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?
While the rumor mills never sleep and constantly churn out new Apple stories, especially as we get closer and closer to release dates, there comes a time when the same story shows up everywhere and becomes conventional wisdom. Are we at that point with the iPhone 5? It kinda feels like it, so here's some news about your soon-to-be favorite new handset and more in the hottest Apple stories we've touched this week.
High definition video is one of the biggest reasons to own an Apple TV. But, if your internet connection doesn’t support the bandwidth needs of HD video rentals, you’re pretty much out of luck. Fortunately, you can still rent videos in standard definition quality from Apple (and at a cheaper price, too!) on your Apple TV.
Watching movies and TV shows on your Mac is cool, but no matter what you’re watching, we guarantee it’s much cooler on a 52-inch HDTV than a 13-inch MacBook. We’ve all figured out how to get video, music and movies on our Macs, but getting those zeros and ones from our Macs to our TVs has always been more challenging. That’s where Playback comes in handy, simplifying what was once a complicated process by essentially acting as a software version of Apple TV. As long as you have some compatible hardware, you’ll be streaming all your photos, music, and more in a matter of minutes.
Remember the Apple Digital AV Adapter? Imagine that functionality, except wireless, and you've got AirPlay Mirroring. Mentioned in passing in Monday's Keynote, this sweet little bit o' kit lets you see iPad content on your TV, as long as you've got an Apple TV hooked up to it.
Over the course of 10 generations, Apple has turned the quaint music player software into a veritable media monolith -- complete with apps, video, books and even a virtual storefront where you can buy them all. But with each new version, subtle new features are often introduced and overlooked by the average user.