As expected, Apple has just released iOS 8.4 (build number: 12H5143) for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch along with Apple Music, its much awaited streaming music service. Apple had announced that it will release iOS 8.4 along with Apple Music on June 30th during the WWDC 2015 keynote.
iOS 8.4 also comes with a completely redesigned Music app, which includes features such as a new MiniPlayer that allows you to see what’s playing and control playback while browsing your music collection. Apple has also brought the popular Up Next feature from iTunes 11 to iOS, which allows you to find out which songs from your library will play next. You can manipulate the playing order of upcoming songs. Check out our video walkthrough of iOS 8.4’s all-new Music app.
Apple Music, Apple’s music streaming service will also be integrated with the new Music app. Apple Music is an all-in-one streaming music service that has three core parts — Apple Music, Apple Music Radio and Apple Music Connect. You can listen to Beats 1 radio station and Apple Music radio station for free. You can also follow artists and view artist feed on Connect without buying the membership for Apple Music. The Beats 1 Radio service will go live at 8:00 am PT or 11:00 am ET.
According to the release notes, iOS 8.4 also includes improvements for iBooks and bug fixes.
iOS 8.4 is compatible with the following iOS devices:
- iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
- iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad 2, iPad (third-generation), iPad (fourth-generation), iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display
- iPod touch 5G
Jailbreakers should avoid upgrading to iOS 8.4 as we don’t know if the TaiG 2.x jailbreak tool, which was just released for iOS 8.1.3 – iOS 8.3 will work with iOS 8.4 as well.
If you’re not getting iOS 8.4 software update via over-the-air update when you go to Settings > General > Software Update, then you can download iOS 8.4 from our iOS 8.4 download post.
Check out the complete iOS 8.4 change log.
If you’re using iOS 9 beta then please note that Apple Music is not officially supported, so it may not work properly. Apple’s Eddy Cue has confirmed that iOS 9 beta 3 will include support for Apple Music, and will be released ‘early next week’.
Let us know what do you think of Apple Music. If you’ve found any new features or changes in iOS 8.4 in the comments or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.