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 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.
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.
Apple shipped a lot of great products in 2015, most of which Dr. Mac owns and uses daily. They’re all darn good, but which one did he think was number one -- the best of the best? There's only one way to find out!
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!
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.
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 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.
Amazon may be working on an Apple TV version of its Prime Instant Video app, and it may be released in just a few weeks. Word of the company's Apple TV support comes from a response to a feedback comment from a developer—which isn't the same as official confirmation.
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News of Prime Instant Video coming to Apple TV isn't official, but does seem plausible. If true we'd be able to watch iTunes Store, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime video on our televisions without having to switch set top boxes. Like a boss.
Apple released tvOS 9.0.1 for the company's new Apple TV models, though the update didn't come with patch notes. A reasonable bet is that this is a maintenance release with bug fixes and stability improvements.
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