Apple's iTunes download page for Mac and Windows continues to offer iTunes 12.1.2, but the company added an "iTunes 12.2 coming soon" note. Apple Music, which launched earlier on Tuesday with iOS 8.4, requires iTunes 12.2 on Mac and Windows, and its absence has been greeted with annoyance and snark on the Interwebs.
Apple patched some 45 security OS X Yosemite v10.10.4, which was released earlier on Tuesday. The company also released Security Update 2015-005 Mavericks and Security Update 2015-005 Mountain Lion. The security holes and bugs fixed services and technologies throughout the operating systems, and many of them allow the bad guys to take over your Mac.
Apple released Mac EFI Security Update 2015-001 on Monday, a security update for Mountain Lion and Mavericks that patches two flaws dealing with EFI Flash memory. Both flaws would have allowed the bad guys to take over your Mac.
On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Apple updated their iTunes Store Terms and Conditions just hours ahead of the iTunes Music launch. Anyone downloading apps or app updates from the iTunes Store will have to agree to this, as will anyone installing iOS 8.4, as well.
The big changes are the inclusion of a new section detailing Apple Music, with mention of "iCloud Music Library" that sounds eerily familiar to iTunes Match (though iTunes Match is still listed elsewhere). Apple Music will require iOS 8.4, iTunes 12.2 and Android 4.1. Additionally, Apple now (for good reason) has the right to use your playback information to report to licensors and pay royalties. This covers both the new Apple Music service as well as iTunes Match.
Apple officially launched Apple Music Tuesday morning when it released iOS 8.4 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple Music is Apple's new streaming music service that also includes an Internet radio station and social platform where artists can share with fans.
Along with iOS 8.4, Apple released OS X 10.10.4 on Tuesday. The update fixes several issues, most notably the annoying discoveryd problem that caused no end of headaches for Yosemite users connecting to WiFi networks.
As promised, Apple released iOS 8.4 on Tuesday ahead of the launch of Apple Music. The update includes support for Apple's new streaming music service along with bug fixes.
The early Apple Music reviews are out, and while they're positive, they don't call Apple's new streaming music service the be-all-end-all. The few who got early access are all saying Apple Music is OK.
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First impressions don't tell the whole story, but they do mean a lot. In the case of Apple Music, it means the early reviewers weren't blown away by Apple's efforts. If that opinion holds up over time, we'll see if "OK" is good enough to keep Apple's streaming music service alive.
Apple on Monday scheduled its fiscal 3rd quarter earnings announcement for July 21st. The company will release its earnings report after the closing bell, and then hold its conference call with analysts at 5:00 PM EDT/2:00 PM PDT. Apple will stream that call to the public.
Apple shipped the first iPhone eight years ago today. It was June 29th, 2007. That's not so long ago, and yet it feels like forever because Apple has made this into an iPhone world.
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