Last month Apple silently removed support for the App Store from iTunes by rolling out an incremental update. Not only App Store, but also ringtones and other features were removed from this new version of iTunes which version 12.7.
What this means for users is that, App Store is now exclusive to iOS only. App downloads and updates can be made through iPhone, iPad or iPod only. If you earlier downloaded and maintained your app library in iTunes on Mac or PC, you unfortunately will not be able to do so from now on after updating to version 12.7.
However, removing these features from iTunes makes it more fluid and bloat less. If you want to install an app signed for your device that you have already downloaded on your PC or Mac, simply drag it in the sidebar of iTunes when you connect your iOS device. The same goes for ringtones. This perhaps upsets users having custom ringtones synced to their iPhones but do not worry those synced ringtones or apps won’t be deleted. But now on you won’t be able to sync it as usual.
What if we were to tell you that you can still sync apps, ringtones and other features like iBooks even if you have updated to version 12.7 ?
Yes you can do that by using iTunes version 12.6.3. You can download this special version through the Apple website. This is a special version of iTunes helping you avail all the previous features dropped in version 12.7. The version is meant for certain businesses performing internal app deployments. That said, anyone can install and use it. Furthermore, this version doesn’t even prompt you to update to version 12.7 and has support for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the swanky iPhone X with the “most advanced operating system” iOS 11.