The week in iPhone news was exciting for Apple fans looking forward to future devices and firmware. A surprise release of iOS 9.3 beta to developers revealed significant feature improvements in the pipeline. Details on the upcoming 4-inch iPhone slated for release early this year also surfaced, along with a new moniker for the device. Changes are also on the way to iTunes Radio and the iAd platform. Here are five highlights from the top Apple news of the week:
Big changes are coming to streaming music at Apple this month. As of January 28, the only free streaming music channel available from Apple will be Beats 1. The company plans to remove ad-supported iTunes Radio channels, bringing them into the Apple Music fold instead. In two weeks, the free channels will only be available with an Apple Music subscription.
Beatles fans are getting an early Christmas present this year. The group's music will be available to stream on Apple Music, Google Play Music, Amazon Prime Music and more starting on Christmas Eve at 12:01 am. The official announcement was made Wednesday on thebeatles.com.
Pandora is the only major streaming service not getting the Beatles catalog. Spotify users will be able to stream Beatles songs on the free tier of the service.
The first official public beta of Apple Music on Sonos is now available for owners of Sonos wireless speakers. This marks the first time that Apple's new music streaming service can be used as a third-party application on a non-mobile device. Apple Music on Sonos will also replace the Beats streaming option currently offered on Sonos products.
For any Beats Music users who haven't migrated their music, preferences, playlists, and other content to Apple Music, time is running out. Apple announced a deadline of January 19, 2016, after which Beats Music account information will be deleted. Beats Music service was replaced by Apple Music and officially went off the air on November 30.