Apple’s long-awaited classical music app, which will offer features specific to the music genre, is expected to launch with iOS 16.3 next week.

Apple Music Classic, the company’s latest streaming service focused on the classic genre, is expected to debut next week with iOS 16.3. Although Apple didn’t meet its original target release date — it originally planned to launch Apple Music Classical by the end of 2022 — the service will be the latest in a series of January releases. Apple acquired Primephonic in 2021, a niche music streaming service dedicated to the classical genre. It took the streaming service offline soon after, but promised to launch its own dedicated classical music service. It’s been well over a year since the original announcement, and it looks like Apple Music Classical is finally coming.


In a press release, Apple revealed that iOS 16.3 would be released next week. The company showed off new wallpapers and watch faces in celebration of Black History Month, but said iPhone wallpapers wouldn’t be available until the iOS 16.3 update rolls out. This is one of the rare times it is known exactly when an iOS update will be available. Twitter user iSoftware Updates found hints that Apple Music Classical would debut by looking through the source code of the developer beta version of the iOS 16.3 release candidate (RC).

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Why Apple Music Classical will debut with iOS 16.3

Different app pages on Apple Music.

With iOS 16.3 RC, Apple has changed and added some strings in the Music app about the now renamed Apple Music Classical,” the iSoftwareUpdates account wrote in a tweet. “It was just Apple Classical until 16.3 beta 2.” The account also offered screenshots of iOS 16.3 RC code that showed a few places where Apple Music Classical appears.

Perhaps the most concrete evidence of the Apple Music Classical app’s anticipated debut yet is in the screenshots that show Apple has added code informing Apple Music users about the app. Prompts such as “Open in Apple Music Classical“and”Explore this album in the app designed for classical music” means the streaming service is nearing release. The code also shows shortcuts that can jump users from the regular Apple Music app to Apple Music Classical.

Although iOS 16.3 RC suggests that Apple Music Classical will debut next week, this logic is not foolproof. For example, after users found traces of Apple Card Savings in a beta version of iOS 16.1, leading many to believe that the feature would debut with iOS 16.1. The release came and went without a trace of Apple Card Savings, and the feature is still unavailable today.

Despite the uncertainty, the appearance of Apple Music Classic in the beta version of iOS 16.3 is strong evidence to suggest that the service will debut next week.

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Source: Apple, Twitter / iSoftwareUpdates

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