iTunes 12.6.4 Released as Minor Update to Version With Built-In App Store

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Apple has updated its special enterprise-focused version of iTunes that still has a built-in App Store for those who need it.


Download links for iTunes 12.6.4.3 have been quietly made available in an Apple support document related to deploying iPhone and iPad apps in a business environment with iTunes on Mac or Windows PCs.

The update was prepared on March 20 and released on Tuesday, according to German blog iFun.de. The version doesn't include new release notes, so it is likely a minor update with bug fixes and stability improvements.

Apple removed the App Store in iTunes 12.7 last September, but it released iTunes 12.6.3 shortly afterwards for business customers or anyone who might still need to use the desktop software to install iOS apps.

Those who have already downloaded iTunes 12.6.3 will likely not be prompted about the iTunes 12.6.4.3 update, so they'll have to update manually by downloading and installing the new version from Apple's support document.

iTunes 12.6.4.3 can be downloaded by anyone, including those who have already installed iTunes 12.7. If at any point users want to update to iTunes 12.7.4 or later, they can do so manually from the main iTunes download page.

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wolfshades

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I actually liked it when Apple de-coupled the App Store from iTunes. Saves on updating everything twice. Remember how, when you wanted to do a full backup of your iPhone how you had to wait while all purchases were transferred to your computer first? Does anyone else miss that fun?

I’m sure there are those who need the App Store on iTunes but my guess is the majority likely do not.
 

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Does it maybe add support for the sixth-generation iPad? Not sure if 12.6.3 supported that or not---new iOS devices often cause a new version of iTunes to be released (usually a bit before the device itself) to support them. I could see that being a reason they'd release a new version, besides hopefully bug fixes and whatnot (anyone else having the problem where it won't remember the setting to back up your device to your computer instead of iCloud?).

Does it have support for iPhone X?
Can't imagine why not. Version 12.6.3 already did.
 
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JosephAW

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Thank you.
[doublepost=1522854541][/doublepost]What a joke. A 32bit version for windows but not the Mac.
 

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Thanks for the handy 12.6 download page. Time to downgrade another Apple product to get back to a working state. This is becoming a pattern.

Hopefully someday they'll get around to fixing the Audiobooks duplication problem 12.7 introduced back in December:

Until then, 12.6 it is.
...time to rebuild my entire iTunes library from the ground up, again...
 
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CamiMR

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I've been holding on to 12.6.3, but not sure there's much point (for me, personally) in doing so...
I always update apps on my household's 5 iOS devices individually, on the devices themselves, via wifi (no download limits), so that wouldn't be an issue.
I've seen some people mention the ability to load apps no longer on the App Store, but I have none of those.

My biggest question is, I have a handful of paid apps, that through iTunes I transfer to my partner and daughter iOS devices (with different Apple IDs) without having to pay for them again. Can anyone tell me if I'd still be able to do this with iTunes 12.7?

Thank you in advance!
 

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Thanks for the handy 12.6 download page. Time to downgrade another Apple product to get back to a working state. This is becoming a pattern.
Yes, I had to download an older version of mac server the other day because the current version is completely useless.

I want this older version of iTunes because it's so much easier to restore apps to phone and iPad if they're stored locally but the catch is you can't update iOS through itunes.
 
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Le Big Mac

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I actually liked it when Apple de-coupled the App Store from iTunes. Saves on updating everything twice. Remember how, when you wanted to do a full backup of your iPhone how you had to wait while all purchases were transferred to your computer first? Does anyone else miss that fun?

I’m sure there are those who need the App Store on iTunes but my guess is the majority likely do not.
I didn't have that fun because I was already downloading the apps when they were updated, and then loading them onto the phone.

I think there are plenty of ways for Apple to make iTunes and apps syncing/updating work better, but simply pulling this existing functionality isn't one of them.
 
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Yes, I had to download an older version of mac server the other day because the current version is completely useless.

I want this older version of iTunes because it's so much easier to restore apps to phone and iPad if they're stored locally but the catch is you can't update iOS through itunes.

Thinking about it, since I'm facing rebuilding my iTunes library to downgrade anyway, AND I'm not going to be using itunes to update iOS anyway, there's really no reason to even have iTunes 12 at all, and I can actually go back to the sweet spot, iTunes 11.4, when the interface was clean and well designed and not a scattered jumbled up mess.

And look what I found: https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1774?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
 
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manu chao

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I’m sure there are those who need the App Store on iTunes but my guess is the majority likely do not.
iTunes allows you to have a sortable list view of all your (downloaded/purchased) apps. I can quickly check:
  • Which apps haven't received updates since a while
  • Which apps I have from a given vendor
  • The size of apps and sort the list by it (in iOS you can only get a list sorted by sum of app+user-generated data)
  • Apps by category (by sorting by it)
  • The purchase date of apps
  • The version number of apps
  • Which AppleID was used to buy/get a specific app
Without the App Store in iTunes you can check most of these things only on a per app basis and not have a sorted list. The only sorted lists in iOS are for total app size (app+user-generated data) and last updated in reverse order.
 

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I'm looking forward to the next version of macOS. The Mac App Store is overdue for the kind of refresh we saw in the iOS App Store. Phil Schiller said that it would come next.

I expect that the Mac App Store will be the place to sync and manage apps from both platforms for those who'd rather plug in for syncing.

I'm glad they removed the App Store from iTunes. It could use even further simplification, removing Movies and TV shows when a TV App makes its way to the Mac.
 
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Apple has updated its special enterprise-focused version of iTunes that still has a built-in App Store for those who need it.


Download links for iTunes 12.6.4.3 have been quietly made available in an Apple support document related to deploying iPhone and iPad apps in a business environment with iTunes on Mac or Windows PCs.

The update was prepared on March 20 and released on Tuesday, according to German blog iFun.de. The version doesn't include new release notes, so it is likely a minor update with bug fixes and stability improvements.

Apple removed the App Store in iTunes 12.7 last September, but it released iTunes 12.6.3 shortly afterwards for business customers or anyone who might still need to use the desktop software to install iOS apps.

Those who have already downloaded iTunes 12.6.3 will likely not be prompted about the iTunes 12.6.4.3 update, so they'll have to update manually by downloading and installing the new version from Apple's support document.

iTunes 12.6.4.3 can be downloaded by anyone, including those who have already installed iTunes 12.7. If at any point users want to update to iTunes 12.7.4 or later, they can do so manually from the main iTunes download page.

Article Link: iTunes 12.6.4 Released as Minor Update to Version With Built-In App Store
[doublepost=1522862846][/doublepost]Still does not let you upgrade to iOS 11.3, says iTunes 12.7 is required. I have been using apple products for the last 25+ years but seriously considering leaving because of their stupid software moves that keep taking away options and useful features.
 
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