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Apple leaks new app for iPhone and iPad in iOS 16.3

Apple iOS 16.3 arrives next week with new features and at least one critical fix for the iPhone. Now your code has leaked the existence of a new app: Apple Music Classical.

Seen by iSoftware Updates, the code in iOS 16.3 Release Candidate (released Wednesday) contains references to “Open in Apple Music Classical” and “Explore this artist in the app designed for classical music.” This makes sense. In August 2021, Apple promised “a dedicated classical music app next year” following its acquisition of classical music streaming service Primephonic. But the radio silence continued, until now.

Splitting the Apple Music app, which currently hosts all genres of music, may upset some fans. In particular, those who like to create a mix of genres in their playlists or just feel that Apple is making things too complicated. After all, Spotify, Tidal, and other major streaming services simply offer classical music as a genre within their main app.

On the other hand, in its Primephonic acquisition press release, Apple promised “a dedicated experience with the best Primephonic features, including improved composer and repertoire search and browsing capabilities, detailed views of classical music metadata, plus new features and benefits.

“In the near future, we will offer a dedicated classic experience that will truly be the best in the world,” added Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats. While its timeline was off the mark, the extra wait means hopes will be high that the newly leaked app lives up to these claims.

While there’s no suggestion in the iOS 16.3 release candidate code that Apple will release Apple Music Classical with the update, all will be revealed in a matter of days.

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