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Apple TV remote app for iOS to get Siri features in 2016

Apple TV remote app for iOS to get Siri features in 2016

Apple just released tvOS 9.1 for the new fourth-gen Apple TV this week, not only allowing users to take advantage of the Siri Remote's voice capabilities for searching music, but also making the device compatible with the Remote app for iOS. The latter means that users can enter text and navigate menus on the Apple TV from their iPhone or iPad. However, since Siri is already built into the iPhone, what about an iOS Remote app that took advantage of voice input just as the Apple TV's physical remote does?

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Apple’s Live TV service might not be “Coming Soon” after all

Apple’s Live TV service might not be “Coming Soon” after all

It seems it was wise after all for Apple not to wait for the launch of its Internet-based TV subscription service before launching its new Apple TV set-top box. Because now it seems that plans for that service are being put on hold indefinitely. Although the rumor mill never really gave a target date, it was commonly believed that Apple was close to finalizing deals that would fill its service with channels and content. As it turns out, Apple was nowhere near closing after all.

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Apple releases iOS 9.2, watchOS 2.1, El Capitan 10.11.2, and tvOS 9.1

Apple releases iOS 9.2, watchOS 2.1, El Capitan 10.11.2, and tvOS 9.1

Apple released a bunch of updates today, including iOS 9.2, watchOS 2.1, Apple TV OS 9.1, and El Capitan 10.11.2. Some of the updates are more substantial than others - the watchOS update just brings additional language support and bug fixes, for example. Notable changes include Siri support for Apple Music in tvOS 9.1, Arabic support with Siri in iOS 9.2, several improvements in El Capitan, and more.

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Apple TV 5th-gen tipped to enter production in early 2016

Apple TV 5th-gen tipped to enter production in early 2016

It's well-known that Apple isn't known to waste time when it comes to moving ahead on production of forthcoming devices, even when a brand-new model was just introduced to consumers. Case in point: the new, fourth-generation Apple TV was just released in October, following three years without an update, but now Apple is prepping to begin production of a fifth-gen model in early 2016. This comes a day after the news that analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting a new 4-inch iPhone model to debut in the same time period.

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Apple TV to get Amazon Instant Video ‘within a few weeks’

Apple TV to get Amazon Instant Video ‘within a few weeks’

The latest Apple TV model has been available for a few weeks now, but in terms of apps for streaming video services, there is one significant option mission. Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, and more are all available to users, but an Amazon app for Prime/Instant Video is still yet to be seen. Fortunately, that may be changing "within a few weeks," if an email from a customer service representative turns out to be accurate.

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Guitar Hero Live debuts on Apple TV, but requires guitar controller

Guitar Hero Live debuts on Apple TV, but requires guitar controller

Guitar Hero Live has launched for the new Apple TV today, allowing users play the latest entry in the music game series on their television screen without the need of a dedicated game console. However, in an unexpected move, users must have the guitar controller in order to play. This is opposed to the iPhone/iPad version of the game, which lets users play a free two-song trial without requiring any kind of peripheral.

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New Apple TV tipped to get app folders in tvOS code

New Apple TV tipped to get app folders in tvOS code

Now that the new Apple TV has been available for almost a week, users and developers alike have had time to play with the hardware's features, as well as its tvOS operating system. While developers also got their hands on the first tvOS 9.1 beta this week, it was within tvOS 9.0, which shipped with the set-top box, that one person discovered support for app folders on the home screen, similar to iOS. It was found by Steve Troughton-Smith, who shared the images here on Twitter.

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New Apple TV sees games as top downloads

New Apple TV sees games as top downloads

The new Apple TV has been in the wild for a full weekend now, and it seems early buyers have been eager to try out its gaming experience. Having launched on Friday of last week and debuting tvOS and its own dedicated app store, early data shows that games are topping the most popular paid apps so far. Apple hasn't officially begun listing the top apps in the paid, free, and grossing categories yet, likely because they're waiting for more users to test the waters, but Slide to Play has been able to put together a partial list with limited data access.

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BBC iPlayer app on its way to new Apple TV

BBC iPlayer app on its way to new Apple TV

With the brand new Apple TV almost in our hands, and its ability to run native apps from its own App Store, it's time for the announcements about which apps and services are hitting the set-top box first. The BBC is one such example, as the British network has revealed that its popular streaming video service iPlayer will be landing on the Apple TV in "the coming months."

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Siri Universal search on Apple TV to extend to music

Siri Universal search on Apple TV to extend to music

One of the most loved features on the new Apple TV devices is the Siri-enabled universal search that allows fans to search for the video or movie content they want to see across multiple video platforms. That makes it easy to find content without having to go into each app and perform a search. Apple has announced that it is working on plans that will extend that search capability to music.

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New Apple TV to hit Apple Stores this Friday too

New Apple TV to hit Apple Stores this Friday too

Apple broke the news on Monday that the new, 4th generation Apple TV was available for pre-order on its website, and deliveries could be expected as early as Friday, October 30th. Unfortunately, Apple declined to mention when streaming video fans would be able to get their hands on the set-top box in stores. Well, according to several Apple Store retail employees who spoke to 9to5Mac, eager buys will be able to pick one up in person on Friday as well.

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