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.
We know most of you are probably locked away playing Plants vs. Zombies 2, which finally hit the App Store late Wednesday night after numerous delays. But hey, everyone needs a break once in awhile, so why not spend a few minutes catching up on the rest of the news you might have missed while you were taking care of those pesky zombies…?
We're getting closer and closer to Apple's fall event, which means more rumors are cropping up, leaks are making headlines, claimed leaks are competing for news cycle oxygen, and jockeying for a little time on Apple's hobby TV box thingamajig is becoming more interesting. Did you miss any of that this week? Well, climb aboard, kids, because we're gonna do the news in ten.
Once upon a time, way back in the '80s, a lot of us enjoyed MTV because it delivered nonstop videos to our television screens. Vevo, a music video website, wants to bring some of that magic back, and on Apple TV to boot. As reported by AdAge (via MacRumors), the proposed music app would stream music videos 24/7, interrupted only by ads that are specifically made for TV rather than the Internet.
We got rumors and we got betas this week as Apple news moves into the summer's concluding month before the fall rumor season really heats up. Blackberry tries to stay relevant, some new games hit the consoles, and it feels like Apple TV is getting some of its due. More just like that inside.
Apple's done a lot to make Apple TV better over the last couple of months--offering everything from new services like HBO Go and a new "Conference Room" mode for the upcoming iOS 7 release--and now it's making the diminutive device more palatable by slashing the price. Well, kind of. Effective immediately, as AppleInsider reports, you can acquire a refurbished unit of your own for only $75.
Earlier we reported that Netflix was bringing some surprises of its own to Apple TV in the form of personalized profiles, but yesterday Apple itself rolled out another update for the beta that gives us even more to look forward to when the new software for the device goes live later this year. As reported by AppleInsider, beta users can now buy songs and videos (again) on the device and connect to it with other Apple devices.