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Okay, I checked around and found that if you have a film in iCloud, you may lose it if the film disappears from iTunes. However if you have films, look for the tiny iCloud icon on the bottom right. If you click it, it will download the film to your internal drive. That's about 5 GB a film. I just started downloading my films, about 38. It will take a while. One more thing: Make sure you check at the bottom of the downloading list, right of the menu, and choose simultaneous download. That will work on 3 downloads at a time.
 


Okay, I checked around and found that if you have a film in iCloud, you may lose it if the film disappears from iTunes. However if you have films, look for the tiny iCloud icon on the bottom right. If you click it, it will download the film to your internal drive. That's about 5 GB a film. I just started downloading my films, about 38. It will take a while. One more thing: Make sure you check at the bottom of the downloading list, right of the menu, and choose simultaneous download. That will work on 3 downloads at a time.
One caveat is that Apple does not allow downloads of 4K movies. They are streaming-only (though you can download a 1080p HD version).
 


An 'updates available' notice just popped up on my MacBook Air running macOS 10.13.6 and offers me an update to... High Sierra 10.13.6.

Buried way down on the bottom is a note that says 'What's New in Version 10.13.6' and lists AirPlay 2 for iTunes and bug fixes for Photos and Mail.

Is this another example of how Apple tries to confuse users, or could the App Store be confused about what I'm running? Or perhaps both?
 


And it just gets stranger. I fiddled around a bit, quit the App Store, noted that it showed four updates, and opened it again to find updates for Safari 12, Pages, Keynote and Agenda. I haven't been using the MacBook Air much, so maybe the machine just got confused, but this behavior is odd.
 


Many DVD players can be made region-free with special hidden code/commands using the player's remote.
This is going to depend greatly on the brand/model you choose.

Additionally, some software-based players (like VLC) seem to be able to play anything without regard for regions.
look for the tiny iCloud icon on the bottom right. If you click it, it will download the film to your internal drive. That's about 5 GB a film. I just started downloading my films, about 38. It will take a while.
If you have a big movie collection, this will consume a lot of storage. Be prepared to buy a few extra hard drives to hold the files.

Or maybe burn them to optical media and store them on a shelf. You probably won't be able to make a video DVD/Blu-ray, since the movies are DRM-protected, but you should should be able to write the files to data discs of sufficient size and point your player software at the files on the discs when you want to play them.

At least this will work for playing content off of a computer. I don't think there's a good way to make this approach work for an Apple TV, since (as far as I know) there's no way to attach external storage of any kind.
 


It's trivial to rip DVDs/Blu-Rays to unlocked video files by using Handbrake + <cough>an additional file</cough> Yes, DVDs can be region-coded, but some are Region Free/Zero and don't have any restrictions on them. Although Blu-Rays can be locked to Region A or B, some companies don't bother locking them at all e.g. Warner Brothers. Sony on the other hand are a pain in the a**. Apparently, 4K UHD discs have no region encoding at all.

I mostly buy physical, but for the odd iTunes film/TV show I've bought, I've immediately downloaded and archived the 1080p HD file off to external storage. I'll stream it as required via my Apple TV, but if Apple ever remove it, I can reload the film back into iTunes. I stream not-Apple/protected content to my Apple TV via the Plex Media Server - that's fantastic!
 


If you have a big movie collection, this will consume a lot of storage. Be prepared to buy a few extra hard drives to hold the files.
You should note that 1080p HD movies from iTunes are compressed more than what you get on a 1080p Blu-Ray. In most cases, physical is almost always better. iTunes movies come in around ~5-10GB so a single 8TB disk would give you storage for approximately 1000 films - that seems pretty reasonable to me.
 



And it just gets stranger. I fiddled around a bit, quit the App Store, noted that it showed four updates, and opened it again to find updates for Safari 12, Pages, Keynote and Agenda. I haven't been using the MacBook Air much, so maybe the machine just got confused, but this behavior is odd.
Has anyone noticed that to find your past "purchases", including older OS's, in the App Store, you have to click on your name in the lower left-hand corner, then on View Information on the top, then in Hidden Item/Manage to get to Hidden items? Of significant interest is that in the View information sheet, only El Capitian and above are listed and not older OS's - back to Lion, in my case. The older OS's can be found on my 2011MacBook Pro 17" running Sierra. I would assume the original OS applicable to your machine would be available.
 


