Apple quietly extends AppleCare+ policies from 60 days to one year for iPhone purchases

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Date: Monday, March 20th, 2017, 05:12
Category: Apple TV, AppleCare, Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

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If you have an AppleCare+ policy, you’re going to like this.

Apple has quietly updated its AppleCare+ policy, extending the purchase window for iPhones from 60 days to one year. The change has been confirmed with a support rep, but is not yet showing up on Apple’s official product page for AppleCare+.

If you go to Apple’s eligibility tool and input your serial number from the iPhone’s settings panel, you should be able to see a new purchase option so long as you purchased the device within the last year.

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Rumor: Signs of fifth-gen Apple TV noted in developer logs, new unit thought to feature faster processor, 4K streaming support

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Date: Friday, March 17th, 2017, 05:31
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Rumor

The first network traffic from what seems to be a fifth-generation Apple TV capable of streaming 4K video has been captured in developer logs. The device is said to be codenamed “J105” and could launch as soon as this year.

Firi Games, the developers behind arcade games Phoenix HD and Phoenix II, stated they have seen a single device identified as “AppleTV6,2” and running “tvOS 11.0” connect to Phoenix HD for Apple TV from the United States in its logs. The IP address falls within a range linked to Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino.

The current Apple TV has a model identifier of AppleTV5,3, and Apple TV6,2 does not correspond with any released model.

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Apple adds second-generation Apple TV to “vintage” and “obsolete” lists, halts support for the device in most areas of the world

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Date: Friday, March 3rd, 2017, 05:33
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News

As much as you may love your second-generation Apple TV, it’s now on Apple’s “vintage” and “obsolete”products list, thereby rendering it ineligible for repairs in most parts of the world.

With the new change, the only places where service and parts may still be available are in Turkey and California, where the device is still classified as “vintage” according to an Apple support document. Vintage devices are defined as being made over 5 but less than 7 years ago, and the category typically excludes products from support except where required by law.

For all other places, the second-generation Apple TV has been declared “obsolete”, which generally refers to products discontinued more than seven years ago.

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ABC, Disney apps now support single sign-on feature

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Date: Friday, December 9th, 2016, 05:09
Category: Apple TV, iOS, iPad, News, Software

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The new single sign-on feature for iOS is looking pretty convenient and ABC and Disney have just come on board to support it.

Both the Watch ABC and Watch Disney apps for Apple TV and iOS will now automatically log you in if you’ve entered your cable or satellite credentials into the new settings menu.

The feature currently works with iPhone, iPad and the current-gen Apple TV, albeit some apps only support single sign-on with certain devices for now. In the case of ESPN, yet another Disney-owned business, single sign-on has yet to be enabled for the company’s streaming apps.

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Rumor: Apple in negotiations with movie studios to offer in-theater movies for rental via iTunes

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Date: Thursday, December 8th, 2016, 05:09
Category: Apple TV, iTunes, iTunes Store, Rumor, Software

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You might be able to snag movies that are currently in theaters as well as pre-order them months ahead of time via iTunes.

Apple is apparently in negotiations with movie studios to allow customer to rent movies at home for a premium shortly after they hit theaters.

The deal is apparently focused on allowing Apple to offer home rentals for new movies two weeks after they’re released in theaters. Currently, most new movies are available for renting on iTunes after a short period of only being available for purchase.

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Apple’s single sign-on feature goes live, begins with support from 9 pay TV services

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Date: Wednesday, December 7th, 2016, 05:39
Category: Apple TV, iOS, News, Software, TvOS

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This could come in handy.

Or at least drive you that much less insane.

As of Monday, Apple’s single sign-on feature has gone live and provides easy authentication for multiple pay TV services.

The feature is presently limited to U.S. cable subscribers though international support is expected to debut at a later date. The feature allows single sign-on allows fourth-generation Apple TV and iOS device owners to authenticate multiple pay TV video streaming apps with one set of credentials.

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Apple apparently discontinues third-gen Apple TV units, focuses on fourth-gen models

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Date: Wednesday, October 5th, 2016, 05:26
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News, retail, TvOS

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It’s been some time coming.

Apple has officially discontinued the third-gen Apple TV set-top box. In an email sent out today to employees and education partners, Apple confirmed that it is discontinuing the device, shifting its focus entirely to the fourth-gen, tvOS-powered model.

In the email, Apple explained that it would fulfill order backlog for the device, but pointed partners towards the other available products for new purchases.

Apple offered the following explanation in the email:

Effective immediately, Apple TV (3rd generation), MD/199LL/A, has reached end of life and is now discontinued. The Apple Supply team is going to fulfill all shippable backlog.

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Apple releases tvOS 10 update

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Date: Wednesday, September 14th, 2016, 05:00
Category: Apple TV, News, Software, TvOS

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This is nifty.

On Tuesday, Apple released tvOS, its newest operating system for the fourth-gen Apple TV. The update boasts new features such as YouTube Siri Search, a new dark mode, and a new single sign-on setup process.

Users can update via the following steps:

Launch Settings app

Navigate to System → Software Updates → Update Software

tvOS will search for an available update, follow the on-screen prompts to proceed

After you prompt your Apple TV to update to the latest version of tvOS, your Apple TV will show a progress indicator on your screen and likely reboot two times. You will likely see a What’s New splash screen highlighting new features after the installation is complete.

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Twitter holds discussions with Apple to create Apple TV that allows for NFL live streaming

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Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2016, 05:57
Category: Apple TV, Fun, News, Software

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If you love your Apple TV, football and Twitter, you’ll love this.

Twitter is apparently in discussions with Apple to launch a Twitter app for the Apple TV that would let Twitter’s users watch the NFL games on Apple’s set-top box.

Twitter has directed [Chief Financial Officer] Mr. [Anthony] Noto, a former Goldman Sachs banker with deep ties to the sports media industry, to lead the charge on live streaming and has assigned an engineering team to create its streaming video player. Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, considers streaming a critical component of the company’s focus on “live” experiences, along with Periscope, its app that allows smartphone users to live-stream video.

As such, Twitter is in talks with Apple to incorporate Twitter into an app that allows for the streaming of NFL games.

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Rumor: Apple shifting TV efforts towards creating overarching guide, looks to make others’ content easily accessible

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Date: Friday, August 5th, 2016, 14:31
Category: Apple, Apple TV, Developer, Rumor, Software

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Apple seems to have shifted gears from wanting to make an ultimate TV for you to telling you what’s on TV and helping you watch it.

The company has apparently started talking to TV programmers and other video companies about creating a digital TV guide that would work on both Apple TV boxes and other Apple devices, like iPhones.

The new goal seems to be to let users know what’s available in video apps by providers like HBO, Netflix and ESPN, then play the shows and movies without having to transition between apps.

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