Welcome back! We're just starting to shake off our holiday slumber from the last two weeks, and if you happened to avoid the internet for the last 14 days, you actually missed a surprising amount of tech news tucked away among the festive meals, gifts and family visits -- including a trio of services that are saying goodbye to the iOS platform. Let's dive in and kick off the New Year, MacLife.com style!
Serious question: Do Apple TV owners really want to watch cable television shows on their little black boxes? Sure, it might be convenient to log into HBO Go and catch up on an episode you missed, but it's just as easy to set the DVR to record the darned thing in the first place. There's a lot of hoopla about this -- including our first item in today's recap -- but we confess, we don't get it. Let's see some more streaming services like Amazon Instant Video or VUDU before more TV apps, Apple!
Happy Valentine's Day, MacLife.com readers! To show our love, we've assembled a handful of news stories that, while not very romantic, will hopefully warm your heart on this fine Thursday, February 14 just the same. So before you head off to snuggle with a loved one today, let's reflect on the Wednesday just passed, shall we…?
The holiday season is in full swing, so it's no surprise to see that Apple is updating its various services with holiday-themed content. However, an eagle-eyed Apple TV noted the curious appearance of holiday apps in a place where they shouldn't be.
Now that Apple has confirmed that its latest iMacs will go on sale this Friday -- the very last day of November, mind you! -- it seems likely that iTunes 11 may drop on the same day, unless Cupertino decides to disappoint Mac users again by delaying it into December. Are you excited to have a completely refreshed iTunes or have you pretty much abandoned it by now in favor of an iOS device anyway? We're eager to download, and hopefully sooner than later. So while we wait, here are a few unrelated news items to tide you over.
Happy iPhone 5 Day! (Or is that "Happy New iPhone Day"?) As the technology world casts all eyes in Apple's direction today, let's pause for a moment to remember the disappointment of last year's iPhone 4S announcement after months of crazy speculation. Cupertino is sure to have a surprise or two in store for us today, but it's a good idea to temper expectations just a little to avoid the same disappointment again this year. That said, here's some news tidbits you may have missed...
We love our second-generation Apple TV (that's the black one), but mostly because we've hacked it with aTV Flash to add Plex, the media server client software that pretty much smokes Apple's own. But with the aTV Flash 1.7 update this week, Plex is gone, and now we're sad.