iTunes 12.7 and the iPhone 8 and iOS 11 - dummies

iTunes 12.7 and the iPhone 8 and iOS 11

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

iTunes 12.7 (and later) no longer supports iPhone apps, ringtones, iBooks, or iTunes U. According to Apple, “iTunes 12.7 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.”

The bottom line is that you can no longer buy, update, download, or redownload apps on your Mac or PC. Nor can you buy, download, or redownload ringtones on a Mac or PC. Put another way, from this day forward (this day being the day iTunes 12.7 was released), you may buy or manage iOS apps and ringtones only on iOS devices.

Apple made a lot of changes to iTunes 12.7, many of which may affect users who relied on iTunes to manage iOS apps or ringtones in the past.If you need details on working with ringtones or apps, or anything else that’s changed in iTunes 12.7, Apple has kindly posted an article titled, “Changes in the new iTunes: Learn about changes to Apps, iTunes U, Internet Radio, and more.”

The article has nearly a dozen links to other articles, which gives you an idea of how many words it would have taken to explain all the things you used to be able to do with iTunes.

The good news is that iTunes can still manage syncing of almost everything but apps and ringtones. So, you can still synchronize your contacts, appointments, reminders, and events so they’re kept up-to-date automatically everywhere you might need them — on your computer, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. That way, when you add or change a contact, an appointment, a reminder, or an event on your iPhone, that information is automatically added or changed on your computer and other iDevices.

This communication between your iPhone, computer, and other devices is called syncing (short for synchronizing). Don’t worry: Syncing is easy.

Here’s even more good news: You can set up and use an iPhone totally Mac- or-PC-free, which means you never have to connect it to a computer or sync using iTunes if you prefer not to.

iTunes version 12.7 (choose iTunes→Check for Updates) and iOS version 11 (on your iPhone, tap Settings→ General  →Software Update) are the latest and greatest when these words were written. The iTunes and iOS upgrades are free and offer useful features not found in their predecessors.