Blind Apple engineer describes advancing Accessibility features for the blind

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2016

Mashable yesterday ran an interesting profile on 22-year-old Jordyn Castor, an Apple engineer who works on the company’s Accessibility team. Aside from other tidbits, the story reveals that Apple employs Accessibility engineers who themselves are users of those features as Castor has been blind since birth. Read More


tvOS 10 beta 2 now available for developer testing

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 5, 2016

In addition to releasing a second beta of iOS 10 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Apple today issued a second beta of the tvOS 10 operating system powering the fourth-generation Apple TV. tvOS 10 beta 2 (build number “14T5284d”) is available on the fourth-generation Apple TVs that run a prior beta as an over-the-air download in Settings → System → Software Updates → Update Software. Read More


tvOS 10 preview: all-new Remote app with Siri voice control, tilt gaming & more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 3, 2016

A software replacement for the physical remote that came in the box with your fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple’s entirely overhauled Remote application provides you with the full range of Siri Remote features complete with touch navigation, tilt-based control in games and voice input via Siri.

And in making tedious text entry on tvOS even easier than before, the new app lets you summon the keyboard right from the Lock screen of your iPhone by pressing a notification that automatically gets pushed every time you select a text field on the Apple TV. Read More


BitTorrent’s new media-streaming app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV is arriving soon

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2016

BitTorrent yesterday announced it’ll be releasing a brand new application in the near future. Called Now, the software will let users stream videos and music from independent artists and studios to their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV. Read More


Deal: Alto’s Adventure goes 75 percent off in summer sale

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

There’s no need to despair in case you missed developer Snowman’s two-day sale on Alto’s Adventure last month, which discounted this award-winning endless snowboarding title by a cool 66 percent, because another Alto’s Adventure sale has just gone into effect. Read More


tvOS 10 tidbit: download prompt for companion apps for your Bluetooth accessories

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 22, 2016

In addition to helping you manage your HomeKit accessories remotely through the fourth-generation Apple TV, tvOS 10 beta also packs in expanded support for a wider variety of Bluetooth accessories. It’s interesting that after connecting an accessory to the Apple TV, tvOS 10 puts up a prompt offering a user to download a companion App Store app.

The same hardware accessories download prompt first appeared on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch following the iOS 3 software update back in September 2009, but this is the first time we’ve seen it implemented on tvOS. Read More


Apple TV’s universal search expands to nine new video channels

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 21, 2016

After adding support for video content from Bravo, E!, Syfy and USA channels ten days ago, tvOS’s universal search feature was refreshed earlier today with official support for nine additional channels. The full up-to-date list of universal search providers can be found in Apple’s support document. Read More


Apple TV games are no longer required to support Siri Remote

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 14, 2016

Apple has dropped the requirement for tvOS games to use the Siri Remote, according to a refreshed version of the official Game Controller Programming Guide. With this change in place, games for the fourth-generation Apple TV are now permitted to require a ‘Made for iOS’ (MFi) controller without needing to also support the Siri Remote. Read More


tvOS 10 releasing this fall

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 13, 2016

Today is a big day for Apple fans from around the world as the Cupertino firm telegraphed some interesting changes coming to its software platforms, among them tvOS, the operating system that powers the fourth-generation Apple TV. tvOS 10 is available now as a developer-only preview and everyone else will be permitted to install it on their set-top box this coming fall, said Apple. Read More


tvOS 10 announced with dark mode, Single Sign-On, universal search improvements and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 13, 2016

In addition to iOS 10 and watch OS 3, Apple also unveiled tvOS 10 with an all-new Remote app during the WWDC 2016 keynote at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Here are some of the things you’re going to like in tvOS 10. Read More


Apple announces new Remote app with Siri, game controller and more

By Cody Lee on Jun 13, 2016

You wanted a new Remote app for iOS? You got it. At its WWDC keynote today, Apple introduced a completely rebuilt app for controlling your Apple TV. It has essentially the same features as the physical Siri remote that comes with the fourth generation ATV. Read More


Apple TV universal search adds support for content from Bravo, E!, Syfy and USA channels

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 10, 2016

Two weeks after NBCUniversal’s Bravo, Syfy and E! apps launched on the fourth-generation Apple TV, content from these channels is now available through the device’s universal search feature.

