There’s no escaping it: fall is just around the corner. As the leaves turn from shades of green to gorgeous ambers and reds, the thoughts of Apple users around the world are turning to the launch of iCloud and all the goodness Apple’s over-the-air content syncing service will bring with it.
If you own a Mac computer or an iOS device, there’s little doubt that you’re already familiar with what iCloud has in store and are chomping at the bit to get at it. But what about the venerable Apple TV? It’s powered by iOS -- doesn’t it deserve a bit of love as well? We like to think so, and while Apple hasn’t announced any iCloud-enabled features for their increasingly popular "hobby", we have a vision of what the company’s upcoming cloud service can do for everyone’s favorite diminutive HDMI connected darling.
Second-generation Apple TV users, your little black box just got a lot cooler. FireCore has just pushed out a beta 7 update to its popular aTV Flash (black), which brings a host of new abilities to Apple’s otherwise locked-down media streamer -- including cloud backups for third-party settings, music playback and metadata views.
There’s no doubt that new CEO Tim Cook’s intentions are pure. As Apple’s Board of Directors swiftly confirmed, there is no one more capable of stepping into Steve Jobs’ shoes, and no one more eager to stay true to Apple’s culture and DNA. But no matter how much wisdom Steve has imparted on Cook or how many late-night phone calls they have, decisions no longer go through Jobs. And as with any regime change, things will be different, no matter how reassuring Tim’s words are.
Now, that doesn’t mean Apple’s going to suddenly start selling iPhones with slide-out keyboards, but some noticeable changes might be in store over the next year or so. Click through for a look at what we might be seeing a little different this time next year.
What seemed like one of the major selling points of the Apple TV has now been taken away from the popular set-top box. Apple has removed the ability to rent 99-cent shows. You can no longer find the option to rent shows from the Apple TV menu screen.
Is Apple working overtime preparing iOS 5 ready for release? That would appear to be the case, as the company slipped out Beta 5 of the next mobile operating system on Saturday, a rare move that is likely to make for a few cranky developers this lazy August weekend.
Apple kicked off the month of August with a new update for the company’s eternal living room “hobby,” the Apple TV, with a 4.3 update that finally allows the streaming of purchased television shows -- both those purchased from the tiny box as well as those bought in the past. Here’s a look at this and other new features.
It appears iCloud is starting to happen. iOS 4.3.3 firmware update for Apple TV went live a few minutes ago, and it quietly delivers some very cool features. The update adds support for the video hosting service Vimeo, which is cool, but here is the big wow: you can now buy TV shows through Apple TV, instead of just renting them.
Since the Apple TV has negligible built-in storage, when you purchase a TV show through the set-top box, it is presumably streaming to you from a cloud-based storage locker. Which is full of awesome.
Apple TV may be a hobby for Cupertino, but Google TV devices are a nightmare for manufacturers.
Logitech, manufacturer of the Google TV enabled Revue, recently admitted to "very modest sales" of the set top device in the last quarter. So modest, in fact, that numbers were actually upside down during the quarter, with returns outpacing new sales. Which is never good. Logitech is countering by reducing the price of the Revue from $249 to an Apple TV-ish price of $99; this massive price slash will cost Logitech $34 billion in one time charges, which is really never good.
In addition to OS X Lion, Apple graced us with refreshed MacBook Air and Mac mini models last week, adding Intel Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt I/O to the diminutive dynamic duo. But nothing is perfect, and there are a few things we’d like to change about the Mac mini in particular -- so read on and find out how.
Thanks to some digging in the SDK, it appears users will be able to pair a Bluetooth keyboard with their Apple TV when iOS 5 is released. The findings indicate the option will be available on the $99 Apple TV, and could herald the coming of some real apps for the set top device.
Safari on a HD widescreen TV? Yes please. We can dream, right?