Apple releases iOS 10.2.1, watchOS 3.1.3, tvOS 10.1.1, and macOS Sierra 10.12.3 with bug fixes and improvements

By Cody Lee on Jan 23, 2017

Apple on Monday released several updates for its various platforms. iOS 10.2.1 is out for iPhones and iPads, tvOS 10.1.1 for fourth-gen Apple TVs, watchOS 3.1.3 for Apple Watches, and macOS Sierra 10.12.3 for Macs. All of the updates can be installed via their respective OTA mechanisms, or you can grab the standalone packages from our Downloads page. Read More

 

Apple increases max tvOS app size from 200mb to 4GB

By Cody Lee on Jan 12, 2017

Apple on Thursday posted a note to its developer portal, informing third-party app-makers that it has increased the maximum size for tvOS apps from 200MB to 4GB. It says the change will allow apps to provide a more “complete, rich user experience upon installation.”

Previously, tvOS app downloads were capped at 200MB with the ability to download more resources after being installed. This resulted in faster installation times, but often caused users to have to wait for additional content to download before using the app or game. Read More

 

Pokémon Go is dead, long live Pokémon Go!

By Steffen Reich on Jan 10, 2017

There is no debate that a large contingent on the internet has been holding out for less Pokémon Go news in 2017, but it is equally clear that this sentiment will not be echoed by the people at Niantic. No matter the side of the fence you are on, the fact that Pokemon Go is hands down one of the most successful apps in the history of the App Store (breaking first-week download and revenue records) is a big deal, and the augmented reality laced game will continue to rake in millions of users and dollars in the year ahead. It’s not all rosy though, as the daily player count is continuously pointing south and engagement data crumbling.

As much as this is Niantic’s battle to fight, Apple too has a vested interest in the preservation of Pokemon Go’s winning streak and will want to benefit financially from the game throughout the current fiscal year. The question both business entities therefore are going to have to find answers to is what’s next for Pokémon Go strategically, and what is Apple’s role in facilitating Niantic’s continued success with the app? Not so much content wise but rather in terms of product strategy, I have sized up a few moves that Niantic, The Pokémon Company and Apple could have up their sleeves over the next 12 months.

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Infuse 5 gains collections, 3D Touch actions, video deinterlacing, searching on Apple TV & more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 22, 2016

Infuse 5 for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV [review] launched in the App Store a month ago with features like iCloud settings sync, Up Next, streaming from cloud-storage services, Split View and Picture in Picture multitasking support on iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and other compatible iPad models and much more.

aTV Flash Black developer Firecore, the brains behind this versatile media player app, has now released 5.1 update for Infuse with support for a new Collections feature, search and video deinterlacing on Apple TV, 3D Touch shortcuts on iOS Home screen and more. Read More

 

Releasing today: $20 Minecraft for Apple TV & big “Ender” update for iOS version

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2016

Highlighted at the “Hello again” Mac event in October, Minecraft for Apple TV is currently rolling out on the tvOS App Store. Developer Mojang also announced that Minecraft: Pocket Edition for iOS just received a big “Ender” update. Bringing the app’s version number to 1.0, the “Ender” update enables a bunch of cool features and perks.

Some of them include the ultimate boss battle, Ender Dragon, new locations like The End, additional items such as the Dragon’s Breath potion and this year’s Festive Mash-Up Pack with all kinds of holiday themed looks. Read More

 

Apple TV’s gorgeous Aerial screen saver gains 21 new videos, watch them all right here

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 16, 2016

tvOS packs in Apple’s attractive new Aerial screen saver which plays eye-candy high-definition drone footage of various landmarks and places from around the globe in gorgeous slow motion. Apple has now added 21 new videos to the Aerial screen saver, as first discovered by our own Jim Gresham.

The latest arrivals include birds-eye imagery from Dubai, Greenland, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and United Arab Emirates. Plus, there are now three new videos of Chinese landmarks for a total of 21 new drone clips. Read More

 

You can now play Lara Croft GO, Hitman GO and Deus Ex GO on your Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 15, 2016

Good news for those of you who still play Asphalt 8 on your big screen TV just because it’s one of the best-looking titles available on the fourth-generation Apple TV: developer Square Enix just updated its award-winning GO titles—Lara Croft GO, Hitman GO and Deus Ex GO—with tvOS compatibility.

Already bought these games on iPhone and iPad? Get them on Apple TV at no additional charge via tvOS App Store’s Not on This Apple TV section! Read More

 

Apple seeds first beta of iOS 10.2.1, macOS Sierra 10.12.3 and tvOS 10.1.1 to developers

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 14, 2016

Following yesterday’s public releases of iOS 10.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.2, watchOS 3.1.1 and tvOS 10.1, Apple on Thursday seeded to its registered developers first betas of what would become minor software updates in the form of iOS 10.2.1 beta 1 (build 14D10), macOS Sierra 10.12.3 beta 1 (build 16D12b) and tvOS 10.1.1 beta 1 (build 14U707). These betas are available via Apple’s portal for developers and can be installed over the air on devices with an appropriate configuration profile installed. Read More

 

Apple TV universal search expands to Apple Music and nine other apps

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 14, 2016

Following last week’s additions of AMC and The Hallmark Channel to the list of apps which work with tvOS’s universal search, as many as ten additional apps have now gained support for this feature, including Apple Music. Apple’s list of universal search providers was updated at pos time to reflect this. With universal search, 4th generation Apple TV owners can use their voice to search movies and TV shows across all supported apps. Read More

 

Amazon’s shopping app is now available for Apple TV with purchasing support for Prime members

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 13, 2016

Online retail giant Amazon today rolled out a tvOS version of its existing shopping app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple Watch.

