Just two weeks after releasing the second iOS 8.4 beta, Apple released the third beta for iOS 8.4 yesterday. Similar to the first two beta versions of iOS 8.4, the latest update brings revised music app, rumored to be the future home of Apple’s new music streaming service.
Although the latest update contains some bug fixes associated with the music app; new features and UI changes within the app are the highlight of the third beta. The iTunes Radio portion of the app sees a bit of an interface facelift, and there’s a new toggle to display music that users can access offline. The search function has changed a bit as well. The search history displays local searches as well as iTunes Radio searches. Interestingly, trending searches that were added in the second beta are temporarily missing. A persistent mini-player also allows the user to control playback from anywhere within the music app.
The new music app, although a great app in itself, is rumored to contain Apple’s new streaming music platform upon release. The service, which will function similar to Spotify’s premium platform, is rumored to cost between $7.99-9.99 a month, and will feature exclusive artists and expertly curated playlists. Although not much is known about the Beats music-based service, Apple is expected to unveil more details during the World Wide Developers Conference this coming June.
The iOS 8.4 beta 3 update is available via a software update on iOS, and is expected to hit the developer center very soon.