The next version of Apple's iOS mobile operating system features a redesigned music app, it has emerged, as the tech giant readies itself for the launch of its much–vaunted Beats–based streaming service.
iOS 8.4, which has just been released to developers in beta form, comes with a wholly redesigned music app that takes a stack of features from Apple’s desktop iTunes client.
Among them is a new MiniPlayer, so you can see what’s playing even when you’re not using the main music app.
The revamped app will also reposition recently added tracks at the top of your library for easy access to the latest tunes, just like Spotify.
iTunes Radio has also been given an overhaul in an attempt to make it more user friendly.
Throw in a handy new ‘Up Next’ tab to see what tracks are coming after the one you’re listening to, and you’re looking at a far better app than the one currently found on iPhones and iPads.
There’s no sign yet of Apple’s new streaming service, which is set to be revealed at June’s worldwide developer conference (WWDC).
However, it is widely believed to be included in a future edition of iOS 8.4, suggesting it will form a key component of the new music app when it does eventually launch.