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Speaking of apps, it appears as though Apple has turned off he spigot for those of us who were updating our iPhone and iPad apps using iTunes 12.6. For the past couple of days the apps will show as new updates but will not download. They appear to be downloading, but the circle doesn't appear and they don't download. Tried this on two iMacs with different operating systems.
I have the same issue for the past several days. I guess I will be updating iTunes from 12.6.5.3 soon. Such a pain to have to update each iOS device individually.
 


I just tried updating a few apps on an iPhone SE using iTunes 12.6.5 and had the same result. It appears to start the download but quits quickly and no download occurs. This has happened before. That is, folks using iTunes 12.6.5 could not download updates but after a few days Apple got things running again. This might be a similar issue.
More than a week later this is still an issue for me. I presume it's not working for anyone else either. I have to wonder if this is accidental or intentional.
 


More than a week later this is still an issue for me. I presume it's not working for anyone else either. I have to wonder if this is accidental or intentional.
There has been an ongoing thread over at MacRumors about getting iTunes 12.6.5.3 working on Mojave.

Starting at Post #245 are queries similar to your own concering the inability to update apps. What is most interesting is folks running iTunes 12.6.5.3 on Windows 7 or Windows 10 do not have this problem and are able to update apps.
 


There has been an ongoing thread over at MacRumors about getting iTunes 12.6.5.3 working on Mojave.

Starting at Post #245 are queries similar to your own concering the inability to update apps. What is most interesting is folks running iTunes 12.6.5.3 on Windows 7 or Windows 10 do not have this problem and are able to update apps.
I gave up and bought a license for iMazing. What boils me is that when I restored to a new iPhone recently, one of the apps was no longer in the App Store and so no app (as apps are no longer in the backup). The app worked fine before the restore. It is my app; I paid for it. Anyway I have the .ipa file in my Mobile Applications folder and will try to restore it with iMazing. I hope the app files are retained (it has my beer ratings!).
 


I gave up and bought a license for iMazing. What boils me is that when I restored to a new iPhone recently, one of the apps was no longer in the App Store and so no app (as apps are no longer in the backup). The app worked fine before the restore. It is my app; I paid for it. Anyway I have the .ipa file in my Mobile Applications folder and will try to restore it with iMazing. I hope the app files are retained (it has my beer ratings!).
I also have iMazing and have tested it a bit. What I noticed is that the .ipa file names used by iMazing are not the same as used by iTunes. Google Maps, for example:

Google Maps 5.37.0.ipa (iTunes: ~/Music/iTunes/Mobile Applications)

com.google.Maps-5.24.9.ipa (iMazing: ~/Library/Application Support/iMazing/Library/Apps)

Item 5 on this page explains how to import .ipa files from the Mobile Applications folder into iMazing -- so this could resolve your issue with the lost app:
iMazing said:
 


I still buy and rip CDs. The CD then becomes my backup. And I have found that putting the music on a USB stick and plugging into my car stereo works much better than Apple CarPlay. CarPlay has an annoying habit of stalling or quitting. At that point, I have to detach the iPhone from the car, wait, re-attach, and hope it reconnects. And I can't do that while driving. The built-in Subaru system just works.
I liked USB sticks, too; however, my 2015 Outback Ltd. does not "just work." It plays the stick in erratic order (not "Random"), no matter what play-order is selected. (My wife always sets Random, so she doesn't care. "Drives" me crazy.) Subaru has acknowledged the issue and made it plain they have no plans to fix it, even though it's likely a software/firmware issue, and the firmware is update-able.

Curious what format, settings, etc. do you use to burn your sticks? What size and speed of sticks do you use?
 





I liked USB sticks, too; however, my 2015 Outback Ltd. does not "just work." It plays the stick in erratic order (not "Random"), no matter what play-order is selected. (My wife always sets Random, so she doesn't care. "Drives" me crazy.) Subaru has acknowledged the issue and made it plain they have no plans to fix it, even though it's likely a software/firmware
Curious what format, settings, etc. do you use to burn your sticks? What size and speed of sticks do you use?
I almost always use Shuffle mode. Sometimes, though, I will select Album mode. It does not play the songs in album order but in alphabetical order. Digging deep through the Subaru forums indicates this is a "feature" and not a "bug."

The USB (64 GB) is formatted FAT16 – FAT32 may not always work. Some USB drives work better than others. The general recommendation from the Subaru forums is to not use cheap drives.

The music is stored on the USB drive using the same directory structure that iTunes uses: Artist > Album > Song with the artist folders at the top directory level of the drive.

