By Cody Lee on Aug 31, 2015
Apple is exploring getting into the original programming business, reports Variety. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the outlet claims the company has held “preliminary conversations” in recent weeks with Hollywood executives to suss out their interest in producing entertainment content.
It’s unclear how large Apple’s ambitions are at the moment, but one source says the endgame is to set up development and production divisions that would churn out long-form content in a bid to compete with Netflix, and the like. They say these divisions could be operational as early as next year. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 7, 2015
Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle’s’s ‘Steve Jobs’ film is scheduled to hit movie theaters in the United States on October 9 so movie producers began airing a brand new TV trailer on television in an effort to drum up publicity for the forthcoming flick.
The 60-second video flashes between scenes depicting Steve’s meticulous preparations for Apple’s carefully choreographed product presentations and ones reflecting on his troubled relationship with Lisa, Jobs’s first daughter who appears to be the ”heroine of the film” as the director put it. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 24, 2015
A new movie about Apple’s legendary co-founder, titled ‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,’ is scheduled to open in select theaters in less than two weeks and Mashable today released the first official trailer which provides an early look into the forthcoming documentary.
In addition to exploring the impact of Steve Jobs’ work on the society and our embrace of computers and technology, the 120-minute nonfictional documentary plays off the controversies that had surrounded Jobs’ persona for many years.
Directed by Alex Gibney, it apparently paints the picture of a “bold, brilliant and brutal” Steve Jobs, the description which did not sit well with Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, who called it “an inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend” and ”not a reflection of the Steve I knew.” Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 23, 2015
As a longtime fan of TodoMovies, an excellent movie tracker by German developer Taphive, I’ve been using the app to keep tabs on the movies I wanted to watch.
Since its March 2014 App Store debut, developers have constantly updated the app with meaningful feature additions like Motion Posters in TodoMovies 2, a revamped design in TodoMovies 3 and lots of other goodies.
Previously a $1.99 download, TodoMovies went the freemium route and it did help widen the app’s user base. And as of Thursday, TodoMovies 4 is available in the App Store with tons more perks.
For starters, it now offers a nicely designed Apple Watch app for your wrist. On the iPhone side, enhancements include custom lists, a richer movie details view, tab-based navigation, support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screens and more.
Read on for a quick review based on my brief hands-on time with the new version. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 1, 2015
Following a teaser trailer for the Steve Jobs movie we saw back in May, Universal on Wednesday released the full official trailer for the forthcoming flick.
“Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter,” teases Universal Pictures. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on May 17, 2015
The first official teaser trailer for Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic is now live on YouTube. In it, we hear dialogue from lead actor Michael Fassbender, along with glimpses of actors Seth Rogan, Jeff Daniels, and Kate Winslet.
This movie, as you’re likely aware of, has suffered through numerous changes and setbacks, but it finally looks as if it’s shaping up for a definite release in October. Watch the full teaser trailer, and let us know what you think. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 10, 2015
Monday, The Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox announced bringing all six Star Wars movies in their high-definition digital form to Apple’s iTunes Store, Google’s Play Store and other services, including Amazon’s Instant Video and Microsoft’s Xbox Video.
Having been available for pre-order on iTunes at $19.99 each, all six movies became available for download across platforms today, April 10.
The six-movie saga is comprised of the “Star Wars,” “Return of the Jedi,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” “The Phantom Menace,” “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith” films and includes new bonus extras and can be bought or all at once as part of the “Star Wars Digital Movie Collection”. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 9, 2015
Apple is holding its “Spring Forward” media event at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts and the company has just announced that HBO’s rumored subscription service is debuting on the now discounted Apple TV set-top box next month at a fleet monthly fee of $14.99.
The CEO of HBO Richard Plepler took the stage to say that the service, dubbed HBO Now, will be exclusive to Apple at launch. Past, present and future programming will be available on Apple devices, via a brand new channel on Apple TV and a dedicated iOS app. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2015
Focus, an upcoming movie starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, has become the first Hollywood flick to have been edited entirely in Apple’s Final Cut Pro X software, USA Today reported Wednesday.
In advance of the film’s silver screen debut this coming Friday, Apple set up a dedicated webpage on its website to showcase how the romantic comedy was shot and edited using not just Final Cut Pro X, but other standard software readily available to anyone on the Mac App Store. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2015
An astonishingly detailed profile of Apple’s design head Jony Ive that was published last week by The New Yorker makes an interesting side note about an upcoming Star Wars movie.
According to the article, director J.J. Abrams said Ive made “very specific” suggestions about lightsaber design for Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie.
The quote prompted 3D artist Martin Hajek to come up with a batch of renderings showcasing his amusing depiction of a Jony Ive-fied Star Wars lightsaber. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 22, 2015
Ahead of the annual Academy Awards ceremony tonight, Apple has started airing a new television commercial which highlights iPad use in filmmaking.
