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.
Well, some better news that doesn’t involve batteries catching fire.
Apple on Monday began collecting donations for the victims of Hurricane Matthew, which tore through a number of Caribbean countries and several U.S. states including Florida and the Carolinas. The hurricane killed hundreds and left untold numbers homeless or in need of aid.
If you love audiobooks, this could be nifty.
On Monday, Apple announced its new “Spoken Editions” section of iTunes, which will feature narrated content from a number of online publishers in the form of audio-only podcasts. These Spoken Editions are available both in the iTunes storefront, as well as in Apple’s Podcasts app, for easy access.
With the launch, more then 40 publishers will be distributing content, including the Huffington Post, Reuters, Slate. .Mic, Wired, IGN, Bustle, Fusion, Gizmodo, Jezebel, Lifehacker, TIME, Skift, TechCrunch and Playboy.
Apple released iTunes 12.5.1 today and you’ll need it if you want to use iTunes to install iOS 10 on your devices through your computer.
The new version of iTunes, a 268 megabyte download, contains the following fixes and new features:
– Now with an all-new Apple Music design, which brings greater clarity and simplicity to every aspect of the experience.
The days leading up to WWDC 2016 are a mix of facts and rumors, but there’s some interesting stuff that’s being mentioned.
On that note, the mighty Mark Gurman went on the Jay and Farad Show podcast and offered the following predictions:
– There literally won’t be any new hardware product announcements at WWDC, but there will be announcements regarding iOS, MacOS, tvOS and watchOS.
– MacOS will receive a Siri upgrade and have it integrated in the top right corner. Photos will also see upgrades.
It’s more a bug fix than anything.
Apple on Thursday released iTunes 12.4.1, the latest version of its media player.
The update address a variety of small problems and bugs, including compatibility issues with the OS X VoiceOver accessibility feature.
According to Apple’s release notes, iTunes version 12.4.1 for Mac includes a grab bag of fixes that might in some cases negatively impact software usability. In particular, the update addresses a problem that caused VoiceOver, Mac’s automated screen reader technology, to operate unexpectedly.
Apple on Monday released iTunes 12.4, adding a new, simpler design element to its user interface along with standard bug fixes.
The new version also introduces a sidebar for easier navigation as well as a revamped media picker and may also include safeguards to protect users from an issue that could cause music stored in iTunes to be deleted. The deletion problem affected a small number of users and while Apple was not able to recreate the bug, the company promised “additional safeguards.”
Well, this has been a bit of a mess.
Apple on Monday confirmed user reports of an issue that caused music from personal collections in iTunes libraries to be deleted, stating it only affected a small number of users and that a fix was in the works.
The company offered the following comment on the issue:
“In an extremely small number of cases users have reported that music files saved on their computer were removed without their permission,” Apple said. “We’re taking these reports seriously as we know how important music is to our customers and our teams are focused on identifying the cause. We have not been able to reproduce this issue, however, we’re releasing an update to iTunes early next week which includes additional safeguards. If a user experiences this issue they should contact AppleCare.”
If you’re looking to help out with the Canadian fire effort, you can now do it through iTunes.
Customers shopping on Apple’s Canadian iTunes storefront can now donate to relief for victims of the forest fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, which have burned for several days and forced the evacuation of over 100,000 people, destroying 20 percent of the homes in the area.
Apple is currently accepting donations for the Canadian Red Cross in $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200 increments. The company is also promising to give 100% of all donations without taking a cut.