Tag Archives: Apple TV

iOS 10.3 bug fix, plans for Apple Mobile GPU, Apple TV, remotely-tuned hearing aid

GN ReSound hearing aids now allow specialists to tune them remotely via the cloud

Apple Releases iOS 10.3.1, a bug fix release — Apple has just released iOS 10.3.1. The patch notes are sparse, saying only, “iOS 10.3.1 includes bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad.” The company has not yet published the security release notes, but this update is most likely addresses issues that cropped up since the release of iOS 10.3 last week [mostly to do with iPhone 5 and 5s, apparently]. The update was a 30.2MB download as an over-the-air (OTA) update on iPhone 7. You can also download iOS 10.3.1 through iTunes, where it is much larger. Here are all the new features of iOS 10.3 in a  Macworld slideshow.

Apple’s Plan for in-house mobile GPU design could lead to Imagination Technologies patent fight — Apple likes using its own chips in products like the iPhone and iPad, and Imagination Technologies is learning that in a painful way. Apple currently uses Imagination’s GPU chips in its mobile devices, but that’s changing within two years as Apple moves to in house designs – and that could lead to a patent fight.

5% of all US households with a Wi-Fi connection use an Apple TV — Five percent of all US households with a Wi-Fi connection use an Apple TV, according to new data from comScore. However, it’s got a ways to go to catch up with Roku (18%), Amazon FireTV (12%), and Google’s Chromecast (8%). [An Apple TV box turns a dumb TV into a smart one.]

GN’s iPhone-connected ReSound LiNX 3D hearing aid allows remote tuning by doctors — GN Hearing on Monday announced the ReSound LiNX 3D, a new version of its iPhone-connected hearing aid that will let doctors adjust settings remotely, instead of requiring follow-up appointments or leaving it up to owners.


Replacing your computer, tracking calories, Facebook live streaming on Apple TV

You can use your Apple TV to watch Facebook live streaming
You can use your Apple TV to watch Facebook live streaming

You can replace your computer with your iPhone, reckons Jeff Butts — “Believe it or not, I’m writing and researching this article from my iPhone 7 Plus. No, I’m not working on the admittedly spacious screen of my iOS device and the virtual keyboard. Rather, I’m using my iPhone 7 Plus as a desktop replacement, and you can do the same thing, for many of the most common tasks people use a PC or Mac for these days. Yes, for many tasks, you really can replace your computer with an iPhone“. [Sure you can, but it’s much easier on a Mac.]

How to use MyFitnessPal on your iPhone to track calories and eat better — While there are subtleties involved like protein and carb intake, ultimately, losing fat or gaining muscle comes down to one thing: calories in versus calories out. MyFitnessPal for iPhone is one of the most popular tools for managing this, and here’s how to use it.

How to find and watch Facebook Live streaming video with your Apple TV — Facebook has recently launched its Videos app for the Apple TV, providing shared videos to users freed from most of the commentary the social network provides – AppleInsider examines the offering.

Controlling HomeKit, iBooks Story Time


How to control your home with HomeKit and iOS 10 Control Center — One of the big changes in iOS 10 was the addition of two tabs to Control Center, one for controlling music playback and one for controlling your HomeKit accessories. While the HomeKit app is best for setting up HomeKit devices like light switches, thermostats, door locks and so on, once they’re set up you can make controlling those devices just a few swipes and taps away by using Control Center.

Apple’s ‘iBooks StoryTime’ tvOS app lets kids read along to their favorite books — Apple last week released iBooks StoryTime, a new first-party tvOS app that brings handpicked children’s books to the big screen with Read-Aloud narration, fun graphics and animations, and Siri Remote compatibility.

Holiday gift guide, Total War, Apple Powerbeats 3, AirPods, Photoshop Express edits Google, Apple TV


Apple publishes 2016 Holiday Gifts guide promoting iPhone 7, other core products — Apple has published its annual holiday gift guide, this year putting an even stronger marketing spotlight on its core products. The 2016 guide highlights specific devices: the iPhone 7, Apple Watch, iPad Pro, 12-inch MacBook, and Apple TV. Each product except for the Apple TV is accompanied by a pair of suggested accessories, and a link to see more.

Rome: Total War for iPad ships — Feral Interactive has brought this popular Mac/PC game to iPad, which was no mean feat, as it included figuring out how to make mouse and keyboard controls work on a touch interface. It’s NZ$14.99/US$9.99, and Feral has released a new trailer for it.

