"iTunes Device support update" does it break iTunes 12.6.3?

Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by katbel, May 14, 2019.

  1. katbel macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2009
    Has anyone used the
    iTunes Device support update yet?
    It was out this week but I fear possible grim consequences :confused:
    I DO NOT want to use iTunes past 12.6.3 and I'm afraid this update could ruin or update my iTunes 12.6.3 to a newer version where I will not be able to control apps download etc.
    Please post your experience , thanks
  2. Eithanius macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2005
    iTunes here on Sierra, after updating iTunes Device Support Update no problem whatsoever. I'm still syncing my apps into my iPhone 6 (2014) and iPad 6th gen (2018) everyday.
  3. katbel thread starter macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2009
    Thanks for the update: I did it too and High Sierra didn't change my iTunes Instead Mojave on an another computer did update iTunes as well , even if I unchecked iTunes Device support update.
    Guessing that something could happens I already had my good copy of iTunes duplicated and that one still work the way I want it!
  4. manu chao macrumors 603

    Jul 30, 2003
    Since every installation of Mojave by default updates iTunes, that is probably a risk with every Mojave update and a manual restore of a copy of iTunes as you referred to below can be necessary.
    --- Post Merged, May 21, 2019 ---
    Ditto for me (well, except I'm on High Sierra).
  5. TheIntruder macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2008
    This update just installs new versions of the MobileDevice, DeviceLink, and AirTrafficHost private system frameworks, which presumably have more to do with how a Mac recognizes and communicates with devices, rather than what it sends back and forth. It doesn't touch iTunes or its frameworks.

    If it did, then maybe iTunes would have been given the resource to display a pretty XS icon when it's connected, instead of a blank space, but that's just a cosmetic issue.

    I haven't had any issues since installing it and using it on El Cap. I suspect things would also be fine with my OG iPod or touch 2G if I dug them out (as well as Firewire/30-pin cables) of the drawer.
  6. Eithanius macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2005
    Does the latest iterations of iPhone still work with iTunes 12.6.5...?
  7. katbel thread starter macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2009
    Thanks for giving more details! It's just Mojave that updated my iTunes (luckily I always have a copy ready in Applications) so that the update can mess it up with the first iTunes but never with the iTunes copy :p
    High Sierra didn't like you wrote
    The only thing to be aware is not to launch the updated iTunes because it will mess up all prefs and library
    --- Post Merged, May 22, 2019 ---
    Yes, so far , great
  8. ScottyTheMenace macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2013
    Since I exclusively listen to music ripped from my CD collection, I'm very wary of iTunes updates. I'm in continual fear that Apple will jettison the features that support that to continue pushing people to their rent-a-song service.

    These are essential iTunes features for me. If any of these were to go away I'd have a much poorer experience listening to my collection:
    • Ripping CDs — I don't do rented digital music (though I very occasionally buy single songs from Amazon, not iTunes)
    • Smart playlists — almost the only way I listen to my collection
    • Star ratings of songs — essential for building my smart playlists (and since album ratings and song ratings are useless together, I only use song ratings)
    • The Grouping metadata field — also essential for building my smart playlists

    I don't recall ever seeing "iTunes Device Support Update" before (probably just wasn't paying attention) so I'm wary of running this update. Apple's traditionally woeful release notes offer no comfort with the plain vanilla description “ensures proper updating and restoring for iOS devices using iTunes for Mac.” Great.

    Anyone see any functional changes to iTunes 12.8 in High Sierra after this Device Support Update, especially to the features above? Or is it like @TheIntruder says and it just replaces those three files?
  9. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    I saw this update a while ago and tried to update it. But it did not update. After going to Mojave and returning to high Sierra, that update is gone.
    For me, as soon as the iTunes 12.6.5 works with iPhone XS Max and iPad Pro 2018, I am happy about it and don’t mind missing icons.

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