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Apple’s privacy drive gives iOS devs an ultimatum

Apple’s privacy drive gives iOS devs an ultimatum

Apple announced today that some big changes are on the way to the App Store. Beginning in October, every single app that's hosted on the App Store will need to have a privacy policy to go along with it. With the privacy debate that has come to the forefront in 2018 - thanks to things like GDPR in Europe and Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal - the fact that Apple will require all apps to have a privacy policy is definitely a welcome change.

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iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, macOS 10.14 beta 2: here’s what’s new

iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, macOS 10.14 beta 2: here’s what’s new

Inching closer to its massive Fall rollout, Apple released the second developer beta of all of its four operating systems. Of course, most of the new features have already been revealed at WWDC earlier this month so there are few surprises here, if any. That said, it’s still reassuring to see those promised features come to life and hopefully remain there as developers help hunt bugs and iron out the kinks.

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iOS 11.3, tvOS 11.3 beta 3 rips out AirPlay 2

iOS 11.3, tvOS 11.3 beta 3 rips out AirPlay 2

Apple giveth and Apple taketh away. The third beta for the company’s mobile, TV, and desktop platforms has just rolled out to developers. And while they come loaded with new things, including important bugfixes, it’s the one thing that Apple removed that is making the biggest noise. As of the third beta for iOS 11.3 as well as tvOS 11.3, AirPlay 2 is no more. Not only does this mean no more multi-room feature, it also paints the HomePod in a disappointing light yet again.

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iOS 11.3 beta features: multi-room AirPlay 2, Face ID checkout prompt

iOS 11.3 beta features: multi-room AirPlay 2, Face ID checkout prompt

If you haven’t yet had your fill of news about the first iOS 11.3 developer beta, don’t worry because there will be more to come as developers and users take it apart to discover unannounced features. Take, for example, these two new ones. It seems that Apple has finally gotten the ball rolling on pushing out AirPlay 2 after months of silence, though the question remains whether this multi-room feature will actually be included in the soon to launch HomePod.

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Amazon Prime Video arrives on Apple TV at long last

Amazon Prime Video arrives on Apple TV at long last

After hearing promises of an Amazon Prime Video app for Apple TV at WWDC 2017, the day has finally come. Amazon Prime Video has gone live for Apple TV, with just a few weeks to spare in Apple's promise that it would be here before the end of 2017. Just as well, it appears that the iOS Prime Video App has been updated to play nice with the iPhone X.

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Apple TV 4K revealed: release date, features

Apple TV 4K revealed: release date, features

At its event this afternoon, Apple has just taken the wraps off its new Apple TV, a model that sports many of the features we've heard rumored in past weeks. Chief among them all is 4K support, making the set-top-box more competitive with some of the biggest competing products from Roku and others. That's just a taste of what the Apple TV 4K update brings, though.

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Apple TV with 4K, HDR support may be on the way

Apple TV with 4K, HDR support may be on the way

If you were quick to jump on the 4K and HDR television set bandwagon and are now looking for streaming devices like the Apple TV to start offering content to match, your wait may soon be over. New details have surfaced that iTunes could be preparing to make movies available in 4K and HDR, indicating that a new Apple TV model capable of supporting the higher resolution is on the way.

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Apple TV tvOS 11 to get multi-user, picture-in-picture features

Apple TV tvOS 11 to get multi-user, picture-in-picture features

With all the focus on smart speakers like Amazon Echo, Google Home, and soon Harman Kardon "Invoke", the original smart appliance has seemingly been pushed out of the picture. Either that or smart TVs and set-top boxes have become so common that they're no longer exciting. Apple, however, isn't done giving its Apple TV some love and apparently has some treats prepared for faithful users of this smart but non-portable device. tvOS 11, whose release date is still unknown, is tipped to get multi-user support as well as picture-in-picture videos.

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ESPN’s new Apple TV app offers livestreaming auto-play

ESPN’s new Apple TV app offers livestreaming auto-play

ESPN has announced the arrival of a redesigned Apple TV app, a version that includes a better and simpler user interface, among other things. The new WatchESPN app is now simply called the ESPN App, and it includes livestreaming auto-play for users who have already authenticated the service, as well as a new curated collection of ESPN VOD (video on-demand) content said to include hundreds of hours of footage.

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Apple’s TV app lands in iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1: What you should know

Apple’s TV app lands in iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1: What you should know

Apple's attempt to cut through the confusion of cable television continues, with its new TV app arriving on iPhone, Apple TV, and iPad today. Part of the iOS 10.2 release for iPhone and iPad, as well as tvOS 10.1, the TV app aims to put all of your streaming content - no matter the provider - into a single location. Along the way, Apple hopes to simplify how many login details you have to punch in too.

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Apple Single Sign-On for iOS, Apple TV goes live

Apple Single Sign-On for iOS, Apple TV goes live

While Apple fans are still waiting for the company’s next big move in the entertainment space, that is, its own Internet TV service, Apple is at least offering them some conveniences to keep their myriad cable and streaming services in order. Previously only available in beta versions of tvOS and iOS, Apple’s Single Sign-On feature is now rolling out to all users, at least in the US. Now these users will no longer have to be bothered by repeatedly entering their credentials to sign into mobile apps. They can just do it once and forget about it.

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iBooks StoryTime app brings children’s books to Apple TV

iBooks StoryTime app brings children’s books to Apple TV

With no previous announcement, Apple has debuted a new tvOS app for the latest fourth-gen Apple TV that helps kids read along to some of their favorite books. Called iBooks StoryTime, the app, available for free on the App Store, displays interactive books on the TV screen with the Read-Aloud feature, as well as lets pages be flipped with the Siri Remote's touch pad.

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