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Apple earlier this week announced a new consolidated Apple Developer Program for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Safari, combining the previously separate iOS, OS X and Safari Dev Programs into one for a single $99 annual fee. The change should place more emphasis on and increase the security of Safari extensions, but some developers have voiced their frustrations about the new fee. In particular, developers will now be required to pay $99 per year to distribute Safari extensions through the new Safari Extensions Gallery. Comparatively, the old standalone Safari Dev Program was free and did not charge developers a fee to distribute Safari extensions within or outside of the Safari Extensions Gallery. Chrome and other browsers also do not charge a fee to distribute extensions. Reddit user honestbleeps shared the email Apple sent to Safari developers:"Dear Developer, As a creator of Safari Extensions, you’ve helped enrich the browsing experience for Safari users by taking advantage of development resources through the Safari Developer Program. This program is now part of the new Apple Developer Program, which combines everything you need to develop, distribute, and manage your apps on all Apple platforms. Your existing Safari Developer Program membership will remain active until July 8, 2015 and your Safari extensions will continue to work for existing users. You can continue building Safari extensions and bring your creativity to other Apple platforms by joining the Apple Developer Program. Join today to provide updates to your current extensions, build new extensions, and submit your extensions to the new Safari Extensions Gallery for OS X El Capitan. You can also learn how to extend your coding skills to create innovative new apps for Apple customers around the world."Apple aims to improve the security of Safari on OS X El Capitan by implementing Secure Extension Distribution, meaning that all extensions in the Safari Extensions Gallery will now be hosted and signed by Apple. Safari extensions installed from the Safari Extensions Gallery will be updated automatically, while those distributed outside of the Gallery are ineligible for automatic updating. Apple has created a page for developers to submit Safari extensions for OS X El Capitan in the fall, and developers can read both the Safari Extensions Review Guidelines and Safari Extensions Development Guide to prepare. Safari extensions available now will continue working for current users, and existing Safari Developer Program memberships will remain active until July 8, 2015. Safari 9.0 will also feature content blocking extensions for both iOS and OS X, providing users with a fast and efficient way to block cookies, images, resources, pop-ups and other content. Xcode includes a Content Blocker App Extension template that contains code for developers to send their JSON files to Safari that specifies which content should be blocked. A full Safari 9.0 changelog is in the Safari Developer Library. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'The Bumper' Review: Apple Watch Case Offers Ample Protection but Some Bulk • ResearchKit Now Available for iPad • New iOS Mail Bug Allows iCloud-Like Popups to Steal User Passwords • New York and Connecticut Officials Investigate Apple Music for Possible Antitrust Violations • eBay for Apple Watch Launches Today on App Store • Apple Bumps Developer Test Device Limits to 100 Per Device Type, Including Apple TV • OS X 10.11 El Capitan Runs on All Macs Capable of Running Yosemite • Apple Music to Support Saving Playlists and Songs for Offline Listening

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Code hidden within iOS 9 files hints at upcoming iPhone improvements, suggesting Apple could potentially be planning to introduce a front-facing camera with flash support, the ability to capture 1080p video, and several rear-facing camera capabilities, like Panorama and Slo-Mo modes. "CAMCaptureCapabilities" files in iOS 9 discovered by developer Hamza Sood have file names like "[CAMCaptureCapabilities isFront1080p120Supported]," which seems to refer to the front-facing camera on the iPhone. At the current time, the front-facing "FaceTime" camera is able to capture 1.2-megapixel photos and record 720p HD video. There's no indication that these particular file names reflect Apple's upcoming plans for the front-facing camera, but it's possible that these are improvements we may see in the future. The front-facing camera has always lagged behind the rear-facing camera in order to save space, but with the increasing popularity of "selfies," Apple may choose to introduce some major upgrades to the front-facing camera in the future. Rumors have suggested that the rear-facing camera will be gaining some major improvements with the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, so it's a reasonable assumption that the front-facing camera may also see improvements at the same time. There have been hints suggesting the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus could see the biggest camera jump Apple's ever introduced, adopting near-DSLR image quality. Apple did recently acquire a company that specializes in dual-sensor cameras that produce better images and are capable of capturing 3D imagery, but it is not known if that technology will make it into the new iPhones. Apple is expected to introduce the two new devices in the fall, perhaps in mid-September, based on past release timelines. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • ResearchKit Now Available for iPad • New iOS Mail Bug Allows iCloud-Like Popups to Steal User Passwords • New York and Connecticut Officials Investigate Apple Music for Possible Antitrust Violations • eBay for Apple Watch Launches Today on App Store • Apple Bumps Developer Test Device Limits to 100 Per Device Type, Including Apple TV • OS X 10.11 El Capitan Runs on All Macs Capable of Running Yosemite • Apple Music to Support Saving Playlists and Songs for Offline Listening • Apple Confirms Activation Lock Safety Feature for watchOS 2

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Apple seeded the fourth beta of iOS 8.4 to developers yesterday with a fix for a messaging bug that causes an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to crash after receiving a specific string of Unicode characters via iMessage or SMS. The bug also affects the Mac and Apple Watch and extends to third-party messaging apps such as Snapchat, Twitter and WhatsApp, as the issue is tied to the way banner notifications process Unicode. Sending the string of characters to an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch results in an immediate respring, causing the device to crash and quickly reboot. From there, if the Messages app was opened at a list view, the Messages app crashes automatically when you try to open it. If it was opened to the conversation where you received the message, the app will open, but attempting to go to another conversation causes Messages to crash. Apple recently published a support document on its website with a temporary workaround for the problem, and ensured that a permanent fix would be issued in a future software update. That fix has arrived in the form of iOS 8.4, which will be released ahead of Apple Music's launch on June 30. In the meantime, affected users can ask Siri to "read unread messages" and use Siri to reply to the malicious message in order to regain access to the Messages app and delete the message. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New iOS Mail Bug Allows iCloud-Like Popups to Steal User Passwords • New York and Connecticut Officials Investigate Apple Music for Possible Antitrust Violations • eBay for Apple Watch Launches Today on App Store • Apple Bumps Developer Test Device Limits to 100 Per Device Type, Including Apple TV • OS X 10.11 El Capitan Runs on All Macs Capable of Running Yosemite • Apple Music to Support Saving Playlists and Songs for Offline Listening • Apple Confirms Activation Lock Safety Feature for watchOS 2 • Dedicated iCloud Drive App Included Within Settings of iOS 9

