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iOS 8.4 key features, release time frame revealed in new leak

Published Jun 5th, 2015 11:40AM EDT
iOS 8.4 Release Date Apple Music

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Apple is expected to unveil Apple Music on stage during WWDC next week alongside iOS 9 and OS X 10.11. But rather than launching Apple Music with the next major version of iOS, Apple plans to release it a lot sooner by including it in an incoming iOS 8.4 update.

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In a roundup detailing expected iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 features, 9to5Mac has also offered a potential launch date for iOS 8.4, saying that Apple might release it as soon as late June, complete with Apple Music integration. The company wanted to deliver iOS 8.4 to its iOS customers after the June 8th WWDC keynote, but that has apparently changed.

Apple Music is going to be included in iOS 9 this fall, but Apple apparently wants to launch the service as fast as possible. Interestingly, Apple Music will not be a U.S. exclusive at first, as some users might expect. Instead, Apple is expected to bring the app to a “long list” of countries, including U.K., Canada and even Russia.

A revamped iTunes Radio service is also expected alongside Apple Music, which should also be available in the same countries where Apple will launch its streaming music service.

Initially, Apple Music should be available free of charge for up to three months, after which it’ll cost users $9.99 per month. Apple Music will be available on iOS 8.4 devices, Macs and PCs, and also on Android, the blog said.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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