WSJ: Amazon launching its Apple TV competitor next month

By Cody Lee on Mar 18, 2014

Building on previous reports, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon is set to begin shipping its long-awaited video-streaming device next month. The device will thrust the e-commerce giant into a highly competitive space occupied by Apple, Google and others.

Citing sources familiar with the product, the outlet claims that the device will carry a variety of apps available on Roku and Apple set-top boxes and run on a version of Google’s Android software. And like Amazon’s other hardware devices, it will likely carry the Fire brand… Read More

 

Double mockup: 12.9″ iPad Pro + next-gen Apple TV with iPod touch style remote

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2014

Apple may not be interested in making a full-on television set after all, if Yukari Iwatani Kane’s scathing book, titled Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs (available on the iBooks Store), is anything to go by. Needlees to say, that’s not stopping those mockups from coming.

Take, for instance, German website Curved.de which today put out an interesting concept envisioning Apple’s rumored oversized iPad, the iPad Pro with a 12.9-inch edge-to-edge screen.

The same outlet previously mocked up a next-generation Apple TV concept sporting an interesting looking remote with touch controls that resembles the iPod touch. Unlike some other crazy concepts, the publication did its homework by basing the renderings on rumor-mill reporting.

I’ve included both concepts for your viewing pleasure right below the fold so have a look and tell us what you think in the comment section… Read More

 

ACC Sports channel added to Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2014

In time for March Madness, the ACC Digital Network has partnered with Apple on enabling an ACC Sports channel on the company’s $99 media-streaming box.

The ACC Sports channel, now live for Apple TV users in the United States, gives you access to highlights, updates, analysis and feature programming from Atlantic Coast Conference colleges, updated daily.

The channel promises hundreds of videos to choose from. Specifically for March, host Jeff Fischel and former ACC basketball greats Drew Barry and JR Reid will follow ACC teams as they advance throughout the tournament with game previews, analysis and a ‘Road to Texas’ feature series… Read More

 

Steve Jobs told executives Apple would not release a TV

By Cody Lee on Mar 17, 2014

When the magic dust of the iPad settled, pundits and analysts alike began to wonder out loud what Apple was going to do next. What product category was the company going to revolutionize next? And for the longest time, a lot of folks thought it was going to be televisions.

Some even believed that’s what Steve Jobs was referring to when he said he had “finally cracked” the secret of TV. But according to a passage from Yukari Kane’s new book ‘Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs,’ the co-founder never wanted Apple to release its own TV set… Read More

 

Hidden AirPlay feature discovered in Apple TV 6.1

By Cody Lee on Mar 12, 2014

Apple released version 6.1 of its Apple TV software alongside iOS 7.1 on Monday. The update seemingly included little in the way of changes, outside of a new option that allows you to hide channel icons from the main menu.

But apparently there’s a hidden feature in the new firmware that hasn’t been talked about much, and it’s actually a fairly big deal. According to a new report, ATV 6.1 enables you to discover AirPlay connections via Bluetooth…

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Apple TV 6.1 update adds new way to hide apps

By Cody Lee on Mar 10, 2014

In addition to launching iOS 7.1 for the iPhone and iPad today, Apple also rolled out new firmware to the Apple TV. The software, labeled as version 6.1, brings about a handful of improvements, including the ability to hide channel icons from the ATV’s Main Menu.

While you could hide icons in previous versions of Apple TV software, the process was very convoluted, forcing you into the Settings menu > General > Restrictions > Hide. But with today’s update, you can now skip all that and hide icons right from the home screen… Read More

 

Updated iTunes Festival channel added to Apple TV for SXSW

By Cody Lee on Mar 9, 2014

Following the release of an updated iTunes Festival app for iOS on Thursday, Apple has rolled out a new TV channel for its Apple TV. For us, the icon is showing up in the second row of icons, right in the middle, so it’s almost impossible to miss.

Clicking on the icon takes you to the Festival channel, where you can get the low-down on all of the major acts that are going to be playing at Apple’s SXSW event this week. You can also view their concert dates and listen to samples of their music… Read More

 

Roku announces new $50 Apple TV, Chromecast competitor ‘Streaming Stick’

By Cody Lee on Mar 4, 2014

As the race for the living room heats up, and rumors of an upcoming Apple TV refresh continue to swirl, Roku has announced its latest entry into the space called the Streaming Stick. The $50 accessory plugs into the HDMI port of your TV and streams a variety of content.

Looking at its size and price tag, the Streaming Stick seems like a direct competitor to Google’s Chromecast. But the device features a remote control and on-screen navigational menus, which puts its functionality close to Roku’s set-top box, and more on par with Apple TV… Read More

 

Logitech launches Harmony Smart Keyboard for Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 4, 2014

Navigating the Apple TV interface using the included Apple Remote rather quickly becomes a cumbersome affair. Fortunately, you could always hook up an external keyboard to the device (here’s how) because the Apple TV supports Bluetooth keyboards.

Realizing that owners of streaming-media devices need a better control system, accessory maker Logitech on Tuesday revealed its new full-fledged Harmony keyboard remote for the living room. It was specially designed for controlling devices such as the Apple TV, Roku and Xbox One and includes dedicated hardware keys and functions allowing you to search for shows, navigate menus and browse the web from your couch… Read More

 

New report claims revamped Apple TV could land ‘any week now’

By Cody Lee on Mar 1, 2014

When it comes to the Apple TV, it seems like everyone agrees that a new one is coming. But just when it will get here is a different story. We’ve heard everything from ‘as early April,’ to ‘before WWDC in June,’ and as late as ‘in the fall this year with Apple’s other product refreshes.’

