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Following Sunday’s rumor, Apple has released iOS 8.4. This came at about 7:52, rather than 8:00. They also released Beats 1 and Apple Music at the same time. Both are accessible within the Music app. Apple Music occupies three tabs, where Beats 1 only takes a part of the Radio tab. Other than the new music services, iOS 8.4 also includes a new Music app, audiobooks have been moved from Music to iBooks, and an Audiobooks CarPlay app. This update is available via Settings > General > Software update > iOS 8.4.
Apple Music and Beats 1 is only available on iOS 8.4. We haven’t seen it come up yet on iOS 9 beta 2. There’s also no iTunes update available, adding these services.
Apple is going to release iOS 8.4 at 8:00 AM Pacific Time Tuesday. They’re also planning on launching Beta 1 an hour after, at 9 in the morning. This information was given by Apple Music senior director Ian Rogers. In a blog post he gave information about Apple Music and when it will launch. He stated that Beats 1 will launch at 9. There was no information given on when Apple Music will launch. However, we’re guessing that it will be the same time.
Following the launch of the Apple Watch in seven new countries today, Apple also announced that it will be coming to three more countries on July 17. Those countries are The Netherlands, Sweden, and Thailand. On the 17th it will be available for purchase online, in stores, and in authorized retailers.
The Apple Watch has officially launched in seven new countries today. Those are Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and Taiwan. As we reported a few weeks ago, Apple was planning on launching the watch in new countries today and they did. Right now the Apple Watch is available online with stock being somewhat low on every model. The shipping estimates are around 1-2 weeks. It will be coming to retail stores soon.
Apple has today seeded the second beta of watchOS 2. This comes alongside the second beta of iOS 9. It’s available two weeks after its initial announcement. It can be accessed by going to Settings > General > Software update > watchOS 2 beta 2 within the Apple Watch app. This update includes bug fixes. Other than that we’re not sure what’s new and will update this post as more things as discovered.
Apple has pulled it, not saying why or when it will be back.
Following the second seed today of iOS 9, Apple has also seeded the second beta of OS X El Capitan. This comes, as well, two weeks after the first seed. This is available for update either through the Mac App Store or from the Mac Developer Center.
This version adds many bug fixes and not much else. The release notes state the bugs that are still present and what is not fixed. When we learn more about what’s new we’ll be sure to update this post.
Apple has just seeded the second beta of iOS 9 to developers. This release comes two weeks after the initial release to developers. It’s available starting right now either via Settings > General > Software update > iOS 9 beta 2 or from the iOS Developer Center.
This version adds many bug fixes. AirPlay connectivity is also improved. We also see other things, like third-party keyboard fixes, ability to change Family Sharing password, ability to print messages from the Mail app without it crashing, and more. There are still some issues present in this beta.
We’ll be sure to update this post as more new features as discovered.
- Podcasts has a new icon
- When updating to a new version of iOS and there isn't enough space it will ask if you want to uninstall some apps and have them re-installed once the update is over.
- Handoff again shows up in the app switcher
- Apple Watch app has been renamed Watch.
Apple has quietly pulled the first-generation iPad mini from their website. They have also removed any note of it, such as in comparison pages or anything else. This means that it’s no longer available for purchase. We’re currently not sure if they are still selling them in store or not. They are likely selling it until they are sold out of models. It also seems like that model is very limited at other retailers, such as Amazon. It’s still available refurbished from Apple. There are currently now only two different iPad mini models: iPad mini 2 and 3.
Apple has today issued a recall on some hard drives placed in the late 2012 27-inch iMac. This is only in iMacs sold between December 2012 and September 2013. The hard drive that is said to be failing is the 3TB variant. If you have one of the Macs that could have this issue you can check here.
A new section under the radio part of the Music app shows more information on Beats 1. This is only showing up for people who are running either the iOS 8.4 or 9 beta. Right now it’s not working and you can’t listen to anything. It just shows the Beats 1 logo and links. There’s less than two weeks until its launch so we’re expecting it to start working very soon.
Beats 1 is a new radio streaming station that Apple announced at WWDC a few weeks ago. It’s always on with live DJs in different countries. This is also available to anyone worldwide. It slated to launch June 30th with iOS 8.4.