Apple posts ‘Hey Siri’ downloadable video to iTunes

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 11, 2015

If you want to relive new iPhone, iPad and Apple TV announcements and watch Apple’s keynote presentation in the comfort of your home, on your own time and without streaming, now you can as the full event video has surfaced as a downloadable high-definition video podcast on iTunes.

“See Apple CEO Tim Cook and team introduce iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus, the all-new Apple TV with tvOS, iPad Pro, WatchOS 2 and iOS 9,” reads the description. The presentation runs two hours and twenty minutes long so block out about three hours of your time this weekend and enjoy it in its entirety. Read More


Somewhat unbelievably, the wrist strap for Siri Remote is an accessory sold separately

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 11, 2015

At long last, the new Apple TV will allow users to download apps from a dedicated App Store and—yes—games! But the Apple TV’s sleek new Siri Remote has the Wiimote problem: it can smash your TV.

So what do you do if you’re afraid of accidentally flinging the Siri Remote into your big screen TV when playing games like Beat Sports, which requires you to swing the remote? Get Apple’s Remote Loop which, somewhat unbelievably, isn’t bundled with the new set-top box—it’s an accessory sold separately. Read More


New Apple TV lacks optical audio port but makes it up with Dolby Digital Plus 7.1

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 10, 2015

If you rely on the optical audio jack to enjoy crystal-clear sound on your home stereo system, you’re in for a major disappointment as the new Apple TV no longer features an optical audio port on its back.

As evidenced on Apple’s Tech Specs webpage for the new Apple TV, both audio and video are now sent over the HDMI cable exclusively. Read More


New iPhones, iPads and Apple TV: a roundup of today’s announcements

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2015

That’s all, folks. Apple’s highly anticipated ‘Hey Siri’ event has come and gone. All announcements have been made, all products have been unveiled, and we finally got a glimpse of long-rumored, top secret Apple projects like the super-sized iPad Pro and the new Apple TV.

A lot has happened in the last several hours, and we understand it can be difficult to keep track of everything throughout the day. So as usual, we’ve put together an awesome roundup of everything important you need to know from today’s event and subsequent reports. Read More


Hands on with the iPhone 6s, new Apple TV and iPad Pro

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2015

By now you probably feel like you know everything there is to know about Apple’s new iPhone, Apple TV and iPad Pro, but thus far, you’ve only seen the devices from either afar or in marketing materials. Sure, all products look good in staged or rendered settings, but what are they like in real life?

Following today’s event, Apple gave a select group of journalists the chance to spend some hands on time with the aforementioned iPhone, set-top box and iPad, in an effort to garner some initial feedback. So naturally, we’ve rounded up some of these first impressions in a single, digestible post. Read More


Let’s Talk iOS 099: First reactions to the iPad Pro, New Apple TV and iPhone 6s

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 9, 2015

Episode 99: A special episode featuring a brief recap of today’s Apple event. We discuss our first impressions of the new Apple Watch colors and bands, the iPad Pro, the new Apple TV, and the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

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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

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