Apple is going to phase out the iconic music platform — iTunes. When Apple introduced iTunes to the music industry, it changed the scene dramatically. It altered how people purchase songs and albums.
The iPhone maker has to engage its buyers with iOS 13 to help in boosting its iPhone sales. The next iPhones may lag behind other rivals in some important features, like standalone night mode and 5G speeds.
But the company has proven that it is still a great developer of must-have software apps and tools. Its FaceTime and iMessage remain the top apps used by millions of people.
iTunes will be Phased Out
Apple will break up iTunes and be replaced by three desktop apps: TV, Podcasts and Music. It will work similarly to how those apps are divided on iOS.
However, iTunes will remain as a standalone iOS app. Your purchases and libraries will remain in each new app on your Mac.
The decision of Apple to phase out iTunes is not surprising. The company has been encouraging users to register to its Apple Music subscription service.
Apple wants to charge its users a monthly fee to increase its revenue, instead of waiting for its customers to purchase a few songs.
iTunes introduced in 2001 while its music store launched two years after. The platform was introduced while the music business tried fighting against online piracy and file-sharing services.
iTunes became a popular tool as it offers a better experience than other music platforms at the time. Thanks to its intuitive user interface and easy billing tool.
The Apple Music app will have a personalized list of recommendations. The Podcasts application will allow you to search through machine learning. The TV app mixes content from networks, like Showtime and HBO. But it will also show Apple’s original programming.
However, you can still buy and download songs through the Music store in the Music app. But you can purchase movies and TV shows through the Apple TV app.
If you used iTunes in syncing devices, Apple will provide a tool on the sidebar in Finder on your Mac. This strategy is a shift from being hardware-focused to a business that offers subscription content and services to boost its revenues.
During its Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose, Apple presented its next-generation iOS 13. It has a dark mode and enhanced Siri features. It will also have an undo gesture. Apple also introduced its latest Mac Pro with a cheese grater vibe.
These services take up 80% of online music revenues in 2018. With standalone apps, Apple could be following a smarter approach. Now that Apple has 56 million paying clients, the change to its strategy is ripe.
Users are willing to pay a fee just to get unlimited content. It is also the same kind of subscription that they get from Spotify, Netflix and other services.
But Apple will not remotely delete downloaded and purchased songs and movies. Rather, it may provide some steps in managing and accessing downloaded content. In this way, it will not alienate its current users.
Features of the New iOS
Apart from macOS, Apple also launched its new iOS 13. You can access its iOS 13 developer beta today but the final version will be available in the fall.
The latest iOS will have a dark mode. This mode replaces the light screen with a dark screen. It will be available on its core apps, like photos apps, music and calendar.
It seems that the mode is system-wide. But there could be some exceptions. This feature has become a popular trend.
For many years, Android users could swipe their keyboards when typing. They could do so with the help of some third-party apps. Now, Apple will be introducing this feature through the latest iOS. It traces a word to spell it out.
This feature will be called QuickPath typing. It is said to be faster and more accurate than typing on your virtual keyboard.
Plus, the platform will provide you with spelling suggestions. It could be a useful feature if you are typing with one hand.
Users have been asking Apple to revamp its Reminders app. With the latest iOS, the iPhone will have a new Reminders app. It will feature Scheduled, Flagged and All options when you sort task. It will also have a new visual look.
Apple is also integrating AI in this app. Thus, when you type, Reminders will suggest when you would want to be reminded. You can also tag contacts and it will remind you to open up their messages in the Messages app.
You can soon remove duplicate photos while you can highlight the best shots. The new iOS will also have portrait lighting.
This new feature will have more lighting effects so that you can achieve smoother skin, at least in the photo. Portrait lighting will also change the intensity and location of your light.
The latest iOS will have extra editing filters. Plus, you will get more accents, like vibrancy, vignette and auto enhance, as well as noise reduction. When you edit a photo, you can adjust photos by simply dragging and tapping with your finger.
The new editing tools will be available on video. It means that you can rotate a video if you shoot accidentally in the wrong orientation. There will also be new filters and video effects coming.
Apple will also tweak its core apps on iOS 13. For instance, the Apple Mail will have a new desktop formatting. The Safari browser will have per-website preferences. Its Notes will have a new gallery view so you can have a new way to view your notes at once.
The company will also redo its Apple Maps. Apple announced that it has rebuilt the said app to give you more comprehensive map data and a new mode.
The latest map will soon be available in some cities and states at first. But it will be introduced across the US before the 2019 ends. Other countries will get to experience the latest Apple Maps in 2020.