Apple releases new build of iTunes allowing users to install apps from their computer once again

Apple releases new build of iTunes allowing users to install apps from their computer once again
When Apple disseminated iTunes 12.7 in September, it removed a feature that allowed users to take a shopping excursion through the Apple App Store using a desktop computer. If they saw anything they liked, users could install that app on their iPhone through the box that was running iTunes. However, with Apple stating that it wanted iTunes to focus on music, movies, TV, podcasts, and audiobooks, this feature was removed by Apple on the latest build of iTunes.

Not everyone was happy with this move. According to Apple, "certain business partners might still need to use iTunes to install apps." So Apple has pushed out iTunes 12.6.3 which brings back the functionality allowing users to install apps and ringtones for their iOS devices from the desktop. Actually, clicking on the sourcelink will take you to the Apple support page where you can install this so-called "business edition of iTunes" on a Mac, 32-bit PC or a 64-bit PC.

There is one major caveat. Installing iTunes 12.6.3 means that iOS users will no longer be prompted when a new version of iTunes is ready to be installed. Instead, they will have to upgrade to new iTunes builds manually. After installing iTunes 12.6.3, an existing library of content will have to be downloaded to this version using the Create Library and Add to Library options.

The business edition of iTunes is compatible with  iOS 11, Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. There is no technical support being offered for this version of iTunes, and it is unknown how long Apple will be making this build available.


If the ability to manage the apps from your iOS device(s) outweighs the caveats, you might want to install iTunes 12.6.3 on your desktop PC or Mac today.

source: AppleSupport via MacRumors

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14 Comments

1. Xilam unregistered

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone using iTunes to install apps. I don’t have it installed on my PC - there are so many file managing apps and file transfer apps that do exactly what you need and do some things better.

2. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I love to see Apple bring it back. it is so easy to install app from computer and let's alone some of the useful app sometime disappear from app store. The only way you can get it is have it on the computer itself, for example, Tomtom app it is discontinue to support if i still have the old copy I still can use it. Yea yea, google maps, blah blah..... if you drive in the middle of nowhere with no cell service you know why.

3. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

The file transfer apps are either cloud or wireless transfer though. If you want to copy to and from iDevice using USB cable, you still would need to install itunes in PC or maybe there's some jailbreak way.

8. Xilam unregistered

Why in the world would you want to use cords when you can transfer wireless and it’s fast too. For whatever reason, I’m glad you have a solution. I prefer all wireless.

12. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

The wireless speed isn't fast when you're transferring whole seasons of TV shows. I do that a lot because Netflix and other online streaming service sucks here.

14. Xilam unregistered

I transfer full size movies right into camera roll using photosync app. I do those while playing afterpulse or surfing the web from my couch. It will take maybe a a minute longer than wired solutions - but it does it fast enough and in comfort. But I get it - if you had your choice you’d probably prefer to be attached via ambilical cord because eating with a spoon is probably so much harder for you, right?

5. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

False. Because those apps don't work, unless you ave iTunes installed, or your iOS device is jailbroken. I didnt notice the feature was missing, because when I setup my iPhone, it installs the apps directly from my PC. What I did notice is, it places a placeholder for the app from the PC, and then downloads them directly from Apple, which allows you to disconnect your phone from iTunes and the apps all still install. But if the app you have isn't on the app store anymore, but on your PC, iTunes will install it on your device from your PC library.

4. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

So if I install this iTunes, Apple punishes us because we need this function, and so we wont even get automatic updates? It's cool Apple. That is why we have dropped the iPhone from our business and have defaulted to the S8 Active and Note 8 instead.

7. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Won't ever be upgrading iTunes past v12.0.1.26. I used to manage all my ipas through iTunes on my PC. Especially 'cause there's nothing like Titanium backup on iOS, so, when the latest version of an app is worse than what you had earlier, you have no choice but to deal with it. With this iTunes app management, I could care less about updating apps on my iPhone, always have an older version backed up on my PC. But that was back when I used jailbroken iPhones, switched to Android since 2014 on a OnePlus One, now using an Exynos Note 8. Never looking back at that restricted haven. Only use of iTunes now is to manage my media library until groove finally gains support for creating AAC version, and automatically organizing my media in my file system according to their artist/album/name/track #.

9. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Excuse me, are you by any chance the former user Mr electrifyer? Just curious.

10. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Yes. iPA banned my original account for whatever reason, just noticed they recently unbanned it, but it still can't be used for commenting...expecting the same to soon happen to this account.

11. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

The moderation is screwed up big time. Whoever handling it needs moderation. Just sayin'.

13. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

And yet they never ban trolls like Cnour, Piyath, Apple_rulz and even Samsung trolls like that racist Hallyu(only limited not banned). Don't say anything against Apple, PA gets hurt.

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