So does the new Apple TV support 4K or not?

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 9, 2015

As I was watching Apple’s media event unfold this morning from halfway across the world, I kept my fingers crossed for a 4K-capable Apple TV. Thankfully, the much improved Apple TV is at long last official but it’s conspicuous that there is absolutely no word of 4K support whatsoever.

True, 9to5Mac did report last month that the new box would “lack 4K support for streaming video and AirPlay,” but apparently the hardware itself does support 4K capability, meaning Apple has purposefully disabled 4K on the new Apple TV,

Does that mean that the company is planning on enabling 4K with a software update int the future? This has been on my mind since the event has wrapped up and I’m hoping you could help me get to the bottom of this matter. Read More


Meet Nimbus, the first gamepad designed specifically for the new Apple TV

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2015

SteelSeries and Apple on Wednesday announced the Nimbus, the first gamepad designed specifically for the new Apple TV. It’s unclear how much Apple was involved in the development of the controller, but the company is highlighting it on its website and there does seem to be an above-average level of cooperation here.

For starters, the Nimbus features a Lightning port for revitalizing its internal battery, which SteelSeries says will provide gamers with more than 40 hours of gaming per charge. It also has an extra large Menu button, similar to the one found on the new Apple TV remote, which could allow users to navigate around the new tvOS. Read More


Siri Remote for the new Apple TV will be available in just eight countries

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 9, 2015

One of the best features of the new Apple TV, in my personal opinion, is its redesigned remote with Bluetooth 4.0 and built-in dual microphones for Siri functionality. Too bad not all buyers will be allowed to enjoy the new Siri Remote, as Apple is calling it.

According to the company’s official documentation for developers, the new Siri Remote is available in just eight key markets like the United States, United Kingdom and Germany, to name a few. Apple TVs in all other countries will be packaged with the standard remote. Read More


Confirmed: the new Apple TV has 2GB of RAM

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 9, 2015

You’d be hard-pressed to find that piece of information on Apple’s Tech Specs webpage for the new Apple TV, but newly posted documents related to third-party tvOS software development provide some interesting tidbits related to the device’s underlying hardware.

In addition to the 64-bit A8 chip, the new box has two gigabytes of RAM, up from just one gigabyte of RAM inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, both of which also use the A8 chip. The new Apple TV isn’t exactly focused on multitasking so Apple most likely doubled the RAM to enable finer detail in games. Read More


Maximum size of an Apple TV app limited to 200MB, apps must store all data in iCloud

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 9, 2015

It’s interesting that we haven’t seen any major triple-A games shown off as part of today’s on-stage demos of third-party applications for the new Apple TV.

Now it’s clear why: the existing multi-gigabyte iPhone and iPad games such as the Infinity Blade trilogy, Asphalt 8 and many more must be refactored to fit the inexplicable 200MB limit for an Apple TV app.

This means that assets like new levels and worlds will be retrieved on demand from the App Store, indicating Apple is positioning its new box as a casual gaming device for your living room rather than a full-on gaming console. Read More


Watch Apple’s sleek promotional videos for everything it announced today

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 9, 2015

In addition to refreshing product webpages on its website with detailed information about the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil, the new Apple TV and more, a batch of promotional clips providing an even closer look at the new products have surfaced on Apple’s YouTube channel.

We’ve embedded all of them for your pleasure so give these videos a watch and join us for the discussion in the comment section. Read More


New Apple TV starts at $149, available in late October

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 9, 2015

Apple just announced that the next-gen Apple TV is shipping next month, with an entry-level price of $149. The $149 model features 32GB of flash storage space. The more expensive model with 64GB of flash storage is priced at $199. Read More


Apps and games make their way to Apple TV

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2015

Apple on Wednesday announced a new version of the Apple TV, and it is awesome. It has a redesigned remote control, a refreshed interface, and support for voice commands via Siri. But what really pushes the device over the top is its support for native apps and games.

As expected, the next-generation set-top box features an App Store, and Apple invited some developers up on stage today to give us an idea of its potential. The game you see above is a Wii Sports-like motion game, called Beats Sports, from Rock Band developer Harmonix. Read More


Here is the new Apple TV…

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 9, 2015

“TV plays a huge role in our lives and occupies an important place in our homes where we gather,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook at today’s media event in San Francisco as he unveiled a fourth-generation Apple TV set-top box. “We believe the future of television is apps,” Cook said.

Over sixty percent of pay TV content is consumed through Apple devices, in apps, he added. The fourth-generation Apple TV, as you might have suspected, has a powerful hardware and runs a modern operating system which delivers a brand new user experience. And of course, it has an App Store of its own and Apple readily provides an official software development kit for its developers to create apps for it.

Welcome to the future of television. Read More


Apple TV’s Events channel updated in time for today’s event

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 9, 2015

The Apple Events channel on your Apple TV box has been refreshed with matching teaser graphics and description ahead of today’s ‘Hey Siri’ media event. “Tune in at 7:00 PM (Local Time) on September 9 to watch this event live,” reads the description on the screen. The splash page displays personalized livestream times depending on your whereabouts.

The media presentation is set to kick off in San Francisco’s massive Bill Graham Civic Auditorium at 10am Pacific Time. Earlier this morning, the Apple Online Store went offline ahead of the event. Read More


Apple appears to have trademarked ‘tvOS,’ the next Apple TV’s likely software platform name

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 9, 2015

With just a few hours until Apple’s keynote, a series of trademark filings for the name ‘tvOS’ have been discovered by MacRumors, indicating that the Apple TV’s new operating system will indeed be referred to as ‘tvOS’, which would be in line with the naming convention for iOS and watchOS platforms.

