Signs of Apple’s brand new Apple Music app have been spotted in the first iOS 15.5 beta, potentially hinting that it could launch in the near future.
Rather than the likes of “Podcasts+” or “Mail+,” which have been theorized by analysts as potential additions to the Apple One subscription bundle over the past year, Apple will bolster Apple Music by transforming classical music in a separate application.
Last year, Apple announced its purchase of classical music streaming service Primephonic, which offered advanced search and browsing features specifically optimized for classical music. At the time, Apple said that the best elements of Primephonic would be part of Apple Music, giving subscribers a vastly improved classical music experience.
Importantly, the company added that it will launch a new Apple Music app in 2022 dedicated to classical music, combining Primephonic’s user interface and classical music specializations with the Apple Music library and features such as Lossless and Spatial Audio. .
The name of the new application dedicated to classical music was not mentioned at the time. In February, the name of the new app was apparently leaked by the beta code: “Apple Classical”. Lines of code from the Apple Music on Android beta also hinted at the ability to open a compatible track directly in the new, optimized service.
Now, the first beta of iOS 15.5, released to developers and public beta testers earlier this week, contains more signs of Apple Classical. iOS 15.5 contains “Open in Apple Classical” and “Open this in the new app designed for classical music” in the Music app code.
Late last year, Apple advertised a job for a UX designer to work on the new standalone music app. According to the job description, the candidate was to “provide UX expertise and new insights specifically for Primephonic” to help achieve a distinct experience for classical music that would include “visual, auditory and haptic” aspects, which can provide a hint of what the new app might offer.
While the job listing suggested that the Primephonic brand would persist in some form as part of Apple’s classic offering, it seems possible that it could continue to exist as a subsection of the new app. Apple Classical.
With mounting evidence of preparations being put in place for the launch of Apple Classical, it looks like its release could be on the horizon in the near future, perhaps with the public release of iOS 15.5 or at the WWDC in June.