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iOS 8.4

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:21 am
by Stephen Hart
iOS 8.4

This update introduces Apple Music—a revolutionary music service, 24/7 global radio, and a way for fans to connect with their favorite artists—all included in the redesigned Music app. iOS 8.4 also includes improvements for iBooks and bug fixes. 

Apple Music

• Become an Apple Music member to play from millions of songs in the Apple Music catalog, or keep them offline for playback later
• For You: Members can see playlist and album recommendations, handpicked by music experts
• New: Members can find the latest, greatest new music available - direct from our editors
• Radio: Tune in to music, interviews, and exclusive radio shows on Beats 1, play radio stations created by our editors or create your own from any artist or song
• Connect: See shared thoughts, photos, music, and videos from artists you follow, then join the conversation
• My Music: Play from all of your iTunes purchases, songs from Apple Music, and playlists in one place
• Completely redesigned music player that includes new features such as Recently Added, MiniPlayer, Up Next, and more
• iTunes Store: Still the best place to buy your favorite music—one song or album at a time.
• Availability and features may vary by country

iBooks improvements and fixes

• Browse, listen and download audiobooks from inside iBooks
• Enjoy the all-new Now Playing feature, designed specifically for audiobooks
• Books that are Made for iBooks now work on iPhone in addition to iPad
• Find and pre-order books in a series right from your library
• Improves accessibility of widgets, glossary and navigation in books made with iBooks Author
• New default Chinese font
• New setting to turn off Auto-Night theme in your library
• Resolves an issue that may have prevented Hide Purchases from working 
• Resolves an issue that may have prevented downloading books from iCloud

Other improvements and bug fixes

• Fixes an issue where receiving a specific series of Unicode characters causes device to reboot
• Fixes an issue that prevented GPS accessories from providing location data 
• Fixes an issue where deleted Apple Watch apps could re-install

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Re: iOS 8.4

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:03 pm
by Stephen Hart
I've already found one thing to love:

In iOS 8.4, audiobooks are accessed in iBooks instead of Music. (Cue Mr. Spock.)

And in iBooks, in an audiobook, you can merely swipe the screen to the left to scroll back 15 seconds. That's dramatically safer when you're listening in a car than the old method, which required you to look at, and hit a bullseye on, a small icon.

The whole control section is also isolated from the cover art, making it all easier to see.