Apple’s Powerbeats 3 Bluetooth headphones with W1 chip and 12-hour battery life — After being announced at Apple’s iPhone 7 event in September, the company’s lightweight Powerbeats3 on-ear headphones, featuring the proprietary W1 chip for superior wireless connectivity, are now beginning to trickle out into the hands of consumers. AppleInsider offers a first look. [And they’re black! At Apple, black is the new black this year.]

Apple’s AirPods rumoured to be available next week — First, Apple’s AirPods were supposed to ship in ‘late October.’ Then they were moved to ‘later in the year’. Then a report from the Economic Daily News (via Digitimes) says that they won’t begin shipping until January 2017. Now an employee at Apple reseller Conrad reportedly told a customer it will receive AirPods stock on November 17, and make them available to purchase by November 18-19th.

Adobe Photoshop Express now lets you edit Google Photos on your phone — Now you can bypass the Camera Roll by importing and editing photos from your Google account.

Apple TV universal search expands to CW Seed shows like ‘Whose Line is It Anyway,’ ‘Vixen’ — Apple has silently updated its universal search for the fourth-generation Apple TV, flagging CW Seed, MUBI, and Hopster as viewing options when a person has the appropriate apps installed. The behind-the-scenes update also allows for Apple TV app installs from iOS or iTunes.

Lightroom on Apple TV, shatterproof iPhones


Adobe brings Lightroom to the living room with an Apple TV app —
Creative Cloud subscribers can now use Lighroom for Apple TV to see their photos on the biggest screen in the house. Adobe is augmenting its Lightroom brand with a new app for the fourth-generation Apple TV.
Lightroom is one of the few Creative Cloud apps that does not require a paid subscription. While Lightroom is part of the Creative Cloud Photography plan, which costs $10 per month, as well as the all-inclusive Creative Cloud plan for $50 per month, the app is also available as a perpetual license. Its iOS version is free and can function independently from any subscription or desktop app. However, for the Apple TV app, a Creative Cloud subscription of any flavor is required.

The case For a shatterproof iPhone — The iPhone’s display is made of Corning’s gorilla glass. It’s durable, but not indestructible. As a result, many iPhone customers (try to) protect their investment with a case. [I’m a huge fan of stick-on tempered-glass shields, myself.] Should Apple try to make the iPhone shatterproof? Is it possible? Will a case be, someday, unnecessary? Or is an iPhone that can be damaged preferable in some respects?

Final Fantasy IX, Apple TV and voice dictation, iPhone at 40% in US, Sonos getting Apple Music


Final Fantasy IX Released for iPad and iPhone, Discounted 20% — Final Fantasy IX has been released on iTunes for iPhone and iPad, and it’s on sale for 20 percent off (to NZ$24.99) through February 21st. TouchArcade noted that the game was originally supposed to be released in Japan only at first, making Tuesday’s release a boon for fans of the iconic franchise.

First look: Apple adds voice dictation to latest Apple TV with tvOS 9.2 beta 3 — This week’s release of tvOS 9.2 beta 3 further addresses the device’s text input shortcomings, giving users the ability to enter words using voice, rather than the onscreen keyboard.

iPhones accounted for 40% of the U.S. smartphone market in 2015 — Parks Associates has released new mobile research showing that 86% of U.S. broadband households now own a smartphone. And the iPhone accounted for 40% of the US smartphone market in 2015.

Apple Music to go live on Sonos connected speakers tomorrow — After month of waiting, Apple Music subscribers who are also invested in the Sonos speaker ecosystem will finally get native access to Apple’s streaming music service on Wednesday (US time). Meanwhile, Sonos polled up 30,000 people from US, Canada, UK, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Sweden and Australia to participate in a study conducted by United Minds. Dr Daniel J. Levitin—a neuroscientist and author of This is Your Brain on Music—was an advisor for the study, which showed that listening to music out loud (as opposed to headphones) is good for lovers with 67% more bedroom fun time happening compared to those who don’t play any tunes. [Crikey.]

Smart Battery, Apple TV, Watch and GoPro, prisoner iPads, Pixelmator, Periscope, Master Fader


iFixIt tears down the Apple Smart Battery Case — Yesterday Apple surprisingly released the iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case. Now iFixIt has torn it apart to look at its innards. Some of the highlights include that Apple uses a soft, reinforced elastomer hinge design to accommodate all that bump in the trunk and to allow your phone to slide easily in and out of the case.
This battery more than doubles your iPhone 6s (6.55 Whr) capacity with 7.13 Whr (1877 mAh at 3.8 V) capacity.
For such a smart battery, it looks like most of the brains probably live in software on your iPhone. iFixIt only found some rudimentary ICs inside.

