Sep. 13th, 2017

thewayne: (Default)
[ETA: probably applies if you use Windows also, I just don't know how iTunes and iPhone/iPad apps update on that platform]


Well, you can if you want, but you need to be aware of what it means.

The update is is intended for iOS 11, which is due later this month when the new iPhones release, so you don't need it right now, and it REALLY changes one thing that's really important to me: app updates. In the brave new world, you will now have to open the App Store app on your device, click on Updates, then update individually or click on Update All. Personally I think this will greatly reduce the rate at which people update their apps.

Myself, I don't like this. I use iTunes every morning to refresh podcasts and update apps, then I resync my phone. All done. Now I still have to go through the iTunes process, but now I have to go through an additional process on my phone and iPad? And where is the phone/iPad backup stored in case I need to restore it from scratch, admittedly a rare procedure. I DO NOT want to store an iPhone backup in the cloud as that is something that could be made available to government, I want that backup on my personal computer.

I hope there's enough caterwauling that Apple backs off on this and re-integrates app updates in to iTunes. Maybe they will, maybe they won't. I'm definitely not happy with their decision.

Just be aware that the App page is no longer present in the new version of iTunes. Now I have to decide if I want to do a backup reversion on my laptop to get the old version of iTunes back.

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