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

 

Infinite Skater, a gorgeous endless runner, has gone free in the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 24, 2016

Infinite Skater, a drop dead gorgeous endless runner has been slashed to zero bucks temporarily in the App Store. Regularly $2.99, this visually stunning game can now be yours at no charge. Available for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and—yes—the fourth-generation Apple TV, Infinite Skater is “a magic adventure like nothing you’ve ever seen” and that’s not just marketing talk. Read More

 

How to jailbreak the new Apple TV using Pangu

By Andrew O'Hara on Mar 23, 2016

Now that the Pangu Team has released their jailbreak for the new Apple TV, we have had some hands-on time with the tool and were successful in jailbreaking our own test device. In this post, we will share detailed step by step instructions on how to jailbreak the new Apple TV using Pangu. Before we get started, we must share a few words of caution. Read More

 

Pangu Team releases Apple TV jailbreak

By Sébastien Page on Mar 23, 2016

Following up on their promise, the Pangu Team has now released a jailbreak for the fourth-generation Apple TV. The tool can be downloaded from our Downloads page and instructions on how to use it will soon be available on iDB.

It must be noted that this jailbreak tool comes with strings attached. As the Pangu Team had warned, this jailbreak is more geared towards security researchers and developers. End users will see no real value in this jailbreak, at least for the time being. Read More

 

Tips for creating, renaming and using folders on the new Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 22, 2016

As of tvOS 9.2, owners of the fourth-generation Apple TV can now create folders of apps, just like they would on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

This feature is indispensable to people whose Apple TV Home screen is littered with dozens of app icons.

Like on iOS, you first enter the jiggle mode and then create a folder for apps by dropping one icon on top of another. As a cool bonus, tvOS provides shortcuts that significantly speed up folder creation and other related tasks, such as putting apps into or moving them from folders and more.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn the basic techniques for decluttering your Apple TV Home screen by filing apps into folders. And, yes, we’ll also tell you about the aforesaid time-saving shortcuts. Read More

 

tvOS 9.2 is here: Dictation, folders, Live Photos, wireless keyboards, iCloud Photo Library & more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2016

tvOS 9.2, a new update for the operating system which powers the fourth-generation Apple TV, is now available for public consumption. The new firmware, released alongside iOS 9.3, OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 and watchOS 2.2, is a very interesting update for the cool new features it brings to the table.

tvOS 9.2 enables several features missing from the initial tvOS release, including long-awaited support for wireless keyboards, dictation, Siri support for App Store searches, app folders on the Home screen, a revamped app switcher, Siri Remote improvements, support for Live Photos and iCloud Photo Library and more. Read More

 

tvOS 9.2 software update for the new Apple TV arrives today

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2016

Apple has said at today’s ‘Let us loop you in’ media event that the tvOS 9.2 software update for the fourth-generation Apple TV will launch for public consumption later today.

tvOS 9.2 is the most significant software update for Apple’s new set-top box since its release in October 2015, bringing many features missing from the original release to the table. Read More

 

Apple TV 4 jailbreak delayed for a few days

By Sébastien Page on Mar 19, 2016

Following the Pangu Team’s announcement last week that the release of an Apple TV jailbreak was imminent, the group of hackers has now declared on Twitter Saturday morning that they will need a few more days of testing. Read More

 

Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog speeds on to Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2016

Japanese gaming giant Sega is making its long-expected move to bring some of its most popular mobile games to the living room. Fans can now play some of their favorite Sonic titles on the fourth-generation Apple TV for the very first time.

Starting today, Sonic 1 is compatible with the new Apple TV. Next Thursday, March 24, fans will be permitted to grab Sonic 2 for Apple TV from the tvOS App Store. In addition, Sonic CD for Apple TV will release on Thursday, March 31. Read More

 

Apple Events app launches on tvOS App Store ahead of Monday’s ‘Let us loop you in’ media event

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2016

Apple has scheduled its ‘Let us loop you in’ media event on Monday, March 21. Ahead of the invite-only press conference, the company has released a native application, aptly named Apple Events, for the fourth-generation Apple TV in the tvOS App Store.

The app makes it easier for Apple fans to stream the company’s media events live and watch replays of previous broadcasts on their box. Read More

 

Pangu to release the first jailbreak for the new Apple TV next week

By Sébastien Page on Mar 11, 2016

Hot on the heels of their surprising iOS 9.1 jailbreak announcement Friday morning, the Pangu Team has now announced on Twitter that they will be releasing a jailbreak for Apple TV 4 running tvOS 9.0 or 9.0.1 next week.

Although the team notes that this jailbreak will only provide SSH access (no UI) and be geared towards security researchers and jailbreak developers, this is still an incredible piece of news. Read More

 
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