IOS 13 code suggests Apple will launch tracker later this year

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Yesterday Apple made the announcement that it was scrapping iTunes, in favour of three separate apps that would do most of the work: Apple Music, Podcasts, and TV.

Previously, you could have just installed the beta update over the air with a developer profile without even having to go through a computer as an intermediary.

"Your entire media collection will find a new home and transition automatically into the new Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts apps", the support page says.

The company also revealed the demise of the iTunes online shop that changed the music industry. Apple now thinks that having dedicated apps on the desktop is better than an all-in-one app like iTunes, but for now this change will only affect Mac users.

Apple's CarPlay in-car connectivity suite will be receiving major updates in iOS 13, which will be released later this year.

Privacy protections being added to iOS mobile operating software included providing the option of giving apps permission to access location just once, instead of all the time, and letting users know when apps are tracking their whereabouts.

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Perhaps one of the most pressing questions people had when they heard about the imminent death of iTunes was how would they be able to sync their devices, including iPhones, iPads and iPods.

Users wishing to move new music onto a device will simply need to open one of the new media apps, click and drag from your music library into the folder for your connected device, and it will transfer over.

The iPad's Files app is also getting an overhaul in iPadOS, and now it'll feature a column design like the Finder menu on Mac and allow for things like file previews and quick edits.

While Apple Music will be created to push users towards a subscription package they will continue to have access to their entire music library whether you downloaded the songs, purchased them or ripped them from a CD.

So what happens to that music library now? While Apple continues to support older iPhone models, it is the battery that gives up and users are forced to pay a hefty amount to replace the battery.

While we're on it, other aspects of iTunes are sticking around too: the iTunes Store is remaining the iTunes Store, and you'll still be able to buy songs, films and TV shows to download and keep from there.