Apple’s upcoming classical music app could arrive alongside iOS 15.5 in May

The upcoming Apple Classical app based on the Primephonic acquisition could launch on iPhone, iPad and Mac alongside iOS 15.5, iPadOS 15.5 and macOS 12.4.

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  • Code strings in iOS 15.5 reference the unreleased “Apple Classical” app
  • It suggests Apple’s classical music experience could arrive with iOS 15.5
  • iOS 15.5 should arrive in May as the last major update before iOS 16

iOS 15.5 references the upcoming “Apple Classical” app

Work on a classical music experience that should be an integral part of the stock Music app seems to be wrapping up. Yesterday, Apple seeded the first developer betas of iOS 15.5 and other OS updates. MacRumors has now discovered multiple code strings which strongly suggest that a new classical music app from Apple could be nearing launch. Read: Featured classical music apps for iPhone and iPad

According to the publication, the Music app’s code includes previously missing strings such as “Open in Apple Classical” and “Open this in the new app designed for classical music.” References to “Apple Classical” were discovered earlier in the code of the official Apple Music app for Android. It’s the biggest clue yet that the tentatively named “Apple Classical” music app could be launching soon.

When will iOS 15.5 launch publicly?

So when will Apple release iOS 15.5 with a new Primephonic experience? In a couple of weeks, probably. There will be about half a dozen betas before iOS 15.5 is ready for prime time. iOS 15.5 will most likely release publicly in May, and it should be the last major update before iOS 16 is released in the fall. Apple will preview iOS 16 and other major OS updates at the WWDC, its annual developers’ conference. As the company announced yesterday,  WWDC22 will run from June 6 through June 10.

How may Apple integrate Primephonic into the Music app?

Apple snapped up Primephonic in August 2021. Primephonic mixed handpicked recommendations from human experts with contextual details on the music you were listening to. Following the deal, Apple’s been working on a dedicated classical music experience for its own Music app that should bring all the key features of the discontinued Primephonic app including its classic user interface.

Enhancements are said to include visual, audial and haptic interactions, among others. Future updates will create an even better experience overall with better browsing, improved search, richer metadata and other improvements.