Apple is coming out with iOS 8.4 this summer
Are you bored with your iOS 8.3!
Don’t worry Apple loves to surprise its clients.
The iOS 8.3 update won’t be the last iOS 8 update before the release of iOS 9. Instead, Apple is planning to release an iOS 8.4 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch by this summer.
In September, Apple released its iOS 8.0 update. Since then, the company has released eight incremental iOS 8 updates including iOS 8.0.1, iOS 8.0.2, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.1.1, iOS 8.1.2, iOS 8.1.3, iOS 8.2, and iOS 8.3. All of these updates delivered fixes for iOS 8 problems and some of them delivered new features to your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Apple’s iOS 8.3 update was released last week for iOS 8 users, Apple brought a brand new Emoji keyboard, tons of enhancements and an extensive list of bug fixes for lingering iOS 8 problems were added. Up until today, it was unclear where Apple’s mobile operating system is going to head next. Now, thanks to a new beta update, we all know what’s in Apple’s iOS update pipeline.
iOS 8.4 rumors have been confirmed today thanks to the first iOS 8.4 beta. It was shocking that Apple has released its beta updates early in the day but it’s here and it’s available to developers ahead of an unconfirmed public release date.
With an iOS 8.4 update confirmed and an iOS 8.4 beta are now available in market, we want to take a look what iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users need to know about the iOS 8.4 update, the iOS 8.4 beta, and the iOS 8.4 release date. If you haven’t been following along, this is going to catch you up to next level speed with the latest official, and unofficial, iOS 8.4 details.
iOS 8.4 Beta Now Available
If you are a member of Apple’s paid developer program, you can download and install the iOS 8.4 beta right now. The update is available for all iOS 8 powered devices including your iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.
Apple hasn’t announced how many iOS 8.4 beta updates it will release in future to the developers but there’s a good chance that this beta will be followed by several more as developers, and Apple, work to ensure a smooth transition from iOS 8.3 (or any update in between) to iOS 8.4.
Public iOS 8.4 Beta MIA
Apple, for whatsoever reason, hasn’t released a public iOS 8.4 beta. For now, the iOS 8.4 beta is limited to paid developers and Apple has not cleared, if the company has any plans to release iOS 8.4 to the public ahead of its release or not.
As a reminder, the public iOS 8.3 beta did not arrive until Apple released iOS 8.3 beta 3 to the developers. So there’s a chance that the company will simply wait to release the beta version to the public.
If and when Apple does release a public iOS 8.4 beta, it will be available on its Apple Beta Software website.
iOS 8.4 Features
The iOS 8.4 update brings an all new Music application to your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Here’s the full rundown of the new Music app, courtesy of one and only Apple:
“The iOS 8.4 Beta includes an early preview of the all-new Music app. With powerful features and an elegant new Avatar, now enjoying your favorite music is much easier than ever. This preview provides a sneak peek into what we’ve been working on, and what’s going to come — the real music is just getting started.”
All-New Design. Music app has a beautiful new design that makes exploring your music collection much easier and more fun. Personalize playlists by adding your own image and description to your favorite music. Enjoy stunning pictures of your favorite artists in the Artists viewer. Start playing an album right from the album list. The music you love is never more than a tap away from your finger tip.
Recently Added. Albums and playlists you’ve recently added to your device 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 much 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.
The All New MiniPlayer. With the new MiniPlayer, you can see what’s playing and control playback while browsing your music collection just like a music console. 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 much simpler to find out your favorite 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. Introducing the Global Search option. Now you can 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.
According to 9to5Mac, the update also brings an updated version of iTunes Radio and we imagine that developers will soon discover other changes to Apple’s mobile operating system.
iOS 8.4 Release Date
It is unfortunate that Apple didn’t announce an iOS 8.4 release date with its iOS 8.4 beta which means that we currently don’t know when the company will release it to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users around the world.
iOS 8.4 release date rumors have pointed to an arrival within this summer and it looks like that could be the case. Apple is expected to debut a new streaming music service at WWDC 2015 in June and it’s possible that an iOS 8.4 release will take place somewhere around there after a few weeks inside Apple’s beta program.
Apple’s iOS 8.3 beta was released to its paying developers first before it headed out to the public. This is precisely what Apple’s doing with iOS 8.4 so it appears that there is certainly truth there.