WWDC: Apple highlights hefty tvOS update, new features to come

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Date: Tuesday, June 14th, 2016, 09:32
Category: News, Siri, Software, TvOS

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Apple’s tvOS is about to receive a fairly hefty update, as outlined by Eddy Cue during the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday. Cue began by showing off a reworked iPhone remote app that includes all the same features as the bundled Siri Remote. When you’re searching for stuff to watch, Siri can now look up categories like “high school comedies from the ’80s.” Siri’s universal search is also adding YouTube to its content sources in the upcoming tvOS update.

The company will also be incorporating a new feature called Single Sign-on, which allows you to enter multiple login credentials at once and gain access to app from larger networks like HBO, ABC, NBC, ESPN and others. tvOS is also gaining a new feature called Live Tune-in, which lets you open live programming streams from certain networks (including ESPN and Disney) by just commanding Siri to put them on.

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Updated App Store guidelines hint at possible rebranding from “Mac OS X” to “macOS”

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Date: Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 11:03
Category: Developer, iOS, News, OS X, TvOS, Watch OS

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While it’s been expected that Apple will rebrand Mac OS X as “macOS” at WWDC next week, this has all but been confirmed in paperwork sent out to the developer community.

Hidden in today’s announcements regarding the App Store was yet another hint at the change. In a FAQ from on the iTunes Connect website, Apple mistakenly refers to Mac OS X as ‘macOS,’ again prematurely hinting at the change.

Back in March, Apple also named a framework file in OS X 10.11.4 that referred to the operating system as macOS. The following month, Apple launched a new environmental webpage on which it referred to the operating system as MacOS.

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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 Store down ahead of March 21st media event

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Date: Monday, March 21st, 2016, 08:27
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, OS X, retail, TvOS, Watch OS, Wearables

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As expected, the Apple Online Store has gone down ahead of today’s scheduled media event.

At present, there’s just a graphic stated “We can’t wait to show you what we have in store”.

Apple is scheduled to hold its media event at 10 AM PST in Cupertino and is expected to launch the 4-inch iPhone SE, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and updates to its Apple Watch line.

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Apps shine in new 30-second Apple TV spot

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Date: Friday, January 22nd, 2016, 10:34
Category: Apple TV, News, Software, TvOS

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This is sort of interesting.

After years of stating that the Apple TV set top box was a “hobby”, this is really the first commercial that declares that the device is a serious thing. The new 30-second Apple TV spot takes a focused look at apps and changes to suit an array of different popular apps on the platform. One second, the chicken mascot from Crossy Road is bursting out of the Apple TV, while the next second sees the box turning into the iron throne from Game of Thrones.

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VLC app becomes available for Apple TV

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Date: Wednesday, January 13th, 2016, 08:48
Category: News, Software, TvOS

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The much-loved VLC app has just become available for the Apple TV.

VLC, which looks to play video files in “their native formats without conversions”, is a full port of VLC media player combined with platform specific features.

Per lead iOS developer Felix Kühne:

VLC for Apple TV integrates with a plethora of devices and services on your local network and includes a custom way of casting files directly to the TV from your other computers using a web browser!
I was able to test the VLC Apple TV app for a few hours earlier today, and whilst it is early days yet, I am pretty impressed at what the VLC team has been able to accomplish.

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Apple releases iOS 9.2, watchOS 2.1 and tvOS 9.1 updates

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Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 15:19
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, News, Software, TvOS, Watch OS

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Today was the day in which pretty much everything Apple got an update.

Everything.

Leading the pack, Apple releases iOS 9.2 for its iOS devices. The update, a 272 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Apple Music improvements.

– A new Top Stories section in the News app.

– Mail Drop in the Mail app for sending large attachments.

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Amazon looking to release Amazon Video app for tvOS in a “few weeks”

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Date: Monday, November 30th, 2015, 08:38
Category: Apple TV, News, Software, TvOS

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The long-awaited Amazon Video app seems to finally be en route to the Apple TV. The news comes amid strife between Apple and Amazon, some accusing Apple of blocking Amazon from launching the app on tvOS and others accusing Amazon of not developing for the platform as to encourage users to use its own Fire TV products.

Engineer Dan Bostonweeks, who reached out to Amazon via its feedback system and asked the company about the lack of tvOS support for the fourth-gen Apple TV, received a response from the company in which the customer service representative offered the following quote:

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Improved Siri support found in tvOS 9.1 beta

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Date: Tuesday, November 10th, 2015, 08:37
Category: Apple Music, News, Software, TvOS

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Siri is going to start having a stronger presence in Apple’s tvOS and the new tvOS 9.1 beta might be proof of this.

Apple recently confirmed that Siri is coming to Apple Music on the new Apple TV at the beginning of 2016, but a quick study has discovered the virtual assistant can now be used for certain music-related commands on the latest tvOS 9.1 beta ahead of time.

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Apple releases tvOS 9.0.1 update, offers bug fixes, performance improvements

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Date: Tuesday, November 10th, 2015, 07:23
Category: Apple TV, News, Software, TvOS

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The general consensus about the fourth-generation Apple TV seems to be that it’s a cool piece of hardware, it’s capable of a lot, but it’s got some bugs to work out.

Apple appears to be underway in squashing some of the aforementioned bugs.

On Monday, Apple released its tvOS 9.0.1 update. The update, which can be snagged by going through the Apple TV’s settings, going into System selecting Software Updates, currently includes no release notes, nor does it add requested support for Bluetooth keyboards or Apple’s Remote app for iOS. Also missing from the current tvOS is a way to restore the software without losing all your data.

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