Apple iOS 16.3 will be released next week with new features and at least one critical fix for the iPhone. Now, from his code, the existence of a new application has become known: Apple Music Classical.
Noticed iSoftware Updates, the code in the iOS 16.3 Release Candidate (released on Wednesday) contains links to “Open in Apple Music Classical” and “Explore this artist in an app designed for classical music.” It makes sense. Back in August 2021, Apple promised “a dedicated app for classical music next year” after acquiring classical music streaming service Primephonic. But radio silence followed—until now.
The separation of the Apple Music app, which currently has all genres of music, might annoy some fans. Especially those who like to create a mixture of genres in their playlists or simply think that Apple is overcomplicating things. After all, Spotify, Tidal, and the other big streaming services just offer classical music as a genre in their main app.
On the other hand, in its Primephonic acquisition press release, Apple promised a “special experience with the best features of Primephonic, including improved browsing and search capabilities by composer and repertoire, detailed classical music metadata displays, and new features and benefits.”
“In the near future, we will provide a dedicated classical experience that truly is the best in the world,” added Oliver Schusser, Apple VP of Apple Music and Beats. While its timeline has been disabled, the extra wait means there will be high hopes that the recently leaked app will live up to these claims.
While there is no indication in the iOS 16.3 release candidate code that Apple will launch Apple Music Classical with an update, everything will be revealed within a few days.
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