Refurbished 4th Gen Apple TVs from Apple Store

3:52 PM, Jan. 27th, 2016 · · Apple TV

4th Gen Apple TV and Remote

The Apple Store has refurbished 4th generation Apple TVs, the new models introduced this past fall. Apple has 32GB units for $129 and 64GB units for $169. They tend to go fast once we post them, so if you're interested, jump on it fast.

Apple Hints at Strong Q1 Apple Watch, Apple TV Sales

5:56 PM, Jan. 26th, 2016 · · Apple TV

Q1 2016 Apple Watch and Apple TV sales were probably pretty good

Apple doesn't break out quarterly Apple Watch and Apple TV sales, but based on the big jump in its "other" category—up 43 percent since the previous quarter—it's a safe bet both sold well through the holiday season. CEO Tim Cook also dropped a couple hints to back that up during the company's 2016 first fiscal quarter earnings conference call Tuesday afternoon.

Apple Adds Podcasts App to Apple TV

2:55 PM, Jan. 25th, 2016 · · Apple TV

Apple adds Podcasts app to 4th get Apple TV

Apple released tvOS 9.1.1 for the fourth generation Apple TV on Monday and it includes a Podcasts app. Podcast support has been a glaring omission from the latest Apple TV model ever since it shipped last September.

Everything Old is New Again (or You Do Know Jack, Don’t You?)

4:10 PM, Jan. 20th, 2016 · · Apple TV

The Jackbox Party Pack

Dr. Mac's son came home raving about a cool new party game called You Don’t Know Jack. The good doctor regretfully informed him that You Don’t Know Jack (YDKJ hereafter) first became available as an interactive CD-ROM the year before he was born and has been available continuously on various platforms ever since. It turned out it actually was a new game called The Jackbox Party Pack; it costs $24.99 in the Mac App Store. Read the column to see why Dr. Mac really, really liked it. 

tvOS: 5 Favorite Siri Commands for Apple TV

9:05 AM, Dec. 11th, 2015 · · Apple TV

How to control your Apple TV with Siri

Today, Melissa Holt's gonna give us some suggestions on how to use Siri with the new Apple TV, including how to repeat a bit of dialogue you missed, skip ahead in your current show or movie, and find out where to watch something you've searched for. Everything's waiting for you in this Quick Tip!

How Unwanted Cable Channels Tricked Us into a Golden Age of TV

9:10 PM, Dec. 10th, 2015 · · Apple TV

Apple TV Testing

Apple's years-long fight to offer a streaming TV service comes down to one thing: unwanted channels. Citing unnamed sources within the industry, Peter Kafka wrote an excellent piece for Re/code about Apple wanting to offer focused, stripped down bundles of television channels in a streaming service, and how this freaks TV executives out.

How I’d Like to See the Apple TV Evolve

3:45 PM, Dec. 8th, 2015 · · Apple TV

Evolution of the Apple TV

There is the Apple ecosphere and there is the 4K UHD ecosphere. That creates tension. Right now, for technical reasons, it was fairly reasonable for the 4th generation Apple TV to dispense with 4K UHD support, but that will change in the next two years. Here are my best wishes for how Apple handles the transition.

Apple TV Update Adds Siri Music Search Support [UPDATED]

1:47 PM, Dec. 8th, 2015 · · Apple TV

tvOS 9.1 lets you search Apple Music on your Apple TV

Apple released tvOS 9.1 for the fourth generation Apple TV on Tuesday, finally bringing Siri search support for Apple Music. The feature was promised with the new Apple TV model, but wasn't included when it was released in October.