Remember this time last year, when Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer stepped on stage at CES to show off HP’s Slate? That was supposed to be their answer to the as-yet unannounced iPad, but we all know how that went down. Now Microsoft is back at CES 2011, with both Apple TV and Google TV in their crosshairs.
Enterprising developer Erica Sadun of TUAW fame has been reverse engineering Apple’s Airplay technology lately, and now she’s following up her successful Airplayer software for the Mac with AirFlick, a simple piece of Mac OS X software that streams any video or audio file to your second-generation Apple TV -- no iTunes required.
Frustrated by slow movie rental downloads via iTunes or your Apple TV? As it turns out, it may not be your broadband connection at fault, but rather a free domain name service (DNS) such as Google DNS or OpenDNS.
There are plenty of ways to watch digital content on your television. Solutions run the gamut from a set of cables outputting your Mac’s A/V signals to your TV, to dedicated set-top boxes like the Apple TV, Boxee Box, or even Google’s new Google TV platform, which is currently runs on a handful of devices from Sony and Logitech. But there’s one problem: while all of these solutions are great at some things, none of them are great at everything. Frankly, I’d even settle for “good” rather than “great,” if it meant I could get all my digital content when and how I want it, without having to juggle between multiple devices, interfaces, and remote controls.
This was the week of our crystal ball gazing when we took a peek into a few possible futures for our favorite Cupertino company and came up with some pretty rad concepts. But that wasn't all that happened, not by a long-shot, so let's look forward to the future and back at the week that was in Mac|Life.
Without much fanfare, Apple released an Apple TV software update today, now version 4.1.1 for the second-generation Apple TV. The update provides a fix for various issues with TVs that were displaying an incorrect resolution and a downloading problem for situations when movies or TV shows get re-downloaded.
Everyone wants to know what Apple's Next Big Thing will be. So we gazed into our crystal ball to glimpse these four ripped-from-the-future prototypes of devices that Apple could make in the years ahead. Join us this week as we post a new prototype every day thought up by the Mac|Life staff, and feel free to share your own ideas in the comments.
Whether it’s a lovely 3.5-inch Retina display on an iPhone 4 or the absolutely stunning 27-inch Cinema Display, Apple’s rightly famous for putting gorgeous visuals first. But they’d never bother with a device as mundane as a regular television set. No, when Apple moves into the living room to capitalize on the snowballing convergence of the internet, gaming, apps, computing, and plain old movie-watching, the least significant thing the AppleVision will do is deliver a pretty picture.
But let’s start with that. The AppleVision’s 65-inch P-IPS display will offer 30-bit color depth capable of displaying more than a billion colors. That alone will make it prettier than any picture currently on the market.
For many, the biggest disappointment of iOS 4.2.1 was the reality that the long-awaited AirPlay feature was essentially neutered -- video streaming to an Apple TV was only possible from Apple’s own apps. According to Steve Jobs, that may change next year.
After weeks of speculation, Apple appears to be sidestepping all of the rumors and charting their own path: iOS 4.2 will be released on Monday around 10am PST (1pm EST), and a companion update for the new second-generation Apple TV will finally bring video playback from those devices via AirPlay as well.