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 iPad 2 review

By on March 18, 2011 at 10:52 AM.

Apple iPad 2 review

There’s so much to say about Apple’s new tablet, the iPad 2, yet it really boils down to a few short and sweet sentences. It’s the latest tablet on the market, having beaten the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook to market by a good month, and its return to store shelves (or lack thereof) comes just a few weeks after Motorola’s highly anticipated XOOM launched. It seems as though every manufacturer has tablet fever as of late, though Apple really defined this product category, and now it’s back in an even bigger way just under a year later. Read on to find out if the iPad 2 really has the chops to rock and roll with the best of them!

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iPod touch users experiencing graphics issues after iOS 4.3 update [video]

By on March 16, 2011 at 11:47 PM.

iPod touch users experiencing graphics issues after iOS 4.3 update [video]

Reports are beginning to mount from iPod touch owners who are experiencing an odd graphics issue on their devices after updating to iOS 4.3. Screen sections of affected iPods seem to flicker and distort, almost as if the device is having a refresh rate or redraw issue. Some users are reporting that their screens appear “snowy” or “fuzzy.” There is a thread on the company’s discussion board where affected users are airing out their concerns; Apple has yes to publicly acknowledge the issue. There is a video after the break that demonstrates what some iPod touch users are dealing with. More →

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Enabling iPad 2 multitouch gesture support takes $5, one click [updated]

By on March 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM.

Enabling iPad 2 multitouch gesture support takes $5, one click [updated]

Apple has been testing multitouch gestures for quite a while, and we reported in January that this will likely lead to Apple ultimately ditching the home button on future iPad and iPhone devices. The feature, which simplifies certain tasks such as app switching, still isn’t available to the general public. But as it turns out, anyone can enable multitouch gestures on the iPad or iPad 2 with just a few minutes and $5. As pointed out by Gizmodo, users can simply purchase Apple’s iOS developer software Xcode 4 — available for $5 from the Mac App Store — and enable the nifty feature with a single click. Once enabled, users will be able to use a four-finger swipe from side to side in order to switch open apps, swipe up with four fingers to open the app switcher, and use a five-finger pinch to return to the home screen. Hit the break for the simple instructions. More →

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Apple’s next iPhone to utilize dual-core A5 chip?

By on March 10, 2011 at 7:38 AM.

Apple’s next iPhone to utilize dual-core A5 chip?

Users and developers alike have been combing through iOS 4.3 since it’s release yesterday, and their efforts have produced a few interesting tidbits of information. After dismantling both software packages, tinkerers have discovered Apple’s naming convention for the iPad 2 — iPad 2,1 (K93AP) is the Wi-Fi model, iPad 2,2 (K94AP) is the GSM model, and iPad 2,3 (K95AP) is the CDMA model. All models are listed as having the S5L8940 processor, more commonly known as the A5. Here is the interesting bit: additional text snippets found in the iOS 4.3 and Xcode 4 bundles reference the next iPhone by its codename, N94AP. They also list it as having the same S5L8940, dual-core, A5 processor as the iPad 2. It isn’t really a surprise that Apple would use the A5 in both the iPad 2 and iPhone 5 — since it uses the A4 in the iPad and iPhone 4 — but it is nice to have some evidence to backup those assumptions. More →

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Apple releases iOS 4.3 for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV

By on March 9, 2011 at 1:07 PM.

Apple releases iOS 4.3 for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV

The update came a bit later than Apple intended due to an issue fixed by last night’s iTunes update, but the company just released iOS 4.3 for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV. BGR exclusively revealed the change log for iOS 4.3 in January, which detailed most of the changes users can look forward to in this update. The most notable addition is Apple’s new Personal Hotspot feature which is now available on GSM versions of the iPhone 4 in addition to Verizon’s CDMA iPhone. Another highly anticipated feature now available in iOS is AirPlay support for third-party apps. Of note, this update is compatible only with the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, Apple TV and the third and fourth-generation iPod touch models. Earlier iPods do not have access to iOS 4.3, nor do the original iPhone or iPhone 3G.

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Apple releases iTunes 10.2.1 update

By on March 8, 2011 at 6:26 PM.

Apple releases iTunes 10.2.1 update

Apple on Tuesday released an updated version of its iTunes software. iTunes 10.2.1 includes the same change log as the previous version of the software, which could indicate that this build addresses a bug discovered in iTunes 10.2. The need to issue this bug fix so soon after iTunes 10.2 was released could also be the reason iOS 4.3 was not released today as we expected.

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Apple seeds iOS 4.3 Gold Master to developers

By on March 3, 2011 at 2:14 PM.

