Apple’s Special Version of iTunes That Still Has an App Store Currently Incompatible With macOS Mojave

Last year, Apple removed the App Store from iTunes. Soon after, however, Apple quietly released a special edition of iTunes that retains access to the App Store for “certain business partners” who “might still need to use iTunes to install apps.”

Apple provides a download page on its website for the special edition of iTunes, which originally had a version number of 12.6.3. Two updates have since been released, including version 12.6.4 and the current version 12.6.5.

As brought to our attention by a MacRumors reader, and confirmed by our own testing, however, iTunes 12.6.5 fails to install on Mac systems updated to the public release of macOS Mojave this week. It also appears that the previous 12.6.3 and 12.6.4 versions do not function properly on macOS Mojave.

It’s unclear if Apple does not plan on supporting

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iTunes headache is a reminder purchases might not travel with you

Anders Gonçalves da Silva recently had three movies disappear from his iTunes library and a letter he received from Apple stated that it was because those titles were no longer available from the iTunes Store. Naturally, the response caused outrage at the idea that Apple can delete movies you’ve paid for just because the provider doesn’t want them on iTunes any longer. But as CNET reports, it turns out da Silva’s situation was a little more complicated than that and it’s one that highlights the headaches digital content — and the licensing rules that go along with it — can cause for people moving to a new region.

Source: CNET

A Quick Guide to Installing iOS 12

Today’s the day: September 17, 2018. While this may be just like any other Monday, it’s also the day that the latest mobile operating system from Apple becomes available to the public. iOS 12 has many features built into it to make it more stable, efficient, powerful and secure. It’s been tested for three months by hundreds of thousands of developers and public beta testers, and iOS 12 is ready for prime time. In this Rocket Yard quick guide, you’ll see just how easy it is to upgrade to iOS 12.

Can My iPhone, iPad or iPod touch Be Updated to iOS 12?

Check the list:


  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s


Apple donates $1M to Kerala flood relief efforts

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After opening iTunes’ donation mechanism earlier this week to help victims of the Kerala floods in India, Apple on Saturday pledged 70,000,000 Indian Rupees (about $1 million) to support Mercy Corps efforts in the region.

Apple Accepting Mercy Corps Donations to Help People Affected by Flooding in Kerala, India

Apple today added banners to the App Store and iTunes Store on Mac and iOS devices as well as its homepage allowing customers to donate to Mercy Corps to support those who have been affected by massive flooding in Kerala, India.

Flooding began in Kerala earlier this summer with the arrival of monsoon rains, and picked up again on August 8 following days of torrential downpour. Approximately 420 people have died since the flooding began, and more than a million are living in relief camps.

Apple is allowing customers to donate to Mercy Corps using credit and debit cards that are already on file with the iTunes Store and App Store for a no-hassle donation process. Apple customers can donate $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200, 100 percent of which goes to Mercy Corps.

Apple often uses the iTunes Store and App Stores to raise money for charity during

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Apple explains decision to keep ‘Infowars’ app on App Store

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Apple on Wednesday confirmed a decision to leave conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ Infowars app available for download in the iOS App Store following the removal of his podcast content from other digital platforms including iTunes and Podcasts, saying the app has not violated company guidelines.

Apple Accepting Red Cross Donations for California Fire Relief

Apple today added banners to the App Store and iTunes Store on Mac and iOS devices allowing Apple customers to donate to the American Red Cross to support those who have been affected by the fires that have devastated Northern California.

Impacting Shasta County and the town of Redding, the Carr Fire has become the sixth most destructive fire in California’s history, ripping through more than 125,000 acres and destroying or damaging over 1,500 homes and buildings. Other smaller fires, such as the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park, are also raging in California due to the hot, dry weather.

The Carr Fire started on July 23 after a car caught fire on California State Route 299. Six people have been killed, including two firefighters. The fire is 39 percent contained at this point, but high winds expected this weekend could hamper efforts to put it out.

Apple is allowing

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A prescient Steve Jobs predicted our obsession with mobile apps

As the App Store turns 10 this month, it’s fascinating to see how it all began. While it may seem obvious that most people have a small rectangle of glass and metal that they spend a ton of time staring at now, it wasn’t always a foregone conclusion. Back in 2008, a reporter at the Wall Street Journal, now a senior editor at The Information, interviewed Steve Jobs at the App Store’s one-month mark. The Apple co-founder and CEO was clearly impressed by the performance of his company’s new service.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, The Information

18 Siri commands for HomePod AirPlay 2 users

I use my HomePod daily. I have done so for months.

I think it’s a fantastic music system, and when you add a second unit using stereo pairing the music it creates truly competes with any high-end system, not just in volume but also in its incredible sound quality.

HomePods in every room

AirPlay 2 makes it better

The introduction of AirPlay 2 has made it possible to manage and create a multi-room set-up using HomePod. One of the most outstanding features is that you can now control all your AirPlay 2-compatible system using Siri.

Apple also has an ecosystem of third-party audio equipment providers who are supporting (or will support) AirPlay 2 in their products.

That makes it possible to create a music playback network across your home using systems from multiple manufacturers. These cover a range of different price points, ranging from the $1,995 BeoSound 2 to the Zipp ($299) or Zipp

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How to Get Your Mac Ready for the macOS Mojave Beta

Itching to get your hands on the macOS Mojave beta so you can experience all the new features? There are some very important steps to take before you expose your Mac to any beta software, and when the beta is of a new operating system release, you really should consider building a wall between the beta software and the Mac OS and apps you use daily for work and play.

Before we begin constructing the beta wall, let’s take a moment to look at the macOS Beta programs available to you.

Apple Developer Program
This is probably the best-known method of gaining access to the resources needed to develop for the Mac. If you have a hankering to build an app, develop an extension, or integrate tools with the Mac operating system, the Apple Developer Program is the place to start.

There are various developer memberships levels, from free, which

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