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What’s New in iOS 8.4



What’s new in iOS 8.4? There is more to the iOS 8.4 update than Apple Music, but that does play a major role in the update. The new iOS 8.4 features including important changes to the music player, where you’ll find audiobooks and other upgrades.

The iOS 8.4 update includes three important bug fixes for the iPhone and iPad, nine fixes and new features for iBooks and plenty of big Apple Music features.

The iOS 8.4 update is available on all devices already running iOS 8. This includes the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad 2 and newer iPads and the iPod touch 5th generation. If you are suffering from iOS 8.3 problems, you should count on this update to deliver fixes for common problems.

What's new in iOS 8.4 and a closer look at the new Apple Music service.

What’s new in iOS 8.4 and a closer look at the new Apple Music service.

There is a major overhaul to the look of the Apple Music app that spans even farther than just adding the Apple Music streaming service. many of the new iOS 8.4 features come inside the Music app on your iPhone, and are worth checking out even if you plan to use all of your own music.

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Read our iOS 8.4 installation guide for details on how to upgrade and keep in mind that you can still downgrade to iOS 8.3 for a limited time if you don’t like the new features and options.

Here’s a look at the most important iOS 8.4 features, and when applicable a look at how they compare to iOS 8.3.

What’s New in iOS 8.4

Apple Music Streaming

Apple Music Streaming

The new Apple Music app includes the new Apple Music streaming service designed to take on Spotify, Pandora and other services. The iOS 8.4 update enables this new app and includes a free three-month trial of the Apple Music service.

With Apple Music you can pay $9.99 a month for an individual or $14.99 a month for a family of up to six members and enjoy full albums on demand and save music for offline playback.

Apple Music uses your musical tastes to pick new music that you might enjoy listening to in a new For You section of the music app that will help you find new music to listen to. The video above shows how this works.

This new app replaces the Music app from iOS 8 and earlier. Apple is not adding another app you cannot install from the iPhone or iPad, just updating one that is already on your device.



  1. Reynaldo

    07/01/2015 at 12:51 pm

    So on the New Beats1 app After Beginning the 3 month trial, I add all this music to my library and Music. I was wondering if after the free trial I will still have the music??

  2. Mukul Gaur

    07/02/2015 at 1:39 pm

    MANY times i upgrade my IOS and my phone in Recovery Mode Again I upgrade fro 8.4 and its again in Recovery mode. So any one have any solution ?

  3. Tim

    07/03/2015 at 6:01 am

    3 things I can’t stand about this update:
    1) you can’t find your saved radio stations.
    2) you don’t get a free 3 month trial unless you pay for the fourth month up front.
    3) no home sharing.

  4. Ken

    07/04/2015 at 5:19 am

    The elimination of the shuffle feature on I-Tunes s inexcusable

    • Tom Haberlack

      07/06/2015 at 7:12 am

      You can tell siri “shuffle my songs”

    • Matt

      07/07/2015 at 8:48 am

      I know right!!! They took off all the great features from my music library… This update pisses me off!!

  5. Bosco

    07/04/2015 at 9:15 am

    So basically 8.4 (apart from bug fixes) is a music feature update thats all.

  6. mrteekay

    07/04/2015 at 7:19 pm

    Battery issues…. less than 12 hs…

  7. Pedant

    07/04/2015 at 10:21 pm

    “You may not need all these bugs…”
    “We did not run into any problems with this personally…”
    “…they might help push you over the fence…”
    You’re 99% there.
    As when reading instructions translated from Japanese, it’s the 1% that makes it fun.

  8. Michael Chapman

    07/05/2015 at 5:02 pm

    I can’t replay all my songs from one artist if they are on different albums. I have to manually go in and start each song individually if they are on different albums which is ridiculous. Used to just hit play on an artist and it would play every song I downloaded by that artist.

    • Isaac

      07/17/2015 at 8:31 am


  9. Tom Haberlack

    07/06/2015 at 7:14 am

    Tell Siri “shuffle all (artist name) songs”

  10. Kristi

    07/06/2015 at 2:08 pm

    Why is the iMessage fix involved in this? shouldn’t it be 8.3.x? That sort of thing should be kept out of software releases that many people don’t want to do just because it’s easier for Apple. No, thanks.

  11. Mahesh

    07/07/2015 at 12:40 pm

    I love the new version of this 9.0

  12. Ellen

    07/07/2015 at 6:48 pm

    After this update my 6plus freezes regularly, if I page down too fast in Facebook, Twitter, cnn … It will continually freeze for about 10 seconds. I am also having issues with playing videos, he screen goes black and nothing happens.

  13. irene clark

    07/07/2015 at 11:20 pm

    I don’t like this update because in my playlist, i was able to repeat a song or repeat my playlist where i didn’t have to keep restarting to hear the same song or playlist. I used that feature a lot sometimes i like to repeat a song and it would play continuously but now it doesn’t do this and i can’t seem to figure out where it is or did they get rid of it. I went to the apple store today to see if they could help me and they were not help because they didn’t even know what to do. it would be nice when they do these update that they would at least inform the apple employees and support people what they got rid of and how to go about fixing or finding a replacement for what they got rid of. I really liked the feature where i can repeat a song and playlist. and i am not happy about this.

  14. Alexander Fassbender

    07/08/2015 at 9:59 am

    I tried doing what the author said to start a Genius Playlist – it is not there. Is the subscription required to use the Genius feature now?

  15. Niel Veer

    07/08/2015 at 12:34 pm

    And there is already jailbreak for 8.4:

  16. solmari vanderpool

    07/10/2015 at 5:17 pm

    This is crazy how would they make and update and remove the shuffle opinion that is just plan wrong hurry up and put the shuffle button back on immediately ! !!

  17. Tina

    07/10/2015 at 11:14 pm

    I want my shuffle back I listen to my music at work and don’t have time to make a Playlist I also don’t feel like I should pay for this new version just to listen to my music so please put the shuffle back on my ipod

  18. Jeff

    07/11/2015 at 8:14 am

    My iPhone 6 worked just fine, but over the last few days, battery life has suddenly become ridiculously poor. Battery gets drained even if the phone is charging. I have made changes to the settings in the phone, so I will see how it goes.

  19. Coach (@csuiteguru)

    08/20/2015 at 12:04 pm

    IOS 8.4.1 is a nightmare. Phone is now crashing, hanging, apps are freezing and then unfreezing. Returned my Apple Watch (as have hundreds of thousands). Rapidly losing faith in Apple. Please figure out how to resurrect Steve Jobs.

  20. josh

    08/21/2015 at 6:13 pm

    I sweAr if Steve Jobs could come back jst once… Clean Apple, send those idiots out… Apple was the best with Jobs.. Please come back

  21. Karen

    09/09/2015 at 9:35 am

    My Running Ap keeps cutting out when I am also connected to my Apple music. Plus the actual ap cuts out??

  22. Albert

    11/14/2015 at 3:54 am

    Music freezes battery life gone to shit why change stuff that works perfectly

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