New updates coming to Apple Music with iOS 18 – what to expect

Apple Music iOS updates are coming soon. We’ll soon have version 18, but until the WWDC we won’t know exactly what to expect.

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We’re less than three weeks away from Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), where they will unveil iOS 18. This new version promises exciting features, including advancements in artificial intelligence and home screen customisation. Additionally, a recent rumour hints at updates to Apple Music’s crossfade feature.

Apple Music and crossfade – a brief history

Apple introduced the crossfade feature to Apple Music on the iPhone with iOS 17 last year. This was a welcome addition for many users, especially since it had been available on Android and desktop versions of Apple Music for some time. The feature allows songs to seamlessly switch from one to another without any pause or break.

What’s new in iOS 18 for Apple Music?

According to AppleInsider, Apple is working on a new feature called “smart song transitions” for Apple Music. While details are scarce, it is expected to enhance the current crossfade functionality. There’s potential for the product to grow along the way. It should allow users to have one song fade into the next without being noticed.

Current crossfade feature

For those unfamiliar, the crossfade feature in Apple Music allows songs to blend smoothly into each other without a noticeable break. Here’s how you can use it:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Select “Music.”
  3. Find the crossfade option and enable it.
  4. Use the slider to adjust the duration of the crossfade, from 1 second to 12 seconds.

Smart song transitions – what could be new?

The “smart song transitions” feature is rumoured to build on the existing crossfade support. One possible enhancement might be the ability to further customise the duration of the crossfade effect. However, this capability already exists, so it’s unclear what new features “smart song transitions” will bring.

A word of caution

While the anticipation is high, it’s important to approach these rumours with a bit of scepticism. More detailed information will likely be available during or after WWDC when Apple officially announces iOS 18 and its new features. Until then, we can’t know for sure exactly what we can expect to see or how it will work.

With iOS 18, Apple Music users can look forward to potential improvements in how songs transition. While specifics about the “smart song transitions” feature remain unclear, the upcoming WWDC will provide more insights. Stay tuned for the official announcements to see what exciting updates Apple has in store for music lovers. sign up for free GIF
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