Improved Music app
With iOS 8.3 out in the open, it?s inevitable that the Cupertino-based tech giant would unveil iOS 8.4 in developer preview soon. Sure enough, the pre-release firmware is finally here and it ships with a new version of Apple?s proprietary Music app.
According to Apple’s release notes, iOS 8.4 build 12H4074d brings along an all-new Music service that combines a fresh look with powerful features such as a new MiniPlayer, Global Search integration, as well as an improved “Now Playing” interface.
Apple-centric tech site 9to5Mac noted that some of the changes in Music app redesign allows users to customize playlists by adding personalized images and descriptions. In addition, a ?Recently Added? section displays albums and tracks that were recently purchased or imported or purchased to the top of a user’s iTunes library.
The revamped MiniPlayer lets users control playback while browsing the Music library. There?s also streamlined iTunes Radio navigation and a new ?Up Next? icon to see the next song. The enhanced Global Search integration pulls in search results from anywhere within the Music app and allows users to created iTunes Radio stations directly from Search.
Full list of iOS 8.4 changelog
The iOS 8.4 release notes can only be viewed by developers who signed in to their Apple Developer account. As such, it won?t be available to regular iOS users. However, 9to5Mac managed to grab the list and posted it for all users to see.
After going through the major changes that this software update brings, TechCrunch reports Apple may be planning to unveil a new streaming music service in time for the WWDC 2015 event, the annual developer conference the company will host in June.
Check out the full iOS 8.4 release notes below.
? All-New Design. Music app has a beautiful new design that makes exploring your music collection easier and more fun. Personalize playlists by adding your own image and description. Enjoy stunning pictures of your favorite artists in the Artists view. Start playing an album right from the album list. The music you love is never more than a tap away.
? Recently Added. Albums and playlists you?ve recently added are now at the top of your library, making it effortless to find something new to play. Simply tap play on the artwork to listen.
? Streamlined iTunes Radio. Discovering music with iTunes Radio is easier than ever. You can now quickly return to your favorite stations in Recently Played. Choose from a selection of hand-curated stations in Featured Stations, or start a new one from your favorite artist or song.
? New MiniPlayer. With the new MiniPlayer, you can see what?s playing and control playback while browsing your music collection. To open Now Playing, just tap on the MiniPlayer.
? Improved Now Playing. Now Playing has a stunning new design that showcases your album artwork the way it was meant to be. In addition, you can begin wirelessly streaming your music using AirPlay without leaving Now Playing.
? Up Next. It?s now simple to find out which songs from your library will play next ? just tap the Up Next icon in Now Playing. You can even reorder, add, or skip songs whenever you like.
? Global Search. You can now search from anywhere in the Music app ? just tap the magnifying glass. Search results are conveniently organized to help you quickly find that perfect song. You can even start an iTunes Radio station right from Search.
iOS users who?d like to see how iOS 8.4 interface changes look like, they can head over to this TheNextWeb post. The site has published several photos showing how the new firmware runs on an iPhone.
For developers who are reading this, iOS 8.4 beta is now available now through Apple’s Developer Portal. In order to work along with the new iOS build, AppleInsider mentioned that the company released a new Xcode 6.4 beta with software development kits for iOS 8.4 and OS X versions 10.9 and 10.10. The latest Xcode software is also available on Apple’s developer webpage.
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