Apple levels up streaming with Lossless Audio, Spatial Audio

Coming in the next iOS update!



Everyone loves music, from classical to modern hip-hop, we have different preferences of the music we love. Now, Apple wants to rock your world with a new addition to the Apple Music streaming service — Lossless Audio and Spatial Audio.

Spatial Audio

Any user with AirPods or Beats headphones equipped with the H1 or W1 chip will be able to experience the immersive sound produced by audio engineers. The progression to produce Dolby Atmos tracks only on Apple Music is on the move.

By the launch date, thousands of Dolby Atmos tracks will be available, with Apple slowly adding new tracks over the next few months. To differentiate the albums that are available in Dolby Atmos, a small badge will be provided for easier discovery. You can enjoy the songs from different genres in the likes of classical, Latin and pop just to name a few.

Apple-Dolby initiative

Apple and Dolby are taking charge by doubling Dolby-enabled studios in the massive market of the music industry. They now provide educational programs for improving one’s skills, and resources for independent artists, ensuring equal opportunity. This is a huge step for Apple as they are not only improving their streaming services, this also helps other labels and studios create better quality music.

Lossless audio

The goal is to preserve the original audio file of the music you listen to. This is made possible by Apple’s new ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec). Subscribers will be able to share the identical audio experience with their favorite performers.

With the release of iOS 14.6 next month, users will be able to modify the quality of  music using the settings menu. After the update, subscribers will then see a new audio quality section available. To locate, go to settings > music > audio quality. Finally, you can select the audio qualities that you desire.

The various audio qualities offered starts with CD quality, and the options are 16bit at 44.1kHz (kilohertz), and 24bit at 48kHz — this is exclusive to Apple devices. Additionally, if you really love music, there is another quality you can select and that is the Hi-Resolution Lossless which is 24bit at 192kHz.1. You can choose different resolutions for your connections such as cellular, Wi-Fi or download.

Lossless audio will be readily available to 75 million songs in the Apple Music app on launch day.


Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio will be available simultaneously with the iOS 14.6 update by June 2021 with no additional cost.

If you are not yet subscribed to Apple Music, check out their website as they offer a free trial. In fact, you can also access apple music through various devices including android and samsung tv!

Why only take one when you can take four! With Apple One, you can have premium access to Apple Music and various apps including iCloud. Available for individual and family packages.





Going cashless? GCash now accepted in Europe

United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy



Thinking of going cashless on you next trip to Europe? GCash can offer just that, as the mobile wallet app is now accepted in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy.

The cross-border payment service is part of the e-wallet’s strengthened partnership with Alipay+, offering users a seamless and secure payment experience without the need for money changers and carrying to much actual cash on your pockets.

Among the popular merchants that will be accepting GCash from now on are:

  • Harrods
  • Liberty London
  • Harvey Nichols
  • Printemps
  • Müller
  • dm-drogerie markt
  • itTaxi
  • IVS Group

To pay using GCash at these establishments, travelers will simply have to look for the Alipay+ logo at the checkout.

Open the GCash app, select the QR or PayQR button, scan the merchant’s QR code, or tap “Pay Abroad with Alipay+” to have a generated QR.

Finally, check the amount, and tap Pay to see the receipt.

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Instagram is building an AI chatbot

Follows TikTok in doing so



Do you need an AI chatbot to hold a conversation? Instagram seems to think so. As the world rapidly experiments with developments in AI technology, the platform is reportedly working on a chatbot for its users.

According to Alessandro Paluzzi, a reverse engineer who usually digs up future plans for popular apps, Instagram is working on the AI chatbot feature for a future iteration of the app. Much like other chatbots out in the market today, Instagram’s unnamed bot will enable users to interact with it in casually flowing conversation.

The screenshots obtained by the engineer read that it “answers questions, gives advice.” Additionally, it helps users “find the best way to express [themselves] … [through] writing messages.” From a usability standpoint, the feature can help users craft replies to direct messages. They can also bring the bot into human-to-human conversations by mentioning the bot in the conversation.

To add to the quirkiness, Instagram will supposedly add 30 different personalities to the chatbot. Users can pick and choose which one they like the best. The sneak peek does not reveal any personalities included in the feature. (We’re hoping for a snarky one that judges and critiques posts.)

The feature has no timetable as to its release. However, since TikTok already released its own chatbot for testing, it should stand that Instagram’s feature will come out soon.

SEE ALSO: Instagram is creating a Twitter competitor

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Study: App Store generated $1.1 trillion in 2022

Developers benefitting more



Apple announced that the App Store ecosystem generated US$ 1.1 trillion in developer billings and sales for the year 2022, as per a study from economists at Analysis Group.

More than 90 percent of these billings and sales were accrued solely to developers, without any commission paid to Apple.

According to economists from Analysis Group, developers generated:

  • US$ 910 million from the sale of physical goods and services
  • US$ 109 billion from in-app advertising
  • US$ 104 million from digital goods and services

The Analysis Group’s study also mentioned that among the key drivers behind the App Store ecosystem’s growth are a rebounding demand for sectors like travel and ride-hailing, as well as advertising spend in social media and retail apps.

Moreover, developer billings and sales increased by 29% between 2021 and 2022, and 27% percent between both 2020 and 2021 and 2020 and 2019.

In particular, small developers found great success in the App Store, growing their revenue by 71% between 2020 and 2022.

The Apple Store’s engine of commerce includes Apple providing developers around the world a global distribution platform which supports:

  • 195 local payment methods
  • 44 currencies
  • 175 storefronts

Strong growth across app categories

According to a new study from the Analysis Group’s economists titled “The Continued Growth and Resilience of Apple’s App Store Ecosystem,” sales from travel and ride-hailing made on iOS apps increased by 84% and 45%, respectively.

iOS app-based food delivery and pickup sales more than doubled too, while groceries more than tripled.

App Store turns 15

The encouraging numbers from the study coincide with the App Store’s 15th anniversary.

Overall, here are some interesting facts about the App Store’s 15-year existence:

  • iOS developers have earned more than US$ 320 billion on the App Store (from 2008 to 2022)
  • iOS users have downloaded app more than 370 billion times (from 2008 to 2022)
  • The App Store has nearly 1.8 million apps to choose from, more than 123 times as many available during 2008

The App Store also remains a safe and trusted marketplace, thanks to its rigorous App Review process and privacy and security protections.

In 2022 alone, the App Store blocked more than US$ 2 billion in fraudulent transactions and rejected 1.7 million app submissions for failing to meet privacy, security, and quality standards. 

Recent innovations like App Tracking Transparency and Privacy Nutrition Labels also empower users on how to operate

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