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Spotify today announced that it now has more than 75 million active users and 20 million paid subscribers worldwide as the Sweden-based streaming music service prepares to compete with Apple Music, available June 30 on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and PC. Spotify doubled the 10 million paid subscribers it had through May 2014 in just one year, and has now paid over $3 billion in royalties to artists, songwriters and rights holders, including more than $300 million in the first three months of 2015 alone. The Wall Street Journal reports that Spotify has also raised $526 million in a funding round that values the company at $8.53 billion, giving it significantly more financial backing to take on Apple Music and other rivals in the increasingly competitive streaming music market. Spotify will reportedly invest the capital raised from investors in expansion and new forms of content to further differentiate itself. Apple Music and Spotify Premium both cost $9.99 per month (Image: WSJ) Spotify operates at a loss due to significant royalties and revenue sharing with music label partners, although the company aims to become profitable through continued subscriber growth. The company announced plans last month to add video programming and podcasts from partners such as ABC, BBC, ESPN, NBC, Comedy Central, Conde Nast, Maker Studios, Turner Broadcasting and Vice Media. Apple Music was announced earlier this week as a streaming music service, live global radio station and social platform for artists to connect with fans. The subscription-based service costs $9.99 per month with a three-month free trial for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and PC. Apple TV and Android versions of the service will be available in the fall. Apple Music launches June 30 on iOS 8.4 and iTunes. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New York and Connecticut Officials Investigate Apple Music for Possible Antitrust Violations • eBay for Apple Watch Launches Today on App Store • Apple Bumps Developer Test Device Limits to 100 Per Device Type, Including Apple TV • OS X 10.11 El Capitan Runs on All Macs Capable of Running Yosemite • Apple Music to Support Saving Playlists and Songs for Offline Listening • Apple Confirms Activation Lock Safety Feature for watchOS 2 • Dedicated iCloud Drive App Included Within Settings of iOS 9 • 'Move to iOS' App Allows for No Hassle Android-to-iOS Data Transfer

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Apple has published a support document on its website confirming that it has been using a fleet of vehicles to collect street-level imagery for Apple Maps. Apple outlines that it will blur faces and license plates on images, as Google Maps does for Street View, and lists where Apple Maps vehicles will be driving in the United States, England and Ireland between June 15 to June 30."Apple is driving vehicles around the world to collect data which will be used to improve Apple Maps. Some of this data will be published in future Apple Maps updates. We are committed to protecting your privacy while collecting this data. For example, we will blur faces and license plates on collected images prior to publication."Apple has been driving around fifth-generation Dodge Caravans equipped with LiDAR camera equipment on the roof to collect street-level imagery in the United States, starting with major cities and metropolitan areas in the south, northeast and midwest regions of the country. The mapping vehicles have been spotted in at least a dozen states to date as they continue moving further inland. Apple Map vehicle collecting street-level imagery in New Jersey in May 2015 MacRumors has been tracking Apple Maps vehicles in the United States for the past several months, with the first sightings occurring in New York City in August 2014. Since then, using verified photos with GPS metadata, we have confirmed Apple Maps vehicle sightings in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco and many other areas. Many of those locations are listed below. Click on the map for an interactive view of Apple Maps vehicle sightings in the U.S. Anaheim, California Atlanta, Georgia Chicago, Illinois Dallas, Texas Las Vegas, Nevada Los Angeles, California Maui, Hawaii Miami, Florida New York City, New York Orlando, Florida Palo Alto, California Phoenix, Arizona Salt Lake City, Utah San Diego, California San Francisco, California Sunnyvale, California Apple confirms many of these locations in the support document, while adding Oahu, Boston, Detroit, St. Louis, Seattle, Tucson and surrounding counties as additional U.S. regions it will be surveying in the second half of June. Apple Maps vehicles will also head overseas to collect street-level imagery in Birmingham, Dublin, Essex, Kent, London and several other cities in England and Ireland. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New York and Connecticut Officials Investigate Apple Music for Possible Antitrust Violations • eBay for Apple Watch Launches Today on App Store • Apple Bumps Developer Test Device Limits to 100 Per Device Type, Including Apple TV • OS X 10.11 El Capitan Runs on All Macs Capable of Running Yosemite • Apple Music to Support Saving Playlists and Songs for Offline Listening • Apple Confirms Activation Lock Safety Feature for watchOS 2 • Dedicated iCloud Drive App Included Within Settings of iOS 9 • 'Move to iOS' App Allows for No Hassle Android-to-iOS Data Transfer

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A day after the WWDC keynote address, Apple SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller joined Daring Fireball's John Gruber on Gruber's podcast, The Talk Show. The episode has not yet been posted, but The Verge was on hand to document the interview. Schiller addressed concerns about 16 GB iPhones, the decision between thin devices and battery life and the single USB port on the MacBook. Gruber suggested to Schiller that the Cupertino company's iOS devices should come with larger storage capacities on the low end, as the 16 GB of storage provided in the base iPhone 6 or 6 Plus is harder to live with with the current size of apps. Schiller countered that services like iCloud could make up the difference. "The belief is more and more as we use iCloud services for documents and our photos and videos and music," he said, "that perhaps the most price-conscious customers are able to live in an environment where they don't need gobs of local storage because these services are lightening the load."Schiller also said that using 16 GB storage for lower-end models allows Apple to save money for use on higher-end components in other parts of the device, like the camera. When asked about the relationship between the thickness of a phone and battery life, and whether maintaining the thickness of its devices could lead to more power-efficient internals and bigger batteries, Schiller said that Apple has the right balance with its devices. He points out that a device with a larger battery and thickness becomes heavier and takes longer to charge. Schiller notes that Apple tries to figure out the tradeoffs with every device it makes, and he thinks the company has made "great choices" in those tradeoffs. The Apple SVP also acknowledged that the new MacBook, with its one USB-C port and new keyboard, isn't for everyone. However, he said he believes that Apple is a company that needs to release forward-thinking products like the new MacBook, which is an effort to push the world into a place where users don't plug things into their laptops. Schiller said he wants an Apple that's "bold and taking risks and being aggressive." Apple has faced criticism for its "bold decisions" in the past, with users unsure of whether a 16 GB device is enough for a daily driver, concern about whether new devices will have improved battery life with thinner designs and products with new technology that come with heavy initial limitations. While the episode has not yet debuted online yet, it should be available on Daring Fireball in due time. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New York and Connecticut Officials Investigate Apple Music for Possible Antitrust Violations • eBay for Apple Watch Launches Today on App Store • Apple Bumps Developer Test Device Limits to 100 Per Device Type, Including Apple TV • OS X 10.11 El Capitan Runs on All Macs Capable of Running Yosemite • Apple Music to Support Saving Playlists and Songs for Offline Listening • Apple Confirms Activation Lock Safety Feature for watchOS 2 • Dedicated iCloud Drive App Included Within Settings of iOS 9 • 'Move to iOS' App Allows for No Hassle Android-to-iOS Data Transfer

