Apple will turn the iPhone into a smart home hub at WWDC 2014 in early June, insiders claim, revealing a "big play" to make iOS the heart of home automation. One of the technologies announced at the annual Worldwide Developer Conference, which kicks off on June 2nd, will aim to make setting up and using a smart home system more straightforward, it's said, potentially using a new Apple TV as the core.
Most TV manufacturers are worrying about viewing angles, and Bang & Olufsen are no different. The only change with the premium OEM is how they are offering those viewing angles. Their new BeoVision Avant 4K TV has its head on a swivel, and the screen actually follows you around. Forget viewing angles, Bang & Olufsen are worried about where you are, and making sure you see their TV straight on.
Apple is working on a television. That’s what the rumor mill says, at least. It’s also what analysts claim, what Steve Jobs hinted to in the Walter Isaacson biography on his life, and what everyone hopes to see. But at this point, I’m starting to wonder if all of those claims and our hopes and our dreams about an Apple television won’t ever translate to an actual device launch.
Excited for Apple’s WWDC? Many are, and anticipating a few category-breakers from Cupertino. The highly rumored (but never seen) iWatch is expected to come out then, as is a refreshed Apple TV. The iPhone 6 may also make an appearance, but according to sources, there will be no new Apple TV or wearable.
This week bit more insight has been dug up on the matter of Apple TV working with voice controls. This means Siri, of course, and it also means that Apple is ready to move forward with their previously smartphone-only system for smart TV.
The first generation Apple TV has been around for several years now and lots of the devices are in use around the world. Reports are surfacing that issues have prevented users from connecting to iTunes are plaguing these first generation Apple TV set top boxes. The iTunes connectivity issue appears to be affecting owners of these first generation boxes around the world.
Apple has well over $100 billion in cash, which is making many people across the globe wonder what the company should do with all that money. Investors would like to see it come back in larger dividends, while analysts believe it’s time for Apple to make some major moves and buy up smaller companies. Still others say Apple should do nothing with the cash and be content just holding on to it for security’s sake.
Chatter of an Apple deal with Comcast that would secure priority access for Apple TV streamed content has renewed speculation about a new set-top box and given stock prices a bump, but questions around net neutrality remain. Apple has reportedly been continuing the talks it began with Time Warner Cable with Comcast, which is set to acquire TWC, in the aim of avoiding last-mile congestion by using the same private connection the ISP itself uses for its own streaming media services.
Amidst growing concern over the Internet's scalability in the face of rising online media consumption, Apple is rumored to be seeking a partnership with Comcast. If things go according to Apple's plans, it will gain a huge advantage over other TV streaming rivals by having its content travel over a separate line along the "last mile".
A year before he died, Steve Jobs let it be known to Apple's top 100 employees that the company should not release a TV as its next product. This revelation came from Yukari Iwatani Kane, Wall Street Journal's former Apple beat reporter and author of a new book about Apple's post-Jobs days.