The latest report, which comes from The Financial Times, claims that the refreshed Apple TV is finished and could land much sooner than everyone is expecting. Citing sources familiar with the company’s plans, the outlet says that Apple’s new set-top box could land “any week now.”

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Apple: ‘several billion’ iMessages sent daily, Apple TV raked in $1 billion last year

By Cody Lee on Feb 28, 2014

As expected, Apple held its 2014 shareholders meeting on its Cupertino campus this afternoon. Apple executives were on hand, as were the company’s board of directors, to reassure investors that things are on track for another successful year, and to field shareholder questions.

Most of the meeting was filled with the usual dreck: approving and rejecting proposals, reelecting board members, and so on, but things began to liven up when Tim Cook began dropping numbers. Keep reading for a roundup of some of the most interesting points from the meeting… Read More

 

Apple Stores reportedly treating Apple TV buyers to $25 iTunes Gift Cards

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 28, 2014

Fueling rumors of a potential Apple TV hardware refresh next month, Apple has apparently instructed its retail employees to start treating Apple TV buyers to $25 iTunes Gift Cards, basically bringing the price of the $99 media-streaming box down to $74.

Of course, you’re still paying the full price for the Apple TV hardware, Apple is just throwing in a $25 iTunes Gift Card with every new purchase. The credit can be redeemed against any content purchase in the company’s many online stores.

So in a nutshell, you’re getting a $25 iTunes credit for apps, books, movies, music and more, free of charge. The offer is valid through March 5, 2014… Read More

 

Streaming channel for network ‘TV4′ added to Apple TV in Sweden

By Cody Lee on Feb 25, 2014

Apple has added another new channel to the Apple TV this morning for customers in Sweden. It’s called TV 4 Play, and it’s a streaming channel for the major Swedish television network TV 4 and it features both live and on-demand content.

That content includes live broadcasting, original programming, and full episodes of TV4 shows. Most of the content is available for free, but the network says that premium (paid) subscribers will have access to additional shows and movies… Read More

 

Apple also fixes SSL bug on Apple TV with 6.0.2 firmware update

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2014

In addition to issuing a quick fix for a dangerous SSL vulnerability with last week’s release of iOS 7.0.6 (you can apply the update without upgrading your firmware), Apple has also released a companion update for its $99 streaming box, the Apple TV.

The Apple TV 6.0.2 software update (hat tip to iDB reader Gil) carries a build number of 6646.81.1 and fixes the SSL bug which allows attackers to steal your usernames and passwords used on iTunes Store and other services, by posing as a legitimate site.

The exploit affects Apple’s Safari browser so Apple TV users are not necessarily in immediate danger like their Mac counterpartsRead More

 

WWE network channel rolling out to Apple TV users

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2014

As previously promised, the World Wrestling Entertainment will be enabling its network channel on Apple’s $99 media-steaming box later today. Although there have been concerns that the WWE channel won’t make it to Apple TVs because Apple was demanding as much as a fifty percent cut from all Network orders placed, the WWE Network signup page was down at post time, indicating high interest in a free one-week trial… Read More

 

Amazon’s TV box apparently arriving next month

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 21, 2014

We’re expecting a major Apple TV update in March said to bring refreshed hardware that should support iOS 7 controllers and downloadable games. And now, word on the street is that the online retail giant Amazon is about to counter Apple’s announcement with a set-top box of its own.

Amazon has been selling music, movies and television shows for years now, it rules the e-book space and has entered the tablet market so adding another piece of hardware that ties into the Amazon cloud should be a no-brainer… Read More

 

New job listings call for Apple TV content partner and software engineers

By Cody Lee on Feb 19, 2014

While it seems like everyone is focused on Apple’s rumored iWatch, and the various features it could offer, the company is believed to be quietly working on another major project: a TV device. Not the television set we used to hear rumors about, but a new set-top box.

Adding to recent reports from Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal regarding the project are a pair of job listings recently discovered on Apple’s website. They call for a Content Partner Engineer and Software QA Engineer—both of which will work on the Apple TV team…

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Apple said to be moving forward with ‘less ambitious’ TV plans

By Cody Lee on Feb 13, 2014

Following a report by Bloomberg, which reiterated Apple’s move to revamp its set top box, comes a scoop from The Wall Street Journal regarding the company’s TV plans. The outlet says Apple has abandoned efforts to disrupt cable TV in favor of a less ambitious strategy.

According to the story, the Cupertino firm was at one time approaching media companies directly to obtain content rights for an a-la-carte TV service. But due to failed licensing negotiations and other issues, it’s said to now be working on hardware for existing cable service … Read More

 

iOS 7 references unreleased Apple TV hardware

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2014

Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac did a nice job discovering some hidden references to an unreleased Apple TV hardware in the iOS 7 code. Specifically, the strings mention ‘Apple TV 4,1′, which indicates a major refresh to the Apple TV hardware. By comparison, the current third-generation Apple TV has a designation of ‘Apple TV 3,1′.

This is yet another indication that Apple could refresh the Apple TV box later this year, as some rumors have predicted. The current $99 set-top box was last updated 705 days ago… Read More

 

New Apple TV channel celebrates 50th anniversary of Beatles on 1964 Ed Sullivan Show

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2014

Apple is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ performance on The Ed Sullivan Show with a new Apple TV channel. Simply named ‘The Beatles,’ the new channel allows you to watch the legendary British rock band’s performance on The Ed Sullivan Show from 1964. There are also links to the band’s digital releases on iTunes, which are available for purchase on iTunes digitally for the first time… Read More

 
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