Since its release earlier this week, Apple Music and Beats 1 reviews have been mostly positive. I've currently frozen my Spotify membership to see if I can survive on Apple Music alone without cheating, and to save 30 buckaroos in the process.
Beats 1 radio may not really be my thing, but I also haven't given it too much time as of now. But one problem that services like Shazam have fixed with radio, is identifying songs that are currently playing. Now don't get me wrong, Shazam is a great service. But there have been times when I missed identifying a song because I couldn't get Shazam out fast enough.
With Beats 1 radio, the playing screen shows what song is currently playing. The menu also allows users to add that specific song to My Music, or check it out in the iTunes store. However, there are times when someone might be driving and will miss saving a song they would like to listen to in the future.
Developer Callum Jones found a simple solution to this problem. Jones created a simple script that tweets out every song that has played on Beats 1 radio. The Twitter account @Beats1Plays sends out a single tweet for every song that has played on the station. Timestamps for the tweets help a lot as well, as someone can simply remember the time a song was playing, scroll down the Twitter account, and find the name and artist.
In addition to devices like the iPod Touch 5th generation, the iPhone 5C is yet another Apple device which has not been updated in a few years. First released back in 2013, the A6-powered, polycarbonate-housed, "budget" iPhone 5C is due for an upgrade.
According to a note to investors, sent out by Jefferies analyst Ange Wu, the iPhone's plastic little brother may be seeing a big update later this year. The note claims that Apple will be dropping the plastic rear casing and replacing it with a unibody metal casing, along with other upgrades.
"The experience gained from iPhone 6/6 Plus rear metal casings will sustain FTC’s position as the main supplier for the iPhone 6S/6S Plus, and this will likely be extended to the iPhone 6C," reads the note.
The note goes on to say that the next iteration of the iPhone 5C will continue sporting the 4-inch screen to keep manufacturing costs low, as will as folks who enjoy the size of the device happy.
Reviews of the latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models' design have been mostly positive. While there was some controversy regarding things like bend-gate, and the arguably unappealing antenna lines on the rear. Recent rumors have claimed that we may see a more durable casing and removal of the antenna lines later this year.
According to a fresh report coming from GforGame, it seems that Apple is working with South Korean firms LG and Samsung in order to produce thinner OLED displays for the Apple Watch 2. This would allow the smartwatch to accommodate a larger battery.
As for the external design of the next-generation Apple Watch, this is believed to remain the same. Right now we don't know when Apple is planning to release its next wearable, but it's most likely going to happen somewhere in the spring of next year.
Thus, if this report is true, then the display of the next-gen Apple Watch will be identical in terms of screen size and resolution, which means it won't be getting a round display, as some were hoping. However, it will get a more capacious battery, which should dramatically improve its lifespan.
The Apple Watch recently launched in Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan on June 26, and will come to The Netherlands, Sweden, and Thailand on July 17.
It's been quite a while since we've heard any news coming from Apple regarding its iPod line-up, as many still believe the company is going to stop producing the iconic music player. However, according to fresh information coming from 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, it seems that Apple could be planning new colors for its iPods. Here are some more details:
"Apple could be preparing to refresh its aging iPod lineup with new colors, according to a new image found inside of yesterday’s iTunes 12.2 update for Apple Music. With the new update, when a user plugs in an iPod for the first time, the above image showcasing a dark blue iPod touch, a gold iPod nano, and a dark pink iPod shuffle appear. None of those iPod color options currently exist, indicating that Apple could be preparing to refresh its line with those richer tones. Interestingly, the Touch lacks a hole for the camera loop."
At the moment we don't know when could Apple be planning to release the new iPod colors. However, it seems that iPod nano and touch stock at Apple Stores is currently seeing some temporary shortages, so maybe Apple is planning to add new colors in order to keep consumers interested in the product.
