By Cody Lee on Aug 21, 2012
Recent reports suggest that Apple has started focusing its living room efforts on a cable-friendly set-top box, instead of the long-rumored television set. But the Cupertino company is said to still be negotiating with major cable companies.
Talks are reportedly moving slowly, as cable providers are extremely hesitant to allow Apple into their industry. And this probably won’t help their cause. The iPad-makers have just been awarded a patent for skipping commercials… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 16, 2012
Yesterday, a scoop from The Wall Street Journal sent shockwaves through the Apple community, claiming that the fruit company is now focused on building a cable receiver of sorts, rather than the long-rumored TV set.
Today, the publication added some new information to its initial report, offering up more details about the set-top box. It’s said to feature an iPad-like interface, and is designed to simplify the we access and view content… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 15, 2012
Speculation regarding the mythical Apple TV set has quieted down in recent weeks. Apple has long been rumored to be working on a full-blown television, but the product has yet to materialize.
According to a new report, that may be because Apple’s TV plans have changed direction. The Wall Street Journal is claiming it has learned that the company is now working on a cable box… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 15, 2012
Up to this point, the chances for a third-generation Apple TV jailbreak have looked pretty bleak. In fact, the last we heard, no one was even actively working on it.
But things may be starting to look up for ATV3 jailbreak hopefuls. Well-known iOS hacker p0sixninja says that the task may not be as unlikely as it once seemed…
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2012
Apple has been granted an important patent today, covering two missing features of its $99 Apple TV set-top box: the ability to pull premium programming via cable television networks and display it alongside show information overlaid in menus, plus the ability to record television shows, DVR style… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 11, 2012
The jailbroken Apple TV community has been awfully quiet as of late. There still hasn’t been any news on the ATV3 jailbreak, and there may never be, and innovation on the ATV2 front has sort of stalled.
Until today, that is. Kevin Bradley, better known as nitoTV, has released a new utility for jailbroken Apple TVs called nito Installer. The app makes installing software on hacked ATVs easier than ever before… Read More
By Sebastien Page on Aug 9, 2012
A quick note for our readers that have been patiently waiting for a jailbreak for the Apple TV third generation. According to a recent tweet by my fellow countryman and iOS hacker extraordinaire Pod2g, no one is currently working on a jailbreak for the Apple TV 3.
This doesn’t really come as a surprise. The Apple TV has always been the iOS device with the least amount of attention from jailbreak hackers, likely because it is much less exciting than the iPhone or iPad… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 7, 2012
FireCore has today released a significant update for its first-generation Apple TV software known as aTV Flash. The app installs on jailbroken ATVs and adds a number of new features.
Among the changes in the update are Mountain Lion (or OS X 10.8) compatibility and some major performance enhancements. We’ve got the full change log after the break… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 3, 2012
Yesterday, during the network’s earnings call, CBS CEO Les Moonves responded to an analyst’s question regarding his willingness to do business with Apple. As expected, his answer fell somewhere along the lines of, “Sure, as long as it’s on our terms.”
The question came in wake of the recent addition of the Hulu Plus service to Apple TV. Now that executives have hashed out that seemingly impossible deal, a lot of folks seem to have a “the sky’s the limit” attitude towards the Apple TV platform… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2012
Hulu announced today that folks can now use its paid service to stream thousands of television shows and movies to their television through the Apple TV set-top box. The app’s been in the works since last year (though a tweak for jailbroken Apple TVs lets you access your Hulu Plus without too much fuss). It’s now finally ready for public consumption, right from your main menu… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 26, 2012
Wow, this will come as a surprise to all but seasoned commentators who’ve been watching Google putting various pieces of the puzzle into place. They call it Fiber TV and it launched today alongside Google’s fiber-optic Internet service in Kansas City. For starters, Google Fiber pumps data a hundred times faster than today’s average broadband.
