A strange bug observed on iOS leads to the forced appearance of the Apple Music icon in the dock of the affected iPhones, immediately after downloading the Apple music application. Normally, the latter is supposed to appear on the home screen of the device and then be moved elsewhere if the user wishes. In this case, the application installs itself in the Dock, even if it means dislodging another application on the way if the four slots are already occupied.
This bug also leads some users to automatically designate Apple Music as the default music streaming platform for Siri requests… even if Spotify had, for example, been previously configured, notes TechCrunch. It’s unclear at this point how widespread this bizarre Apple Music behavior is. Contacted by TechCrunch, Apple said it was aware of the bug and was trying to understand it. A patch should therefore be released soon to correct it.
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Apple probably doesn’t have much to do with it.
The case has anyway given grain to grind to Tim Sweeney. The Epic Games boss, in a lawsuit with Apple over Fortnite’s in-app payments, shared this week a tweet about this bug. Taking up a similar testimony dated 2019, the person concerned explains that he observed the same abnormal behavior of Apple Music on iOS 15.4.1. According to him, Apple would have voluntarily made changes to the operating system of its iPhones to push forward its own streaming music platform… and force its appearance in the Dock. A partisan tweet. If Apple is indeed known for promoting its services as much as possible, the firm encourages their use in a more subtle way.
Seems like if you download the Apple Music app from App Store, it will automatically appear on your device (iPhone) dock, more than this, it will change any other 3d party app with the Music app. If on your dock, you only have Apple apps it won’t do anything. pic.twitter.com/c0pkO9G2pq
— Kevin Archer (@IM_Kevin_Archer) May 5, 2022
If we don’t know the origin of the problem, it would be surprising if it was actually an automatic Apple Music highlighting system, designed and implemented by Apple for iOS. As TechCrunch points out, Apple Music also replaces all kinds of applications in the Dock, without discrimination: whether they come from third-party publishers or directly from Apple. For example, some users have noticed that the Apple Music icon has taken the place of Safari at the bottom of the screen. It is difficult to see what concrete advantage Apple could really derive from such an intrusive feature. As it stands, and with all due respect to Tim Sweeney, the track of the bug is therefore clearly to be preferred.