WWDC Rumor Roundup: new Apple TV, revamped Beats Music and more

WWDC 2015

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off on June 8 in San Francisco, California. The event will feature more than 100 technical sessions and hands-on labs for developers, the Apple Design Awards, and if the rumor mill is correct, a few big product announcements will be made during the opening WWDC keynote. Here's what Apple is expected to unveil during the conference.

iOS 8.4 with New Music App and Improved iTunes Radio

Apple released the first iOS 8.4 beta to developers on April 4, 2015. The update included a redesigned Music app and streamlined iTunes Radio. The new stock Music app features an "all-new design" a new MiniPlayer, an improved Now Playing screen and global search.

Here are the full release notes:

  • 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.>/li>
  • 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.>/li>
  • 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.

Revamped Beats Music Service

9to5Mac says Apple will launch a new streaming music service on June 8, even though Billboard claims the company hasn't closed the key deals it needs for the launch. According to 9to5Mac, the service will be a offered through iTunes and feature "curated playlists, cloud-based libraries, and offerings customized to the musical tastes of individual users". The service will cost $7.99 a month.

Apple TV

Several outlets, including The New York Times, have reported that Apple plans to launch a fourth-generation Apple TV with redesigned remote control. The new Apple TV is expected to ship with an App Store and Siri. The new remote control will feature a touch pad and be slightly thicker than its predecessor.

Unnamed TV Streaming Service

Sources have leaked that Apple has been in talks with several major television networks to launch an internet-based streaming service like Sony's PlayStation Vue. Apple has allegedly approached ABC, CBS, Fox, Discovery and other networks under Viacom to join the subscription-based service. The bundle is expected to offer around 25 channels for $30 to $40 a month.

Other Rumored Products: iPod touch and iPad Pro

The iPod touch is rumored to be getting its first refresh since 2012, according to AppleInsider. It is unknown if the sixth-generation iPod will receive a bump in size like the iPhone or if it will keep its current 4-inch display.

Apple is planning to launch a 12.9-inch iPad for the business and educations markets. The iPad Pro could be the first iPad model to offer an USB-C connector, NFC and an Apple-created Bluetooth stylus.

It is unknown when Apple plans to announce these two new products.


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