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Starting to run out of space on the Macbook Air. Since I can download any purchased app to my iPhone anytime I want, i don't need them or want them on my Macbook Air. I already have them not syncing onto the iphone. Can I delete them from the Macbook Air?

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Yes - delete any iOS apps from iTunes and as long as you are not syncing apps to that computer, they won't transfer back.

Your data will still be backed up, but not the apps themselves.

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Thank you. 5 GB back just in apps – REDGAR Mar 3 '12 at 0:46

You can delete them as long as you're not syncing to the iPhone. I would recommend taking a full backup before. Also make sure you disable automatic downloads of new purchases.

Deleting an app might prevent you from installing it again on your iPhone if it has been deleted there as well and Apple removed it from App Store.

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I've never seen an app be pulled totally from the store so that those that bought it can't re-download it later. Of course, many are pulled from further sales, but I'd love to hear of any that got really yanked forever. It is certainly a risk if you don't have a Time Machine or other backup of the IPA files just in case. Apple could certainly pull things the way you describe. – bmike Mar 3 '12 at 0:49
@bmike VLC is an example – Vlad Mar 4 '12 at 6:30

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