Apple today seeded the first beta of iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 for developers after a three-week long wait following the launch of iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5. The new updates are not as feature rich as the earlier updates and mainly focus on under-the-hood changes, but there are still some minor changes, which we have outlined below.
Apple Classic Reference
There are references to the upcoming “Apple Classical” app that Apple has in development to complement Apple Music, suggesting that the standalone app could see a launch soon. The music app code has “Open in Apple Classical” and “Open it in a new app designed for classical music”, but the Classical app hasn’t launched yet.
Apple acquired classical music streaming service Primephonic in August 2021 and said it would create a new classical music experience for Apple Music. Apple is planning to launch a new standalone app dedicated to classical music, and the app will combine Primephonic’s user interface and expertise for classical music with features like Apple Music and lossless and spatial audio. Apple hasn’t provided details on when the app might come out, but preparations are apparently being made.
Apple Pay Cash
The Apple Pay Cash section of the Wallet app now has “Request” and “Send” buttons, making it easy to manage cash directly from Wallet.
According to Apple’s macOS release notes, the Universal Controls in the new iPadOS 15.5 and the macOS Monterey 12.4 update are not compatible with machines running macOS 12.3 or iPadOS 15.4, so Apple suggests that as a workaround, users may need to change their Universal Control devices. Should update to the new beta. ,
Apple is continuing to build out its “Sportskit” support as it prepares to launch Friday Night Baseball, and touts the TV app for reporting scores for various baseball innings.
iTunes Pass Rebranding
Apple is apparently working to rebrand “iTunes Pass” to Wallet, renaming it to “Apple Balance.” References to Apple Balance highlighted 9to5Mac and confirmed by MacRumors,
There used to be an option to add an “iTunes Pass” to the Wallet app that includes money linked to your Apple ID. It appears that Apple has removed the option to add iTunes Pass in the United States, but it is still present in other countries. It’s possible that a new Apple Balance option will be coming to the Wallet app in the future.
“Your account balance may be used to purchase products, accessories, apps, games and more online or in stores with Apple Pay,” the code reads.
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