Returning App Store Programs in iTunes

Today: 15.12.2019, Sunday

Revert the Programs section in iTunes

Many users of Apple products, after updating to iTunes version 12.7 on their computer were horrified to find that the application now has no Program item and, accordingly, пропал раздел the App Store section has disappeared.
In this article we will talk about what are the main inconveniences of this innovation, we briefly describe how Apple indirectly admitted their “mistake”, and, of course, we will find a way out of this situation.

Problems after updating iTunes to version 12.7

For those who may not know what happened, we explain.
September 13, 2017 Apple released a product update for iTunes with version 12.7.0.166. In this update, in addition to supporting synchronization of devices with iOS 11 and some improvements in working with media files, some very useful and convenient features were cut out.
The greatest resonance among users was caused by the removal of the Programs section from iTunes. Why is this innovation not everyone had to taste? Below to note three points that iPhone owners complain about after changes in software released by the developer:

  • Those users who do not have constant access to high-speed Internet via Wi-Fi are now forced to download and install programs on the iPhone via mobile communication channels. And if the size of the application exceeds 100 Mb, then you will not be able to download it until we find an available Wi-Fi access point. Fortunately, the Internet via Wi-Fi can be distributed from your own laptop or computer, equipped with the appropriate module
  • Searching applications on a computer is more convenient for many users than searching for applications on a mobile device screen. After updating iTunes to version 12.7, such users will have to first choose an interesting software on the Apple website, and then find it on their smartphone in the App Store application to install
  • The owners of iPhones for those models that no longer receive software updates for new versions of iOS have lost their last opportunity to install programs on their devices that are not supported by their OS. This feature is discussed in detail in the article: Installing new software on an iPhone with an outdated version of iOS

Release Apple iTunes 12.6.3 with the Programs section

Great user dissatisfaction with the changes made in the iTunes update version 12.7, have not been ignored by Apple. It is worth noting that this is certainly a reasonable gesture from the developers. They may not have returned the excluded functionality to new releases of the program, but the proposed solution is quite working and speaks of the loyalty of the IT giant to its customers

And what happened: after a heap of negativity, Apple went to meet the users and on October 9, 2017 released iTunes 12.6.3 (despite the release of 12.7 months ago).

In Ityuns version 12.6.3, the usual function of installing ringtones on the iPhone and the desired access to the App Store application by many were returned.
Here is what the Apple official website says about it:

iTunes 12.6.3 with the ability to install programs from Apple

This allowed those users who have already updated their version of iTunes to still download and install the version with the presence of the Program item.

Download and install iTunes 12.6.3 on Windows and Mac

As is clear from the above, you can download iTunes 12.6.3 and install it manually. After that, you can also manually upgrade to version 12.7 by downloading the installer from the official site, because the automatic update in iTunes 12.6.3 is disabled.

Below are links to download iTunes version 12.6.3 for Mac and Windows 32-bit system and 64-bit version of the OS.

iTunes 12.6.3 for Mac OS: iTunes12.6.3
iTunes 12.6.3 for Windows x86 (32 bit): iTunesSetup
iTunes 12.6.3 for Windows x64 (64 bit): iTunes64Setup

After downloading the archive it is necessary to unpack and install the program. Pre-advise you to backup your data.

Download and install iTunes 12.6.3

Run iTunes and use the section of the Program at our discretion. Now we can again install applications from the App Store from a computer to an iPhone, including with an outdated version of iOS.



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