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I very much miss be­ing able to see all the Home screens and apps on my iPhone while in iTunes. It used to be easy to ma­nip­u­late apps, cre­ate fold­ers, and delete items en masse. That’s not pos­si­ble in iTunes 12.7.

Now I have to go to the App Store on iOS and get apps in­di­vid­u­ally, and mov­ing items be­tween Home screens is now much more dif­fi­cult and te­dious. I con­sider this “up­date” a step back­ward, and I’d re­ally like to see these ca­pa­bil­i­ties re­stored. David Rickey Ap­ple has put it­self be­tween a rock and a hard place with iTunes. Some peo­ple want the app to fo­cus on its me­dia li­brary and player fea­tures; adding other stuff on top has caused nav­i­ga­tion is­sues for years. Even so, we see why re­mov­ing iOS app-re­lated func­tions is ag­gra­vat­ing.

Ap­ple started edg­ing to­ward this when apps down­loaded di­rectly to iOS de­vices be­gan to be de­liv­ered in a tai­lored form for the spe­cific hard­ware, and so it stopped in­clud­ing them in de­vice back­ups to iTunes. We didn’t an­tic­i­pate the lat­est changes hap­pen­ing so abruptly, though. Drag and drop in iOS 11 en­ables you to pick up and move mul­ti­ple app icons, which helps a lit­tle, but even that can be a lit­tle un­com­fort­able.

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