When Apple Music launches at the end of June, you’ll be able to sign up for a three-month trial period. After that, you’ll be paying a $10 monthly subscription for the privilege of having most of the iTunes library at your fingertips. According to Re/code, Apple will be passing on $7 of that to the music labels, publishers, and artists. Australian pricing for Apple Music has not yet been announced, but even outside of the US, Apple will be passing on an average to the music industry.
Variety is saying Beats had a Sonos competitor in the works, but had to scrap it after they were acquired by Apple. It’s reported Beats’ wireless speaker was capable of streaming from a number of sources including Pandora and Spotify, and the company probably better known for its headphones and earphones was looking to introduce larger speakers for the living room before moving onto smaller portable speakers. Sure, they already have the Beats Pill, but what’s another portable speaker among friends?
The first leak from the iOS 9 beta hints at an upgraded front-facing camera on the next iPhone, one that includes 1080p video and even a flash. The current front-facing camera on the iPhone is a 1.2 megapixel shooter with support for 720p video, but it looks as though Apple are looking to up the ante with higher resolution image and video capture, and there’s a pretty good chance we’ll see better optics, too.
John Gruber of Daring Fireball talked to Phil Schiller, Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing on a live episode of the former’s The Talk Show podcast. Recordings haven’t been posted, but thanks to The Verge we get a feel for what the pair talked about. Topics ranged from larger capacity devices, the never-ending debate between battery life and thinness, and Phil Schiller’s Apple, one that pushes us into the future by creating products that don’t need things to be plugged in, like the new MacBook.
As with every Apple event, we’ll probably be playing a little catch-up while I sort out what’s what — separate the think pieces from the listicles and the untucked shirts from the tucked ones, so to speak. But don’t worry, there will be plenty of news, and without further ado…
The Next Web kicks us off with a recap of everything Apple announced, and although they’re calling it one handy list, that doesn’t mean there were a lot of announcements packed into Apple’s nearly two and a half hour keynote. I still think Apple’s Music reveal could have been significantly shortened without losing any of its pizzazz, but hey, I’m willing to indulge Apple this once.
In what was the longest keynote to date, Apple showed us a number of firsts. Apple’s Vice President of Apple Pay, Jennifer Bailey, was the first woman to take to the Keynote stage, and for the most part, we got what we wanted in terms of small improvements across the board in OS X El Capitan, iOS 9, and watchOS. A few of the bigger changes are below.
The blurriest of blurry-cams shows us how Apple has decorated Moscone West ahead of WWDC, which kicks off tomorrow morning. Geometric patterns shared by 9to5Mac and MacRumors reveal a trio of iOS, OS X, and watchOS banners, suggesting Apple will be focusing on those areas for much of the keynote — and with the new versions of iOS and OS X expected to be shown off, along with native Apple Watch apps, that’s probably not too far from the truth.
With WWDC looming large, Ars Technica talks up what we’ll be seeing at the event early Tuesday morning. I guess it’s important to remember that while we’ll probably see previews of the next versions of iOS and OS X, it’s a conference for developers, and we shouldn’t expect too much in way of consumer-oriented services such as that streaming music service everyone’s been talking about. I, for one, am looking forward to agonising over whether I’m going to be running the iOS beta on my primary iOS device this year and having to put up with all the broken apps in silence.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has spoken about his position on encryption and privacy, telling Epic’s Champions of Freedom gathering event in Washington about guarding customer privacy, ensuring security, and protecting their customer’s rights to encryption. Cook opened with the line “like many of you, we at Apple reject the idea that our customers should have to make tradeoffs between privacy and security”, and went on to talk about how Silicon Valley culture was increasingly geared towards taking as much data as possible and trying to monetise it.
Elgato didn’t so much as leak HomeKit products as much as it revealed them, thanks to what I assume what was an embargo lifting. It did, however, keep the “Works with HomeKit” branding that reminds me of the “Made for iPhone” certification. TechCrunch has the rest of the products that will work with HomeKit, including iHome’s SmartPlug, hub and bridge devices, as well as the usual complement of thermostats and wireless sensors for your home.