In addition, the Apple TV now also surfaces videos from the USA channel when using tvOS’s text or Siri voice search, said MacRumors. Read More


How to control Apple TV from your iPhone’s Lock screen with CiderTV widget

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 9, 2016

CiderTV, a software-based alternative for your Apple TV Remote, includes a built-in keyboard and has the ability to control linked Smart TV volume. As of recently, the app comes with a handy widget that makes it possible to control most of the functions of your Apple TV right from the Notification Center. It will save you a lot of time, here’s how to get started with CiderTV and set up the widget. Read More


Get ready for WWDC 2016 with official Apple TV app

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 3, 2016

Just ahead of WWDC 2016, which kicks of with a keynote presentation on Monday, June 13, at 10am, Apple issues a timely refresh to its official WWDC app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

The refreshed app has an all-new dark interface and now runs on the fourth-generation Apple TV so you can watch WWDC action from the comfort of your couch. Read More


Yahoo Sports, now playing on your Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 3, 2016

Yahoo on Friday launched its Sports app for the fourth-generation Apple TV, bringing its highly popular sports property to the big screen, for free. A bonus for those who’ve cut the cord, Yahoo Sports for Apple TV brings a highly personalized experience to viewers, including news, highlights and live games. Read More


App Stores and other iCloud services are currently down for some people

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2016

If you needed another proof that Apple is not very good at online services, here’s one: the App Store, the Mac App Store and various other online services are currently down, according to a notice on Apple’s System Status webpage.

Other iCloud services were affected at the time of this writing and have been inaccessible to an unknown portion of Apple’s user base, including the Apple TV, iTunes in the Cloud and Volume Purchase Program.

UPDATE: The outage is more widespread than originally thought, with iCloud Drive, iCloud Backup, Mail Drop, iWork for iCloud, Photos, iCloud Web Apps and iCloud Storage Upgrades all having been affected as well. Read More


Relax with Alto’s Adventure’s new Zen Mode

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2016

Alto’s Adventure from developer Snowman, the popular endless snowboarding odyssey set in the tranquil wilderness, was updated this morning on the App Store with all-new Zen and Photo modes and other perks.

Zen Mode, a new way to enjoy the game, is a dedicated experience that helps you unwind “for all those times when catching llamas and chasing high scores isn’t high on the agenda”. Read More


How to install ROMs on Apple TV via iPhone [jailbreak]

By Andrew O'Hara on May 31, 2016

Getting ROMs to your Apple TV can be a time consuming experience. It also can be a hassle as you historically needed a computer to complete the task. Thanks to a helpful tipster, Twitter user @otishuff, we are going to show you how to quickly and easily load ROMs to your Apple TV with just an iPhone, and a free Dropbox account. Read More


tvOS App Store charts now automatically hide any installed apps on your Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on May 31, 2016

Apple seems to be making some changes to the tvOS App Store on the new Apple TV, with reports coming in that the store’s various charts now automatically hide any apps a user has installed on their device. This behavior is now consistent in the Top Paid, Top Free and Top Grossing charts.

As a result, no longer will everyone see the same entires as the “Top” apps have now effectively become the “Top apps that you haven’t installed yet,” as first discovered by Apple developer Equinux. Read More


Apple’s Amazon Echo rival could detect users via built-in camera and facial recognition

By Christian Zibreg on May 27, 2016

Apple’s rumored Amazon Echo rival, which we learned yesterday could actually be an upgraded Apple TV, will have a built-in camera and use facial recognition to detect users as they enter the room, said the people briefed on Apple’s plans who spoke to CNET on condition of anonymity.

Upon recognizing a user, the device would pull up their preferences, such as the music and lighting they like, the sources said. Read More