Recently, Apple seeded iOS 15.5 beta to developers and beta testers. MacRumors has discovered a reference to the new “Apple Classical” app in the code of the first beta of iOS 15.5.
In August 2021, Apple acquired Primephonic which is a classic music streaming service and announced that Apple Music subscribers will be able to listen to “an improved classical music experience beginning with Primephonic playlists and exclusive audio content” in 2022. Gordon P. Getty, a major shareholder of Primephonic said that Primephonic was founded to keep classical music relevant for today’s and future generations, worldwide.
“Primephonic was founded to ensure that classical music will stay relevant for future generations. “Primephonic and Apple together can realize that mission and take classical to a worldwide audience.”
A new stand-alone “Apple Classical” app might launch in iOS 15.5
Previously, an Apple Music beta update for Android featured redesigned widgets for Home Screen and contained an upcoming standalone app “Apple Classical” and it was expected to launch in iOS 15.4 but it didn’t. Now, the reference for the new app is found in iOS 15.5 beta.
As per the report, two references were found in the Music app code on iO15,5 which suggest that a stand-alone “Apple Classical” app is in development: “Open in Apple Classical” and “Open this in the new app designed for classical music”.
There are references to the upcoming “Apple Classical” app that Apple has in development to complement Apple Music, suggesting the standalone app could soon see a launch. There are “Open in Apple Classical” and “Open this in the new app designed for classical music” in the Music app code, but the Classical app has not yet launched.
iOS 15.5 beta includes new request and send buttons for Apple Pay Cash in Wallet, WiFi signal bars in the Home app show HomePod connectivity, reference to SportsKit development, rebranding of Apple Card as “Titanium Card” in the Wallet app, former “iTunes Pass” is now called “Apple Account Card” in the Wallet app. The upcoming iOS 15.5 update will be compatible with the iPhone 6s and newer models.