At least this will work for playing content off of a computer. I don't think there's a good way to make this approach work for an Apple TV, since (as far as I know) there's no way to attach external storage of any kind.
There are a few ways to do this. Using only Apple software, you can play iTunes content from any computer on the same network for which Home Sharing is active. You do it via the Computer app on the Apple TV. If the movies are DRM-free,, you could also use Plex to serve them.
 


Many DVD players can be made region-free with special hidden code/commands using the player's remote. I have a couple of Philips players that will play any disk. AVS Forum is one place you can find info/instructions on making your player region-free; there are others you'll find with a search.
And I have had several that allow all-region play out of the box.
 


Yes, it's reasonable in my opinion, but only reasonably safe if you add a second, same-size drive for backup, thus more or less doubling the cost.
These days, the cost of an 8TB drive is in the range of $150-$200 on Amazon and other online places. So for only about $300-$400 you will have backups of all your movies. Also, if you take the iTunes movies and run them through Handbrake using 720p quality output, your 1080p files that average 5-10 GB per file will be reduced to about 1-2 GB per file. If you have old eyes, like a lot of us, 720p is just fine resolution. I have about 2,000 movies, and they only take up 2.5 TB of space.
 


Got this message when I tried to use Battery Health - Your Doctor on my iPod Touch 6th generation this morning:
Apple closed the access to all information about the battery, Thank you for understanding.
The app developer was Yaroslav Snisar. When I clicked on the icon for Battery Health -Your Doctor, the icon changed to something different, which surprised me. My original app had been replaced without a download being started by me.

The updated app was “iDevice - Check device”, copyright by Sergey Zhuravel. Version 2.0. The What’s new information among other things states ”- remove all information about the battery”.

Price was the same as the original app but obviously does not provide the functionality I originally had.

I removed that app and called Apple to discuss what had happened. During the conversation, I was told that I could check battery health from Settings if I installed the newest iOS upgrade.

I questioned her about the functionality of the desktop version in Mojave, as I was concerned the same thing would happen, and the phone call was dropped without an attempt to reach me again.

My question: can anyone who has installed Mojave check the functionality of the Settings version of Battery? Am still on the previous version and can only see what apps are using battery.

Thanks.
 


I just tried to update an app this morning and saw this message demanding that I agree with "Apple Media Services Terms and Conditions."

At first glance, this is unacceptable to me. Basically, all rights are for Apple and few for its customers. I recently dumped Yahoo mail because of another unacceptable "terms" demand.

Maybe it is time to move away from Macs, unless the MacInTouch community thinks that this is nothing to be concerned about.
 


Basically, all rights are for Apple and few for its customers. I recently dumped Yahoo mail because of another unacceptable "terms" demand.

Maybe it is time to move away from Macs, unless the MacInTouch community thinks that this is nothing to be concerned about.
Neither. It certainly is something to be concerned about, but it's not just Apple. Read the EULA or TOS for pretty much any major digital service and, after you've read through pages and pages of boilerplate jargon, you'll find they all stack the deck for rights in their favor. Maybe the Linux/GPL world is an improvement, but in the for-profit world, users have been on the short end for a long time.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
Apple's App Stores have a lot of issues, including another one described here:
Business Insider said:
Scammers have been tricking iPhone users into downloading apps that cost hundreds of dollars per year. Now, Apple appears to be cracking down
  • Some enterprising scammers have been tricking iPhone users into downloading apps that charge $4 per week or more — sometimes working out to hundreds of dollars per year.
  • One of these apps even rose to No. 69 on Apple's top-grossing chart, suggesting that only 68 apps were making more money in the United States.
  • Now, Apple is quietly removing these apps from the App Store.
 