Apple appears to have protected the trademark via a shell corporation, as is its usual modus operandi when it wants to hide trademark filings from general public. Read More


Apple Online Store goes offline ahead of today’s iPhone 6s, iPad Pro and Apple TV 4 event

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 9, 2015

If you’re thinking about buying some gadgets in the Apple Online Store, you will have to wait until Apple’s ‘Hey Siri’ media event has wrapped up as the company’s webstore has just gone offline ahead of the press conference, which kicks off in San Francisco at 10am Pacific.

In a long standing tradition, Apple takes its online stores down around the world ahead of major media events to both raise anticipation and prepare refreshed product pages. Read More


Join iDB for tomorrow’s Apple event

By Cody Lee on Sep 8, 2015

Apple’s ‘Hey Siri’ event is now less than a day away, and anticipation couldn’t be higher. We’re expecting a jam-packed keynote tomorrow with new iPhones, the first Apple TV update in more than 3 years, new Apple Watch bands, and possibly even the long-rumored iPad Pro.

Apple has said that it will be streaming the festivities to its website and various iOS devices, but for those who won’t be able to watch the keynote live, iDB has you covered. We will be here all day, providing coverage of all announcements made before, during and after the event. Read More


A Periscope app is being developed for the new Apple TV

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 8, 2015

I think that there’s enough smoke to state with confidence that a new Apple TV will be launched tomorrow, and it’ll bring with it an SDK, which in turn means third-party apps on your TV screen.

As expected, we’ve yet to hear any developers go on record to state that they are in the process of making an app for Apple’s soon-to-be-released set top box. But TechCrunch’s Josh Constine has it on good authority that Twitter-owned Periscope, a live streaming app that allows users to broadcast from anywhere using their phone, is secretly building an app for the Apple TV. Read More


Gorgeous concepts envision iPhone 6c and Apple TV 4 with iOS 9 and iPhone 6-like design

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 8, 2015

Ahead of Apple’s big unveiling tomorrow, 3D artist Martin Hajek has posted a batch of sexy concept renderings which imagine Apple’s rumored iPhone 6c and a next-generation Apple TV with iPhone 6 and Apple Watch design cues plus iOS 9-powered UI.

Contrary to the rumors, Apple won’t be unveiling the iPhone 6c tomorrow after all though some tipsters claim the device is coming in time for Thanksgiving. Read More


NYT: gaming is the ‘primary selling point’ of Apple’s next-generation Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 7, 2015

Casual gaming will be a central tentpole of a fourth-generation Apple TV and downloadable games will be the primary selling point of the forthcoming device, as per The New York Times yesterday evening.

Though the next Apple TV won’t take console giants Sony and Microsoft head on, Nintendo has plenty of reasons to be worried: casual gaming on the Apple TV should benefit tremendously from downloadable games via a dedicated app store and a redesigned remote with a trackpad, Wii-like motion sensors, Bluetooth and more. Read More


What we can expect from Apple’s September 9 event

By Cody Lee on Sep 5, 2015

As it has done for the past few years, Apple is gearing up for a major media event this month. In late August, the company sent out invitations for an event taking place on Wednesday, September 9, at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

The teaser tagline on the invite reads “Hey Siri, give us a hint,” but otherwise, Apple has been silent regarding its plans for the keynote. Never fear, though, as months of rumors, reports and component leaks have given us a pretty good idea of what to expect. Read More


CBS to stream Super Bowl 50 and other NFL games to Apple TV

By Cody Lee on Sep 2, 2015

CBS Sports announced on Tuesday that it will be streaming an expanded schedule of NFL coverage this year to a wide range of devices, including Apple TV. The new schedule features two regular season games, four playoff games and Super Bowl 50.

This will be the first time ever CBS offers free live streams of regular season NFL games. Coverage begins with the New York Jets and Miami in London on October 4, and continues with the Carolina Panthers vs. the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. Read More


iPad Pro and iPad mini 4 allegedly in tow for Apple media event next Wednesday

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2015

Contrary to prior rumors, 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple’s long-expected oversized ‘iPad Pro’ will be formally announced at the iPhone 6s press event after all. The event’s been confirmed to take place a week from today, on next Wednesday, September 9, at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

The publication learned from sources that the forthcoming presentation is set to be one of largest events in Apple’s history. In addition to the iPad Pro and the iPhone 6s/6s Plus, it should serve as a launchpad for a fourth-generation iPad mini, a substantially refreshed Apple TV set top box and new Apple Watch Sport bands. Read More


Why I’m super excited about the gaming potential of the new Apple TV

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 2, 2015

At this point, I think we can all agree that the state of gaming on the current generation Apple TV leaves a lot to be desired. Yes, it’s possible in some respects, through AirPlay, but it’s clunky, laggy, and never quite lived up to its potential.

With the new Apple TV, however, things will surely get better. In fact, I think that gaming is going to really hit its stride on Apple platforms with the advent of the new gaming-centric features on Apple’s upcoming refresh to its set top box.

As we discussed in the last episode of Let’s Talk iOS, gaming is set to take a gigantic leap with Apple TV gen-4. In this post, I’ll outline 5 reasons why avid gamers should start licking their chops at the potential of the device that Apple is set to reveal next Wednesday. Read More