Apple's latest iTunes update reduces the clutter by removing iOS App Store

Randall Craig
September 14, 2017

Once users install version 12.7 they will no longer have access to the App Store from the desktop. Learn how to redownload apps on your iOS device.

Apple streamlines iTunes in its latest update. You no longer can buy an iOS app within iTunes, and then load the app to your device when you perform a sync.

Apple is finally taking action to trim that mammoth piece of software that iTunes has become over the years, pivoting it back to its original mission: an app for music.

In the latest update rolling out to macOS and Windows users, iTunes has now lost support for apps, books, ringtones, iTunes U and Internet Radio. The Windows version removes the Books section, too. You should not need to restart your Mac, unless you also chose to click the Update All button, which installs any other OS updates available.

On your Mac, launch the App Store app in your Applications folder.


Once the download is complete, connect your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch to your computer and launch iTunes.

Downloading and installing iTunes 12.7 should only take a few minutes, but this will depend on the user's internet speed. Apple announced iOS 11 will launch on September 19 in the form of a free update for the iPhone and iPad.

Source the iOS 11 GM IPSW file that is meant for your device.

If you don't feel like waiting until next Tuesday, you can install iOS 11 today just by signing up for the public beta program on Apple's website. While the App Store has been an important part of the iTunes app, the company doing away with it only suggests that the company is now shifting the app's focus to music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and other entertainment content.

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