With Amazon App for Apple TV, you can browse Amazon’s entire product catalog on a big screen TV from the comfort of your couch using Siri Remote and your fourth-generation Apple TV.

The app lets you get product details and watch videos for products that are available on Amazon.com and from other merchants. And if you’re a Prime member ($99 per year), you’ll even be able to make purchases on your Apple TV. Read More

 

How to change the behavior of the Home button on your Apple TV remote

By Sébastien Page on Dec 13, 2016

Starting with the release of tvOS 10.1 and the launch of the new TV app for Apple TV, the behavior of the Home button (the one looking like a TV icon) has changed. Prior to this update, pressing the Home button would take you back to the main Home screen. But after the tvOS 10.1 update, pressing the Home button takes you to the new TV app.

This can bring some confusion or downright frustration, especially if you’re not planning on using the new TV app. Fortunately, as someone pointed out to me, there is an easy way to remap the Home button so it takes you to the main screen again instead of launching the TV app. Read More

 

tvOS 10.1 with new TV app and Single Sign-On launches on fourth-generation Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 12, 2016

Alongside releasing the feature-packed iOS 10.2 software update for iPhone and iPad and watchOS 3.1.1 for Apple Watch owners, Apple also this morning launched tvOS 10.1, the first major update to the operating system powering the fourth-generation Apple TV following tvOS 10.0’s debut in September.

tvOS 10.1 (build number 14U593) is not as feature-packed as iOS 10.2. It contains bug fixes, performance improvements, Apple’s new channel-guide app and support for the new Single Sign-On feature, among other items. Read More

 

21 pay TV apps and 10 providers now support Apple’s new Single Sign-On feature

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2016

Single Sign-On, Apple’s new feature that permits compatible video-streaming apps to unlock additional content by using your saved cable credentials, became officially available yesterday. Just a day after launch, apps from ABC and Disney have now gained support for Single Sign-On on the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, as well as Freeform, FXNOW and a few other apps, The Verge reported Thursday. Read More

 

Single Sign-On now available on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

By Cody Lee on Dec 6, 2016

The much talked-about feature called Single Sign-On now appears to be live and available to the public. You can access it by navigating to Settings > TV Provider on iPhone and Settings > Accounts > TV Provider > Sign In on Apple TV.

While you should see the new feature, not everyone will be able to take advantage of it at this time. Support is currently limited to 8 providers: CenturyLink Prism, DirecTV, Dish, GTA, Hotwire, Hawaiian Telecom, MetroCast, and Sling TV.

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Four new video providers join Single Sign-On ahead of iOS 10.2 release

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

Single Sign-On, a feature that allows supported video apps to use your saved cable credentials, is launching some time next week alongside iOS 10.2 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and tvOS 10.1 for the fourth-generation Apple TV. Ahead of these software updates, an additional four providers have pledged to support Single Sign-On at launch. Read More

 

Apple seeds tvOS 10.1 beta 5 to developers

By Cody Lee on Dec 6, 2016

Apple on Tuesday seeded the fifth beta of tvOS 10.1 to developers, and it’s available as an OTA download on Apple TVs with the appropriate configuration profile. The release comes just a week after beta 4, with only a slightly updated build number (14U593), suggesting that the software may be close to ready for public release.  Read More

 

AMC and The Hallmark Channel added to Apple TV universal search

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 6, 2016

As first reported by MacRumors, Apple on Tuesday added AMC and The Hallmark Channel to its growing list of video apps supporting tvOS’s universal search function, which lets owners of the fourth-generation Apple TV in the U.S. use Siri voice search to find TV shows and movies across participating channels.

Other video apps have gained support for tvOS’s universal search feature this fall, including Australian streaming service Stan, popular Spanish network Telemundo Now, The CW, Viacom-owned Comedy Central, and music networks MTV and VH1. Read More

 

10 great gift ideas for Apple TV users

By Cody Lee on Dec 5, 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of iDB’s ongoing Gift Ideas series, where we provide curated roundups of some of our favorite products. Throughout the year we cover and test a number of devices and accessories, so we decided to use that experience to help those searching for the perfect present. Today’s roundup is focused on Apple TV users. Read More

 

Remember Tiny Wings? You can now play it on your Apple TV!

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2016

Tiny Wings, an addictive iPhone game with simple gameplay and subtle charm, is now available on the fourth-generation Apple TV more than five years since its App Store debut in February 2011. Developer Andreas Illiger released the Apple TV game as a new $2.99 app, called Tiny Wings TV.

Like its iOS counterpart, Tiny Wings TV has you playing as a cute little bird with aerial navigation issues. You must escape the darkness of night, but the hills in your way hinder your speed so you must have good reflexes and a good sense of timing. Read More

 

Apple pushes tvOS 10.1 beta 4 for developer testing

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

Two weeks after tvOS 10.1 beta 3, more than three weeks following beta 2 and more than a month since beta 1, Apple on Wednesday seeded a fourth beta of an upcoming tvOS 10.1 update to developers enrolled in the Apple Developer Program.

tvOS 10.1 beta 4 (build 14U588) is available as an over-the-air download on Apple TVs with a prior beta and an appropriate configuration profile installed. Read More

 
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