Apple TV app store growth — Yesterday’s AWT News Update mentioned that Apple’s content chief, Eddy Cue, had stated that there were “over 2,000” apps in the Apple TV App Store. The AppFigures blog came out with some detailed stats on how the newest App Store is faring one month into its lifetime. It’s gaining over 400 apps a week, mostly games.

Your Apple Watch can now interact with your GoPro gadget — GoPro, Inc has added Apple Watch features in the GoPro App for iOS to enable quick access to the camera’s controls right from your wrist. The app allows you to preview your shot, toggle between capture modes, start/stop record and add HiLight Tags to videos via the smartwatch. GoPro is also teasing its first-ever drone — officially called the Karma — due to ship in 2016.

UK prisoners might receive iPads to study and communicate with family — The UK’s Ministry of Justice is reportedly considering a proposal that would give prisoners iPads to use in their cells for studying and keeping in touch with family members.

Pixelmator gains Apple Pencil, 3D Touch support in latest update — Popular iOS image editor Pixelmator has been updated to support Apple’s latest hardware, including iPad Pro optimization with full Apple Pencil compatibility and 3D Touch integration for iPhone 6s.

Twitter’s Periscope claims App of the Year in Apple’s 2015 App Store picks — Apple has published its annual Best of 2015 feature for the App Store, highlighting the company’s own picks as well as overall bestsellers.

Mackie Master Fader v4 adds Split View and Real Time Analyzer to iPad-controlled mixers — Mackie has released Master Fader version 4, the app used to control their DL-series iPhone- and iPad-controlled mixers. The update adds a slew of new features including real-time analyzers on all outputs, the ability to copy and paste channel settings, split view support for compatible iPads, iPad Pro support, an enhanced iPhone UI and much more.

Smart Keyboard, free Star Wars apps, Pro torpedo, gift guide, future iPhones, Bluetooth phones and Apple TV


First look at theApple Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro by Mikey Campbell — As Apple Pencil stock trickles into brick-and-mortar Apple Stores, the iPad Pro’s other first-party accessory, the Smart Keyboard, has become somewhat of a hot commodity. AppleInsider was able to snag one of the hard-to-get device to offer this first look.

Some free Star Wars apps — A few other apps that can fill the void between now and December 18.

iPad Pro self-torpedoed? Some iPad Pro reviews suggest the iPad Pro, being a pro-level product, seems out of sync with iOS 9. John Martellero feels there is more capability in the hardware than iOS can fully exploit, since it has evolved to suit mobility.

Another day, another gift guide — This Macworld slideshow has an InfoWorld selection.

Speculation on future iPhones — One report suggests OLED displays in future iPhones, which is only in use by Apple Watch in the Apple world so far. Supporters praise its high contrast/deep blacks and potential thickness and power consumption advantages. Apple, meanwhile, argues its current iPad and iPhone LCDs provide superior colour accuracy.
Another report reckons future Apple devices will have even better waterproofing that the current Apple Watch and iPhone 6s range thanks to Apple R&D into ‘active shutters’.

How to pair Bluetooth headphones with Apple TV — That’s on The Mac Observer.

Yesterday’s event, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPad Pro vs MacBook, iOS 9.1, new videos, Microsoft Office features, Paper by FiftyThree, Apple TV


Everything announced at the Apple event — Here’s the full list. The whole event has been made available online by Apple, but here’s what we didn’t get at the event

iPhone 6s — There have been some complaints [of course] that the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus aren’t innovative. Not true. Just because they look pretty much the same as the iPhone 6 and 6s doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of impressive under-the-hood improvements. Apple’s efficient M9 coprocessor will let your iPhone 6s track pace, make ‘Hey Siri’ always on. It borrows new fitness capabilities from the Apple Watch, by estimating your walking or running pace, and here’s how Apple’s new Retina Flash, which was 5 years in the making, brightens up selfies on the iPhone 6s.

Apple axes gold colour, 128GB options for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models — After announcing its new iPhone 6s lineup on Wednesday, Apple has apparently discontinued gold and the 128GB configuration options for previous-generation iPhone 6 devices, leaving only Space Gray, silver and 16GB and 64GB versions left.

iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard vs. MacBook: A hypothetical smackdown — Would an iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard hypothetically kick the petite rear end of the 12-inch MacBook or any other MacBook Air or MacBook Pro? Because the iPad Pro is positioned to take on the laptop market.

Apple seeds first iOS 9.1 beta to developers, adds new taco, burrito & unicorn emojis — In tandem with the GM releases of iOS 9, watchOS 2, and OS X El Capitan on Wednesday, Apple also issued the first-ever beta of iOS 9.1.