With gigabit speeds you get a very advanced television which lets you record up to 500 hours of programming and up to eight shows at once, including Netflix access and all of YouTube. A combined gigabit Internet package with Fiber TV service will run you $120 a month. This is real TV, folks, with premium programming, a full channel lineup and optional paid content.
Opting for just gigabit Internet will set you back $70 a month with a one-year contract. Google won’t throttle your speed or impose bandwidth caps and is sweetening the deal with a free 1TB Google Drive. Heck, you can even get gigabit Internet for free by paying for a one-time $300 construction fee. As an icing on the cake, Google is throwing a free Nexus 7 tablet with each Fiber TV subscription… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 24, 2012
Earlier this afternoon, Apple hosted a conference call to discuss its performance over the past three months. You can replay the call here, or you can check out our roundup of the most interesting points.
Among those points, was the fact that Apple sold an impressive 1.3 million Apple TVs last quarter. That’s up more than 170% year-over-year, and pushes current-year Apple TV sales to over 4 million… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2012
Rumors that Apple is eyeing HD TV set making biz have persisted for a couple years now, but no solid iTV evidence surfaced thus far apart from Jobs’ vague “I finally cracked it” quote from Walter Isaacson’s bio book.
But even a mere idea of Apple setting its sights on the television market has baffled incumbents undertaking precautionary measures.
As indicated in a report out of Asia yesterday, some makers have started making smart TV alliances out of fear that Apple might take the television market by surprise just as it’s done with the music market and, to a certain extent, with high-end smartphones… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 20, 2012
Bad news for folks who were holding out on buying a new TV in anticipation for Apple’s set. A new report is out today that claims it could be 2014 before we see a full-blown television from the Cupertino company.
Chatter regarding Apple building its own HDTV has been around for years now. But talk of the set has significantly tapered off over the past couple of months amidst rumors of other upcoming Apple products… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 19, 2012
Earlier today, Apple rolled out iTunes Match, and movies for iTunes in the Cloud, to a number of new countries. And it looks like it’s still not finished with the updates.
Tonight, reports are coming in that Fox movies are finally showing up in the Purchased tab of iTunes, meaning that users can now re-download them via iCloud… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 18, 2012
On Monday, Apple seeded the third beta of iOS 6 to developers. The update includes bug fixes, added stability and a handful of new features.
Apparently, among those additions is a new AirPlay feature for the Apple TV. In iOS 6, users will have the ability to stream audio from their set-top boxes to external AirPlay-enabled speakers… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 16, 2012
Just because the rumor mill is focused on the next iPhone and iPad Mini right now, doesn’t mean it’s forgotten about the Apple television. The consensus still seems to be that the Cupertino company is working on a TV set.
The latest bit of speculation on the topic comes from DisplayMate’s Raymond Soneira. The CEO says that he believes that the rumored Apple television will feature a display with its popular Retina technology… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 12, 2012
FireCore has released a significant update today for its aTV Flash (black) software. The suite allows jailbroken Apple TV users to playback different file types, surf the web, and much more.
With version 1.7, FireCore has added a number of new features and enhancements to the list, including trakt.tv integration and a new Ratings system. Keep reading for the full change log… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 29, 2012
According to a former executive from Taiwanese supply chain, Foxconn’s recent investments into the Japanese electronics giant Sharp and its cutting-edge display factory is in fact part of preparations for a large-scale manufacturing of a rumored Apple television set, dubbed by the media the iTV… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2012
Earlier this morning we told you about a note by Apple pundit John Gruber who challenged BGR editor Jonathan Geller’s false report that Apple would release a software development kit for the Apple TV at WWDC, effectively opening up the $99 set-top box to third-party apps.
The rumor never came to be and Gruber noted in his trademark style that “something big is going on with Apple TV in Cupertino” (but it’s still being cooked, if I may add). An interesting new video evidence released today by the Brazilian blog MacMagazine has strengthened the belief that third-party apps are likely coming to the Apple TV… Read More