Wednesday, Apr 06, 2022, 15:09 iOS: Software

iOS 15.5 Beta 1: These Are the New Features

As we all know, Apple took a long time to start the beta phase of the next system updates after the release of macOS 12.3 and iOS 15.4. However, this has now been done, because the first betas are available after a three-week hiatus. In the meantime, many developers have also had the opportunity to start looking for new features. It all looks like Apple is concentrating more on fine-tuning instead of far-reaching functional innovations. However, there are further hints that a spin-off of Apple Music for fans of classical music is imminent.



Apple Classical as a new service.
Back in February, Apple sprinkled telltale strings labeled "Apple Classical". In fact, in addition to the string "Open in Apple Classical," Apple added a much more explicit "Open this in the new app designed for classical music" in the latest beta of iOS 15.5. This clearly confirms that Apple will be launching an additional music app in the foreseeable future. Conceivable would be both a presentation at WWDC with general release in the fall (then for iOS 15 and iOS 16 at the same time) as well as an earlier announcement via press release.

Customizations: Universal Control, Apple Pay Cash.
What exactly has changed is still unknown - however, Apple explicitly points out that Universal Control for iPadOS 15.5 and macOS 12.4 is not compatible with the version from iPadOS 15.4 and macOS 12.3. There is also a minor change in Apple Pay Cash, which is still not available outside the US. The Apple Wallet offers two new buttons "Request" and "Send" to be able to perform transactions faster.

iTunes Pass renamed, SportsKit
Although Apple buried the iTunes media suite quite some time ago, there was still the "iTunes Pass". This showed the available credit for the various Store services. However, Apple is dropping the old familiar name and will henceforth list the card in the Wallet as "Apple Balance". The SportsKit framework is supposed to provide users/subscribers with up-to-date sports information. References to baseball broadcasts are now included for the first time, as Apple has secured live broadcasting rights.

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