With all the attention being lavished on Things 3, it’s easy to forget there are other excellent task managers out there. One such app is the wonderfully powerful, and endlessly customisable 2Do. In my humble opinion, 2Do is one of the highlights in the Setapp collection, but it’s also available as a standalone purchase via the App Store. If you have been thinking of picking up a copy, there is no time like the present. The developer has been running a sale, which ends today.
In case you haven’t seen this yet. There is still a version of iTunes that includes the App Store. Apple recently removed the App Store from iTunes on the desktop. Given it had been such an integral part of the way so many people manage their devices, it is understandable that it was received as a wind up in some quarters. If a backdoor is going to turn up anywhere, it is bound to be on Reddit. And so it goes.
There is a process involved. But if you need access to your library of apps on the desktop for any reason. Or you are bloody minded enough to want to take this all work again while you can. This is what you need.
Perhaps the biggest problem with how this change was handled is that it came out of the blue. Users updated iTunes as they normally would. Upon opening it the message was delivered. No more iOS App Store on the Mac — or Windows for that matter. This workaround is not ideal, but it does exist.
If you have just updated iTunes and opened it up you will have seen a message delivering the news that the App Store has been removed from iTunes. In a typically Apple way, the message is conveyed without actually saying that the App Store has been removed, rather it outlines the ‘new focus’ of the iTunes app. For the longer version of this, see the support article which states,
The new iTunes focuses on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks. Apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are now exclusively available in the new App Store for iOS. And the new App Store makes it easy to get, update, and redownload apps—all without a Mac or PC
If you had any unique trickery for side-loading apps from iTunes to avoid using data [^ Believe or not, data usage is till a going concern in certain parts of the world], you are not completely out of luck. The roll back articles haven’t started appearing yet, but you can still use something like iMazing to similar effect. Note, iMazing is also available on Setapp