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Apple releases iTunes 11.4 update for OS X Mavericks, adds support for iOS 8

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iTunes 11.4 has been released following Apple’s announcement that iOS 8 will be available next week. The GM seed of the software is available now for developers, and the new iTunes update enables syncing with devices running the mobile update.

Many users on OS X Yosemite trying to install the iOS 8 GM seed have run into a serious issue, however. The current version of iTunes 12 crashes after erasing a user’s device, leaving them stranded in DFU mode with no way to actually get back to a usable state (unless they have a Mavericks machine handy). If you are running Yosemite exclusively, it’s probably best to wait for an iTunes 12 update before attempting to install the GM.

iTunes 11.4 is available on Mavericks computers through the Updates tab of the Mac App Store.

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  1. PMZanetti - 9 years ago

    I have somehow gotten around the DFU mode issue with Yosemite. I was faced with same forced crashing.
    I installed Xcode, opened it up, connected the iDevice in recovery mode, then opened iTunes, and somehow avoided crashing and was able to restore.

    Hopefully others can have the same luck if they find themselves in that situation.

    • Daniel Whitaker - 9 years ago

      Will this work with Xcode 5.1.1?

    • Trygve Alsos - 9 years ago

      Installing the latest xcode, boot and confirned, got it :-)

      • Szoke Antoniu - 9 years ago

        so in the end, can we use Xcode to upgrade using iTunes 12.0 on yosemite ?

      • Trygve Alsos - 9 years ago

        Just installed the latest xcode, and used iTunes 12.0, worked fine, was i little nervous when i started updating to gm but, xcode update fixed it :-)

  2. al ilāh (@Ratocx) - 9 years ago

    No problem with Yosemite here.

  3. Joe Fedorowicz - 9 years ago

    This was posted like 45 minutes too late for me.

  4. Matt Smith - 9 years ago

    i installed mine with 11.3.1 and had Ø issues. i hate updating itunes. I hate itunes

  5. Chris Weaver - 9 years ago

    Gotta run the sudo rm -rf /Applications/ if you’re on Yosemite and have the iTunes 12 lock/crash. :)

  6. I have this issue. I’ve tried using Xcode which allows iTunes to open but then during the restore it fails at about 60% through whilst saying Verifying Firmware. I’m given Error 3014. I’ve removed iTunes 12 and installed 11.4, but still get the exact same issue.

    Any ideas?

  7. Anoop Menon - 9 years ago

    Awesome.. Downloading right now.

  8. Maxim Datskovskiy - 9 years ago

    This issue will happen only with iTunes 12 without Xcode 6. I used RecBoot to exit from DFU mode. Then installed Xcode and start update once again. Success.

  9. zmanbaseball2 - 9 years ago

    Use RecBoot to get out of DFU mode!

  10. biedz1216 - 9 years ago

    I had 0 problems from Yosemite dp7 iTunes 12 i chose update not restore idk why ppl always chose restore I updated both my mini 1 and 5s with no issues.

  11. Ben Chiang - 9 years ago

    iTunes 11.4 is now available for Windows, maybe update via Windows is better?

  12. Eric Dunn - 9 years ago

    I’m using Parallels and using Windows ITunes to work around this and worked fine. Upgrading 2nd phone now via this method.

  13. David Thorp - 9 years ago

    I booted into boot camp to get round the iTunes 12 crash issue and updated from iTunes 11.x in windows, using RecBoot as someone else suggested to kick my phone out of recovery

  14. Hasse Lovborg - 9 years ago

    I successfully upgraded iOS 8 Beta 5 to GM on one iphone 5 one 5s, one ipad Air and one ipad Mini on Yosemite DP7 and iTunes 12 yesterday. No problems and fast too…

  15. rahul sharma (@sach1001) - 9 years ago

    I have figured it out !!
    1: Delete current itunes
    2: Download itunes 11.4 from apple website
    3: Delete itunes Library.itl
    4: Install itunes 11.4
    5: Restore iphone with 8.0 ipsw without any problem !!

    You can thank me later :D

  16. Szoke Antoniu - 9 years ago

    I updated my 5s to iOS8 without a registered UDID, using a MacBook Air on which i use the official Beta Version of Yosemite and iTunes 12.0 . Everything failed when the iPhone ask to connect it with iTunes and when i do, iTunes (v. 12.0) crashes and do not open. Any suggestions ?!

  17. Jesper Ferskov - 9 years ago

    Recboot 2.2 for mac is the solution – what a lifesaver for your iDevice. 😊