iOS 9.2.1, new Apple Music Memo app organises beats, GarageBand update, Apple TV providers, using your device passcode

Apple has added a new beats-organising app to its inventory: Music Memos
Apple has added a new beats-organising app to its inventory: Music Memos

Apple Releases iOS 9.2.1 with MDM Fixes and 9 Security Patches — Apple has released iOS 9.2.1, an update that fixes an issue with mobile device management (MDM) servers. The update also includes security fixes for 9 different security holes, most of which would have allowed bad guys to take over your iOS device.
You can download the update on your iOS device through Settings>General>Software Update. It’s a 40.8MB download for iPhone 6s or a 35.2MB download for iPad Air, but 2.01GB via iTunes on your Mac or PC for iPhone 6s.

Apple releases new Music Memos app for capturing and organizing beats on iPhone — Apple has unveiled a surprise addition to its iOS lineup with a new Music Memos app, designed specifically to help musicians and songwriters craft new musical ideas on the go. Crafted after the existing Voice Memos app, it adds features to improve musicians’ workflow. The iPhone’s built-in microphone can be used to record instruments in a lossless format, and the resulting recordings can be analysed for rhythm and chords. The app can then add instant drums and a bass line to help flesh out the song, and it will also provide a basic notation view. Music Memos are synchronized via iCloud and can be opened directly in GarageBand or Logic Pro X. It should appear eventually, of dive in and get it (free) from the App Store now. [That’s great, as I’ve used Voice Memo for years to take down baselines and melodies!]

New GarageBand 2.1 for iOS update includes Live Loops and Drummer features — The newest feature in GarageBand 2.1 is Live Loops, which Apple said is “inspired by DJ hardware controllers and drum machines.” Live Loops features a large grid and users tap cells and columns to play looped instruments and samples. As the name implies, Live Loops can be played, arranged and remixed live, while GarageBand automatically keeps the beats in sync. GarageBand 2.1 for iOS is $8 in the App Store but it’s a free upgrade available to current GarageBand users who have a compatible iOS 9 device. The App also comes with new iOS devices configured with 32GB or more of storage.

Apple publishes list of Apple TV content providers and support links — Apple has published a list of content providers for the Apple TV. At this time, there are 85 providers.

How to use a passcode with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch — You can set a passcode on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch to help protect your data. When you do, each time you turn on or wake your iOS device, you’ll need to unlock it with your passcode. (If your device supports Touch ID, you can use your fingerprint instead of a passcode.)