Apple TV has been updated, with v6.0 of the set-top box's software adding iTunes Radio, music purchase support, access to content stored in iCloud, and more. The new software brings the same iTunes Radio streaming support that Apple added to iPhones, iPads, and iTunes on the desktop earlier this week to the television, in addition to AirPlay from iCloud streaming for playing videos stored in Apple's cloud backup without needing to download them first.
After the lights went down on Elvis Costello and Apple’s September 10 iPhone event came to a close, the Internet was abuzz with stories discussing what the company didn’t announce at its event.
Surprisingly, the discussions surrounding what wasn’t announced didn’t solely reside in news about the iPad or long-lost Apple television. Instead, the Apple TV made an appearance in many of those reports, with analysts, Apple handicappers, and consumers wondering where in the world their updated set-top box was.
As things typically go with Apple announcements, many walked away a little excited and a little disappointed after yesterday's iPhone event. There was some speculation that Apple would be unveiling new software or possibly new hardware for its Apple TV device ahead of the event. However, neither new hardware nor new software was announced.
Disney is said to be working on Star Wars app for the Apple TV. The details are still firmly in the rumor category at the moment, however it is looking like the final episodes of the Clone Wars television series will be amongst the first content available on the app. This is said to be coming during the upcoming holiday season and beyond that, additional content is expected.
This week the folks at Apple have pushed a new set of channels to their television companion device Apple TV. These channels include Vevo - a channel that works with massive amounts of music videos, and the Weather Channel for starters. Also up for grabs this week are Disney and the Smithsonian Channel. Disney comes in the form of two new apps, one for the Disney Channel, the other for Disney XD.
While we've seen the Apple device known as Apple TV existing and updating steadily over the past several years, it's still the full television set - screen and all - that hold sway over talks on where the company is going. Word today from sources speaking with Quartz suggests that Apple is not going to focus on bringing a standard cable TV experience to the public if and when they create what's still commonly referred to as "iTV", but an app-focused hardware and software combination.
Apple has released its iOS 7 beta 5 download for developers, updating those on the bleeding edge with their iPhones and iPads, as well as a new Apple TV seed. The fifth release, spotted by 9to5Mac, follows beta 4 at the tail-end of July and mostly comprises bugfixes as the new version of iOS gets ready for its public debut.
This week a patent application has been discovered to have been filed by Apple one week ago, this patent application seeking rights to a method for fusing glass. This glass fusion process is described by Apple to be working with several different kinds of products, this ranging from iPhones to iPad, iPods to televisions, and displays in general. While it's unlikely that this process would affect launches in the coming months, it's certainly feasible that Apple would have fused glass bits within the next year.
Apple has quietly cut the price of the refurbished Apple TV, offering savings of almost a quarter from the full-priced model, in a move that may be related to Google's recent sell-out Chromecast launch. The cheaper Apple TV is now $75, versus $99 for a brand-new version, though you may actually get a slightly older model.
On Monday, Apple TV beta software was made available, and within it are signs that the company will be restoring iTunes music purchases to its set-top media box. While present users can only buy TV shows and movies via Apple TV, with the feature found in the latest beta release, those same users will be able to browse, preview, and buy songs and albums as well.
As the company stands now, Apple may not seem too invested in the television space. All they have is the Apple TV to show for it, compared to a slew of mobile products like the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Obviously, this seems to be changing, as CEO Tim Cook has said himself that Apple is interested in television, but seeing as how they only have the Apple TV, the company owns 56% of the streaming box market.