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Following yesterday's debut of Apple Music, Jimmy Iovine and iTunes Chief Eddy Cue sat down with Billboard to discuss the new service and app, which combine on-demand streaming music with 24/7 radio and a social networking platform where artists can interact with fans. According to Cue, the $9.99 individual price point for Apple Music wasn't a sticking point for the company as some earlier reports suggested, but the company was invested in negotiating a reasonable family subscription price. Apple Music lets up to 6 family members share an account for $14.99, a price point that Cue says will get entire families on board with the service. I think the cost of an album for a month of subscription is fair. Could you argue, $7.99 or $8.99? Who cares. I think where subscription is missing the boat is on the family -- you have a spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend kids ... the concept of signing up for these individual subscription plans multiple times is just not going to happen so we spent a lot of time with the labels to convince them that the real opportunity here is to get the whole family. With that, all boats rise.On the subject of streaming music cannibalizing iTunes downloads, Cue says he expects some of the customer base to subscribe instead of buying music, but he believes downloads will "go on for a long, long time." "There are lots of people who are very happy downloading," he said. "And I think they'll continue to." Explaining the reasoning behind a 24-hour human-curated radio station, Iovine explained that over the past 15 years, radio's become manufactured, something he'd like to change. "It's either genre-based or beat-driven or research-driven," he said. "So I said, let's build something that's got none of that that just plays music because it's great." Cue and Iovine also did interviews with The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian, sharing much of the same information, but in the latter interview, the duo also spoke on Apple Connect, the social networking component of Apple Music. The point of Apple Connect and Apple Music in general, said Cue, was to give artists and labels control over content sharing."Our viewpoint was very simple: let the artist and label control it. They can put it up on Connect for free if they want to, or they can put it up behind the [subscription] paywall, or they can make it available on the iTunes Store for sale. They're in control of their music and how they want to distribute it," says Cue.Iovine added commentary suggesting a music service needs to be "a win for everybody." "We wanted to give artists a place where there's a rhyme and a reason," he said. "Where there's a payoff! And not just a financial payoff, but an emotional payoff. A creative payoff." Apple Music, with its on-demand streaming service, Beats 1 radio station, and Apple Connect platform, will officially launch on June 30, as part of the iOS 8.4 update. As previously mentioned, it will be priced at $9.99 for individuals and $14.99 for families. Existing Beats subscribers will be able to transition their subscriptions to Apple Music. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • eBay for Apple Watch Launches Today on App Store • Apple Bumps Developer Test Device Limits to 100 Per Device Type, Including Apple TV • OS X 10.11 El Capitan Runs on All Macs Capable of Running Yosemite • Apple Music to Support Saving Playlists and Songs for Offline Listening • Apple Confirms Activation Lock Safety Feature for watchOS 2 • Dedicated iCloud Drive App Included Within Settings of iOS 9 • 'Move to iOS' App Allows for No Hassle Android-to-iOS Data Transfer • Apple Merges iOS, WatchOS and Mac Developer Programs

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At yesterday's WWDC keynote, Apple unveiled its next generation operating systems for Mac and iOS, introducing both OS X 10.11 El Capitan and iOS 9. We've done a hands-on overview of the two new operating systems, to give you a look at some of the changes that Apple has implemented. With iOS 9, there are several underlying improvements that improve battery life and reduce the amount of storage space the operating system takes up, a huge benefit for users with 16GB devices. Siri's become more intelligent, and the whole OS has been updated with "Proactive" features that help you better manage your life. A revamped search screen on the left of the home screen offers up a list of commonly used apps, favorite contacts, restaurant and venue recommendations, and important news, all available at a glance. Maps gained Transit directions, Notes has new features, there's a new News app, and we're finally getting a much-desired split-screen multitasking feature for the iPad. And those are just the big changes -- check out our roundup of hidden features, too, and visit our iOS 9 forum to learn even more about the new version of iOS. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is named for a notable mountain within Yosemite, signifying its position as an update that builds on and refines the features introduced with OS X Yosemite. El Capitan includes improved window management features with a new Split view for displaying two full screen windows at once, plus it has an improved Spotlight search with natural language support, and updates to apps like Notes and Maps. Safari has gained features like Pinned Sites and a mute button that can silence audio from any tab, while Mail supports new gestures and Smart Suggestions. Most importantly, El Capitan improves system performance, making many tasks on the Mac faster than before. It also includes Metal for much improved graphics performance. Want to know more about El Capitan? Make sure to visit our OS X 10.11 forum, where members are discussing the new update and sharing many smaller changes that went under the radar. El Capitan and iOS 9 are both available to registered developers, and Apple plans to provide them to public beta testers in July. A public release of both software updates will come in the fall. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • eBay for Apple Watch Launches Today on App Store • Apple Bumps Developer Test Device Limits to 100 Per Device Type, Including Apple TV • OS X 10.11 El Capitan Runs on All Macs Capable of Running Yosemite • Apple Music to Support Saving Playlists and Songs for Offline Listening • Apple Confirms Activation Lock Safety Feature for watchOS 2 • Dedicated iCloud Drive App Included Within Settings of iOS 9 • 'Move to iOS' App Allows for No Hassle Android-to-iOS Data Transfer • Apple Merges iOS, WatchOS and Mac Developer Programs

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Apple today seeded the fifth beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers and public beta testers, approximately two weeks after releasing the fourth OS X 10.10.4 beta and two months after releasing the first OS X 10.10.4 beta. OS X 10.10.4 has been in testing since mid-April, following the early April release of OS X 10.10.3, which included the new Photos for OS X app. The new beta, build 14E33b, can downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Mac Developer Center. OS X 10.10.3 brought several consumer-facing changes including the new Photos for OS X app, a redesigned emoji picker, and diversified emoji, but OS X 10.10.4 appears to be an under-the-hood update that brings performance enhancements and bug fixes. Thus far, OS X 10.10.4 betas have not included outward facing design changes or feature additions, but the last beta introduced a significant behind-the-scenes update that may improve networking performance for users who have experienced issues with OS X Yosemite. Discoveryd, a somewhat problematic networking process that has been linked to multiple bugs in OS X 10.10, was removed in favor of the older bug-free mDNSresponder. It is not clear when Apple plans to release OS X 10.10.4 to the public, but the fact that we've now received five betas suggests we may be nearing the end of the beta testing period. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • eBay for Apple Watch Launches Today on App Store • Apple Bumps Developer Test Device Limits to 100 Per Device Type, Including Apple TV • OS X 10.11 El Capitan Runs on All Macs Capable of Running Yosemite • Apple Music to Support Saving Playlists and Songs for Offline Listening • Apple Confirms Activation Lock Safety Feature for watchOS 2 • Dedicated iCloud Drive App Included Within Settings of iOS 9 • 'Move to iOS' App Allows for No Hassle Android-to-iOS Data Transfer • Apple Merges iOS, WatchOS and Mac Developer Programs

