Nothing like a dubious rumor to close out Friday's news shift, but here goes: If Star Wars fan site JediNews.co.uk is correct, a Star Wars app could be coming to Apple TV as early as this holiday season. Naturally, the news comes from an "unnamed source."
It's a very special rumor-laden Labor Day version of the hot news of the week. Did you hear Apple has a new iPhone in production? Well, of course you did. But what else did you hear about it? Anything? Anything at all? Well, we just so happen to have some choice iPhone 5S/C rumors (with video!) and a few other things in the pipeline. So if you aren't already sitting outside grilling for the weekend, have at the week's top news and innuendo.
Could Nintendo lift its sagging fortunes by releasing its hottest properties on other platforms like iOS or Android instead of keeping them on their own hardware? It's a question we may never have an answer to, but it's fun to speculate. And for our American readers, you'll have plenty of time to do so as we enter the three-day Labor Day weekend, so get out there and enjoy the last blast of summer -- we'll be back with a weekend recap on Tuesday morning!
If you're like us, you probably have an old Apple ID from when the iTunes Music Store first went live, then maybe an iCloud or MobileMe (or even Mac.com) account, each of which is considered an "Apple ID." Why can't we consolidate all of these accounts into one? Good question. We don't have an answer, but as you'll find out in today's recap, we're not alone in asking this question...
Yesterday's over-the-air Apple TV update added a number of goodies for owners of the little black box, but for PlexConnect fans, it was nothing but bad news as their favorite loophole got closed up by Cupertino.
Like Apple TV? It just got a little better. A handful of new apps were introduced to the service through today's update, including the Vevo music video service that we said might be coming back during the beginning of the month. (That was quick.) Adding to the mix are two new apps from Disney, as well as apps for the Weather Channel and the Smithsonian.
Oh, the rumor mill is cooking now and Apple's doing a few things in the background to kick things up a notch. We've seen quite a few high quality leaked photos (if they're to be believed, that is; while this gaudy thing above might not be the gold iPhone Apple's supposedly working on, we've got no evidence the other is real either). And we're getting closer to a date announcement. The suspense is killing us!
The Apple TV may not have the wide variety of content available on competing media streamers like Roku, but Cupertino appears to be making up for that shortfall, which could next include music video service Vevo.
In a now-annual tradition, an icon for the iTunes Festival has popped up on the Apple TV, along with a companion app available from the App Store so music fans who can't be in London next month can watch the monthlong series of free concerts.
Earlier in the week we reported that word got out that Apple had bought Matcha.tv back in May, which now appears to be the cause for its sudden disappearance from the App Store following its acquisition. (Compare this, too, to how Apple left HopStop up after acquiring it.) And now we know why the Cupertino giant acquired it: it simply gave the Apple the recommendations it really wanted.