It wasn't too long ago — six weeks, to be precise — that ABC News launched its own channel on Apple TV, but already the network is reporting some impressive numbers. Most notably, users watch 50 percent more coverage from ABC News live on Apple TV than they do on desktop and mobile apps combined.
Apple's "Find My iPhone" feature has been credited with helping to push back the tide of iPhone thefts, and stories abound of users being reunited with their handsets after using the nifty feature. But when Derek Grant of Glasgow, Scotland used the feature to find his son's stolen iPhone, the day ended in tragedy.
This morning Apple refreshed its betas for iOS and Mac OS X, adding a number of new, comparatively minor tweaks as iOS 8 and Yosemite both nudge ever closer to their official launches. But nestled among these tweaks is perhaps Apple's biggest surprise of all — it's updated the aging Apple TV interface to better resemble iOS 7.
For over a year, rumors have run rampant that Apple TV will get a revolutionary relaunch in 2014. But now, The Information reports, we may not see that new device until at least 2015 due to complications with...
If the current events in Russia weren't tense enough, the homeland of Vladimir Putin has now asked Apple to hand over its source codes for iOS devices and Macs so it can sift through them and see if they're being used for spying. This surfaced earlier this week when Peter Engrob Nielsen, Apple's chief representative in Russia, met with Russian Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov.
At this rate, owning an iDevice might be as essential to being a successful doctor as possessing a degree. Only a day after a British hospital reported that its practice of using iPad and iPods to monitor patents' health had led to lower mortality rates, a new crowd-funded project has popped up on IndieGogo claiming that Apple's iPhone might be able to help wipe out malaria on the Indonesian island of Bangka.
Streaming devices from Apple's competitors might be gaining ground (hello, Chromecast), but ever undaunted, the Cupertino company continues to make Apple TV a device worth owning. The iPhone maker has spent the last year or so stuffing the device with new channels, and today it added CNBC and FOX Now to its already impressive list.
Over in the United Kingdom, the word is that iPads and iPods are saving lives. Not through the power of their magic Apple logo, of course — as doctors and nurses Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital claim (via the Gazette Live), the Cupertino company's easily portable units allow the hospital to sideline the hassle of paper notes and focus on the information that demands immediate attention.
Hotels often make a big deal about how much their premises make you feel "at home," but according to the Wall Street Journal, Hilton's upcoming app will let you walk straight up to your room after your arrival like you own the place. No more of that nasty socializing with the folks behind the counter business; you'll be able to bypass human interaction altogether.
We've heard a lot of rumors about Apple's plans for a "digital wallet" over the last couple years (particularly after the introduction of Touch ID), but now The Information reports that we could see it much sooner than expected. According to the sources, Apple now has the framework in place to allow iPhone users to use their handsets in place of their wallets, and we could see the technology as early as this fall.