BBC iPlayer Coming to Apple TV

10:12 AM, Oct. 29th, 2015 · · iObserver

BBC's iPlayer coming to Apple TV soon

Good news UK BBC watchers: BBC iPlayer is coming to the new Apple TV soon. That means everyone who's been using AirPlay with their iPhone or iPad to get shows from iPlayer onto their TV will finally have a native Apple TV app instead.

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Good news: BBC iPlayer is getting a native Apple TV app.

Bad news: It's fourth generation only; third gen Apple TV owners are going to miss out.

Apple TV’s Siri Won’t Support Apple Music Until Next Year

9:05 AM, Oct. 29th, 2015 · · iObserver

Siri can't search Apple Music on your new Apple TV until next year

Apple TV deliveries start tomorrow, October 30th, but it won't support using Siri voice commands to find songs on Apple Music—at least not yet. Apple said the feature is coming, but won't be available until early 2016.

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It kind of sucks Apple TV won't have Siri support for Apple Music at launch. Knowing that's coming soon, however, does take away some of the sting.

Apple and U2 Collaborate on Virtual Reality Music Video

8:56 PM, Oct. 28th, 2015 · · iObserver

Bono and The Edge playing

I think this is super cool—very cool indeed. Apple and U2 have collaborated on a virtual reality music video released on an app called Vrse. While the 360 degree music video was designed to work with Google Cardboard, you can also experience it with just your iPhone.

The iPad is Our Vision of the Future - It’s Not Going Away - Ever

4:15 PM, Oct. 28th, 2015 · · iObserver

The Future of the iPad not yet written

For the seventh quarter in a row, iPad sales have declined. Does this mean the iPad is a failed product? Does this mean Apple will give up on it? Is the iPad Pro the last stand? Is beating up on Apple for this decline a productive thing to do?  John Martellaro says the answer to all these questions is a resounding "No!" You'll see why in a few minutes.

iTunes: Delete Old Device Backups to Save Space

8:57 AM, Oct. 28th, 2015 · · iObserver

How to remove old iOS device backups from your Mac

If you're running out of space on your Mac, you should definitely check to see if you've got old or unneeded iPhone/iPad backups within iTunes. They're easy to delete! Within today's Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will show us how to clean those out, and she'll also go over a few more handy ways to use those device backups, too.

What Tim Cook Really Said about Android Switchers

9:37 PM, Oct. 27th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple CEO Tim Cook

The Mac Web and mainstream news outlets alike are reporting that 30 percent of Apple's iPhone customers in the September quarter switched from Android. If true, that would mean some 14.4 million Android users switched to iOS, but that's not what Apple CEO Tim Cook actually said.

Native Apple Watch Apps Hit 1,300

6:57 PM, Oct. 27th, 2015 · · iObserver

watchOS 2-native Apple Watch apps hit 1,300 in one month

Thanks to watchOS 2, developers can write native Apple Watch apps, and so far 1,300 are available. watchOS 2 was released in September, and one of the features users and developers had been waiting for ever since Apple Watch started shipping earlier this year was support for third-party apps capable of running natively on the watch instead of tethering to your iPhone.

Apple Stock Drops 3% Ahead of Earnings Report Pushed by China Worries. Again.

6:46 PM, Oct. 26th, 2015 · · iObserver

$AAPL Chart for October 26th, 2015

Shares of Apple Inc. dropped more than 3 percent on Monday, one day ahead of the company's fiscal 4th quarter earnings report. One of the primary sources of concern for Wall Street was China, a recurring theme for Apple, though the company has turned in excellent results in China every time the alarm bell has sounded.

Verizon Asks FCC for Wi-Fi Calling Waiver

11:14 AM, Oct. 26th, 2015 · · iObserver

Verizon asks FCC for Wi-Fi calling waiver

Now that AT&T has it's FCC waiver for Wi-Fi calling support, Verizon has followed suit and filed its petition. Once in place, Verizon will be able to use Wi-Fi networks for phone calls when cell signals are too weak.

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Verizon hasn't seemed all that interested in offering Wi-Fi calling support, but it is nice to see they're finally applying for an FCC waiver so they can. It's interesting that Verizon is taking this route even though the company doesn't think the waiver is necessary.