Apple posts new iPhone 6s, iPad Pro, Apple TV and Apple Watch videos — Following a big hardware blowout in San Francisco on Wednesday, Apple has uploaded ad spots and product reveals for the new iPhone 6s, iPad Pro, Apple TV and Apple Watch to its official YouTube channel.

New Microsoft Office features — Microsoft unveiled new Office for iPad features on Apple’s stage when a Microsoft exec really demoed new Office features.

Paper by FiftyThree Comes to iPhone — FiftyThree’s Paper is my go-to drawing app on the iPad, and now it’s available on the iPhone, too. Along with support for the iPhone 5 and newer, as well as the iPad and iPad mini, Paper 3.0 lets you create text notes and check lists, import photos from your camera roll, and export to Keynote, Powerpoint, and PDF. You can also share drawings with other apps and your camera roll, Dropbox, and social networks like Twitter.

New Apple TV ships in the northern  Fall with Games, Siri Remote, and Apps — Apple pulled out all the stops with Apple TV during Wednesday’s Hey Siri event, introducing new hardware, a new interface, a new remote, voice controls that are amazing, a new operating system called tvOS, and an SDK for developers to make their own apps (but it won’t have 4K support). Users can also use their iPhones for as game controllers in multiplayer games. Apple TV ships later this NZ spring starting at US$149 with 32GB of storage and US$199 with 64GB (no official NZ date or pricing yet).

Finding lost iPhones, new Twitter, Spotify language, NZ Firefox app, Skype updated, Apple TV, apps for road trips

Apple has launched a new App Store twitter account.
Apple has launched a new App Store twitter account.

How to track down a lost iPhone — Macworld steps you through setting up and using Find My iPhone, and what to do if your phone ever does go missing. Prepare for this tech nightmare now before it happens to you.

Apple launches new gaming-centric Twitter account ahead of expected Apple TV refresh — Apple activated a new Twitter account on Thursday dedicated to iOS App Store games and run by App Store editors, a move that some suggest could be tied to gaming capabilities for an expected Apple TV hardware refresh. The @AppStoreGames account will be controlled by App Store editors.

Spotify cleans up privacy mess with plain language policy update — Spotify is making amends for its privacy policy mistakes with plainer, clearer language.

Firefox for iOS preview launches in New Zealand, to hit App Store by year’s end — It appears that Mozilla is making progress with its Firefox for iOS browser, as the company launched a limited trial program in New Zealand to shake out bugs and gather data ahead of a planned worldwide debut later this year.

Meet a new (endless runner for iOS, Race the Sun — Race the Sun has everything you’ve been looking for: stunning visuals, silky-smooth gameplay, and, of course, an element of strategy you don’t often find in endless runners.

Microsoft updates Skype iPhone & iPad apps with overhauled interfaces, more — Microsoft on Thursday released major updates of its Skype apps for iPhone and iPad, redesigning their interfaces for better ease-of-use and more visual appeal, while giving iPad users access to options like location sharing and interactive notifications.

Adobe says Apple dominates ‘TV Everywhere’ viewing — Apple devices dominate consumption of “TV Everywhere” viewing, according to a new study by Adobe Digital Index, a research arm of the software maker. Led by the iPad, Apple devices accounted for some 61% of such viewing, and Apple claimed three of the top four devices used to watch TV content other than your TV.

On the road again: Five free iOS apps to make your next trip less bumpy — iPhone users have an advantage over other road warriors , so long as you (er, let’s make that your passengers) make use of some of Macworld’s favourite iPhone apps for cruising down the highway. [This article is very US-centric, though.]

Apple Music, Siri, malware hits Jailbroken iPhones, Cisco fast lane, Apple TV, Android Wear


Latest Apple Music ads debuted during MTV VMAs featuring The Weeknd & playlists — Taking advantage of a traditionally large and young viewing audience, Apple  debuted two Apple Music commercials featuring The Weeknd and a guest appearance by John Travolta during Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Siri and Apple Music — Macworld has a slideshow explaining all Siri can do with Apple’s streaming music.

KeyRaider malware stealing Apple account info on jailbroken iOS devices — Since iOS first appeared in 2007, people have hacked the operating system because they wanted their devices to do more. Now that there are well over 1.5 million apps available that can do just about anything your heart desires, perhaps it’s time for the jailbreakers to just cool it because a new piece of malware called KeyRaider only attacks jailbroken devices is a perfect example – it has already been responsible for stealing the Apple account info on more than 225,000 devices.

