Apple TV gets software update, preliminary iCloud support

By on August 1, 2011 at 9:52 PM.

Apple TV gets software update, preliminary iCloud support

Apple issued an update to its Apple TV product on Monday that will allow users to stream purchased high-definition TV shows directly from iTunes. Specifically, Apple says the update will enable:

  • iTunes TV Shows: Purchase your favorite TV shows directly from the iTunes Store, and watch the shows you already own, commercial-free in HD.
  • Vimeo: Browse and play videos from Vimeo, access your video inbox, and mark videos you want to watch later.

When Apple first launched the Apple TV, it only allowed users to rent movies and shows and there was not an option to purchase titles for permanent ownership. For users in the U.S., Apple has also rolled out preliminary iCloud support with this update, allowing users to re-download some purchased television shows, though movie support is not yet available. More →

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Apple to introduce AirPlay video streaming for Safari and third-party apps in 2011

By on November 30, 2010 at 4:00 PM.

Apple to introduce AirPlay video streaming for Safari and third-party apps in 2011

Nothing sets diehard Apple fans’ hearts aflutter quite like an alleged email from Apple CEO Steve Jobs — and if you’re a diehard Apple fan, today is your lucky day. Mac Rumors reports that one of its forum members recently received a reply from Jobs in response to an AirPlay inquiry sent last week. In his email, the Apple fan asked Jobs if his company’s “seriously amazing” new AirPlay feature would ever become available for video in Safari and third-party apps. Jobs’ response, according to the report, was an affirmative: “Yep, hope to add these features to Airplay in 2011.” The authenticity of the email is anything but confirmed, but Jobs is known to reply to the odd email here and there so it’s entirely feasible that this is the real deal. More →

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Apple unloads 250,000 Apple TV units in first six weeks

By on October 19, 2010 at 11:31 PM.

Apple unloads 250,000 Apple TV units in first six weeks

It might not have launched with a new name or an App Store as rumors suggested, but Apple’s refreshed set top box still managed to find its way into plenty of living rooms following its launch last month. The new iOS-powered Apple TV became available in early September and according to Apple’s earnings call this past Monday, the company has sold over 250,000 units in the six weeks since its release. It looks like Apple TV isn’t such a bad hobby after all. Unlike less popular Apple TV models of generations past, the new Apple TV is very affordable at $99. It also offers TV show rentals for just 99 cents, HD movie rentals for as little as $3.99, and it supports Netflix’s Watch Instantly streaming video service. Firm rumors that the media box will soon have access to third-party apps persist, so it will be interesting to see if the introduction of an App Store will increase Apple TV’s already impressive sales pace.

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Apple working on video iAds for iDevices, AppleTV?

By on October 18, 2010 at 10:57 AM.

Apple working on video iAds for iDevices, AppleTV?

Publication GigaOM is citing “multiple sources” in a report that claims Apple, Inc. is developing a video advertising system to be incorporated into iAds. The blog reports that the new video adverts would be both Quicktime and HTML compliant and could be targeted (through the use of location and anonymized user data). The speculated service is purportedly being designed for the AppleTV, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment and will update the article accordingly if we hear back. More →

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Second generation AppleTV jailbroken with SHAtter exploit

By on October 1, 2010 at 7:15 AM.

Second generation AppleTV jailbroken with SHAtter exploit

If you picked yourself up a second generation AppleTV, or plan to, it looks like you’ll be able to get your jailbreak on; assuming you’re into that sort of thing. Dev-team member MuscleNerd has posted a one-minute YouTube video showing Apple’s little black-box running a jailbroken firmware. Complimenting that, the dev-team has also managed to decrypt the AppleTV’s encryption keys. Hit the jump to see the video and hit the read link to check out the keys. More →

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Apple TV first impressions

By on September 30, 2010 at 1:58 PM.

Apple TV first impressions

By now, if you preordered an Apple TV, you should be enjoying one for yourself, but in case you didn’t, a limited number of units were available yesterday at Apple stores in the US. If you weren’t able to snag one however, we have a quick overview of the new unit to hold you over. As far as sizing, well… it’s as tiny as the photos on Apple’s site make it look. Definitely smaller than two iPhone 4s placed next to each other, though a little taller. Around the back of the device, things have been simplified. You’ll find a power port, HDMI port, optical audio port, ethernet port, and microUSB port. Yes, that is all. Though the Apple TV comes with a new CNC’d aluminum remote, you are going to want to use an iOS device if you have one. Not only is the Remote app for iPhone, iPod touch and now iPad fully redone, it also gives you access to your shared home content on iTunes. That means you can control every song or video in your iTunes library as if you were at your main computer.

