Apple TV Available for Pre-order

9:02 AM, Oct. 26th, 2015 · · News

Apple TV pre-orders start Monday

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.

Switzerland’s Low End Watch Sales Fall in 3rd Quarter, Apple Watch Might Have Played a Role

7:39 PM, Oct. 23rd, 2015 · · News

A watchmaker at work

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.

Facebook Says iPhone Battery Drain Issue Fixed, Sort of

11:51 AM, Oct. 23rd, 2015 · · News

Facebook says it fixed part of its iPhone battery drain problem

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 Takes Commie ‘Environmentalist’ Attitude to China

6:17 PM, Oct. 22nd, 2015 · · News

Apple in China

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 to Developers: Submit Your Apple TV Apps

9:24 AM, Oct. 22nd, 2015 · · News

Apple calls for Apple TV app submissions

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’s new iTunes Terms & Conditions add Apple TV, tvOS & Downloadable Content References

3:32 PM, Oct. 21st, 2015 · · News

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.