iOS 8.4 in Development With Possible Support for New Music Service

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Along with iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3, both of which have been seeded to developers in beta form, Apple is also said to be working on an iOS 8.4 update. According to 9to5Mac, the beta is codenamed "Copper," and set to be released later this year at some point after the Apple Watch becomes available for purchase in April.

    Given the release timing after iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3, it's possible that iOS 8.4 will be the update that introduces Apple's new streaming music service. Recent rumors have suggested that Apple's existing Beats music service will be rebranded, revamped with a lower price tag, and integrated into iOS and OS X. A timeline is unclear, but Apple could be aiming for a June launch, sometime around its annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

    iOS 8.4 began appearing in MacRumors site logs towards the end of January, with usage spiking up at the beginning of February. The number of visits from devices running iOS 8.4 from both Apple IPs and non-Apple IPs remains relatively low, however, suggesting that development on iOS 8.4 is in the very early stages.

    Visitors to via Apple's networks from devices running iOS 8.4​


    Overall visitors to from devices running iOS 8.4

    iOS 8.2 has been in developer testing since November, and iOS 8.3, with wireless CarPlay support, a new emoji picker, and Apple Pay for China was just seeded to developers this morning. Along with its iOS 8 projects, Apple is also working on iOS 9, an update that may heavily focus on stability and optimization.

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  2. locoboi187 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 3, 2012
    Damn, Apple isn't playing any type of games lately.
  3. farewelwilliams macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2014
    probably because iOS 9 is going to only be for 64 bit users, but Apple still wants beats subscription numbers to go up, so 8.4 will be the last iOS update for 32-bit hardware.
  4. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    So much iOS news today. So would 8.4 come out around WWDC, with iOS 9 in September? They could show the new music service and have it immediately available.


    I doubt that would happen, because that would drop support for the iPhone 5, and in doing so they would drop support for the 4S and the 5. Usually they would only drop support for one generation. iOS 10 (X?) will be all 64-bit.
  5. lowercaseperson macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2006
    I would think the streaming service would be the logical flagship feature of iOS9. Why release it as iOS8.4?
  6. Zxxv macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2011
    Baked into ios and OS X and for a lower fee?

    I better be able to delete it as I'm not paying to be advertised to.
  7. spyguy10709 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2010
    One Infinite Loop, Cupertino CA
    What makes you say that? Haven't seen any evidence/rumors that suggests iOS9 will only work on the iPhone 5S and later...
  8. thekeyring macrumors 68040

    Jan 5, 2012
    Seeing as they're still selling iPad mini 1 and iPhone 5C, I don't think this will be the case.


    Tomorrow's headline: iOS 8.4 Beta released to developers.
  9. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    interesting rumour, though not keen on the Beats streaming service, I hope they don't try to make a huge deal out of it.
  10. RebornProphet Suspended

    Nov 3, 2013
    Judging by the earlier story, iOS 9 is going to be the "Snow Leopard" of iOS, focusing on under the hood optimisations and performance tweaks rather than features.

    About time too if you ask me. Long overdue.

    Although I find the fact iOS 8.2 is in beta 5, iOS 8.3 is in beta 1, and iOS 8.4 is under development to be utterly confusing and sums up iOS 8 in its entirety: a mess.
  11. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Eh... iOS-news day...?

    iOS 8.2 beta
    iOS 8.3 beta
    iOS 8.4 beta
    iOS 9 beta

    Never seen that before! :eek:
  12. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    Nah, if iOS 9 would be the snow leopard of iOS then Apple would drop support for 32 bit iphone in the next iOS version just like lion drop rosetta for powerpc.
  13. pdaholic macrumors 65816


    Jun 22, 2011
    For as much as they spent to acquire Beats, I'm sure they will make a big deal out of it.

    Personally I'm just tired of paying more monthly fees for various services.
  14. jrswizzle macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX
    Who cares if they do? No one will force you to use it....

    Throw it in a "Music" folder and be done with it. Not a terribly difficult thing to do, nor a horrible solution.
  15. poe diddley macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2005
    greensboro nc
  16. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Wait, you're suggesting they'll stop supporting the iPhone 5c just 2 years after its introduction?

    No chance of happening. For comparison, they're still supporting the iPad 2 now, 5 years after its introduction.

    It's possible however that the iPhone 4s, iPad mini original and iPad 2 stop getting support, but even then it's possible they won't given that the iPod touch is also A5-based and I don't see them selling a new product with an unsupported OS (unless they update/discontinue it by then).
  17. ttss6 macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2014
    Possible Timeline
    Currently iOS 8.1.3

    Late March Apple event announces iPad Pro, more info about Apple Watch pricing, battery life, and features, iOS 8.2 release the following week before :apple: Watch is released to make sure there are no bugs

    WWDC 2015 around June 8th?: Release of 12 Retina Macbook, announcement of iOS 9 and OS X ?; release of iOS 8.3 for bug fixes, a few minor changes like new emojis etc.

    iOS 8.4 release in Summer 2015 for Beats/iTunes Radio hybrid service support after a few betas

    iOS 9 in September with iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus
  18. longofest Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    Jeeze... iOS 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, and 9.0 all in simultaneous development...

    I feel bad for the guy who gets to do the code merges.
  19. pdaholic macrumors 65816


    Jun 22, 2011
    I wonder if iOS X will start a new naming system like with Mac OS X? "iOS X Jellybean" :)
  20. longofest Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    That would be very surprising if true. While not unprecedented for a "clean up release" to cut off older platforms (Snow Leopard cut off PPC support and I believe was 64-bit only, so it even was not available for the very first Intel macs... If I recall correctly), Apple still sells 32-bit iOS devices (iPhone 5C and original iPad Mini).
  21. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
    Look forward to it.....,,not coming out in the uk.
  22. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    Damn, that sounds about right. My 4S has been a real warrior, sucks to see it terminated.
  23. cmChimera macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    Why wait?
  24. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Eh. It depends on their policies. I've worked at places where maintaining that many branches was easy. I've worked at places where maintaining 2 branches was hell.
  25. logicstudiouser macrumors 6502a


    Feb 4, 2010
    Too much, too fast, too soon! Work on making iOS WORK. Don't wait till iOS 9 for optimization and stability. Start now!

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