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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Apple releases reworked Apple TV Remote app

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Date: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016, 13:10
Category: Apple TV, iOS, News, Software

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It’s a completely rework app that might come in handy.

Apple has released its Apple TV Remote app, which is designed to be used alongside the Siri Remote on the current Apple TV as well as past generations of the device.

The app offers the following features:

– Navigate Apple TV with touch gestures.

– Quickly enter text, email addresses, and passwords using the keyboard.

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Apple’s negotiating techniques holding up Apple TV streaming service

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Date: Friday, July 29th, 2016, 08:44
Category: Apple TV, News, TvOS

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Apple knows exactly what it wants in terms of negotiations.

And it might just be getting in the way in terms of setting up an Apple TV streaming service.

The company’s “assertive” negotiation tactics have apparently made it difficult to establish and lock deals with various cable providers and networks.

Apple started talking with the Walt Disney Company in early 2015 about getting Disney-owned content onto its then-planned streaming television service, but Apple executives, iTunes chief Eddy Cue in particular, made demands networks were not prepared to meet.

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Apple Pay options begin emerging at select Bank of America ATMs

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Date: Monday, June 20th, 2016, 08:51
Category: Apple TV, Finance, Google, News

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You’ll be able to start using Apple Pay at assorted Bank of America ATMs pretty soon.

According to an unconfirmed report posted to Reddit on Sunday, Bank of America customers living in Redondo Beach, Calif., can now withdraw cash from certain NFC-enabled ATMs. The system does not appear to be fully operational, however, as deposits still require a physical debit or checking account card.

Reports began to surface of Apple Pay integration at select Bank of America ATMs as of May. At the time, pilot program coverage was limited to two machines in San Francisco. Bank of America has not yet made an official announcement regarding ATM compatibility with Apple Pay, though it appears the service is slowly rolling out beyond the Bay Area.

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Rumor: Fifth-gen Apple TV could feature version of Siri being developed to compete with Amazon Echo

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Date: Friday, May 27th, 2016, 07:11
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Rumor, WWDC

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With rumors that Apple is working on a device to compete with Amazon’s Echo, it’s been suggested that a fifth-generation version of the Apple TV will eventually get its own microphone and speaker, and that Apple will be improving its computing infrastructure to handle more Siri queries.

Supporting these developments will be the previously-rumored Siri SDK for developers, allowing them to hook third-party apps into the platform, the source noted.

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Apple releases watchOS 2.2.1, tvOS 9.2.1

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Date: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016, 07:59
Category: Apple TV, Apple Watch, News, Software, TvOS, Watch OS, Wearables

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Along with yesterday’s smorgasbord of updates, Apple also updated its watchOS and tvOS operating systems.

tvOS hit version 9.2.1 and contained bug fixes and performance improvements, but no new features. Apple released tvOS 9.2 just last month, which brought support for Siri dictation, organizing your apps in folders, and connecting a Bluetooth keyboard.

To update your fourth-gen Apple TV, start in the Settings app, then scroll down to System > Software Update. If you have automatic updates enabled, you’ll be prompted the next time you fire up your Apple TV.

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Apple announces media event for Monday, March 21st at 10 AM

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Date: Friday, March 11th, 2016, 08:00
Category: Apple TV, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News

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Give it enough time and eventually Apple catches up to the rumors.

Apple has announced a special event for members of the press at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 21st, at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino.

The event will be streamed via apple.com and can be accessed from any Mac running OS X 10.8.5 or later with Safari 6.0.5 or later, any PC running Windows 10 with Microsoft’s Edge browser, any iOS device running iOS 7 or later or any Apple TV from the second-gen on.

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