes (12.7) that is no longer able to sync applications recorded on the computer with iPhones and iPads. That was overnight and left many helpless (including the one who writes to you). An alternative would be simply not to upgrade to version 12.7, but then the program is incompatible with the new iPhones 8 and X. That is, sooner or later everyone would be forced to update and abdicate applications on the computer.
But in this drive to leave iTunes only focused on media consumption, Apple forgot that there are companies that need still use the program to install the applications they have on business devices. Even though it is possible to sync apps using the Apple Configurator tool (exclusive for Mac), it is limited in not allowing cataloging the apps in a more organized way. In addition to not working on Windows.
To fix the blunder that it did, Apple today released a new version of iTunes, which brings back the management of applications on the computer.
But in a unique way (as Apple loves to do), the “new” version numbering is 12.6.3, lower than 12.7. This means that it will not appear on update notices. The installation, for those who want, will have to be manual through the following links:
This installation can exceptionally be applied over version 12.7 for those who had already updated. It now accepts iPhones 8 and X and allows you to save, update and sync apps from the iOS App Store on your computer. It has the particularity of not activating new notices of future updates, as it is specifically aimed at those who no longer want to update iTunes.
We have all complained for a long time that iTunes has become an archaic, confusing and heavy tool, in urgent need of a makeover. However, Apple was radical in completely eliminate functions without having given alternatives.
It is understandable that the company wants to make it easier to install applications for the general public, leaving everything in the cloud. However, for many it is still useful to keep copies of the applications on the computer, especially when one you use disappears from the store. This is the case TU Go, which Vivo deliberately withdrew from the App Store to eliminate a benefit for its customers. Whoever downloaded the app previously and has the copy on the computer, can continue using it normally.
Glad that Apple “went back” and offers a new alternative for those who want to continue syncing their apps on the computer. We don’t know how long it will last, but it is already a relief.