Now fresh information coming from a leaked Foxconn document claims that Apple's next-generation "iPhone 6s" series will feature a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, 4K video, and 2 gigabytes of RAM. The document is believed to be coming from a Foxconn worker.
The leaked images suggest that both the "iPhone 6s" and the "iPhone 6s Plus" will have 12-megapixel rear cameras, as well as support for 4K and/or 240 frames-per-second slow-motion video. The document also points to 5-megapixel front-facing cameras, which could represent a nice upgrade from the 1.2 megapixels on current iPhones.
Yesterday we shared with you some freshly leaked photos of what seems to be the iPhone 6S and now we've got new intel coming from the same publication. 9to5Mac claims that the next iPhone will feature an updated Qualcomm LTE chip offering faster LTE speeds and greater energy efficiency.
These details were extracted from some new photos which show the logic board of the upcoming device. Thus, the next iPhone is believed to feature a Qualcomm MDM9635M chip which offers a significant increase in performance over the current one used in the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.
With this new chip, the next iPhone could reach download speeds of up to 300 Mbps, which is twice of what the current iPhone models can perform. The new Qualcomm chip is also more power efficient, which means the iPhone 6s could witness some improvements in its battery life, also thanks to a slimmer motherboard.
According to a fresh set of leaked photos coming from 9to5Mac, it seems that the next-generation iPhone will retain the same exterior design as the iPhone 6, but will feature some important internal changes.
9to5Mac claims that the rear shell is identical to the iPhone 6 on the outside, coming with the same thickness and width. The leaked photos (you can see more in the thread from below) reveal that the Lightning connector, speakers, microphones, headphone jack, volume rocker, mute button, sleep/wake button, SIM card slot, antenna lines and cutout for the rear-facing camera and LED flash are all identical to the iPhone 6.
However, it seems that the rear shell has a different internal mounting structure which could point to a new logic board and new or revamped components. The main features that the iPhone 6S is rumored to get are - an A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, Force Touch, 7000 Series aluminum and improved 12-megapixel camera.
According to a report on MacRumors, Apple is set to release a new iOS 9 beta seed that includes support for Apple Music next week. The news comes via Apple’s Eddy Cue who said in an answer to a question on Twitter that a new iOS 9 beta is coming early next week.
This would tie in with Apple’s normal beta seed timetable, with the last beta seed being released on Tuesday, June 23, meaning that next Tuesday would make it two weeks exactly.
Currently, members of Apple’s developer program are finding that the most recently released iOS 9 beta doesn’t support much of Apple Music’s features.
Cue has also been answering some general questions about Apple Music on Twitter, such as saying that auto-renew can easily be turned off to avoid being charged when your free trial period finishes. Cue also said that the Apple Music streaming bitrate varies according to whether or not you are using a Wi-Fi or cellular connection.
GarageBand is Apple's software application for OS X and iOS that allows users to create music or podcasts. The company has now released several updates, with the most important one being that artists on Apple Music Connect can now publish directly to the service from GarageBand for iOS.
Apple Music Connect gives artist a venue for interacting with fans, so linking this new service with GarageBand is a much welcome update. Several other stability improvements and bug fixes have been deployed, as well.
SoundHound, the popular audio recognition and cognation company, has now received an update which integrates it with the new Apple Music streaming service. The updated SoundHound app will bring an “Apple Music Listen Now” link which will allow users to listen to a song on the streaming service through the home screen, song pages, and throughout the app.
Katie McMahon, Vice President and General Manager at SoundHound, said the following:
“SoundHound users are the most savvy and engaged music consumers in the world, and we know they will be delighted to have seamless access to Apple Music.”
SoundHound users will find an Apple Music streaming link next to songs through various features, including: music identification, personalized History, Top Charts, or Music Maps. Furthermore, SoundHound will also be promoting Apple Music’s Beats 1 live radio station, as users will see a “Beats 1 Radio” row within song pages, enabling easy, one-tap access to listen to the streaming radio broadcast.