So…following up on this a bit since iTunes doesn’t do apps anymore, iOS 12 will be out in a month or two I guess, I’ve still got limited bandwidth living in my RV, and we’ll probably be updating our iPhones in November when we get back to FL for the winter as well as updating to iOS 12 when it’s released.
I’m working on how to best update my devices without having to redownload all the apps up to 4 times each (2 iPhones and 2 iPads between my wife and I).
I can’t remember offhand if updating from iOS 10 to 11 back last fall required reloading all apps from backup and/or the App Store…or if only iOS itself got updated…anybody remember? I’m thinking apps all got reloaded from iTunes.
Between that and the new phones…I figure I’ve got two options. Option 1 is to either do the new phone shuffle at an Apple Store and use their bandwidth or visit a friend with high speed Internet in their house with a case of beer and a couple of steaks in trade. Option 2 is to use the older version of iTunes 12.6.4 that while no longer being updated still does manage apps. I have a VM with El Capitan installed on it…I can install the older app capable iTunes on that (or on our primary laptops) and do the phone swap and iOS upgrade shuffle there…then reinstall the current iTunes that’s actually getting updated once the changeover is complete. My only concern on that one is…will the app capable version of iTunes properly recognize new iPhone hardware and software and get the new phones up to date…anybody know one way or the other?
Any other options I’ve missed…I do have iCloud caching enabled in the RV so mostly the apps would only have be downloaded from the App Store once…but that’s still a lot of GB to get.