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Digging into software code doesn't carry the same excitement and dangers Nicholas Cage faces in his National Treasure movies, but it does lead to cool discoveries nonetheless. And if you dive into the code for the latest beta release of Apple's forthcoming OS X El Capitan operating system, you'll uncover references to a couple of new products.The first is a new 4K version of the 21.5-inch iMac. Apple's current generation 21.5-inch iMac sports an LED-backlit Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) display with Intel HD Graphics 5000, Intel Iris Pro Graphics, or an NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M GPU with 1GB of GDDR5... Read more...
For years it seemed that every discussion on Apple's new product lines and innovation required mention of an eventual Apple iTV (this writer's moniker for such a device, and not to be confused with that amorphous not-a-TV Cupertino-created product with 'TV' in its name, Apple TV). The company had stylishly cracked digital music delivery, sold tens of millions of pretty mobile phones before finally working out how to offer reliable basic phone function via the device, and opened up the tablet market while managing to leech any retail stigma of the word 'pad' along the way. What lucrative consumer... Read more...
Here’s something you don’t see too often: Apple is redesigning one of its devices to be bigger. The same company that is famously obsessed with slimming down its smartphones, tablets and laptops is planning an update to the Apple TV remote that will make it slightly thicker and add a touchpad. Apple’s new remote, which hasn’t been confirmed by company, isn’t expected to add much in the way of complexity. The remote will have two buttons (instead of the three it has now) and a touchpad. You’ll use the touchpad for navigating the Apple TV’s interface, likely by swiping. So, although the updated remote... Read more...
If you’ve been itchin’ to get your HBO fix without having to first subscribe to an expensive cable or satellite TV package, today is your day of celebration. Well, that is if you own an Apple device. HBO Now, which was officially announced last month, is now available on Apple TV and via iOS devices like the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. All you have to do is pay $14.99 per month and you gain full access to all of HBO’s current programming as well as its extensive back catalog of movies and TV shows with on-demand access. HBO is even offering customers who sign up in April a free 30-day free trial... Read more...
Last month, we were made aware of a number of new features that will make it into the next generation Apple TV. The media streamer is tipped to feature an Apple A8 processor, “well beyond” 8GB of internal storage, support for Siri, and its own App Store that will deliver big-screen accommodating applications and games. Today, we’re learning from BuzzFeed one feature that will not be coming to the Apple TV: 4K video support. 4K support is just now coming online with streaming services like YouTube, Amazon Instant Video, and Netflix; and according to BuzzFeed’s sources, "4K is great, but it's still... Read more...
Apple recently slashed the price of its Apple TV media streamer for $99 to $69 earlier this month. The price cut was a long time coming, as Apple’s “premier” media streamer hasn’t seen a significant update in years (the current generation was introduced way back in March 2012) and there are other more functional streamers (namely the Amazon Fire TV and the Roku 3) available to consumers. About the only thing that Apple TV offers over the competition currently is tight integration with the Apple ecosystem and exclusive (for a limited time) HBO Now support. Today, we’re hearing word that some new... Read more...
Apple has announced that it is reducing the price of the Apple TV from $99 to $69, likely in an effort to help the wireless media streamer gain a bit more traction against more full-featured alternatives like Amazon Fire TV and the Roku 3 (not to mention cheaper streaming sticks like the Fire TV Stick, the Roku Streaming Stick and Google Chromecast). But what may be the biggest boon for the platform is the announcement that HBO Now will be a launch-exclusive for Apple. The streaming service will give you access to all HBO programing — past and present — including blockbusters titles like The... Read more...
As new players enter the streaming media category, some in the “old guard” are finding it hard to retain their once lofty market share numbers according to Parks Associates. The market research firm’s latest analysis shows that Roku remains the number one hardware vendor when it comes to streaming devices despite tumbling from a 46 percent share in 2013 to 29 percent in 2014. Since last year, Roku has seen a few newcomers enter the fray including Google with the $35 Chromecast and Amazon with the $99 Fire TV. Amazon also started shipping the $39 Fire TV Stick to customers late last month, but we’re... Read more...
August may seem like the wrong time to be talking about a Christmas holiday-themed commercial, but the Television Academy doesn’t think so. The Academy announced the winners of the 2014 Creative Arts Emmys, which recognizes the efforts of the people who work behind the scenes to make your favorite TV shows and commercials come to life. That’s where Apple comes in, taking the Outstanding Commercial award for its “Misunderstood” ad, which aired during the holidays last year. Apple TV and AirPlay let you put the video that's playing on your iOS device onto your TV. The commercial... Read more...
There's no indication that Apple is yet ready to make the plunge into branded television territory, though the Cupertino outfit is reportedly working on another Apple TV device, which is said to be far along in the testing phase. It will be another set-top box of sorts with an overhauled operating system based on iOS and some other snazzy upgrades. Citing unidentified sources, 9to5Mac says Apple is experimenting with motion control input similar to Microsoft's Kinect, though it's not clear if that feature will end up on the next Apple TV. However, there are reports that Apple will throw gaming... Read more...
There's nothing like a little competition to help spur price drops, even reluctant ones, as is often the case with Apple. For example, Google recently unveiled its Chromecast device, a $35 gadget that plugs into your HDTV's HDMI port and streams movies, TV shows, music, and more from services like Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, and Chrome. It's cheap, easy to use, and compatible with a bunch of existing devices, including iPhones and iPads. Chromecast is one of the least expensive streaming devices around, and the only logical thing for Apple to do in the wake of its launch is to reduce the price... Read more...
Apple's $99 streaming box just got a little bit better today. Effectively immediately, HBO GO and WatchESPN are both available directly on Apple TV, a duo that will appeal to movie buffs and sports fans alike. As for the former, HBO subscribers can now enjoy unlimited access to shows like True Blood and Game of Thrones, as well as hit movies, sports, documentaries, comedy specials, and more. "HBO GO and WatchESPN are some of the most popular iOS apps and are sure to be huge hits on Apple TV," said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "We continue to offer... Read more...
Hulu is giddy about a redesigned Apple TV app it just released, and Apple TV users should be just as excited. After all, it's been about a long time since Hulu touched the app, and this latest update purportedly offers an entirely new experience built "from the ground up" with an emphasis on making it easier to find favorite TV episodes and discover new shows. "When redesigning the experience, we looked for ways to grant you instant access to exactly what you want to watch. Once you decide on the show you want to watch, simply press the 'Play' button and the latest episode of the series will automatically... Read more...
Apple released iOS 6.1 today, bringing LTE support for more carriers to iPhones and iPads. The update also provides some bug fixes and adds functionality for Siri, giving you the ability to make purchases by voice command on Fandango. Another change means you can download individual songs from iCloud with your iTunes Match subscription. And another change adds reset functionality for the advertising identifier. For a .1 update, this patch sure packs in its share of features. Until now, only a select few carriers were supported for LTE connectivity. Now, dozens more can provide LTE connections.... Read more...
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