Limiting kids’ access to apps and media to only those with age-appropriate ratings

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 20, 2016

With the handy Restrictions feature on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV (and let’s not forget about Parental Controls on the Mac!), blocking or limiting certain capabilities and services on your Apple devices becomes a simple task.

Maybe you’re a parent to a kid who extensively uses your iOS hardware and other Apple gear?

Perhaps your colleagues at work, or potentially other people, have access to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad? If that’s the case, you might want to consider restricting apps and media on your devices to only those with appropriate age-based ratings.

As always, iDownloadBlog comes to the rescue: step-by-step instructions in this tutorial will guide you through the process of restricting access to music, movies, television shows, digital books and apps on iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS platforms. Read More

 

New watchOS 2.2.1 and OS X 10.11.5 betas have dropped, too

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 20, 2016

After seeding iOS 9.3.2 beta 2 to its registered developers this morning, Apple has also released new betas for its other forthcoming operating system updates: watchOS 2.2.1 and OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan. You can download watchOS 2.2.1 beta 2 (build 13V420) and OS X 10.11.5 beta 2 (build 15F24b) through Apple’s Developer Center, which requires a paid account for full access, or apply them on the devices themselves through the Software Update mechanism on devices running a beta OS. Read More

 

Use Apple Maps and plan trips on the big screen with TV Maps for Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 20, 2016

Since learning that Apple’s software development kit now includes a new MapKit framework for tvOS, I’ve been eagerly awaiting to see what Apple TV developers are going to do with it. I salivated at the prospect of Apple Maps on a big screen telly because it sounded too good to be true.

Even better, Apple’s SDK supports advanced features like map annotations, adding overlays and performing reverse-geocoding lookups to determine placemark information for map coordinates, among other features.

With TV Maps by Arno Appenzeller—to my knowledge, this is one of the first of MapsKit-enabled apps for the new Apple TV—you can browse Apple Maps from the comfort of your couch. At long last, planning trips on the big screen has become a reality for those of us who’re invested into the Apple ecosystem. The experience of using maps on a television is much cooler than you could imagine: this is the first tvOS app that has made me wish that the Apple TV supported hand gestures so that I could explore maps Minority Report-style. Read More

 

Apple begins enabling web previews for Apple TV apps

By Cody Lee on Apr 19, 2016

Apple has begun rolling out iTunes web previews for fourth generation Apple TV apps. The move, which was first spotted by Jeff Scott (via MacStories), will allow both users and developers to easily share links to Apple TV apps on the web.

It doesn’t appear that web previews are available for all apps yet, and it’s unclear which apps it’s working for—Apple isn’t advertising them anywhere. If you want to see what they look like, here’s a link to Scott’s app for Beergeek.com TV. Read More

 

Apple meeting with top talent to develop original programming

By Cody Lee on Apr 18, 2016

Apple has been secretly meeting with top entertainment talent, reports Fast Company. In a lengthy article detailing the streaming ambitions of various tech giants, the outlet says the iPhone-maker has its sights set on building a lineup of original programming.

According to sources, the company quietly set up shop at the Imperial Hotel in Utah during this year’s Sundance Film Festival. There, it hosted a series of private events, known as the “iTunes Lounge,” where it discussed content deals with actors and filmmakers. Read More

 

Apple TV’s Siri can now tune you in to live broadcasts in supported apps

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 15, 2016

Apple has enhanced the tvOS operating system via a silent backend update that now permits users to ask Siri to tune in to live broadcasts in supported apps such as Disney XD, ESPN and CBS, the latter having gained integration with the Apple TV’s universal search feature yesterday.

MacRumors has caught wind of this useful new feature addition on a splash screen that customers see after upgrading their 4th-generation Apple TV to the new tvOS software. Read More

 

Universal search on Apple TV has gained support for finding CBS shows

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2016

Apple continues to add more content sources to the universal search capability of the fourth-generation Apple TV. Last week, for example, it added Starz content to the Apple TV’s universal search.

And now, owners of the set-top box who installed CBS’s tvOS application can take advantage of Siri to find such CBS shows as “Big Bang Theory”, “NCIS“, “Supergirl” and others, just by using their voice. Apple’s support document was updated yesterday to reflect the addition of CBS to the universal search lineup for the fourth-generation Apple TV. Read More

 

Tip: use this secret Siri Remote shortcut to manually send tvOS diagnostic logs to Apple

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 11, 2016

Much like other Apple devices, your Apple TV lets you elect to have tvOS periodically send usage data to Apple and share crash logs with developers. When Share with App Developers is enabled underneath the Diagnostics Data heading in Settings → General → Privacy, your Apple TV will send diagnostic and usage information to Apple.

This data is used for the sole purpose of improving Apple’s products and services. None of the collected information identifies users personally but those who are concerned about their privacy will likely have this feature disabled, just in case.

There are cases when Apple might ask you to send them these log files manually—for instance, when using the Apple TV’s hidden remote diagnostic feature to help an advisor troubleshoot any problems you may be plagued with.

Thankfully, tvOS has a secret Siri Remote shortcut to override your Privacy settings and manually send those crash logs and diagnostic data straight to Apple. Read More

 

How to reveal and use tvOS’s hidden remote diagnostics mode on your Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 10, 2016

Nearly five years ago, Apple started taking advantage of a new feature that lets customers send diagnostic data to an Apple advisor to help troubleshoot any problems they might be having, without having to take their device to an Apple Store Genius.

This remote diagnostic mode, which has since been implemented across all iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices, is also available on the fourth-generation Apple TV. In this quick tutorial, you’re going to learn how to access and take advantage of tvOS’s hidden Diagnostics screen on your Apple TV. Read More

 

Apple releases new Apple TV ad starring Lakers player Kobe Bryant and actor Michael B. Jordan

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 10, 2016

Apple on Sunday released a brand new commercial for the fourth-generation Apple TV, titled ‘Father Time’ and available on YouTube.

