Wednesday Morning News
Apple’s long-awaited music streaming service arrived earlier this morning in the form of Apple Music, a three-pronged service of music streaming, the Beats 1 radio station, and Connect, the social network for music artists and their fans. The Loop, Re/code, and Mashable all had first impressions of Apple Music from last night, and if early indications are anything to go by, Apple Music has hit the nail on the head.
If you haven’t made the plunge, Ars Technica has a quick screenshot tour of the new Music app included as part of iOS 8.4, the same one iOS 9 users have had access to for a couple of weeks now. While I wouldn’t go as far as calling it a complete overhaul, enough has changed to make it feel markedly different to the previous Music app, even if I’m still a little sad it’s not called “iPod” anymore. Ars Technica also looks at the Apple Music setup process.
So you’re not hit with an $11.99 monthly fee when your three month trial of Apple Music is up, iMore has a guide on turning off the automatic subscription renewal within the new Music app.
Apple World Today has the non-Apple Music update notes for iOS 8.4, which also includes several improvements to iBooks, which now comes with better support for audiobooks, a setting allowing you to turn off the auto-night theme, and more.
Apple also released OS X 10.10.4 this morning, and the very first bullet point says “improves network reliability”. Yes, our long national “discoveryd” nightmare is now over, with Apple switching back to the tried-and-true mDNSResponder process for network discoverability. MacRumors has the rest of the changes, otherwise the update is waiting for you in the Mac App Store.
As part of the OS X 10.10.4 update, you can now enable TRIM for third-party SSDs natively, with the trimforce command being available to run from Terminal. You get a big scary warning about not all drives supporting TRIM in the same way, so as long as you’re prepared to take the risk with your particular hardware (backups, people), you should be good to enable TRIM and get a little extra longevity out of your SSD.
The Apple SIM is a weird one: originally launched in the US (and UK, I believe) as a way for US travellers to use their data with different carriers, the Apple SIM is now available for purchase in Apple Stores. What’s more, you can now use the Apple SIM data in over 90 countries, thanks to a partnership between Apple and GigSky — exact pricing for your country of choice is available here.
9to5Mac reports Apple has lost its appeal in the eBooks price fixing case, and will now pay $450 million in damages.
Over at Six Colors, Dan Moren wants Preview for iOS as a way for dealing with PDFs. It makes sense, given that iOS 9 will support making PDFs from content with an in-built share sheet extension.
ILounge has a review of the Just Mobile TimeStand for Apple Watch, which is a minimal aluminium charging stand.