Items tagged with AppleTV

Apple’s WWDC is just around the corner, and reports indicate that fresh new goodies in store include a new version of Mac OS X (10.10), iOS 8, and new features for Apple TV. According to 9to5 Mac, OS X 10.10 is a complete redesign with a new look not dissimilar to some of iOS 7’s aesthetic features, perhaps in an effort to keep the Apple product experience more uniform across multiple devices. Unnamed hardware updates will be coming to support the new OS X 10.10, and Apple will ship it all this autumn. iOS 8 promises many new features, but the release may have to be split into iOS 8... Read more...
Perhaps you’ve heard this before, but Amazon is rumored to be launching its own set top box in a bid to gobble up more TV content and streaming market share. The purported Amazon box would be designed to compete with the likes of Roku and Apple TV by allowing users to stream content with a unit that’s not tied to a cable or satellite pay-TV provider. Of course, Amazon’s box would surely be tied in some way to its own Amazon Prime Instant Video service. Amazon Prime has a growing catalog of titles, and it’s heavily investing in a new crop of original programming. The device... Read more...
Friday was the day that Apple made a software update (version 6.0) available to its Apple TV customers, but over the weekend users reported that installing the update was causing a host of problems, from networking issues to actually bricking Apple TVs. In response, it appears that Apple has pulled the update, but the company has otherwise not made an official statement on the situation. Apple forums are awash in complaints of failed updates, disappearing movie rentals after the update, bricked Apple TVs, and connectivity issues. There are some tips for workarounds, but they don’t appear... Read more...
Although it went unmentioned in yesterday’s Apple hoopla, there’s reportedly an Apple TV software update coming from Cupertino, and it will land the same day as iOS 7, on September 18th. Of all of Apple’s products, Apple TV probably gets the least attention, but according to AllThingsD, this update will bring with it some choice features, in particular a new trick for AirPlay that will allow users of Apple TV to play content they’ve purchased via iTunes on someone else’s Apple TV. However, it’s likely that more Apple TV changes are coming; for one thing, the... Read more...
Speaking of competition on the streaming entertainment front, Apple is close to securing a deal with Time Warner Cable that would bring the latter’s channels to the Apple TV, reports Bloomberg. This jibes with rumors from nearly a year ago that Apple was capitulating to pay-TV providers by looking at deals to offer their content through Apple TV rather than trying to build a robust portfolio of content from other sources to compete against them. Apple TV The report also stated that Apple was snagging Pete Distad, formerly of Hulu, ostensibly to help negotiate more content provider deals such... Read more...
Google is looking to disrupt yet another market by developing an Android-based game console. Citing “people familiar with the matter”, the Wall Street Journal said that this might be a tactical move by Google--an effort to get the jump on Apple, which may also be planning to build some sort of game console with its next Apple TV update. What such a console from Google might look like is anyone’s guess, but the most obvious comparison would be the OUYA console, which runs on Android and has been met with a groundswell of support since it became a Kickstarter darling last summer.... Read more...
These days, it's getting easier and easier to sniff out surprises from Apple ahead of time. Despite Tim Cook's promise to "double down on secrecy," the company's insane growth has made it nigh impossible to prevent as many leaks as it did just years ago. But here's something that Apple can control: when the FCC discloses what Apple has ushered through there. Generally, Apple products pop up in the FCC's database just hours after launching on a stage somewhere in California. It has become just about like clockwork. But this week, something strange happened: a new Apple product was showcased in the... Read more...
Fueled in part by revelations in Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography that Jobs had finally figured out how the TV market, rumors of the long-awaited Apple TV have swirled often. According to China Business News’ confidential sources, the devices are coming soon; Apple TVs will be rolling off of assembly lines at Foxconn, as the company has reportedly received orders for a trial production run. Although there are smart TVs here and there, access to plenty of Internet-connected content, and promising software such as Google TV in development, the industry is ripe for a TV that serves... Read more...
If you’re tired of catching word about a new Apple TV, getting your dander up about it, and then realizing it’s only a new version of that black hockey puck-looking device Apple sells instead of an actual Apple-branded TV set, there may be respite coming to you soon. According to a report from Apple Insider, an actual Apple TV set may be headed for production as early as May, with a release date late this year (read: in time for Christmas). Citing Jefferies analyst Peter Misek as a source, the article notes that specialized components including “polarized films, filters, and IGZO... Read more...
Not content simply to launch a new iPad today, Apple announced various other new, slightly less exciting but certainly noteworthy items, as well. First off, Siri now speaks more languages; with iOS 5.1, she now supports English, French, German, and Japanese. The upgrade is available stateside today and will roll out to Japan in the coming weeks. Apple TV has a simpler, icon- based interface and now includes support for 1080p HD content from all your favorite sources, including iTunes, Netflix, and Vimeo. With iCloud as a hub and with AirPlay integration, it’s easy to acquire and stream content... Read more...
Apple's diminutive A4 processor has been the subject of much debate and interest since it debuted earlier this year. Now, multiple analysts and industry pundits are quietly hinting that we might see the chip in servers, set-top boxes, or other content servers. Much of this last is presumably drawn from the CPU's inclusion in the next-generation AppleTV, where a combined A4+PowerVR SGX535 allow for 720p output. In some ways, this is a very timely rumor—when we attended the GlobalFoundries Tech Conference (GTC 2010) last week we talked with ARM reprensentatives about the future performance... Read more...