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Apple Daily: Offline Listening for Apple Music; Six-Digit Passcodes; 6,000 Apple Watch Apps

Now that the dust has settled in the wake of yesterday’s WWDC keynote address, many more little tidbits of information that Apple wasn’t able to cram into its lengthy presentation are making their way in the wild. In today’s Apple Daily, we discuss some of these, such as the ability to download music for offline listening through Apple Music or the option to enter a six-digit passcode. In addition, we pass along some news about the Apple Watch.

Apple Confirms Apple Music Will Support Offline Listening

One of the most appealing features of existing music streaming services is the ability to save your favorite music for offline listening, and in a statement to Re/code, Apple confirmed that Apple Music will allow this feature as well. In addition, it’s now listed as part of the features of the service on Apple’s own website.

“As an Apple Music member you can add anything from the Apple Music library — a song, an album or a video — to your collection,” Apple said in its statement. “And that’s just the warm-up act. From there you can create the perfect playlist from anything you’ve added. You can save it for offline listening and take it on the road.”

Spotify and Google Play Music already offer similar services. Spotify Premium only allows downloads for offline listening if you’re a subscriber, after which you have 30 days before you’ll need to connect to the Internet again. Google Play Music allows offline downloads for most of its music (particularly since a big feature of the service is its ability to “mirror” your existing library), but subscribing extends the feature to albums, playlists, and radio stations.

The details of how Apple’s service will work remain unknown, but it’s likely that it won’t deviate significantly from the models above.

 

iOS 9 Will Support Six-Digit Passcodes By Default

For those iOS users who want a little more security beyond four-digit passcodes and Touch ID, Apple is bringing a tiny dose of extra protection with iOS 9. When the Cupertino company’s next mobile operating system comes around, you’ll have the option to enter a six-digit passcode instead.

The news created a small bit of confusion this morning, when it was believed (based on Apple’s wording) that you’d only be able to use six-digit passwords beginning with iOS 9. It turns out, however, that six is only the default option; if you want to go back to the simpler four, you’re free to in Settings.

Granted, many people will probably still enter passcodes like “123456,” and thus the security involved is still partly up to the user. But Apple notes that six digits should make phones much harder to crack, as six digits allows for 1 million variations of the passcode instead of the 10,000 for four digits.

It’s also worth noting that Apple is implementing this measure in the face of widespread criticism from U.S. Government figures. Among the most notable is FBI Director James Comey, who argues that Apple’s focus on security makes it too hard to for the agency to catch criminals, terrorists, and similar unsavory folk.

 

Apple Watch Exceeds 6,000 Apps; eBay App Returns

Apple Music stole the show yesterday, but the Apple Watch wasn’t a slouch, either. the company announced a massive number of little tweaks and new features for the device, and hinted that the response from developers had been great. (Noticeably, Apple shied away from actual sales numbers.) And it’s really great, according to information from App Annie (via Cult of Mac). Based on their research, Apple’s scrappy little smartwatch boasts an impressive 6,352 apps and counting.

Not bad, considering the device only launched in April, although even then it had already amassed an impressive collection of around 3,000 apps. The news also reveals how far mobile apps have come in the last few years, as the iPhone launched with only 500 apps at launch.

On a similar note, today was also noteworthy for the reappearance of the official eBay app for Apple Watch, which was pulled shortly before the device’s launch despite extensive promotion from Apple. As noted in a report from TechCrunch, the dedicated app allows “both buyers and sellers to receive updates and alerts related to items they’re tracking on eBay’s marketplace.”

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