iOS App Web Links and iTunes: One Infinite Loop

iTunes 12.7 removed the application’s ability to manage apps on iOS, which is fine. A lot of people want iTunes simplified from the octopus it was to a set of narrowly defined applications.

However, iTunes 12.7 has broken web links that try to open iTunes and ask it to show the app in the (iOS) App Store, and doesn’t know how to handle them, which results in one comical infinite loop as shown in the video above. The video is just 57 seconds, but it literally could be infinitely long, as Safari and iTunes both dare each other into giving up first.

What makes this video worse, is that the link comes from apple.com itself.

DON’T try this at home, because there’s a special incantation needed to stop Safari from continuing to try to launch iTunes, even after the windows have been quit AND even after Safari has been quit. Safari is persistent. It requires quitting both iTunes and Safari, opening Safari, then closing the window that Safari was using to try open iTunes, losing any other open tabs. So, almost data loss, but certainly a time sink to find and re-open those other tabs.

(Shoutout to YouTube for banning the video as violating their community guidelines and having no human interaction for reviewing appeals)

macOS Sierra 10.12.6; iTunes 12.7.0.166; Safari 11.0 (12604.1.38.1.7).

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iTunes 12.7 and iOS Device App Synching

iTunes 12.7 removes the ability to manage, update and synch apps on iOS devices.

iTunes 12.7 Notification About Apps

However there is a problem that this update ignores: The Mobile Applications folder on the disk. It seems that this folder is redundant now. But with multiple gigabytes of .ipa files in there is it now okay to delete this folder? Shouldn’t iTunes inform the user about this folder and say it’s okay to delete it or offer to delete it? The Learn More link doesn’t say.

APFT iTunes 12.7 leaves .ipa files behind

macOS Sierra 10.12.6; iTunes 12.7.0.166

Square-Cornered Window Found in iTunes!

Looks like the View Options window in iTunes didn’t get the rounded corners upgrade message.

Here’s the Equaliser window (rounded corners):

iTunes—Rounded Corners

And here’s the View Options window (square corners):

iTunes—Square Corners

iTunes 12.4.3.1. El Capitan.
Update: iTunes 12.7.0.166 still has a squared View Options window, though it’s been vastly expanded to show many more view options. (MacOS Sierra).

Full-Screen Application Issues

There is a problem when fast-switching (Cmd-Tab shortcut) between full-screen applications.

In the demonstration video below, you can see that I enter full-screen in iTunes. Then I fast-switch to Safari. Then I fast-switch back to iTunes. What we get is iTunes with whatever other window happens to be open. (In the video the Equalizer window is open). If the Equalizer window was not open, then we would see NO windows at all for iTunes, which shows how ridiculous this bug is.) In order to see the window that was full-screened, that window needs to be manually selected in the Window menu item/the application icon in the Dock must be clicked.

In the video, here are the steps:

  1. Make the application full-screen (iTunes).
  2. Fast-switch (cmd-tab shortcut) to another application (Safari).
  3. Fast-switch back to iTunes.
  4. The window that was full-screen now doesn’t show, only another non-full-screen window (in this case the Equalizer).
  5. In order to get to the full-screen window, the menu item Window > (window name) must be selected, or the application Dock icon must be clicked.

OS X El Capitan 10.11.6

How Much Free Space?

I sync my iPhone with iTunes. I like to have a local backup. Occasionally I get a message like this:

iTunes. Updating phone OS 01

Yay! An update. Let’s click Download and Update.

iTunes. Updating phone OS 02

Oh. Let me have a closer look…

iTunes. Updating phone OS 03

I’ve 1.36 GB of free space. That’s greater than the 770 MB that’s required. Let me sync the phone and see how much free space there is afterwards.

iTunes. Updating phone OS 04

Wow. 3.30 GB. That should be enough for the sync.

iTunes. Updating phone OS 02

Hmm. Let’s check the iPhone itself.

iTunes. Updating phone OS 05

Well, I guess this figure of 411 MB is the number that the update process is seeing, and no wonder it’s complaining. But, why is iTunes giving me such a large figure for free space? Shouldn’t it be querying the iPhone itself and getting the phone’s free space number?

It may be that my iPhone needs to be restored. But even so, iTunes calculation of free space is not the same as how the iPhone itself calculates it. Which one is right?

iTunes 12.4.3.1; iOS 9.3.5 (13G36); OS X El Capitan 10.11.6.