2019 Subaru Outback with firmware Rel_U1.18.20.60
 


Sometimes, though, I will select Album mode. It does not play the songs in album order but in alphabetical order. Digging deep through the Subaru forums indicates this is a "feature" and not a "bug."
An ugly kluge, but you could rename the tracks in the albums you listen to in Album mode as A track 1; B track2; C track3; etc. Probably could be scripted (the renaming process) too.
 


An ugly kluge, but you could rename the tracks in the albums you listen to in Album mode as A track 1; B track2; C track3; etc. Probably could be scripted (the renaming process) too.
I'm already doing something similar - 01-first-track, 02-second... Isn't helping.
 


I have the same issue for the past several days. I guess I will be updating iTunes from 12.6.5.3 soon. Such a pain to have to update each iOS device individually.
FYI, I download new versions of my iOS apps directly to to the Mac via iMazing, and then install them to each of my iOS devices.

I'm surprised to realize that I switched to using iMazing about 9 months ago (on the good advice of several MacInTouch readers); I am now completely in the groove of getting my iOS apps this way.
 


... Item 5 on this page explains how to import .ipa files from the Mobile Applications folder into iMazing -- so this could resolve your issue with the lost app:
As a somewhat recent user of iMazing, I want to thank you for the link to this tutorial on using iMazing. I do have backups (both iTunes and iMazing) but wasn't sure how to make use of the process.

Occasionally, I wanted to revert to a previous version of an iOS app. I was familiar with doing that using iTunes but couldn't figure it out with iMazing, as the version numbers did not agree with what was installed. I am finally understanding (somewhat) the differences. I thought iMazing used the iTunes .ipa library, but now realize that it has its own library. Maybe I can finally get a handle on what's on my phone and iPad.
 


An ugly kluge, but you could rename the tracks in the albums you listen to in Album mode as A track 1; B track2; C track3; etc. Probably could be scripted (the renaming process) too.
A Better Finder Rename by publicspace.net works well for sequential prefixing of a group of files. ABFR's use of padded numeric prefixes allows lexical sort equivalent results on almost any operating system. I have often used this when distributing a mixed group of files that should be accessed in sequence to preserve the story they tell while still allowing the viewer to refer to the original file name for copy requests. (Works well for sequences of MIDI files on a USB drive as used by a Yamaha keyboard.)
 


A Better Finder Rename by publicspace.net works well for sequential prefixing of a group of files. ABFR's use of padded numeric prefixes allows lexical sort equivalent results on almost any operating system. I have often used this when distributing a mixed group of files that should be accessed in sequence to preserve the story they tell while still allowing the viewer to refer to the original file name for copy requests. (Works well for sequences of MIDI files on a USB drive as used by a Yamaha keyboard.)
I'd second the suggestion of ABFR. I'm a long-time user of the utility, and it has extensive file/folder renaming options. While I haven't tried this lately, it used to have the option to create an "applet" for common rename operations. Definitely part of my Mac toolbox.
 


A Better Finder Rename by publicspace.net works well for sequential prefixing of a group of files.
I'm already doing something similar - 01-first-track, 02-second... Isn't helping.
I'v tried renaming using ABFR, but it did not help, because it appears that the Subaru head unit does not use the file name but the song name embedded in the metadata tags.

You might want to look at Doug's Apple Scripts to see if there is anything that will change the metadata to include a numbering system.

I decided against editing files names and metadata, because I didn't want to change my iTunes library just to make it work with one auto maker's way of doing things.
 



I'v tried renaming using ABFR, but it did not help, because it appears that the Subaru head unit does not use the file name but the song name embedded in the metadata tags. You might want to look at Doug's Apple Scripts to see if there is anything that will change the metadata to include a numbering system. I decided against editing files names and metadata, because I didn't want to change my iTunes library just to make it work with one auto maker's way of doing things.
Metadata makes sense. Coincidentally, Doug has just such a script headlined at the top of the home page today. I'll let you know if it solves the problem. Thanks!
 


Got the new iPhone SE 256GB version. Synced via iTunes to update it to my last iPhone backup, done just before. Took a while but seemed fine.

A couple of days later was going to back up the new iPhone after pruning the apps etc. I noticed in the iTunes sync window that 'Documents and Data' had grown to 50 GB in size! Not only that but the same thing had happened to my wife's iPhone and two iPads. Where previously there had been 5-6 GB of Documents and Data, now there was 40 GB! The infamous 'Other' segment had no inflation.

I restored the SE and the subsequent Documents and Data shrunk to a more normal size, ie 4.5GB. This restore took a long time. The 'Documents and Data' segments for the iPads and my wife's iPhone have remained huge at 40-50 GB. And the 'size' used, though not all that accurate, reflects these inflated values.

I am not really looking forward to restoring these other devices. Has this happened to anyone else? And is there another remedy to this except restore?
 