Another frustrating App Store issue. On my iPhone 8, I saw under updates that the MyRadar app has a new version which includes lightning strike displays. Great. I downloaded the new version and looked forward to doing the same on my iPad Pro. No luck. There is no update for MyRadar in the App Store Update section when accessed from the iPad. Both devices are running iOS 12.0. I finally figured out to pretend I was purchasing the app from scratch and instead of the Get button being displayed, it said Update in its place. Go figure.
 


I cannot navigate to anything at Apple that would allow me to get some sort of support regarding an App Store app. Is there a way to do this? Any purchase older than 90 days is not made available for submission.

For instance, the support and website links in the App Store (and the web) for the app Metadatics (tag editor for audio files) have been "suspended", and therefore no communication is possible with the developer.

It seems this would indicate that Apple does not really maintain current supervision, monitoring, or communication with app developers that post apps in their store.... Does the fact that an app developer has gone AWOL indicate any other issues we should be
concerned with? Seems a rather odd circumstance.
 


My wife has an older MacBook Pro, the Mid-2009 15" model, running El Capitan v 10.11.6. That model is not compatible with Mojave, per Apple's support page. Nonetheless, about once a week she gets a notification, saying "Upgrade to macOS Mojave", with two buttons: "Not Now" and "Details". When she clicks "Not Now" the notification goes away only to return a week or so later. When she clicks "Details", she goes to the App Store page for Mojave with a Download button.

It's a small thing I suppose, but does anyone know how to make it go away?
 


My wife has an older MacBook Pro, the Mid-2009 15" model, running El Capitan v 10.11.6. That model is not compatible with Mojave, per Apple's support page. Nonetheless, about once a week she gets a notification, saying "Upgrade to macOS Mojave", with two buttons: "Not Now" and "Details". When she clicks "Not Now" the notification goes away only to return a week or so later. When she clicks "Details", she goes to the App Store page for Mojave with a Download button.

It's a small thing I suppose, but does anyone know how to make it go away?
I might suggest turning off "Automatically Check for Updates" in System Preferences, but we have a "MacBook Pro, the Mid-2009 15" model, running El Capitan v 10.11.6", too, and it doesn't care what the update settings are, it still knows better than to prompt for Mojave. Even if I try to download Mojave, it says "cannot be installed." Strange... can't think where else to look, sorry.
 


My wife has an older MacBook Pro, the Mid-2009 15" model, running El Capitan v 10.11.6. That model is not compatible with Mojave, per Apple's support page. Nonetheless, about once a week she gets a notification, saying "Upgrade to macOS Mojave", with two buttons: "Not Now" and "Details". When she clicks "Not Now" the notification goes away only to return a week or so later. When she clicks "Details", she goes to the App Store page for Mojave with a Download button.

It's a small thing I suppose, but does anyone know how to make it go away?
I might suggest turning off "Automatically Check for Updates" in System Preferences, but we have a "MacBook Pro, the Mid-2009 15" model, running El Capitan v 10.11.6", too, and it doesn't care what the update settings are, it still knows better than to prompt for Mojave. Even if I try to download Mojave, it says "cannot be installed." Strange... can't think where else to look, sorry.
Turning off "Automatically Check for Updates" in System Preferences does no good. My conditions match those noted above and there seems to be no reason nor solution. Had talked to Ric several weeks ago on the topic. Perhaps we can shame Apple into doing something about this? On a similar note, I have also seen where my Numbers app on the same laptop keeps telling me there is a new version available, but I am running the latest version available for El Capitan.
 


My wife has an older MacBook Pro, the Mid-2009 15" model, running El Capitan v 10.11.6. That model is not compatible with Mojave, per Apple's support page. Nonetheless, about once a week she gets a notification, saying "Upgrade to macOS Mojave", with two buttons: "Not Now" and "Details". When she clicks "Not Now" the notification goes away only to return a week or so later. When she clicks "Details", she goes to the App Store page for Mojave with a Download button.

