Apple TV App Store gets new categories

By Cody Lee on Feb 25, 2016

Apple began adding several new app categories to its Apple TV App Store on Thursday. As noted by Afterpad, the new categories are being rolled out to Apple TV 4 owners at a staggered pace, so they may not be available to everyone just yet.

The new categories include Catalogs and Utilities, and should help ease what has been a pain point for early ATV 4 adopters. Since the device launched last fall, App Store browsing and discovery has been a prominent complaint among users. Read More

 

Third-generation Apple TV receives a minor software update

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2016

Apple is focused on pushing its fourth-generation Apple TV with the Siri Remote and built-in App Store, but that doesn’t mean the company has forgotten about owners of the older third-generation Apple TVs.

Thursday, a minor over-the-air Apple TV 7.2.1 software update was released for the $69 third-generation Apple TV.

The firmware update can be applied through the Software Update mechanism in the device’s Settings menu. Read More

 

Session videos from Apple TV Tech Talks now available to developers

By Cody Lee on Feb 24, 2016

Apple on Wednesday announced that it has posted videos of several Apple TV Tech Talk sessions to its developer portal. Both paying and non-paying members of Apple’s developer program can access the instructional clips for free through the website.

The videos are taken from the 11 Tech Talks Apple has hosted around the world over the past few months. They contain in-depth technical information on building and designing for tvOS, refined coding techniques, and other valuable development help. Read More

 

Elgato Eve Energy review: a HomeKit-enabled wireless sensor & switch

By Andrew O'Hara on Feb 23, 2016

Apple’s HomeKit has had a bit of a rocky start. The home automation platform that was meant to tie all of your smart home devices together was plagued by delays from Apple, as well as manufacturers. Devices started to hit the market in the middle of last year, and this year at CES, we saw many new options that are slowly starting to trickle out. Today, we are going to take a look at one of those devices, Eve Energy from Elgato. It is a simple solutions for those who want to start or grow their smart home, without breaking the bank. Read More

 

Apple TV universal search gains support for Watch ABC and 3 additional Disney channels

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2016

A newly updated Apple support document has indicated that owners of the fourth-generation Apple TV have just gained the ability to search videos across four new content sources, Watch ABC and three major Disney properties: Disney Channel, Disney Jr and Disney X.D.

Users who have one of these channel apps installed on their device can now take advantage of Siri and tvOS’s universal search to have shows like “Modern Family” surfaced in their search results. Read More

 

tvOS App Store gains ‘Not on This Apple TV’ listing in Purchased section

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2016

Apple has quietly issued a backend update to the tvOS App Store, adding a new ‘Not on This Apple TV’ option to the Purchased section, making it easier to spot apps that users previously purchased on their iPhone and iPad which have since been updated to support the fourth-generation Apple TV.

As mentioned, the new option should appear on users’ fourth-generation Apple TV boxes without requiring a software update. Read More

 

Apple recruits cable TV PR veteran for Apple TV and iTunes content marketing role

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 22, 2016

Bernadette Simpao, previously working at AMC and Viacom in public relations capacity, is joining Apple to handle the company’s PR efforts for content and apps related to the new Apple TV, as well as TV shows, movies, apps, books and podcasts that Apple carries on the iTunes Store’s virtual shelves.

According to Variety, Simpao spent ten years at Viacom in various communication roles, including Senior Director of Communications for Viacom International Media Networks, before joining AMC. Read More

 

App preview videos coming to Apple TV

By Sébastien Page on Feb 17, 2016

Apple just announced that developers of tvOS apps are now able to upload a short video demo to be previewed along their apps’ description and screenshots in the Apple TV App Store. Similar to what we’ve seen for some time in the iOS App Store, these short previews are usually more helpful than a screenshot as they can show the game or application in action. Read More

 

We’re giving away an Apple TV

By Sébastien Page on Feb 17, 2016

To celebrate new beginnings on our YouTube channel, Andrew and I have decided to give away a brand new 32GB Apple TV. The idea is pretty straightforward:

1) Follow @iDownloadBlog on Twitter.

2) Subscribe to our YouTube channel.

3) Comment on this video and leave your Twitter handle so we can get in touch with you. Note you must comment on the video on YouTube. You do not need to comment here.

This giveaway will run until Wednesday 24, 2016 at noon EST, at which point we will update the video description and announce the winner who will be contacted with further instructions. The giveaway is opened to anyone from anywhere, so whatever your age or location may be, you are eligible to enter.

Good luck!

 

Real Racing 3 finally arrives on the new Apple TV in new ‘Daytona 500’ update

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 16, 2016

Electronic Arts’ and Firemonkeys’ Real Racing 3 has amassed over a hundred million downloads across iOS and Android platforms thus far. Yet, up until today this premium game was not available as a native app for the new Apple TV—despite the fact that rival Gameloft’s Asphalt 8 is one of the most downloaded Apple TV games. A new update to the free-to-play racing game, now available in the App Store, changes all that with native support for the Apple TV.

