This was a big week for Apple fans. Not only was new handset released for those looking to upgrade, but the newest OS came out with a bunch of shiny new love for all the good boys and girls. It was almost like Christmas. So what are some of these fun new features and news? Let's have a look.
Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd. Buy me an eticket for my iPhone 4S. Passbook support is simply the best. Root, root, root for the Giants, if your team doesn't have Passbook that's a shame. For it's scan! beep! Please come right in at a Giants gaaaaame!
MLB.com’s At The Ballpark helps give fans a prime baseball experience from start to finish. Input your favorite team and the app will displays the best prices for tickets and deliver 'em to you after you've purchased them. Then, the app will retrieve directions to the ballpark from your location, as well as what to do once you get there and where to grab food and memorabilia. It also offers a stadium map in case you can't find your seat and prominently displays where the restrooms are. It's just too bad it can't tell you how long the line is.
Long referred to as a hobby during Apple keynotes, Apple TV has evolved into one of the star peripherals of the iOS ecosystem. And no wonder--this slim 4-inch box turns your humble HDTV into a networked entertainment powerhouse. Apple TV’s HDMI and optical audio ports connect to your home theater, and it connects to your network via 802.11n Wi-Fi or 100Base-T Ethernet. Once you’re plugged in, you can buy or rent movies at up to 1080p, or buy TV shows at the same resolution, from iTunes.
Baseball is the ultimate sport for stat junkies, and Topps Pennant is designed to feed into that obsessive curiosity, serving up 60 years worth of Major League Baseball game and team stats and breaking down box scores into a wickedly attractive little tool. Previously released for the iPad sans the Topps branding, Pennant is back in a brand new universal release that shines no matter which iOS device(s) you rely upon.
All the major sports leagues out there have ironclad contracts governing how their content can be streamed online. The result is that you can't stream most sports broadcasts--at least not for free. Luckily, networks have finally made some of the most culturally significant sports events like the Olympics and the most recent Superbowl available online. In addition to these events, we've found a few other ways to get your sports fix for free, legally, without the hefty premium leagues like the MLB and NBA charge.
We're rounding the midseason right about now with a crushing defeat of the American League at the hands of the National League at this year's All Star Game. What's that? You didn't realize you could follow and play baseball games on your iOS devices? Well, get yourself some peanuts and cracker jack and a heaping helping of apps to get your game on.
Crack open your wallets, sportsfans, because two of the final items in everyone's "what I need before I'll cancel my cable" list have been crossed off: live streams of MLB and NBA games are available via the Apple TV.