It's a small thing I suppose, but does anyone know how to make it go away?
I've done this since High Sierra came out, and it causes no ill effects, just stopping the nagging:
  • Open the folder /Library/Bundles
  • Delete the bundle named OSXNotification.bundle
 


I've done this since High Sierra came out, and it causes no ill effects, just stopping the nagging:
  • Open the folder /Library/Bundles
  • Delete the bundle named OSXNotification.bundle
Thanks, Terry K. However, this bundle does not exist in /Library/Bundles/ in my installation of OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Any other ideas for that OS?
 


Thanks, Terry K. However, this bundle does not exist in /Library/Bundles/ in my installation of OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Any other ideas for that OS?
No, I'm afraid not. I recognize that particular bundle was initially installed in later macOS than Mavericks, but I thought it might have been newly installed. I had deleted that bundle from my Sierra installs on all my computers, but Apple "helpfully" reinstalled it just in the last 2018-002 Security Update. So I thought maybe you might have gotten that "helpful" hand from Apple as well somehow.
 


The US Supreme Court is going to hear arguments on Monday in the Apple antitrust lawsuit alleging that the App Store is a monopoly.
Reuters said:
How much for that app? U.S. top court hears Apple antitrust dispute
When iPhone users want to edit blemishes out of their selfies, identify stars and constellations or simply join the latest video game craze, they turn to Apple Inc’s App Store, where any software application they buy also includes a 30 percent cut for Apple.

That commission is a key issue in a closely watched antitrust case that will reach the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The nine justices will hear arguments in Apple’s bid to escape damages in a lawsuit accusing it of breaking federal antitrust laws by monopolizing the market for iPhone apps and causing consumers to pay more than they should.
 


(Note: I have been running Mojave successfully on two different machines before this.)

I just upgraded from High Sierra to Mojave yesterday on my work machine, and promptly encountered the Could not Check for Updates problem (the machine was on macOS 10.14, and I know there is a 10.14.2 waiting) and Could not Connect to App Store problem. It was strange, as all my other applications, browsers, etc. were able to access and download stuff from the Internet properly.

I tried deleting the security trust settings, and disabling and reenabling DigiCert CA Trust in Keychain Access as per the helpful answers, to no avail, even after rebooting. I was contemplating reinstalling from scratch when I read other posts that doing a restore won't help matters.

I even tried updating manually by downloading the 10.14.2 combo updater from Apple directly, but the problem persisted after rebooting in 10.14.2.

The mention of firewall issues as potential causes triggered an idea for me. I'm normally connected to the network via Ethernet. I don't have any proxies enabled in macOS, but I do have ClamXAV, Docker and VMWare Fusion (these create virtual bridged interfaces in the system) installed. As far as I know, there are no firewall rules enabled that would cause problems.

On a whim I tried disconnecting the Ethernet cable and enabling WiFi (which runs on a different subnet), and lo and behold, the App Store and the Software Update panels worked and displayed relevant info. After disabling WiFi and reconnecting via Ethernet, it seems to be working now.

Somehow the Software Updater and App Store use a different mechanism to connect to the Internet, and it was stuck in some unknown state that persisted even with rebooting. Presumably, switching the default interface for access to the network somehow reset the configuration.

I consider myself somewhat knowledgeable when it comes to network configuration, since I cut my networking teeth on Linux, but the recent versions of macOS makes troubleshooting networking problems more and more of a black art. I still don't know why the problem occurred in the first place.
 


On a whim I tried disconnecting the Ethernet cable and enabling WiFi (which runs on a different subnet), and lo and behold, the App Store and the Software Update panels worked and displayed relevant info. After disabling WiFi and reconnecting via Ethernet, it seems to be working now.
Do you perhaps have differing DNS's assigned to the two options (Ethernet and WIFI)? It is possible that the wired DNS is unable to resolve the address. I have had this situation arise when I have had a DNS set in my network preferences. Some things can be accessed but others can not. By changing to a "non-denominational" DNS (let the system decide), I have then been able to connect to the previously unreachable web sites. It might be worth checking.
 


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