Apple Music helps iOS 8.4 exceed 40% adoption in first week — Apple now notes that as of June 22, 84% of its mobile users are now using iOS 8. Analytics firm Mixpanel further details that 40% of the installed base has already upgraded to iOS 8.4, and states that rapid adoption is being driven by interest in the new Apple Music.
Health app inspires people to be more health-conscious — Smartwatches and fitness bands promise to help you get healthier, but about a third of wrist-worn activity trackers are abandoned after six months. One health app developer decided to see if the Apple Watch was a different story, or if Apple’s watch would be relegated to a junk drawer with other unwanted tech two months in.
iOS 8.4 coming Tuesday at 8AM Pacific Time Ahead of Apple Music launch — Apple will be releasing iOS 8.4 at 8AM US Pacific Time on June 30, an hour ahead of the official Apple Music launch. The update will include support for Apple’s new streaming music and Internet radio service.
The Apple Watch Sport is less reflective so easier to read in bright sunlight — The Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition have sapphire crystal covering their displays, but the lower-cost Apple Watch Sport uses Ion-X glass instead. The Apple Watch’s sapphire crystal reflects more ambient light than the Ion-X glass on the Apple Watch Sport, making the expensive watch’s display appear washed out in comparison.
Apple partners with IBM Watson Health Cloud to bring secure cloud, data analytics to HealthKit and ResearchKit — IBM has announced a new cognitive computing platform called Watson Health Cloud that will, in cooperation with partners Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic, offer custom tailored data analytics services to healthcare professionals.
iOS 8.4 moves audiobooks to iBooks, adds separate CarPlay audiobook access — Apple’s newly released iOS 8.4 beta (to registered developers only) relocates audiobooks out of the Music app and into iBooks, and adds a separate launcher for them in CarPlay, AppleInsider has discovered. It also gets a Music app overhaul [thank goodness].
How to pretend Apple Watch is a failure no matter what — It seems like Apple has a hit on its corporate hands. Or a preorder hit. The company sold a million Apple Watches in the first 24 hours – just in the US – according to one piece of analysis. That would make it the most successful new product category launch in Apple’s history – so what do you do if you’ve been talking smack about it for months?