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Apple today seeded the fourth beta of iOS 8.4 to registered developers for testing purposes, nearly a month after seeding the third iOS 8.4 beta and almost two months after launching the first iOS 8.4 beta. iOS 8.4 has been in testing since mid-April, following the early April release of iOS 8.3. Today's beta is also the third that public beta testers have received. Today's beta update, build 12H4125a, is available as an over-the-air download and through the iOS Developer Center. iOS 8.4 beta 4's release notes still include a number of lingering issues with the new Music app that will need to be resolved before the software can be released to the public. Problems include an inability to use Siri with iTunes Radio, issues with AirPlay streaming, a lack of station sharing, and more. iOS 8.4's major feature is an all-new Music app that includes a revamped look, as seen in the walkthrough video below. The Music app's new design shows pictures of artists in the Artists view and it offers a new MiniPlayer with a redesigned look for "Now Playing." There are personalized playlists, global search capabilities that make it easier to search within the Music app, and a streamlined design for the radio feature to bolster music discovery. iOS 8.4's redesigned Music app comes ahead of the debut of Apple Music, which was introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday. The upcoming streaming music service is similar to Apple's existing Beats music service, but it's been renamed and deeply integrated into the Music app. We will see the public release of both the new music service and iOS 8.4 on June 30. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • eBay for Apple Watch Launches Today on App Store • Apple Bumps Developer Test Device Limits to 100 Per Device Type, Including Apple TV • OS X 10.11 El Capitan Runs on All Macs Capable of Running Yosemite • Apple Music to Support Saving Playlists and Songs for Offline Listening • Apple Confirms Activation Lock Safety Feature for watchOS 2 • Dedicated iCloud Drive App Included Within Settings of iOS 9 • 'Move to iOS' App Allows for No Hassle Android-to-iOS Data Transfer • Apple Merges iOS, WatchOS and Mac Developer Programs

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GM today announced that its luxury car brand Cadillac will add CarPlay and Android Auto support to its 2016 model year vehicles, which will begin rolling out this summer. CarPlay will be available in all 2016 vehicles equipped with a CUE 8-inch multi-touch screen, excluding the SRX Crossover, while Android Auto will be phased in at a later date."Cadillac CUE provides owners a smart and simple way to access both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A “Projection” icon will appear on the CUE screen, to enable simpler, easier access to key smartphone functions, including navigation, contacts, hands-free text messaging and select applications supported by Apple or Google."CarPlay-equipped vehicles have a built-in touchscreen display that provides quick and easy access to Maps, Phone, Messages, Music, Podcasts and third-party apps such as Spotify, Rdio, iHeartRadio, CBS Radio and MLB At Bat. CarPlay also uses Siri voice control and interfaces with your vehicle's knobs, dials and buttons for hands-free or eyes-free control of your iPhone. Apple also introduced a handful of CarPlay improvements during its WWDC keynote this week, including support for apps developed by carmakers to control the in-car experience and compatibility with larger and wider screens. CarPlay will also function wirelessly in future vehicles, eliminating the need to take your iPhone out of your pocket or bag after getting in your vehicle. GM is also adding CarPlay support to 14 new 2016 Chevrolet models later this year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • OS X 10.11 El Capitan Runs on All Macs Capable of Running Yosemite • Apple Music to Support Saving Playlists and Songs for Offline Listening • Apple Confirms Activation Lock Safety Feature for watchOS 2 • Dedicated iCloud Drive App Included Within Settings of iOS 9 • 'Move to iOS' App Allows for No Hassle Android-to-iOS Data Transfer • Apple Merges iOS, WatchOS and Mac Developer Programs • App Store Surpasses 100 Billion Lifetime Downloads • Apple Announces Swift 2, Open Source for iOS, OS X and Linux

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With Apple's big Worldwide Developers Conference keynote wrapped up, the company has posted a full video of the event on its website, letting viewers who missed the keynote watch all the announcements on their own time. Apple will also eventually upload the live stream to iTunes and YouTube. During the keynote, Apple also shared several videos on Apple Music and a video on the App Store, which we've listed below. - Apple Music - Music needed a home...so we built it one. - Apple Music - Worldwide - Apple Music - History of Sound - The App Effect Along with the videos, you can also check out our full list of media event highlights below, featuring all of MacRumors event coverage. The list includes posts with details on what Apple announced and in-depth posts on specific features that we added throughout the day. - Live Coverage of Apple's WWDC 2015 Keynote: iOS 9, OS X 10.11, Apple Music, and More - Apple Announces OS X El Capitan With Split View, Contextual Spotlight, Updated Apps and More, Launches in Fall - Apple Announces Metal for OS X El Capitan - Apple Pay Coming to the United Kingdom Next Month, Discover Card Support Arriving This Fall - Apple Introduces 'News' App to Bring Personalized Stories to iOS 9 - Apple Announces Multitasking Experiences for iPad with iOS 9 - Apple Announces Swift 2, Open Source for iOS, OS X and Linux - App Store Surpasses 100 Billion Lifetime Downloads - Apple Announces 'Apple Music' With 'Beats 1' Live Radio Station, Launches June 30 for $9.99/Month - Apple Announces watchOS 2 With Native Apps, Third-Party Complications, and More - Apple Announces iOS 9 With Proactive Siri, Maps Transit, iPad Multitasking and More - Apple Merges iOS, WatchOS and Mac Developer Programs - 'Move to iOS' App Allows for No Hassle Android-to-iOS Data Transfer - Dedicated iCloud Drive App Included Within Settings of iOS 9 - Apple Confirms Activation Lock Safety Feature for watchOS 2 - iOS 9 Tidbits: Battery Saving Features, Search for Settings, Keyboard Changes, Email Attachments, and More - OS X 10.11 El Capitan Runs on All Macs Capable of Running Yosemite - Apple Music to Support Saving Playlists and Songs for Offline Listening Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • OS X 10.11 El Capitan Runs on All Macs Capable of Running Yosemite • Apple Music to Support Saving Playlists and Songs for Offline Listening • Apple Confirms Activation Lock Safety Feature for watchOS 2 • Dedicated iCloud Drive App Included Within Settings of iOS 9 • 'Move to iOS' App Allows for No Hassle Android-to-iOS Data Transfer • Apple Merges iOS, WatchOS and Mac Developer Programs • App Store Surpasses 100 Billion Lifetime Downloads • Apple Announces Swift 2, Open Source for iOS, OS X and Linux