The 60-second ad features LA Laker’s star Kobe Bryant and actor Michael B. Jordan and focuses on using tvOS’s Siri features in conjunction with the Siri Remote to “make it easier than ever to find and enjoy whatever you’re looking for.”

The two men are sitting on the couch in a trailer and Jordan picks up his Siri Remote to ask the personal digital assistant to open the official NBA app.

Then, they start arguing over… Well, just watch the ad. Read More

 

Apple seeds tvOS 9.2.1 beta 1 to developers

By Cody Lee on Apr 6, 2016

In addition to iOS 9.3.2 and watchOS 2.2.1, Apple on Wednesday released the first beta for tvOS 9.2.1 to developers. To update, you’ll have to connect your Apple TV 4 to a computer and install the software via iTunes or Apple Configurator.

Todays release comes two weeks after Apple pushed out tvOS 9.2 to the public. That was a significant update, bringing about several user-facing changes such as support for app folders and Bluetooth keyboards, as well as new Siri features. Read More

 

Cable network Starz launches $9 per month streaming package for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 5, 2016

Starz, a premium cable and satellite television network, today announced a brand new video service which permits owners of the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV to stream shows for a low monthly fee of just $8.99 per month.

A companion iOS app lets subscribers download full episodes to watch offline but does not offer live streaming. On the fourth-generation Apple TV, it supports universal search so you can ask Siri for shows to watch, including original ones like “Outlander”, “Power” and the upcoming “American Gods”. Read More

 

Real Racing 3 gains three new cars, adds fresh new events and more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 5, 2016

Electronics Arts and Firemonkeys today pushed a brand new content update to Real Racing 3, their popular racing game for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV.

Bumped to version 4.2, the game has introduced three new powerful cars: the Hennessey Venom GT—the fastest accelerating production car in the world according to Guinness—along with the 2015 BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R and 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL.

In addition, players can now take on the all-new Front Runner special event for their chance to win the aforesaid Hennessey Venom GT and participate in other events to bring home that classic 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL or the new 2015 BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R. Read More

 

How to prevent people from making In-App Purchases

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 2, 2016

Every time you buy a rare sword for your hero, a full app unlock, content subscription or other intangibles in apps and games, you’re interacting with Apple’s In-App Purchase system. The beauty of this feature lies in its deep integration with Apple’s ecosystem and the iTunes billing mechanism.

It can also pose a hazard for it’s easy to get carried away and ring up a big bill for purchases made within apps. To save us from racking up lots of in-app purchases, Apple’s provided a way to restrict them.

In this tutorial, we’ll teach you how to disable or restrict the In-App Purchase mechanism on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac and Apple TV to prevent unintentional or unauthorized purchases. Read More

 

How to limit ad tracking on your Apple devices

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 1, 2016

Every Apple ID account has an Advertising Identifier assigned to it, including yours. When you sign in with an Apple ID on an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Apple TV, Apple reads your advertising identifier so that its advertising system can track you across apps.

Relevant data collected from your devices, along with your Advertising Identifier, helps Apple target you with more personalized interest-based ads.

These interest-based ads appear in third-party apps that you download in the App Store, as well as in first-party Apple apps such as News and Wallet. Thankfully, Apple also lets you opt-out of targeted advertising by limiting ad tracking. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to opt-out of ad tracking across each and every Apple device you own. Read More

 

A quick overview of nitoTV for Apple TV 4

By Sébastien Page on Mar 31, 2016

Kevin Bradley just released an update to nitoTV a few hours ago, and we’ve already showed you guys how to install it once your Apple TV is jailbroken. Now Andrew took nitoTV for a quick spin and briefly walks you through some of the things you can install. Read More

 

How to install nitoTV on Apple TV 4

By Sébastien Page on Mar 31, 2016

If you’ve been around the jailbreak community for a few years, you are probably familiar with nitoTV for Apple TV, the installer that gained popularity back in the days of the Apple TV 2. Things had become a little uneventful for a few years due to the lack of a jailbreak for Apple TV, but now that things have changed, nitoTV developer Kevin Bradley is back at it with an updated version of the popular installer.

In this post, we’ll show you how to install nitoTV on your jailbroken Apple TV. Read More

 

Disney Infinity drops support for the new Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 31, 2016

Less than five months after Apple started selling Disney’s Infinity 3.0 starter kit, the interactive division of the Mickey Mouse house has decided to stop supporting the Apple TV edition of Infinity.

According to a message posted on the official Disney Infinity boards by its moderator, “the team is currently focusing on the traditional gaming platforms” and there are “no plans for further updates to the Apple TV version of the game”. Read More

 

Tip: adjusting how movies and TV shows are sorted in your Apple TV Wish Lists

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 25, 2016

Aside from major new features in Apple’s new tvOS 9.2 firmware for the fourth-generation Apple TV, which released to the public on Monday, March 21, there’re plenty of under-the-hood improvements to be excited about.

Among them are handy sorting options for the movies in your Wish List and TV shows in your Favorites. In this tutorial, we’ll demonstrate how you can tell your Apple TV to show recent TV episodes first and change sorting options for movies in your Wish List. Read More

 

Siri stars in the new Apple TV ad, ‘The Kiss’

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 24, 2016

Apple’s just aired a brand new television commercial to promote its fourth-generation Apple TV, and it’s all about voice capabilities that are built into the new set-top box and activated by pressing a dedicated button on the Siri Remote that ships with the device.

The 60-second ad, titled ‘The Kiss’ and starring Alison Brie and Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), is really amusing and well worth watching, but I’ll let you be the judge of that. Read More

 
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