We’re just a few weeks away from this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Among the changes we may hear about during the June 13th keynote address is a refresh for the Apple Music service. Here’s a look back at the rest of the week that was.
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Big changes coming to Apple Music
Nearly a year after its arrival, Apple Music is expected to get a reboot next month at WWDC. Once again, it looks like Apple is rethinking its social strategy.
Apple Connect, which attempted to link artists with their fans, is being demoted in “iOS 10,” according to 9to5Mac. Instead of being found on the main Music page, Apple Connect is being integrated into the For You page.
As Joe White noted, this isn’t the first time an Apple-developed “social network for music” has been culled. Remember Ping? This feature launched back in 2010, offering users of iTunes a way to share their interests and connect with fellow listeners. But it didn’t take, and Apple promptly removed the feature not too long after its launch.
Other changes to Apple Music are also expected to be announced next month.
The iPhone SE is a Hit
Apple has increased orders for chips destined for its iPhone SE handsets after demand for the 4-inch device has remained higher than expected. The move will see Apple assemble some 5 million units in the current quarter, according to DigiTimes.
The iPhone SE was announced in March.
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On the App Store
For music lovers, often times finding those hidden gems is the way to go. From new tunes to up-and-coming artists, Hive – Music Discovery is a great app for finding something fresh.
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Get to Know Apple TV
AppAdvice is ramping up its coverage of the Apple TV. We believe that Apple’s “hobby” device is going to see huge growth in the coming months thanks to tvOS. Here are a few of the Apple TV stories that we covered during the past week:
Wearables and Other Accessory News
As Brent Dirks noted, probably the most interesting described feature is a system of interchangeable tips that can offer different features. For example, there could be some type of color sensor or flashlight. Apple also details a tip that contains an actual pencil tip. It would convert your notes into digital handwriting on an iOS device.
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