Apple removed iOS Apps, Games and Ringtones from iTunes 12.7 - App Store has been withdrawn

Shortly after the launch of the new devices: Apple Watch Series 3, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, the new ones AirPods cu wireless charging and of AirPower, Apple he turned his attention to the application iTunes for macOS.

Recent update of iTunes to the 12.7 version has brought some substantial changes, primarily aimed at reorganizing the content of the application.
In the new version, the owners Mac and iPhone, iPod or iPad will no longer have access from iTunes to applications and games iOS. App Store has been removed from the iTunes application, so there will be no way to access it macOS to iOS games and applications. In addition, the iOS app and ringtones sync feature is removed from iTunes.

It is not clear what will happen next in the launch macOS High Sierra si iOS 11, operating systems to be launched at a distance of almost a week from each other. It is very possible that Apple to reconsider this decision and create an opportunity to facilitate access to applications and games on Mac or Windows PC.

The new iTunes is geared towards media content. Music, movies, TV shows, podcasts and audiobooks are content that can be further synchronized between iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and a Mac or Windows PC. Games and applications can be downloaded and updated very simply from the new App Store that will be present on iOS 11. In a much modified version of the one we currently have on iOS 10.

Other changes by Apple in iTunes NOTHING

  • Content from iTunes U was moved to Podcasts on iTunes.
  • Internet Radio: The option now appears in the Music Library on the left sidebar of iTunes.
  • Ringtones: We are no longer available in iTunes, ringtone will be reloaded directly iPhone, iPad or iPod touch in the new version of iOS 11.
  • Books: Those who have downloaded books on Windows PC through iTunes, will have a problem. Especially if in the meantime they no longer own iPhone or iPad. The books can only be re-downloaded through an iOS device.

The new iTunes focuses on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks. Apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are now exclusively available in the new App Store for iOS. And the new App Store makes it easy to get, update, and redownload apps — all without a Mac or PC.

As a user so Mac as well as by iPhone / iPad, I can say that this change does not affect me at all. Anyway, I didn't see a plausible reason why I would have downloaded and implicitly occupied the space on the hard disk. Mac with iOS applications and games. As long as they can be accessed and re-downloaded at any time via the iOS App Store, this (slightly strange) change of iTunes is welcome.


"Ringtones: We are no longer available in iTunes, ringtone will be reloaded directly iPhone, iPad or iPod touch in the new version of iOS 11. "

This refers strictly to ringtones purchased through iTunes Store / iTunes. Those transferred by you from your PC / Mac pe iPhone / iPad / iPod, still available on iTunes. You can add new ones, delete them or make changes.

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