In addition to now streaming instead of painfully syncing your iTunes content, there are obvious other advantages of the new Apple TV. The first one? Netflix! Something long available on practically all other home entertainment consoles, DVRs, and systems, Netflix on the Apple TV works great. It’s simple to set up, and you have access to everything you would want from the comfort of your sofa. We’re cooking up a more detailed overview, but there are a couple in action shots after the break for your enjoyment. Also, definitely chime in if you’re a lucky owner of a new ATV — hit us if you love the new design and feature set, and comment if you don’t — we want to know what you guys think. More →

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iFixit dismantles AppleTV, 8 GB NAND Flash found

By on September 29, 2010 at 7:01 PM.

iFixit dismantles AppleTV, 8 GB NAND Flash found

When Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the new AppleTV, back on September 1, there was no mention of the internal storage capabilities of the device. Mr. Jobs did mention, several times actually, that the device’s focus was on streaming content, not storing it. Today, thanks to a take-apart by iFixit, we know that while content storage may not be the AppleTV’s focus, it still has the ability. In dismantling the small, black box, iFixit found a Samsung 8 GB NAND Flash storage chip hiding inside; the same chip featured in the iPad. Obviously, the device needs storage for its operating system and room to buffer content, but 8 GB seems like an awful lot. Perhaps an indication of an AppleTV application store, or new OS down the road? Who knows. The only reason that it is out-of-place is due to the fact that Apple neglected to mention it. More →

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Two new iPhone model names make cameo in AppleTV firmware

By on September 28, 2010 at 9:00 AM.

Two new iPhone model names make cameo in AppleTV firmware

It appears as though two additional iPhone model names have surfaced in Apple’s latest iteration of the AppleTV firmware. The two devices — which are listed as iPhone 3,2 and iPhone 3,3 — will presumably have the same form factor as the current iPhone 4 model (unless Apple has decided to do something drastically different with model names) but have some sort of internal tweak(s). What could those tweaks be? It could be anything from an updated processor or antenna design to a… wait for it… CDMA radio. It’s all speculative at this point. Let us know what you think it could be. More →

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Apple event scheduled for September 1st

By on August 25, 2010 at 2:16 PM.

Apple event scheduled for September 1st

This morning, we told you about a Bloomberg report that stated Apple, Inc. would be holding a September 7th media event in San Francisco; an event that the publication predicted would herald in a new AppleTV and iPod Touch models. While we have no idea what will be released, we now know — officially — that Apple will be holding a media event on September 1st out in San Francisco. Judging by the invite, it will have something to do with music (see how we picked up on that). The event starts at 10:00 AM PT (1:00 PM ET). Any guesses what Apple has in store?

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Bloomberg: Apple to hold media event September 7th in San Francisco

By on August 25, 2010 at 9:09 AM.

Bloomberg: Apple to hold media event September 7th in San Francisco

Bloomberg has updated their report, filed yesterday, on Apple’s plans to launch a 99-cent, a la carte style, TV-show rental service for their AppleTV product. The updated report states that, “Apple plans to hold a San Francisco event Sept. 7, two weeks ahead of the start of the new prime-time TV season, to unveil the service and an updated line of entertainment products.” Bloomberg also predicts that new AppleTV hardware that runs the company’s iOS, as well as a new high-resolution iPod Touch with front facing camera, will be unveiled at the event. Typically, Apple gives the media 7 to 10 days of notice for such events. We’ll report back if the September 7th date becomes official. More →

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Bloomberg: Apple readying 99-cent TV show rentals

By on August 24, 2010 at 5:30 PM.

Bloomberg: Apple readying 99-cent TV show rentals

Bloomberg is reporting that Apple is in “advanced talks” with News Corp., CBS Corp., and Walt Disney Co. to allow iTunes users to rent their programming for 99-cents an episode. The report reads: “The content deals would give Apple users access to some of the most-watched shows on TV and increase the appeal of its devices […] Added programming also would build on iTunes’ role as the biggest retailer of music and mobile applications, and help Apple ward off companies like Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., which offer their own online video services.” The move is being billed as “smart” by RBC Capital analyst David Bank, who states that rental service opens new opportunities without upsetting the “existing ecosystem.” The idea of a la carte TV does sound appealing… although we would miss live sports. What do you think? Could you replace your cable service with a per show type system, or would you miss surfing all 800 channels? More →

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