Apple Music Voice plan may accompany iOS 15.2; macOS 12.1 set to fix bugs affecting new MacBook Pro

Apple appears to be ready to start rolling out the Apple Music Voice plan alongside the release of iOS 15.2. The most affordable tier of Apple Music that will work exclusively through Siri was announced in October. The new version of iOS should also bring a section called “Parts and Service History” in the settings menu to detail whether the components installed on your iPhone are genuine. Separately, Apple has brought macOS Monterey 12.1 release candidate with fixes for MagSafe charging and HDR video playback for newer MacBook Pro models.

As tweeted by Federico Viticci, MacStories Editor, iOS 15.2 RC is available for developers and beta testers with release notes suggesting the arrival of the Apple Music Voice plan. Although the plan is not yet available for beta testers, it is expected to roll out after iOS 15.2 is released to the general public.

The new subscription will only allow users to access Apple Music using their voice. It will run on Siri and will be available to users for a monthly fee of Rs. 49.

When unveiling the Apple Music Voice tier, Apple said the plan would initially be limited to 17 countries worldwide, including India and the United States. The exact rollout schedule has yet to be announced.

Apple is also expected to improve the user experience on iOS 15.2 by bringing features such as the ability to set a legacy contact and blur naked photos for kids using the Messages app.

Other references from the release candidate suggest that the iOS 15.2 update should also enable third-party screen replacement on iPhone 13 models. ‘maintenance’ that you would see after going on Settings > General > About on your Apple device to see if the components available on your iPhone are genuine. In particular, it will only appear if your iPhone has been repaired.

Apple has yet to provide details on exactly when we might see iOS 15.2 arrive on our devices. However, since the RC version is already available, we can expect the regular version in the next few days.

Along with the iOS 15.2 release candidate, Apple has brought macOS Monterey 12.1 RC for Mac users. The update brings six major fixes for known issues, including one affecting MagSafe charging on the new 16-inch MacBook Pro.

The latest RC build also fixes an HDR video playback issue on that could impact users of MacBook Pro (2021) models, as noted in release notes shared by MacRumors. There’s also a fix for the bug that could prevent external displays from charging some MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models when connected via USB Type-C or Thunderbolt.

Newer MacBook Pro models with a display notch design have also received a fix for the issue where menu bar extras are obscured by the camera case. Additionally, the latest RC version fixes the issue where the trackpad on MacBook models became unresponsive to taps or clicks for some users. There is also a fix for the issue that caused the desktop and screensavers to appear blank after selecting photos from the photo library.

Just like iOS users, Mac machine users should also get Apple Music Voice Plan through macOS 12.1. It would also include support for SharePlay which would allow users to share content from services such as Apple TV and Apple Music directly through a FaceTime call. SharePlay is already available on iPhone via iOS 15.1.


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