What’s more, the Apple TV game gives players the ability to race each other in a split-screen ‘Party Play’ mode. In addition, this version of Real Racing 3 sports newly added Daytone 500 content across platforms so you can drive the NASCAR Sprint Cup cars and race your opponents on the all-new Daytona International Speedway track. Read More

 

Apple’s all-new Remote app for Apple TV 4 will do Siri, gestures and work in games

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 15, 2016

Apple is working on a brand new Remote app for the fourth-generation Apple TV that will be a full replacement for the functions provided by the included Siri Remote, said Eddy Cue, Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, who was joined on The Talk Show podcast with Daring Fireball’s John Gruber by Craig Federighi, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering.

The upcoming software will be a new app, not an update to the existing Remote application for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad which in December 2015 gained keyboard and basic navigation support for the new Apple TV. Read More

 

Vevo’s beautiful new Apple TV app brings 150,000 HD music videos

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 11, 2016

Vevo today began shipping a refreshed Apple TV app. Redesigned from top to bottom, it provides access to more than 150,000 music videos in high-definition and exclusive original programming. The revamped software upgrades the experience for users over the old app in many respects.

According to CEO Erik Huggers, Vevo wants to become the MTV for the digital age. “We continue to invest in what we believe is the premium platform for music videos and related original content,” he said in a media release. Read More

 

New Apple TV app TechTube helps you discover great tech videos

By Cody Lee on Feb 9, 2016

Folks in the market for a new Apple TV app that helps surface great content may want to check out TechTube TV. The app, which was released late last week, was designed to highlight videos that it believes folks will find interesting.

The video selections are geared towards techies, and feature everything from TED talks to device reviews. There is also a mix of science and ‘how things work’ videos—”the goal is entertaining, informative or intellectually stimulating.” Read More

 

tvOS 9.2 beta 3 preview: Search the App Store with Siri, use Dictation to enter text and login credentials

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 8, 2016

It seems like every time there’s a new tvOS beta, an interesting new feature is included for us to talk about. With tvOS 9.2 beta 3, that new feature is the ability to use Dictation on text input fields. It also includes the ability to dictate—character by character—usernames and passwords.

Along with the new Dictation feature, comes support for searching the App Store using voice input from the Siri Remote. Have a look at our video preview that showcases each new feature in action. Read More

 

Apple seeds tvOS 9.2 beta 3 to developers with Dictation support for search and Siri support for App Store search

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 8, 2016

Two weeks after it seeded tvOS 9.2 beta 2 to registered developers, the third tvOS 9.2 beta has been released, bringing with it Dictation support for onscreen text entry, as well as Siri support for App Store search.

The tvOS 9.2 update is notable for adding several improvements to the Apple TV. These improvements include a native Podcasts app, Bluetooth keyboard support, an improved App Switcher, iCloud Photo Library, Conference Room Display Mode, and more.

If you’re a developer, you can find details about the tvOS beta on Apple’s tvOS developer page. The tvOS 9.2 beta 3 release comes with a build number of 13Y5198c. We’ll be downloading and installing it to provide an update on what new features this latest beta update might include. Read More

 

How to stop ‘Up Next’ videos from autoplaying on YouTube

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 6, 2016

One of my pet peeves with YouTube is how after completing a video, the service shoves a new video down your throat with a feature called “Up Next,” which gives you a 15-second time frame to click the “X” button at the top right of the video before the next video starts to play.

Sound familiar? If you feel the same way, then you’ve stumbled upon the right tutorial, because we’re going to be showing you how you can disable this feature right from the YouTube website without installing any plug-ins, hacks, or other crazy stuff. Read More

 

Apple TV universal search expands to FOX NOW, FXNOW and Nat Geo TV

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 5, 2016

According to an Apple support document which was updated yesterday, the universal search feature on the fourth-generation Apple TV will now surface video content provided by FOX NOW, FXNOW and Nat Geo TV channels.

Users who install these apps on their set-top box can press the Siri Remote’s microphone button and say things such as “Watch Life Below Zero” and land on the page that now includes that show by the National Geographic channel, in addition to other content sources. Read More

 

Apple vying for streaming rights of Thursday night NFL games

By Cody Lee on Feb 4, 2016

Apple is among a group of tech giants vying for the rights to stream Thursday night NFL games, reports Variety. The NFL said on Monday it has reached a two-year agreement with CBS and NBC for broadcast rights, and it’s been in active discussions with potential partners for digital rights.

According to Variety’s sources, Apple is among those potential partners, as are Amazon, Google and Verizon Communications. The League is said to be considering a variety of scenarios, including potentially selling the rights to more than one distributor, and mixing in games played overseas. Read More

 

Multiple iCloud services experiencing downtime, App Store/iTunes purchases affected

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2016

Apple on Thursday morning reported a number of issues with various iCloud services. According to the iCloud Status webpage, these problems are preventing many users around the world from making purchases in Apple’s app and content stores.

In addition, “new and recently changed content may not have updated across devices for iCloud Drive, Backup, iCloud Notes, iWork for iCloud and Photos,” reads a notice on the webpage.

UPDATE: As of 9:10am PT, all of the affected iCloud services had been restored. Read More

 

How to watch Super Bowl 50 on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and other devices

By Cody Lee on Feb 3, 2016

On Sunday evening, millions of people will gather around their TV sets to watch Super Bowl 50. The game features the Denver Broncos taking on the Carolina Panthers, and kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 (ET).

For those of you who aren’t going to be around a television Sunday night, but still want to follow along with the action, we’ve put together a list of ways you’ll be able to do so using an iPhone, iPad, Mac and other devices. Read More