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5 new Apple Music features coming in iOS 18

Published Jun 17th, 2024 8:17AM EDT
Apple Music features in iOS 18
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iOS 18 is full of new features, but we can’t say the same about the Apple Music app. In this upcoming iPhone operating system update, Apple has added several features under the hood, which means most users won’t even notice what’s different with Apple’s music streaming service.

While many people eagerly wait for new features to come to Apple Music, unlike iOS 17, iOS 18 feels like an underwhelming update for the platform. That said, this is what’s new with Apple Music in iOS 18:

Image source: Apple Inc.

Event Tickets with Apple Wallet: The new Tickets in Wallet feature improves event information with venue and parking details, in-seat food delivery, and even recommended playlists from Apple Music. It all depends on the promoter.

Music Haptics: Apple Music has a breakthrough feature coming with iOS 18, but it’s likely not for you. With Music Haptics, Apple brings a new way for users who are deaf or hard of hearing to experience music on iPhone. The company explains: “With this feature enabled, the Taptic Engine in iPhone plays taps, textures, and refined vibrations to the audio of the music.”

InSight on Apple TV+: This feature displays timely information about actors, characters, and music from Apple TV+ movies and shows onscreen in real-time. Users can select an actor to view their background and filmography page or quickly view the song playing in a scene and add it to an Apple Music playlist.

Collaborative Listening: Apple has updated SharePlay with Apple Music on iOS 18, so even more users can share control of music playing from HomePod, Apple TV, or speaker. This feature was expected to debut with tvOS 17.4, but Apple saved it to tvOS 18 instead.

UI tweaks: Apple has tweaked the Shuffle, Repeat, and Autoplay icons with bigger buttons.

Wrap up

iOS 18 is still in the early days of beta testing. BGR will keep updating this article as we learn more about Apple Music’s new features. We hope Apple adds more smart playlists and social features, as the company still needs to play catch up with Spotify.

In addition, while I prefer having the Podcasts app separately from Music, many people would love a deeper integration between the two apps. Below, you can learn more about iOS 18.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.