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Following today's Worldwide Developers keynote, Apple held an event to announce the winners of its prestigious Apple Design Awards. Apple's Design Awards are handed out each year and highlight a selection of the year's best apps available on iOS and Mac, honoring all kinds of apps from utilities to games. Apple created its design awards to recognize high-quality apps that combine design and technology in creative, compelling, and powerful ways. Along with significant recognition and a trophy, Apple gives its Design Award winners a selection of Apple products each year. This year's winners include popular calendar app Fantastical 2, personal automation tool Workflow, and stock trading app Robinhood. Games recognized included Shadowmatic and Crossy Road. iOS and Mac - Shadowmatic [iOS] - Robinhood [iOS] - Crossy Road [iOS] - Workflow [iOS] - Does Not Commute [iOS] - Vainglory [iOS] - Pacemaker [iOS] - Metamorphabet [iOS] - Fantastical 2 [Mac] - Affinity Designer [Mac] Student Winners - Jump-O [iOS] - Elementary Minute [iOS] 2014 winners of the Apple Design Awards included Threes!, Leo's Fortune, Blek, and Monument Valley. 2013 winners included Letterpress, Yahoo! Weather, and Evernote. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • OS X 10.11 El Capitan Runs on All Macs Capable of Running Yosemite • Apple Music to Support Saving Playlists and Songs for Offline Listening • Apple Confirms Activation Lock Safety Feature for watchOS 2 • Dedicated iCloud Drive App Included Within Settings of iOS 9 • 'Move to iOS' App Allows for No Hassle Android-to-iOS Data Transfer • Apple Merges iOS, WatchOS and Mac Developer Programs • App Store Surpasses 100 Billion Lifetime Downloads • Apple Announces Swift 2, Open Source for iOS, OS X and Linux

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Apple covered the major new features of iOS 9 during today's keynote event, introducing a more intelligent and proactive Siri, split-screen multitasking for the iPad, major performance enhancements, Transit directions in Maps, a new News app, and more, but there are hundreds of other minor improvements that went unmentioned. We've gathered up a list of some of the more notable changes and hidden new features in iOS 9 that have not yet been mentioned, to give you a better idea of what we can expect to see when the new operating system is released in the fall. iCloud Drive - It wasn't mentioned during the keynote, but there's a new optional iCloud Drive app on iOS that can be turned on in the Settings menu. The app lets you access files stored in iCloud Drive. Keyboard changes - The shift function has been altered once again, making it easier to determine when it's activated and when caps lock is turned on. With shift pressed, all letters on the keyboard are now shown in upper case. With shift off, letters on the keyboard are lower case. On iPad, there are new edit controls, and the keyboard now uses the new San Francisco font. Shift on at top, shift off at bottom Find My Friends/iPhone - Find My Friends and Find My iPhone are both default apps with iOS 9 and come installed automatically. Before these needed to be downloaded from the App Store. Find My Friends can be added to the Notification Center, where it tracks the location of your friends. Battery saving - Using ambient light and proximity sensors, your iPhone now knows when it's facedown on a table and will not turn the screen on, even when a Notification is received. Other enhancements add an additional 1 hour of battery life to the iPhone with iOS 9, and there's a new Low Power Mode that increases battery life another three hours. Battery settings - To go along with all the new battery features, there's a new dedicated "Battery" section in the settings app, where Low Power Mode can be turned on. It also displays battery usage information. With Low Power Mode, background activity, motion effects, and animated wallpapers are disabled. Battery information is also displayed in the Notification Center, for both Apple Watch and iOS device. Passcode - When setting a Passcode, you're now required to enter six digits instead of four for increased security. Photos - When you view a photo on the iPhone or iPad, there's a new option at the bottom that lets you quickly flip through all of the photos on your device. Siri - Siri has an all new design that looks more like Siri on the Apple Watch. Your iPhone or iPad will also now vibrate when Siri is activated by holding the home button. Side Switch - There's now an option on iPhone to use the side switch for Lock Rotation or Mute. Previously this option was limited to the iPad. Video recording - There are new options for recording video and Slo-mo video. You can chose 720p HD at 30 fps, 1080p HD at 30 fps and 1080p HD at 60 fps for standard video and 720p HD at 120 fps or 720p HD at 240 fps for Slo-mo. Mail - You can now add email attachments to messages in the Mail app, which sources documents from iCloud Drive. Contacts - Contacts are no longer shown in the App Switcher. Instead, you access them from the Proactive menu by swiping to the left on the home screen. Settings Search - There's a new search bar in the Settings app that lets you quickly locate a specific setting. Notes - Apple introduced a new Notes app with better image support and sketching, but there's also a new "Recently deleted" list that lets you recover content that's been accidentally deleted. Podcasts - The Podcasts app has been revamped with a new option that displays all Unplayed podcasts and a section that houses all of your stations in a list. Notification Grouping - You can once again group Notifications by app, rather than by time and date received. This setting is new in the Settings app, and time and date sorting is the new default. Go Back to App - When you tap on a Notification or a link in Safari and it opens a new app, you can go back to the previous app using a new "Go Back" button. Vibration and Shake to Undo in Accessibility - It's possible to disable all vibrations on the iPhone and there's an accessibility option for turning off "Shake to Undo." We'll be updating this tidbits post as new information on iOS 9 is discovered, but lots more information on iOS 9 can be found in our dedicated iOS 9 forum. iOS 9 is currently available to registered developers, and it will be available to public beta testers beginning in July. After an extended testing period, the new operating system will launch to the public in the fall months. 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Today at WWDC, Apple announced iOS 9, the latest version of its mobile operating system. iOS 9 has four central areas of improvement: intelligence, apps, iPad and foundation. Intelligence includes updates to Siri, which has a brand new design similar to its Apple Watch interface, and a new proactive assistant called Proactive. The new, more proactive Siri is contextually aware and can offer you more information than ever. For instance, if a user runs every morning Siri can offer music to listen to when the user plugs in their headphones. The music is context sensitive and is dependent on time and place, so if a user is in the car Siri may offer an audiobook or podcast instead of music if that's what the user usually does. If someone calls a user with a number not in their address book, Siri can now look through email to see if it can identify the number. If it can, it'll display it. iOS 9 has also been updated with a brand new Search window, which offers commonly used apps or contacts, one-tap links to nearby locations and breaking news. There's also a brand new API for Search, which means that it can now pull up content from within apps. When you tap on the information, you're deep linked into the app. The new Search and Siri have heavy privacy limitations in place. It's anonymous and doesn't use a user's Apple ID, instead using a randomized identifier and isn't linked to other Apple services. Apple says that users are in control of their data and content. The Cupertino company also announced an update to Apple Pay, saying that store credit and debit cards will now be accepted within Apple's payment service. Kohl's, JCPenney and BJ's are some of the early store credit and debit cars that'll be accepted, with other vendors like Dunkin' Donuts coming this fall. Additionally, Apple announced that Passbook was being renamed Wallet. The Notes app is getting a sizable revamp in iOS 9, with brand new formatting options, photos, checklist options and drawing and sketching tools. Users will also be able to share notes from Share Sheets. Maps, which Apple says has 5 billion user requests per week, has a brand new map called Transit. This map version emphasizes various transit lines in a city, from buses to trains to subways. The transit options are integrated into directions, allowing users to get step-by-step directions in between transit stops. Siri is also integrated into Transit, so users can ask Siri how to get to a location via a transit option. Transit is coming to a limited number of cities, including many in China. Apple also announced a brand new, Flipboard-like app called News. The app, like Flipboard, takes content from sources like ESPN, Politico, the New York Times, Conde Nast publications and local news and presents them with rich typography and beautiful imagery. Users can also keep track of specific topics they like to read about, like Taylor Swift. News is also big on privacy and isn't linked to other Apple services. The new app will roll out to the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. The iPad is getting some exclusive updates in iOS 9, including multitasking and a brand-new QuickType keyboard. Users can now bring in apps on the side of the screen in a new feature called "SlideOver", which brings in smaller versions of apps like Notes, Mail and Messasges with a quick gesture. Multitasking also allows users to put two apps next to each other with SplitView. Additionally, there's also a picture-in-picture feature that allows you to keep watching video from another app while you do something else, like check email. While most features are available for all iPads, SplitView is only available for iPad Air 2. Performance and battery life have also been improved in iOS 9, with a brand new Low Power mode that can extend battery life for 3 hours. The Cupertino company has also updated its Software Update feature, improving the time it takes to download its latest software updates. Additionally, Apple has reduced the free space needed to download iOS 9, from 4.6 GB to 1.3 GB. iOS 9's various kits have also seen improvements in in the new software. GameplayKit has AI and pathfinding while ReplayKit allows users to to record their gameplay and share it, much like users can do on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. HealthKit has gained new health metrics. And finally, HomeKit has support for Window Shades, CO censors, motion sensors and security systems. Users will also be able to remotely and securely access their home from iCloud. CarPlay also got an upgrade in iOS 9, as it now supports apps by automakers that control things in the car. It also supports more kinds of car screens, including HiDPI screens. Finally, CarPlay is now wireless, allowing users to keep their phones in their pockets while in the car. Apple also announced that its programming language Swift, announcing Swift 2 and saying that the language was going to now be open source. Finally, Apple announced that the developer beta of iOS 9 would be available today. For the first time ever, Apple is also launching a public beta of iOS 9, which will start in July. Users who want to participate in the public beta must sign up at beta.apple.com. iOS 9 will be a free upgrade in the fall, and will support every device that supports iOS 8. 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Today at WWDC, Apple announced the second version of watchOS, the operating system that powers the Apple Watch. The new features include support for native apps, third-party complications, communication improvements, health and fitness improvements and more. Timepiece improvements to watchOS 2 include a brand new watch face called Photos Face, which uses photos from a user's albums or selected photos. There's another new watch face called Time Lapse, which shows iconic locations all over the world shot over 24 hours when you look at your watch. watchOS 2 also gains a Nightstand mode while its charging, allowing users to treat the Apple Watch like an alarm clock. Third-party Complications allow developers to build Complications for watch faces, allowing users to quickly get glance able looks at information like flight times, sports scores, the charge level of an electric car and more. Additionally, users can now spin the Digital Crown to access a new feature called Time Travel, which allows users to see future information like what the weather will be like later in the day. Communication in watchOS 2 includes Digital Touch updates like multiple colors. Users can also finally reply to email on their watch in addition to reading it. Finally, the Apple Watch is gaining the ability to use FaceTime Audio for higher fidelity calls. Health and fitness apps can now run natively on the Apple Watch, and workouts with these apps will contribute to the all-day activity monitoring of Apple Watch. Siri can also start workouts with commands like "Go for a 5-mile run" or "Go for a 300-calorie bike ride". Siri can also bring up glances for users now in watchOS 2, and can access Transit directions. Some of the new updates to iOS 9, which include Transit directions and store credit and debit cards in Apple Pay are reflected within watchOS 2 as well. Finally, Apple announced that it's opening up the SDK for Apple Watch. Developers can finally make native applications for Apple Watch, with the apps' UI and logic running locally on the Apple Watch instead of the iPhone, like it did with watchOS 1. Developers can also access parts of the Watch they couldn't before, like the microphone to play audio through the watch speaker and access to the Digital Crown for custom UI elements. watchOS 2 will be available as a developer beta today, and will debut in the fall for all Apple Watch users for free. Developing... Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • App Store Surpasses 100 Billion Lifetime Downloads • Apple Announces Swift 2, Open Source for iOS, OS X and Linux • Apple Announces Multitasking Experiences for iPad with iOS 9 • Apple Introduces Brand New 'News' App to Bring Personalized Stories to iOS 9 • Apple Pay Coming to the United Kingdom Next Month, Discover Card Support Arriving This Fall • Apple Announces Metal for OS X El Capitan • Apple Pay to Support Retail Store Credit Cards • Apple to Discontinue Newsstand, Launch Free Flipboard-Like App to Feature News Content

