“iOS 8.4 beta 3 was released into the wild yesterday and it brings both interesting new features and raises the stakes in the Beats streaming music mystery,” Gordon Kelly writes for Forbes. “The former is relatively straightforward. We see tweaks to the radically overhauled Music app with new fonts, an enhanced offline music mode which clearly denotes which tracks are downloaded and which are stored online, plus an enhanced search option which scans your music and that of iTunes radio.”

Beats Music

“Perhaps the biggest talking point in iOS 8.4 beta 3 is the ongoing absence of any hint of a Beats-based streaming music service,” Kelly writes. “For a long time iOS 8.3 was rumoured to include the long awaited Spotify rival, but having drifted to iOS 8.4 it is surprising that no test features or even code have given away its existence. There is still time the Beats streaming service to be dropped in there (Apple typically tends to do four to five iOS betas before official release) or for it to arrive via a dedicated event, but the lack of any telltale signs at this stage is surprising.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s not going to tip their hand this time.