Hands on: iOS 10 Apple Music update, Apple News redesign

iOS 10 hands on: Everything that’s new in Apple Music and Apple News


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Apple News and Apple Music get much-needed redesigns in iOS 10.
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iOS 10 brings much-needed design overhauls for the Apple Music and Apple News apps.

The big iOS update, which is currently in beta but should hit iPhones and iPads this fall, brings huge changes to the Apple Music UI as well as minor improvements to navigation in the music app. To see all the changes in action, watch the Cult of Mac video below.

Apple Music’s new UI

In the updated Apple Music app, the library tab displays a list of categories and gives you the ability to edit the list to your liking.

Other big changes include new 3D Touch options that allow you to delete songs or add them to a playlist, an updated Now playing screen that is cleaner than ever, and big improvements to For You to help you find new tunes.

Get your Beats 1 on anytime with on-demand style shows.
Get your Beats 1 on anytime with on-demand shows.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Beats 1, Apple’s awesome streaming radio station that anybody can listen to for free, also gets a fresh look. The redesign makes it easier to find and enjoy the many on-demand shows available to Apple Music subscribers.

The last of big Apple Music update comes in the search tab, which is dominated by big and bold titles. You can easily find your recent searches along with trending searches below the search bar, which has had a slight design refresh but pulls up the same categories as previously.

Overall, the new Apple Music is a lot cleaner, concentrating on song and album titles and album artwork.

Apple News redesign brings bold new look

With the new redesign, Apple News is now actually an app that I'll use.
With the redesign, Apple News is now actually an app I’ll use.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple News is an app that I’ve barely ever opened, but in iOS 10 it looks a lot nicer and more useful. Apple recently said the service draws 60 million monthly active users, and the redesign will probably be welcomed by many.

Opening up the new and improved Apple News app starts off with a “For You” tab. Similar to the Apple Music redesign, everything looks cleaner and bolder. Clicking into Stories is just as pretty as before, with the text being nicely presented and spaced out.

Along with the new look, Apple News now includes subscriptions to help support your favorite publications straight from within the app. The update also brings breaking news alerts to the iPhone or iPad lock screen, similar to the way apps like BBC News already do.

With both of these apps still being in beta, we could see further design tweaks or even major changes before their general release this fall.

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