Titled ‘Make a film with iPad,’ the 30-second spot is narrated by director Martin Scorsese, widely regarded as one of the most significant and influential filmmakers in cinema history.
Unsurprisingly, the Oscars ad has been shot entirely on the iPad Air 2. The video closes with the ‘Everything changes with iPad’ tagline that was also used in Apple’s previous iPad commercial, aired on the day of the Grammy Awards, which highlights how tablet can be used as a music-creation tool. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 18, 2015
Folks in the market for a distinctively different iPhone case who don’t mind some bulk should check out a pair of crazy cases hailing from Japan.
As highlighted by TouchArcade, the cases turn your device into a near-perfect replica of Tim Burton’s Batmobile or a Delorean from Back to the Future II, complete with blinking LEDs and sliding plastic doors to reveal the camera lens and the physical buttons.
Though impractical in terms of daily use, these cases will sure turn heads and make you the star of every party. Created by Bandai, they’re available in Japan for 5,940 yen, which works out to approximately $50. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2015
As first noted by Variety, a new Steve Jobs film will be premiering soon. No, not Universal’s ill-fated biopic that started filming last week, based on Walter Isaacson’s biography and starring Michael Fassbender as Apple’s mercurial co-founder.
Titled “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” the new film is basically a 120-minute nonfictional documentary that explores the impact of Steve Jobs’ work on the society and our embrace of computers and technology. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 22, 2015
Hey kids, if you loved The LEGO Movie now is your chance to enjoy the same fun characters and environments in an interactive iPhone and iPad game.
Released today in the App Store, the LEGO Movie Video Game contains more than 90 characters from the film and over 40 missions. It’s a classic LEGO fun so you’ll get to build your own virtual LEGO creations using the Master Builders. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 22, 2014
As first noted by 9to5Mac, Apple has expanded its social presence with a brand new blog dedicated to iTunes content and hosted on Yahoo-owned Tumblr platform.
Now available at the itunes.tumblr.com URL, the blog highlights a curated selection of movies, television shows, music and books carried on the iTunes Store.
A special emphasis is given to Apple’s Best of 2014 charts that were published on iTunes last week. If memory serves me well, this is Apple’s second official blog on Tumblr following odd iPhone 5c web adds and Tumblr presence which was supposed to resonate with the blog platform’s younger audience. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 10, 2014
Welcome to Wednesday. As we prepare for an onslaught of new arrivals that will be hitting the App Store midnight, a number of apps and games have been updated with new features and we’re here to tell you what’s changed.
We also want to make sure you stay on top of recent discounts as some apps get slashed by as much as eighty percent with the others going all the way down to zero bucks.
And it wouldn’t be a roundup without taking a look at some of the forthcoming releases due later this month or sometime next year. This is App Recap, an app-focused column by iDownloadBlog. Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 9, 2014
Natalie Portman has decided to pass on the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, according to a new report from Variety. Portman was said to be in talks for a lead female role in the movie, either as Jobs’ daughter Lisa or former Mac marketing chief Joanna Hoffman.
Additionally, The Wrap reports today that Universal Pictures is eyeing Jeff Daniels for the role of former Apple CEO John Sculley. If he signs on to the project, Daniels would join fellow Newsroom alumni in writer Aaron Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2014
App Recap welcomes you to Monday. Our daily column that helps make sense of the latest iPhone, iPad and Mac apps, games and media on iTunes is back with tons of goodies, discounts, software news and more.
We also feature a new Apple Pay television commercial by MasterCard featuring Gwen Stefani and a huge update to Paper by Fifty-Three while casting spotlight on a holiday-themed update to The Sims FreePlay and the latest Star Wars: Commander refresh that features Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 8, 2014
Like in years past, Apple ahead of the holidays published its list of the best and most popular apps, movies, TV shows, music and books available on iTunes. In the category of the top paid iPhone app, Heads Up! came in first. Facebook’s Messenger is Apple’s top free iPhone app and Clash of Clans emerged as the top grossing iPhone app, respectively. On the iPad side, Minecraft, YouTube and Clash of Clans have been rated as the App Store’s top paid, free and grossing apps, respectively.
Without further ado, here’s the rest of Apple’s most popular apps and media in 2014. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2014
As we head into the weekend, spare a few minutes and check out what’s been making round on iTunes today. App Recap, our daily column that highlights new apps, discounts, media and entertainment, is here to help you make sense of it all so you can focus on stuff that matters.
In today’s edition, we bring you a few new apps and games that we think are worth your attention, some notable discounts on popular and lesser known apps and games, some nice Christmas tunes, low-priced iTunes movies and some of the blockbuster flicks hitting the silver screen in the coming months.
And for the first time since its inception, App Recap now features a laundry list of jailbreak tweaks and news. Read More