Got the new iPhone SE 256GB version. Synced via iTunes to update it to my last iPhone backup, done just before. Took a while but seemed fine. A couple of days later was going to back up the new iPhone after pruning the apps etc. I noticed in the iTunes sync window that 'Documents and Data' had grown to 50 GB in size! Not only that but the same thing had happened to my wife's iPhone and two iPads. Where previously there had been 5-6 GB of Documents and Data, now there was 40 GB! The infamous 'Other' segment had no inflation.

I restored the SE and the subsequent Documents and Data shrunk to a more normal size, ie 4.5GB. This restore took a long time. The 'Documents and Data' segments for the iPads and my wife's iPhone have remained huge at 40-50 GB. And the 'size' used, though not all that accurate, reflects these inflated values. I am not really looking forward to restoring these other devices. Has this happened to anyone else? And is there another remedy to this except restore?
Wouldn't it be grand, especially for non-technical users, to get a notification that your iPhone's storage space is being (or better yet, about to be) filled up with data? And for that notification to explain what specific app(s) are responsible for that data influx, and for the user to choose to allow the data flow to commence or continue? And for the user to have the option to set an amount of free storage space on their device so it never fills up completely?
 


… I noticed in the iTunes sync window that 'Documents and Data' had grown to 50 GB in size! Not only that but the same thing had happened to my wife's iPhone and two iPads.…
I have earlier backups of the various devices and could have used those. However, I did use the latest (the one with the bloated Documents and Data). A restore from a backup did not work. I had to Restore the iPhone/iPad etc. back to factory settings, then use that last backup (that contained the bloat) to restore the apps et al on the 'new' phone. And lo and behold, the bloat was gone. What was 50 GB of Documents and Data was now 4.5 GB, which reflects previous backups. This leads me to wonder if it was all bogus. But when you looked at iPhone storage in Settings, it reflected the bloat – meaning I had 50 GB less space than I thought I had, so I think the space was being used for something...(?)
And, yes, it took a long time to do this for 5 devices. I hope it stays away.
 


I still use iTunes 12.6.5.3 on my Sierra1. Mac Pro. As noted earlier, updating apps no longer works. I've also been using iMazing, which does update apps.

Just for amusement, I tried using Apple Configurator2. to download and update apps. After using it for a bit, I decided it was far too clumsy a tool and I will return to using iMazing.

So now I want to delete all those apps that Configurator downloaded, but I cannot find them. Any suggestions on where they might reside?


1. macOS 10.12.6 (Sierra)
2. Apple Configurator 2.7.1
 


I still use iTunes 12.6.5.3 on my Sierra1. Mac Pro. As noted earlier, updating apps no longer works. I've also been using iMazing, which does update apps.
Just for amusement, I tried using Apple Configurator2. to download and update apps. After using it for a bit, I decided it was far too clumsy a tool and I will return to using iMazing.
So now I want to delete all those apps that Configurator downloaded, but I cannot find them. Any suggestions on where they might reside?

1. macOS 10.12.6 (Sierra)
2. Apple Configurator 2.7.1
How do you use Apple Configurator to download apps? I can see that you can use it to install apps from the App Store or your computer to a device but not how you can download from the App Store to your Mac.

BTW, I've found that an effective replacement for iTunes 12.6.5.3 is iTunes 12.6.5... on Windows. I run it in a virtual machine, with the app library on the Mac.
 



How do you use Apple Configurator to download apps?
To update apps, I select the iOS device in the window, right click and select Update... It then gives me options to update iOS, Update All Apps, or Update some apps.
BTW, I've found that an effective replacement for iTunes 12.6.5.3 is iTunes 12.6.5... on Windows. I run it in a virtual machine, with the app library on the Mac.
I've become aware of that option, because it has been discussed on other forums. I run Windows XP Pro in a VM (without network!!) for a few apps, but iTunes 12.6.5 is not compatible with XP. Upgrading to Windows 10 is a barrier that's too high.
 


I have an iPhone 8 Plus with a defunct lightning port. It is being sent back to Amazon UK for refund, but I wanted to use iMazing to back it up. No way, as it needs the [broken] USB/lightning connection first time to 'register' it. iMazing Tech Support confirmed my question with an answer within ten minutes!

I have an iCloud backup, so all should be OK. A replacement iPhone is on its way. This is the second lightning port failure, and I am careful to keep the dirt out of the port.
 


Ric Ford

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I have an iPhone 8 Plus with a defunct lightning port. It is being sent back to Amazon UK for refund, but I wanted to use iMazing to back it up. No way, as it needs the [broken] USB/lightning connection first time to 'register' it....
That's good to know, but once you do that first time USB registration, iMazing backs up fine over WiFi alone (automatically). In other words, if you'd been using iMazing before the Lightning port failed, I don't see a problem with recovering from iMazing backups later.
 


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