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While Apple’s new products grabbed the headlines, Apple also made an updated to iTunes that movie renters will enjoy. Version 12.6 is now available, and it has a new feature the company dubs as ‘rent once, watch anywhere’. If you hire a movie on your iPad, iPhone or Apple TV, you can now watch it on all those devices.
Prior to the update, iTunes movie rentals on the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV were restricted to the device the rental was made on. Also, iTunes movie rentals could be made on a Mac and then transferred to an iPhone or iPad by performing a sync. You could also play a rented movie to Apple TV by using AirPlay.
Before you install the iTunes update and start renting movies, there is a catch. In order to take advantage of this feature, your iPhone, iPad and Apple TV must have operating systems that aren’t out yet. The iPhone and iPad require iOS 10.3, and your Apple TV must have tvOS 10.2. The iTunes 12.6 release is a sign that OS updates are on the way.
To get the update, launch the App Store app and click on the Updates tab at the top. You should see the iTunes 12.6 update after the app makes a check with Apple’s servers.