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Apple today announced Apple Music, a streaming music service for iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, Apple TV and Android. Apple Music enables users to search and stream millions of songs from iTunes and features curated playlists from music experts and Apple Music Connect, where users can connect with artists and share their favorite songs through Facebook and Twitter. Apple's new 24/7 global radio station called Beats 1 will be be broadcast live in over 100 countries, headlined by former BBC radio DJ Zane Lowe alongside other famous DJs from Los Angeles, New York and London such as Ebro Darden and Julie Adenuga. Beats 1 will offer exclusive interviews, guest hosts and the best of what’s going on in the world of music. Apple Music will be available on June 30 for iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC at a cost of $9.99 per month, with a three-month free trial and $14.99 per month family plan for up to six family members available. Apple Music for Apple TV and Android will be available this fall. Developing… Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • App Store Surpasses 100 Billion Lifetime Downloads • Apple Announces Swift 2, Open Source for iOS, OS X and Linux • Apple Announces Multitasking Experiences for iPad with iOS 9 • Apple Introduces Brand New 'News' App to Bring Personalized Stories to iOS 9 • Apple Pay Coming to the United Kingdom Next Month, Discover Card Support Arriving This Fall • Apple Announces Metal for OS X El Capitan • Apple Pay to Support Retail Store Credit Cards • Apple to Discontinue Newsstand, Launch Free Flipboard-Like App to Feature News Content

