Yesterday, Apple released iOS 8.4, the fourth major update to iOS 8. iOS 8.4 includes improvements for iBooks, a newly revamped Music app and Apple’s on-demand streaming music service, Apple Music. Bug fixes included too.
The new Apple Music service located within the Music app, is available immediately after iOS 8.4 is installed. It is is accompanied by the Beats 1 radio station, which features 24-hour live human-curated music at no cost, and Apple Music Connect, a social networking platform that allows artists to interact with fans and share content like photos and videos.
The iOS 8.4 update is available on all devices already running iOS 8. This includes the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad 2 and newer iPads and the iPod touch 5th generation.
iOS 8.4 Features
Here are the complete release notes of the iOS 8.4 software update:
- Become an Apple Music member to play from millions of songs in the Apple Music catalog, or keep them offline
- For You: Members can see playlist and album recommendations, handpicked by music experts
- New: Members can find the latest, greatest new music available – direct from our editors
- Radio: Tune in to music, interviews, and exclusive radio shows on Beats 1, play radio stations created by our editors or create your own from any artist or song
- Connect: See shared thoughts, photos, music, and videos from artists you follow, then join the conversation
- My Music: Play from all of your iTunes purchases, songs from Apple Music, and playlists in one place
- Completely redesigned music player that includes new features such as Recently Added, MiniPlayer, Up Next, and more
- iTunes Store: Still the best place to buy your favorite music—one song or album at a time.
iBooks improvements and fixes
==> Browse, listen and download audiobooks from inside iBooks
==> Enjoy the all-new Now Playing feature, designed specifically for audiobooks
==> Books that are Made for iBooks now work on iPhone in addition to iPad
==> Find and pre-order books in a series right from your library
==> Improves accessibility of widgets, glossary and navigation in books made with iBooks Author
==> New default Chinese font
==> New setting to turn off Auto-Night theme in your library
==> Resolves an issue that may have prevented Hide Purchases from working
==> Resolves an issue that may have prevented downloading books from iCloud
Other improvements and bug fixes
==> Fixes an issue where receiving a specific series of Unicode characters causes device to reboot
==> Fixes an issue that prevented GPS accessories from providing location data
==> Fixes an issue where deleted Apple Watch apps could re-install
Download iOS 8.4
iOS 8.4 is available immediately as an over-the-air download. You can update now by going to Software Update and starting the download on your iOS devices.