iOS 8.3 has wireless CarPlay, and 8.4 may have iTunes streaming

Nate Swanner - Feb 9, 2015, 4:00pm CST
iOS 8.3 has wireless CarPlay, and 8.4 may have iTunes streaming

Earlier today, we heard an interesting rumor about iOS 9, which is said to offer up stability solutions rather than more features for us to play with. We’re a long way off from iOS 9, though, which leaves plenty of time to actually get us more features built into iOS for our iPhones and iPads. With iOS 8.3 already in testing and packing in some CarPlay functionality, it seems iOS 8.4 just might bring us that iTunes streaming service we’ve long been looking forward to.

The first of the iOS updates, iOS 8.3, is said to offer up CarPlay wireless functionality, so you can connect your phone to your CarPlay-enabled stereo system wirelessly rather than plugging in. The update also brings Google account log-in for use with two-factor authentication.

Apple’s iOs 8.3 has been seeded to Developers as a beta. It’s not clear when it might roll out, and we still actually need iOS 8.2 first, so don’t hold your breath.

With iOS 8.4, it seems we may be getting that iTunes streaming service that could be a Beats/iTunes combination straight from heaven. According to 9to5Mac, the iOS 8.4 update will come after the Apple Watch (which is all but confirmed for April), and is the update Apple is earmarking for launch of their Beats-inspired streaming service. None of the iOS 8.4 talk can be confirmed, obviously, but it puts Apple’s streaming efforts as launching right around June or so.

In updating to iOS 8, we were given a lot of new features. It makes sense Apple would continue to give us features incrementally with iOS 8 iterations should iOS 9 really concentrate on stability and bug fixes. Just keep in mind they’re not around the corner, though.

Source: 9to5Mac

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