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Apple today announced OS X 10.11 El Capitan, the latest version of its Mac operating system. OS X El Capitan features new versions of multiple stock apps, including Safari, Mail and Notes, improved Spotlight search with natural language enhancements and contextually aware results, Metal for Mac and other features and refinements that Apple introduced during its WWDC keynote in San Francisco. Safari: A new pinned feature enables users to keep websites listed at the top of Safari, similar to a bookmarks bar. The browser also gains a universal mute feature that allows users to mute a website that is playing music, even with several tabs open. Mail: The new Mail app features enhancements to its full-screen mode, tabs in the compose window, the ability to hide in-progress messages and go back to the main Inbox. There are also new gestures built into Mail for archiving and deleting -- simply swipe on the trackpad. Spotlight: Apple has significantly improved Spotlight search in OS X El Capitan with natural language enhancements and contextually aware search results. "Get Mail from Brian about El Cap," for example. Metal for Mac: Metal for Mac has arrived, combining the computing power of OpenCL and graphics power of OpenGL into a new API that does both. 50% improvements in rendering with 40% less CPU processing power required for graphics. Metal on OS X El Capitan offers better battery life and improved graphics performance for both games and professional apps. OS X 10.11 El Capitan will be available in public beta in July and will publicly launch in the fall as a free software update for supported Macs. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Pay to Support Retail Store Credit Cards • Apple to Discontinue Newsstand, Launch Free Flipboard-Like App to Feature News Content • Philips Hue Gaining Apple HomeKit Support This Fall • WWDC 2015 Spoiler Free Video Stream • Tim Cook Says Diversity is the Future of Apple, Points to More Female-Driven Presence at WWDC • How to Use the Mail App on Apple Watch • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on MacBook Air, iMac, Apple Accessories, and More • Best iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases

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Apple is expected to announce that Apple Pay will support retail store credit cards at its annual WWDC keynote today in San Francisco, according to The Wall Street Journal. The private label cards, which typically offer customers special offers and rewards, so far have not been compatible with the mobile payments service since its U.S. launch last October. Many retailers in the United States, such as Walmart, Target, The Home Depot, Macy's, JCPenney, Sears, Bloomingdale's, Old Navy and Staples, offer store-branded credit cards in partnership with major credit companies including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. The credit cards typically offer loyalty programs where customers can collect points and receive instant savings on their purchases. Apple Pay is also expected to launch later this year in Canada, China and the United Kingdom, and it is possible that the company will provide more details about the international rollout of the service today. MacRumors will be providing live coverage of the WWDC keynote, which starts at 10 AM Pacific, through our live blog and @MacRumorsLive on Twitter. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple to Discontinue Newsstand, Launch Free Flipboard-Like App to Feature News Content • Philips Hue Gaining Apple HomeKit Support This Fall • WWDC 2015 Spoiler Free Video Stream • Tim Cook Says Diversity is the Future of Apple, Points to More Female-Driven Presence at WWDC • How to Use the Mail App on Apple Watch • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on MacBook Air, iMac, Apple Accessories, and More • Best iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases • Apple Now Inviting Apple Watch Customers to 'Just Walk In' for Try-Ons

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Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off today at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco, with the event headlined by the traditional keynote address beginning at 10:00 AM Pacific Time / 1:00 PM Eastern Time. In line with tradition, Apple is expected to provide the first looks at iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, with the company also announcing a fresh push into streaming music led by a new Apple Music subscription service and a revamped iTunes Radio. Apple is also expected to debut new tools allowing developers to build native Apple Watch apps and perhaps make some additional announcements related to Apple Pay and HomeKit. Apple is providing a live video stream on its website and via Apple TV. In addition to Apple's video stream, we will be updating this article with live blog coverage and issuing Twitter updates through our @MacRumorsLive account as the keynote unfolds. Separate news stories regarding the event announcements will go out through our @MacRumors account. Sign up for our newsletter to keep up with Apple news and rumors. Live Updates - No need to refresh Loading live updates... Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Philips Hue Gaining Apple HomeKit Support This Fall • WWDC 2015 Spoiler Free Video Stream • Tim Cook Says Diversity is the Future of Apple, Points to More Female-Driven Presence at WWDC • How to Use the Mail App on Apple Watch • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on MacBook Air, iMac, Apple Accessories, and More • Best iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases • Apple Now Inviting Apple Watch Customers to 'Just Walk In' for Try-Ons • AltConf Barred From Streaming WWDC Keynote, Developer Sessions

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Apple is building a high-speed network and plans to upgrade its data centers with more of its own equipment in an effort to better compete with Amazon, Google, Microsoft and other cloud service providers, according to Bloomberg. The improved infrastructure will enable Apple to provide faster delivery of cloud-based content and services such as iCloud, iTunes and Siri. The high-speed network may be a prerequisite for Apple's much-rumored streaming music and TV services, the first of which is expected to be announced at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference today in San Francisco. Efficient content delivery will be important for both services, especially if the company plans to fulfill its ambitious goal of signing up 100 million subscribers for Apple Music. The foundation of Apple's high-speed data network will reportedly be long-haul pipes connecting the company's data centers in California, Nevada, North Carolina and Oregon. Apple has also been planning ways to send data via fiber lines at hundreds of gigabits per second, as opposed to solely using off-the-shelf technology rented from third-party vendors, according to the report.“Apple wants to own pipes linking its four large U.S. data centers and Internet hubs in certain cities to ensure fast, reliable delivery of content and services. By adding capacity and increasing efficiency, it seeks to handle more traffic on its own, without renting as much server space from cloud providers such as Amazon and Microsoft, said people with knowledge of the plan, who asked not to be identified because Apple isn’t discussing the moves publicly. They declined to name the cities involved.”Apple will not move away from using Hewlett-Packard servers, Cisco ethernet switches and other off-the-shelf technology entirely, but the iPhone maker has been in talks with companies that could help design its own equipment that would be produced by third-party manufacturers. The new gear would mainly be used in Apple's future data centers in Arizona, Ireland, Denmark and elsewhere. Apple was the seventh-largest cloud infrastructure spender in 2014, investing $1 billion towards its data centers around the world last year according to research firm Analysys, matching the billions of dollars spent by Amazon, Google, Microsoft and other rivals in the cloud storage and services race. iCloud was introduced in October 2011 and is available on Mac, iPad, iPhone and other Apple products. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • WWDC 2015 Spoiler Free Video Stream • Tim Cook Says Diversity is the Future of Apple, Points to More Female-Driven Presence at WWDC • How to Use the Mail App on Apple Watch • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on MacBook Air, iMac, Apple Accessories, and More • Best iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases • Apple Now Inviting Apple Watch Customers to 'Just Walk In' for Try-Ons • AltConf Barred From Streaming WWDC Keynote, Developer Sessions • Review: Griffin's WatchStand for Apple Watch Keeps All That Extra Cable Hidden

