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Apple Music to add animated album covers with iOS 14.3

The update is available with the new beta — but coming to everyone else soon

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Apple is getting iOS 14.3 ready for release, but one feature that will roll out is already being enjoyed by those beta testing the new system — animated album covers. While iOS 13 brought animated playlists into Apple Music with the update to iOS 14, the upcoming iOS 14.3 will be able to animate individual album covers — specifically, though, for those artists who choose to add this feature to their artwork, reports 9to5Mac.

This feature, adding animation to static images, is something Apple has played with in other apps of its own as well. For example, for those familiar with Apple News+, Apple's aggregated news service, they can find animated magazine covers for some titles. That feature was also touted when Apple unveiled the new app in 2019. Then the service launched showing off an animated cover for "National Geographic" magazine. But nearly two years out, few magazine make use of the feature.

Those beta testing iOS 14.3 have seen a few options for animated album covers including one for Pearl Jam and another for Future Utopia, according to one user on Twitter as below. Another for Pearl Jam's album "Gigaton," which features waterfalls cascading over a cliff, actually shows the water falling through the new animation.

The animated album covers are also expected to be visible on computers running macOS Big Sur 11.1, which is also in beta, and iPadOS 13.4, in beta too.

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