Apple and Cisco have partnered to deliver fast lane for iOS enterprise users — Apple and Cisco have announced a partnership to create a fast lane for iOS business users by optimising Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration on iPhone and iPad.

New Apple TV rumours — When the price of Apple TV dropped to US$69 and added “starting at” to the streaming content device’s webpage, Apple clearly telegraphed a higher priced model would be coming. Now a rumour claims a second model will be priced between US$149 and US$199, and is going to be introduced during the company’s September 9 media event.

Google’s Android Wear gains compatibility with Apple’s iPhone — Google on Monday announced Android Wear for iPhone, bringing support for the search giant’s wearable device platform, as well as select devices, to Apple’s best selling handset.

iOS drone, Apple TV, Beep secure messaging, Microsoft apps, church pay app

The Lily is a self flying drone that pairs with a small, wearable beacon it follows to capture footage
The Lily is a self flying drone that pairs with a small, wearable beacon it follows to capture footage

iOS-connected Lily drone promises to make aerial photography simpler than ever — A newly announced iOS-compatible camera drone ditches controllers entirely, making it as simple as tossing the device into the sky to begin recording high-quality aerial footage.
Lily is also waterproof, as demonstrated in a promotional video shown by the company behind it, in which a user simply tosses the drone into a river and the device floats before automatically taking off. It’s also small enough to fit in a backpack.
The drone’s camera can take still pictures at 12 megapixels, record 1080p video at 60 frames per second, or capture 120-frames-per-second slow-motion at 720p. Shooting modes for Lily include follow, lead, fly up, side, and loop.

Apple TV gets new channels in Australia, Europe and Japan — Apple has just added new app channels for several countries with Apple TV support, including Australia, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Japan, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Why, in the face of Netflix etc? Well, Apple TV is doing better than expected.

BitTorrent’s Bleep secure chat comes to iOS, Microsoft adds features to core iOS Office apps — BitTorrent on Tuesday released the first iOS version of Bleep, its secure messaging app, while Microsoft updated its flagship Office iOS apps with a handful of new features. [Now we can organise that revolution.]

Archdiocese of San Francisco to begin accepting church donations through Apple’s iPhone — Starting this Friday, Catholics in San Francisco will be able to donate to their local church by using an iPhone app, bringing modern technology to the millennia-old practice of tithing.

Apple Watch Store experience, gallery, Apple TV, Omnioutliner, Launcher is back, Pixelmator, Meerkat

Apple's Watch gallery page
Apple’s Watch gallery page

Get ready for a new Apple Store experience when Apple Watch previews start — The Apple Watch release will usher in a new experience at Apple Stores, one that’s more like buying a wedding dress than a new gadget.
There’s a gallery page at Apple’s site where you can page through all of the watches, and get the details on each specific model. You can will also be view the watches in the store (our closest actual Apple Stores are in Australia – who knows what the NZ Resellers will be able to do in this regard?) where you can find pricing info.
There’s also an  Apple’s Watch Sizing Guide (a PDF you can view online or download), which contains information on band lengths.

Apple TV revisited: 4 reasons to buy it, 4 reasons to skip it — Apple TV sometimes feels like the black sheep of Cupertino, but it got some love last week when Apple dropped the price to $69 (in New Zealand, it’s now $119 not $159). Macworld explains why you should, why you shouldn’t.

OmniOutliner 2.3 for iOS review: the best outlining app goes universal — Version 2 added iOS 8 polish and a lot more power, and version 2.3 extends the productivity to your iPhone too (it became Universal). A good outline is an evolving idea. It’s a workshop for hammering out the greater shape of something — a paper, presentation, business plan, book, screenplay — by adding, discarding, and rearranging information. (In New Zealand, it’s $38.99.)

Fully-functional Launcher returns to App Store, Pixelmator for iPad gets watercolours — Popular shortcut app Launcher has been allowed back into the iOS App Store after 6 months absence with all of its original features, while Pixelmator for iPad has been updated with a large assortment of improvements, including watercolour tools. Apple Insider has more.

Why Meerkat, the breakout app of SXSW, is more than a flash in the pan — Meerkat is either the most annoying or groundbreaking app to strike it big at the South by Southwest Interactive festival. Live-streaming video, particularly on Twitter, has incredible potential: Meerkat has already been used to show the world a demonstration from Ferguson and a US Secretary of Commerce swearing-in ceremony. But most of the 3-week-old iOS app’s 100,000-plus users are live-streaming complete garbage, like endless shaky clips of other people using Meerkat.