True to Apple CEO Tim Cook's promise, Apple TV pre-orders started on Monday morning. The new model is available in 32 GB and 64 GB sizes with a redesigned remote control and support for third-party apps. Mr. Cook also said it will ship at the end of the week.
Daniel Kottke, Apple employee #12, liked the new Steve Jobs film. In an interview with CNN, Mr. Kottke said, "[the movie portrayal of Steve Jobs] was very much a caricature ... [but] Aaron Sorkin did such a good job."
Swiss watch exports declined 8.5 percent in the third quarter, including a 9.9 percent drop in September and a 10 percent drop in July, according to the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (via Reuters). While sales were down across the board, low-end timepieces in the Apple Watch price range took the biggest hit, and that could indicate Apple is having an impact on the industry.
After the Internet went into a tizzy over Facebook's iOS app eating our iPhone batteries and leaving a trail of digital tears in its wake, the company said the fixes it told The Mac Observer were coming are starting to show up. The social network released an update yesterday that addressed an issue where the app's CPU usage took a hit on battery life, and more fixes are on the way.
Apple is stepping up its already aggressive environmental game in China. The irony in this announcement is rich. Many on the political right in the U.S. equate environmentalism with the "commies," yet actually-Communist China has few regulations designed to protect its environment, and even fewer that are actually enforced.
Apple sent the call out to developers Wednesday evening to submit their Apple TV-native apps for approval. The notice comes just a few days ahead of Apple TV pre-orders, and a week ahead of the streaming TV device's October 30 launch.
Apple released a minor update to iTunes Wednesday, version 12.3.1. The patch notes specify only that, "This update improves overall stability and performance," but it comes on the same day that iOS, OS X, and watchOS were updated.
On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, Apple updated their iTunes Store Terms and Conditions. Changes from the June, 2015 update are minimal and simply include references to App Store for Apple TV and tvOS, and caveats for "on-demand download of content based on app usage and resource constraints (which may use cellular data)." Otherwise, everything is business-as-usual.
Apple updated OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan on Wednesday. The update includes fixes for problems with Mail and Audio Unit plug-ins, a bug fix for JPEG preview images, improved support for Microsoft Office 2016, and more. The crown jewel of the update is probably the 150 emoji characters added, because...EMOJI!
Along with iOS 9.1, Apple released watchOS 2.0.1 on Wednesday. The update for Apple's smartwatch includes support for the new emoji in iOS 9.1, improved battery performance, and more.
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