With WWDC looming, Apple kicks out third iOS 8.4 beta

Developers get new version of mobile OS to play with ahead of conference

Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Apple has posted a new beta build for the iOS 8.4 mobile platform.

The third beta arrives just weeks before Apple is expected to showcase iOS 8.4 for developers at its World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), due to take place June 8-12 in San Francisco.

The Cupertino idiot tax operation has typically used its WWDC keynotes to show off iOS updates to iOS and OS X software developers before releasing the final version for public consumption later in the summer.

This year looks to be no different, with reports indicating that iOS 8.4 will debut at WWDC and will ship to the public in late June.

First released as a beta build for developers in April, iOS 8.4 looks to deliver the usual assortment of bug and security fixes for iPhones, iPods and iPads, as well as an overhauled Music app that could be accompanied at WWDC by a refresh of Apple's iTunes Radio streaming service.

According to Billboard, Apple has been in heated talks with record labels to get more music available on iTunes Radio to help it better compete with the likes of iHeartRadio and Pandora. But company execs have reportedly been disappointed with the service's lackluster sales since its September 2013 launch, and big changes may be in the offing – possibly even including opening iTunes to Android devices.

The WWDC presentation also promises to include details about coming updates for OS X, and it may even include a peek at iOS 9, the major platform update that's expected to arrive when the next iPhone models launch later in the year. ®




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