There were plenty of other things rumored alongside the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c for Tuesday, but at least one of them -- a software update for the Apple TV -- is said to still be in the cards for next week.
Oh, the rumor mill is cooking now and Apple's doing a few things in the background to kick things up a notch. We've seen quite a few high quality leaked photos (if they're to be believed, that is; while this gaudy thing above might not be the gold iPhone Apple's supposedly working on, we've got no evidence the other is real either). And we're getting closer to a date announcement. The suspense is killing us!
Almost immediately after the introduction of iTunes Radio back in June, speculation began running amok that internet radio provider Pandora was being put on notice -- but thus far, the company seems to be shrugging off any kind of threat from Apple.
Like products from McDonald's, Nissan, Pepsi, and Procter & Gamble? Let's hope so, because if you're planning on using the free version of iTunes Radio once it reportedly goes live next month, you're going to be hearing a lot from them. According to AdAge, the four companies will have exclusive rights to ads on the platform throughout the end of 2013.
In a move that could signal that Apple is starting to take independent streaming radio stations more seriously, the Cupertino company sent an e-mail to multiple radio stations asking them to submit cover art for future use on mobile device and iTunes.
Looks like Apple picked the right time to launch its iTunes Radio based on the streaming-music numbers (and to think how everyone said Cupertino should have done it sooner). A long-lost app returns to the App Store, the Activation Lock feature gets some serious testing, a sneaky bit of malware is making the rounds, and Google Maps makes it to the iPad at long last. That and more, just step right this way.
Judging from the statistics released by Billboard and Nielsen this morning, we're definitely in the midst of another music revolution--much like the one that followed in the wake of the MP3's first appearance. Based on their findings, fewer people are actually buying music, but almost everyone is streaming it. In the first six months of 2013 alone, streaming soared by 24 percent to 51 billion streams.
When it was rumored to be simply "iRadio," reports claimed that Apple was twisting the arm of major labels to receive better royalty rates than competing services like Pandora -- but that doesn't seem to be the case.
Apple only mentioned Apple TV in passing during the WWDC keynote last week, but that doesn't mean it's neglecting the little black box. As of today, two new important features have made their way into the beta for the diminutive media device. For one, the iTunes Radio compatibility that was announced at WWDC is now available; for another, Apple added a new Conference Room mode.
Move over, Pandora--Apple's moving in. Apple announced its long-anticipated iTunes Radio for streaming music this morning (previously known as "iRadio" when mentioned along with its associated rumors), and you'll be able to find it in iOS 7's version of the Music app.