What’s new in iTunes 12.2 and why you should upgrade — Apple released iTunes 12.2 yesterday, along with updates to iOS and OS X. The marquee feature in the new version of iTunes, as well as iOS 8.4, is Apple Music. But upgrading does not mean you automatically pay a subscription fee, and it does not affect your existing music library. The trick is to subscribe to the new service to check out the three-month free trial, but turn OFF Auto Renew so it doesn’t start billing you at the end of three months in case you don’t want it. On Mac, open iTunes 12.2, select View Account from the Account menu, (main picture), sign in with your Apple ID password, find Subscriptions and turn off Auto Renew for Apple Music. (Here are the instructions for iDevices.)
The OS updates that included iTunes included loads of security updates.
Apple loses e-book antitrust appeal — An appeals court ruled against Apple’s challenge of a lower court’s decision which found the company liable for illegally conspiring with ebook publishers to jack up prices.
Photos, iCloud Drive, iMessage, other online Apple services hit by slowdowns & outages — A series of Apple’s online services suffered slowdowns on Wednesday, and may be completely inaccessible to some users, according to Apple’s official system status page.
Sneak peek of Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in new full-length trailer — The unconventional choice of actor to play Steve Jobs may have been a great pick after all. [But I’m already heartily sick of Steve Jobs’ movies and I haven’t even seen one.]
Mac OS X 10.10.4 adds TRIM support for third-party SSDs — Yesterday, Apple released Mac OS X 10.10.4, providing a number of bug fixes and subtle improvements to the currently shipping version of the desktop operating system. According to Ars Technica, one of those improvements is the addition of support for TRIM on third-party solid state drives (SSDs).
Apple updates GarageBand for Mac and iPhone — Apple has released GarageBand 10.1 for OS X Yosemite (as well as GarageBand 2.0.7 for iOS 8). Both updates add support for Apple Music Connect, allowing artists to upload content directly to Connect. The Mac version also adds ten new drummers, new patches, 1,000 new Apple Loops, support for Force Touch trackpad (which is currently only available on Apple’s new MacBook), and more.