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Apple has an ambitious goal to sign up 100 million subscribers for its upcoming streaming music service known as Apple Music, according to The Associated Press. A subscriber base that large would trump competing services such as Spotify, Pandora and Deezer, which had a collective 41 million paid U.S. subscribers in 2014 per the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Apple Music is widely expected to be a rebranded and improved version of Beats Music, which the Cupertino-based company acquired for $3 billion last year alongside the Beats Electronics headphones and speakers division. The much-rumored streaming service will reportedly cost $10 per month, with a three-month free trial period, and focus on exclusive content and human curated playlists. Beats Music had 303,000 U.S. subscribers as of December, trailing market leader Spotify's 4.7 million U.S. subscribers by a significant margin. Nevertheless, Apple has over 800 million users with iTunes accounts to its advantage and will reportedly present those users with the option to purchase an Apple Music subscription instead when downloading songs and albums through the iTunes Store. Apple is expected to unveil its new streaming music service at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference today in San Francisco. During the opening keynote at 10 AM Pacific, CEO Tim Cook and other executives should reveal several details about the service alongside other announcements about iOS 9, OS X 10.11, Apple Pay and more. MacRumors will be providing live coverage of the event as it unfolds. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • How to Use the Mail App on Apple Watch • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on MacBook Air, iMac, Apple Accessories, and More • Best iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases • Apple Now Inviting Apple Watch Customers to 'Just Walk In' for Try-Ons • AltConf Barred From Streaming WWDC Keynote, Developer Sessions • Review: Griffin's WatchStand for Apple Watch Keeps All That Extra Cable Hidden • Video Review: A Look at Speck's Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • How to Use Apple Watch to Get Directions

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During an on-stage interview at the Midem Music Industry Festival in Cannes today, Sony Music CEO Doug Morris confirmed Apple will indeed be introducing its "Apple Music" streaming service at its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote tomorrow, according to VentureBeat. While numerous sources have indicated the service will be unveiled at WWDC, Morris' confirmation is notable as coming from a close friend of Apple's Jimmy Iovine and one of the parties involved in the negotiations for launching the service. Sony Music CEO Doug Morris (right) on stage at Midem (Chris O'Brien/VentureBeat) “It’s happening tomorrow,” Morris said during an interview at Midem in Cannes that primarily focused on his storied career in the music industry. A highlight of that career was a 37-year partnership with iconic producer Jimmy Iovine, who now is running Apple’s music services after the company paid $3 billion to acquire Beats. Underscoring Iovine’s role in the music industry, Morris said he still talks to him twice every day by phone. Morris said the move by Apple to bring in Iovine was a brilliant one.Morris didn't reveal any other details about Apple Music, which is expected to be priced at $10 per month with a generous three-month free trial period and be accompanied by a revamped iTunes Radio service, but he expressed his view that Apple's entry into the paid subscription streaming market will be a "tipping point" for moving the industry from downloads to streaming. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • How to Use the Mail App on Apple Watch • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on MacBook Air, iMac, Apple Accessories, and More • Best iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases • Apple Now Inviting Apple Watch Customers to 'Just Walk In' for Try-Ons • AltConf Barred From Streaming WWDC Keynote, Developer Sessions • Review: Griffin's WatchStand for Apple Watch Keeps All That Extra Cable Hidden • Video Review: A Look at Speck's Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • How to Use Apple Watch to Get Directions

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Apple is planning to alter its pricing formula for subscriptions in a major change that will benefit subscription-based apps and services like Netflix, Spotify, Hulu, and more, reports Financial Times. Apple is said to be considering changing the 30 percent fee that it currently charges and is discussing new commercial terms with media companies. At the current point in time, all apps and in-app subscriptions work on a 30/70 split. Apple gets 30 percent of what's paid for an app or service, while the company or developer offering the app gets a 70 percent cut. That means when someone purchases Netflix through the Netflix iOS app, Apple gets over $2 of the fee paid. At the same time, Apple has disallowed direct links to outside subscription sign up services within apps, ensuring it gets its fee. Apple's 30 percent subscription cut has been a sticking point for many companies, especially those with tight margins like music services, and it's gotten Apple into hot water in the past, most notably during the e-book price fixing case levied against it by the U.S. Department of Justice. According to the Financial Times, changing the App Store subscription terms could make Apple devices more appealing to content creators while also lessening potential pressure from regulators. Changing the App Store's terms of trade could improve the economics of online content businesses and reassure regulators that the company is not abusing its position as gatekeeper to one of the world's most lucrative digital marketplaces.On the Apple TV, Apple is already offering a more generous split, taking just 15 percent of revenue generated from subscription services like the recently released HBO Now. There are no specifics on the terms that Apple is potentially considering for companies that offer subscription services, but it appears that the price cuts at this time will not extend to standalone apps. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Now Inviting Apple Watch Customers to 'Just Walk In' for Try-Ons • AltConf Barred From Streaming WWDC Keynote, Developer Sessions • Review: Griffin's WatchStand for Apple Watch Keeps All That Extra Cable Hidden • Video Review: A Look at Speck's Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • How to Use Apple Watch to Get Directions • Tweetbot 2 for Mac Launches With OS X Yosemite Redesign and New Features • Apple Dominates Authenticated 'TV Everywhere' Streaming With 62% Market Share • Apple Stores Will Once Again Stock Jawbone Wearables as Early as July

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Ahead of the introduction of Apple's new streaming music platform, Financial Times has shared some key details about the service, confirming it will be called simply "Apple Music." With the launch of the service, Apple will be largely abandoning its iTunes branding, using the name only for the online store. As has been previously shared, Apple will not be offering a freemium ad-supported listening tier like Spotify, and will charge $9.99 per month for the service. Apple plans to draw customers in by offering a three-month free trial, much longer than the 30 days competing services offer. Apple's new music service is built upon Beats Music, its existing subscription service that it acquired last year. Apple executives heavily lauded Beats Music's emphasis on human curation and customization, with many of the features in Beats Music remaining in the new streaming service. For example, the new music service will continue to ask users to select favorite musical genres and styles, and paired with recommendations from artists, Apple hopes to help listeners discover songs. Apple's iTunes Radio is also being revamped and potentially renamed, as it is being positioned as a free companion service to Apple's streaming music offering. We have previously heard that Apple's new version of iTunes Radio will be aimed primarily at users who are not in the United States, serving as a gateway service to entice people to pay for music. Apple plans to use well-known DJs and celebrities to present music on its new radio service, and has hired several BBC Radio DJs like Zane Lowe to market the service in Europe.Some of the celebrities who were photographed wearing Apple Watches ahead of its launch earlier this year, such as rapper Drake, will soon be acting as DJs on Apple's new radio service, which will emphasise the personal tastes of artists over using algorithms to curate music, as Pandora does.Apple plans to unveil its new music service at its WWDC keynote, taking place on Monday. The new streaming service and the new radio service will both be built into the revamped Music app introduced in iOS 8.4. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Now Inviting Apple Watch Customers to 'Just Walk In' for Try-Ons • AltConf Barred From Streaming WWDC Keynote, Developer Sessions • Review: Griffin's WatchStand for Apple Watch Keeps All That Extra Cable Hidden • Video Review: A Look at Speck's Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • How to Use Apple Watch to Get Directions • Tweetbot 2 for Mac Launches With OS X Yosemite Redesign and New Features • Apple Dominates Authenticated 'TV Everywhere' Streaming With 62% Market Share • Apple Stores Will Once Again Stock Jawbone Wearables as Early as July

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