Apple seeds iOS 4.3 Gold Master to developers

Just one day after its official unveiling, Apple has made iOS 4.3 Gold Master, build 8F190 (called it!) available to developers. The code adds support for mobile hotspot creation, third-party AirPlay access, along with a host of other improvements. The update is available to those with Apple Developer accounts and supports iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and the 3rd and 4th generation iPod touch models. Those of you with developer accounts, enjoy!

Thanks, @CDeeRON!

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AT&T to support mobile hotspot feature for iPhone in iOS 4.3

By on March 3, 2011 at 9:13 AM.

AT&T to support mobile hotspot feature for iPhone in iOS 4.3

While speaking with blog Phone Scoop, AT&T spokesperson Seth Bloom acknowledged his company’s plans to support the mobile hotspot feature available in iOS 4.3. “To utilize this feature, customers will need to subscribe to the DataPro 4GB, $45 tethering data plan,” said Bloom. The $45, DataPro plan is currently required by iPhone customers looking to tether their device via USB or Bluetooth. Apple will make iOS 4.3 available to the public on March 11th. Bloom did not indicate whether the feature would be supported then, on day-one, but we can’t imagine too much lag time (especially since some iOS 4.3 beta users have it working now). How many of you AT&T users are going to shell out an extra $20 a month for some Wi-Fi hotspot action? More →

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Apple updates iTunes to 10.2, adds iOS 4.3 support and improved Home Sharing

By on March 3, 2011 at 1:00 AM.

Apple updates iTunes to 10.2, adds iOS 4.3 support and improved Home Sharing

Apple on Wednesday released an update to its iTunes software. The update comes following its media event where the new iPad 2 was finally unveiled. iTunes 10.2 doesn’t add any major functionality to the software, listing only two features in the accompanying change log:

  • Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.3.
  • Improved Home Sharing. Browse and play from your iTunes libraries with Home Sharing on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.3.

Apple’s iTunes 10.2 software is available immediately and can be downloaded from Apple’s iTunes page, which is linked below. More →

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Apple finally GMs iOS 4.3, build 8F190?

By on February 24, 2011 at 9:55 AM.

Apple finally GMs iOS 4.3, build 8F190?

One of our Apple sources has just informed us that it looks like Apple has finalized the code for its upcoming iOS 4.3 release. The build, we’re told, is 8F190 for those keeping track. Maybe we’ll see this release unify the Verizon iPhone OS-wise as well? We’ll probably see this in the wild next week if we had to bet…

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Apple to release iOS 4.3 on February 14th, report claims

By on February 4, 2011 at 12:44 PM.

Apple to release iOS 4.3 on February 14th, report claims

Contradicting earlier reports suggesting AT&T might enable Apple’s new Personal Hotspot feature on February 13th, which would require a release of iOS 4.3 on or before that date, MacStories reports that Apple is set to issue the new software a day later on Valentine’s Day. The Apple enthusiast blog cites a reliable source in stating that Apple will release iOS 4.3 at 10:00AM PST on February 14th. Other unconfirmed reports have suggested that the new OS build would be made available before February 10th, when Verizon Wireless’ iPhone 4 is set to launch. Among the new features expected to be introduced in iOS 4.3 are AirPlay support for third-party native apps and Web apps, a new option to configure the iPad’s slide switch as mute or rotation lock, and of course Apple’s Personal Hotspot function, which turns the iPhone into a portable wireless modem. More →

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iPhone 4 Personal Hotspot may be coming to AT&T on February 13th

By on February 3, 2011 at 12:31 PM.

iPhone 4 Personal Hotspot may be coming to AT&T on February 13th

Last month, BGR exclusively confirmed that Apple’s new Personal Hotspot feature is coming to all iPhones with the release of iOS 4.3. In a later piece entitled, You don’t have to wait to turn your iPhone into a mobile hotspot, we also speculated that AT&T might not immediately enable the feature for its iPhone customers. It looks like the pressure of Verizon Wireless’ imminent iPhone 4 launch may have been enough for AT&T to uncharacteristically fast-track the release of the new feature, however. Buried in The New York Times’ glowing review of Verizon Wireless’ iPhone 4 was a mention that AT&T would be enabling Personal Hotspot on February 13th. “[Personal Hotspot is] incredibly convenient. Many other app phones have it — AT&T’s iPhone gets it on Feb. 13 — but Apple’s execution is especially nice,” The New York Times writes. The mention of February 13th has since been removed, however, having been replaced by a note reading, “AT&T says its iPhone will get it soon.” It is highly unlikely that Times tech guy David Pogue simply pulled that date out of thin air — more likely is the possibility that Pogue let slip a tidbit he was briefed on, and later corrected it. In any event, we’ll know for sure in just over a week. More →

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