Apple Music is set to get its first major redesign and “a few” new features just twelve months after its introduction, according to a new report.
With the Worldwide Developers Conference set to kick off in mid-June, 9to5Mac, corroborating an earlier report by Bloomberg, reports that Apple will take that opportunity to give Apple Music a new lick of paint and new features that it hopes will improve usability and discoverability, with the changes expected to undo some of the more strange design choices that Apple made with the original release.
Take the overall interface as an example. Apple will apparently redesign the album view in order to make it easier to use, with the “user-interface [ditching] the current colorful and translucent look in favor of a simpler design that emphasizes black and white backgrounds and text. For instance, the user interface in the albums view will no longer change in appearance based on the color of a particular album’s art. While the new interface will eschew color in the user-interface, album artwork will become ‘huge’ and a larger part of the interface in order to avoid a dull black and white look, according to people who have seen the updated Apple Music service.”
The newly-redesigned interface will also make better use of Apple’s 3D Touch technology to make it easier and more engaging to share songs, with the interface making better use of Apple’s San Francisco font, and larger, more bold text set to be used for things such as menus and tabs within the Music app. It’s not all about sprucing the Apple Music up either, with new features such as support for lyrics being added as part of the iOS 10 update.
Apple will debut the new Apple Music during WWDC 2016 but the software will not become available until around September, with its release heavily tied to the next big release of iOS, the highly-anticipated iOS 10. Apple Music’s changes will no doubt be part of the beta releases for iOS 10, and the final version will likely be made available to everyone around the same time as the iPhone 7 is released. We expect that to be towards the end of September at this point, but anything can happen with today’s Apple.
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