The new and improved Apple Siri Remote works with your old Apple TV

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What you need to know

  • Apple just announced a new Apple TV remote, priced at $59.
  • The new Siri Remote can be ordered April 30.

No need to buy a new Apple TV 4K just to ditch that remote.

Apple TV 4K just got a refresh but the big news is the arrival of a new Siri Remote and, yes, it’ll work just fine with your old Apple TV.

That means you won’t need to buy a whole new Apple TV 4K just to be able to get your hands on a remote that works!

The Siri Remote (2nd generation) brings precise control to your Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD.¹ Its all-new touch-enabled clickpad lets you click titles, swipe through playlists, and use a circular gesture on the outer ring to find just the scene you’re looking for. And with Siri, you can find what you want to watch using just your voice.

The newly refreshed Apple Siri Remote will sell for $59 when it goes on sale on April 30. You’ll need to wait until the second half of May before you can get your hands on it, unfortunately.

But hey, if you consider the price of the Lightning Cable you’ll get in the box, this remote suddenly doesn’t seem so expensive at $59.

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The new Apple TV 4K comes with a new Siri Remote

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Apple announced a new Apple TV 4K today, which will come with a new Siri Remote.

In addition to the existing Siri support, this new aluminum remote features a redesigned clickpad that allows for circular gestures in the outer ring, which viewers can use to quickly find the scene they’re looking for. And to eliminate the need to reach for another remote, it also includes a mute button and a power button for your actual TV.

The new Apple TV 4K is built with Apple’s A12 Bionic chip, which the company says will allow it to support higher-quality video, specifically high frame rate HDR and Dolby Vision at 60 frames per second.

Of course, picture quality also depends on the TV itself. But Apple announced a new feature to address the situation, and it’s not limited to people who purchase the new device. To improve the color balance on their TV, any Apple TV owner should be able to use the light sensor in their iPhone to measure their current balance, and the output from their Apple TV will be adjusted accordingly.

The new Apple TV 4K will be available for $179 for 32 gigabytes (or $199 if you want to double the storage capacity), with orders starting on April 30 and availability in the second half of May. You’ll also be able to buy an Apple TV HD with the new Siri Remote for $149, or the remote alone for $59.

“With the A12 Bionic and the all-new Siri Remote, Apple TV 4K lets customers enjoy their favorite shows, movies, and more in the highest quality, with simple and intuitive controls,” said Apple Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Bob Borchers in a statement. “And of course, Apple TV 4K offers easy access to Apple services, along with thousands of apps on the App Store for even more entertainment options.”

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Apple announces new Apple TV 4K with A12 Bionic, new remote, and more

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What you need to know

  • Apple TV 4K just got a big update.
  • The newly updated box will support HDR in high frame rate for the first time.
  • A new configuration and calibration feature will use your iPhone, too.
  • There’s a new Apple TV remote, too

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Apple just updated the Apple TV 4K, adding support for a new remote, HDR in high frame rates, and more. The addition of an Apple A12 Bionic processor also means that all of this is possible, too.

The key point here is the newly redesigned Apple TV Siri Remote, made from aluminum and not glass. There’s a new click pad that is also touch enabled, making it easier to use than the existing controller, too. That remote is also built from 100% recycled aluminum, of course.

Apple says the new Siri Remote can now control your TV via new power and mute buttons as well. So yay for that!

That beefy new A12 Bionic also means we can enjoy HDR content at high frame rates for the first time.

With A12 Bionic, Apple TV 4K now supports high frame rate HDR (High Dynamic Range) and Dolby Vision video, enabling fast-moving action at 60 frames per second (fps) to play more smoothly and appear more lifelike than ever before.1 Apple is working with leading video providers around the world, including FOX Sports, NBCUniversal, Paramount+, Red Bull TV, and Canal+, as they begin to stream in high frame rate HDR. And with high frame rate support in AirPlay, videos shot on iPhone 12 Pro can be displayed in full 60-fps Dolby Vision on the new Apple TV 4K.

Moving on, Apple also confirmed that we will be able to calibrate our new Apple TV 4K using our iPhones for the first time, making it easier to adjust color balance and more for a more accurate image. Apple says this will make a huge difference to the way our content appears on-screen, but we’ll have to confirm that ourselves when the new boxes ship.

Speaking of ship dates, the refreshed Apple TV 4K starts at $179 starting April 30, with availability beginning May. The base model ships with 32GB of storage, but $199 will get you the 64GB version if you’re concerned about having enough space for all those Apple ARcade games.

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The new Apple TV 4K features the A12 Bionic, high-refresh-rate HDR, and a new Siri Remote.

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Spring Loaded: What analysts say about Apple’s Podcast+ plan

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A microphone for a podcast

Apple’s preparing to intensify its interest in podcasting
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Apple is expected to extend its services catalog with an all-new premium podcast service at its Spring Loaded event today. This is what Futuresource analyst Alexandre Jornod had to say about this speculation.

Why Podcast+ makes sense

Podcast consumption has radically increased during the pandemic. Futuresource published its Living with Digital consumer research conducted in the USA, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Canada in February 2021. It found that the share of respondents listening to podcasts has increased from 36% in 2019 to 41% at the end of 2020.

“With the appetite for podcasts continuing to grow globally, it could make sense for Apple to start offering a premium subscription dedicated to podcasts, including multiple exclusive shows,” the analyst says.

Already, 82% of children and students listening to podcasts do so on at least a weekly basis, Futuresource said. (34% of kids use tablets to listen to music, they also said).

What Apple brings

Apple is a big name in podcasting. Even the term ‘podcasting’ was inspired by the company’s iPod. Yet Apple has arguably failed to exploit the connection, beyond the podcasting app.

Meanwhile, competing streaming services are investing in podcasts to compete on a channel basis. Think radio in which you pay for every frequency.

Why should Spotify have all the music?

Apple also knows it is in competition with Spotify, which decided to make podcasts a key pillar of its ‘Audio-First’ strategy two years ago. Since then Spotify has been “aggressively investing in this market,” Jornod said. Amazon and others are also beginning to invest in content, pushing Apple to act.

Services are where the future is

As hardware sinks into the background, services will help Apple consolidate/manage its income while freeing it from the unpredictability of new product launches.

Expanding services helps boost services revenues and also helps diversify its business base.

What about Apple One?

Podcasts+ may help juice interest in Apple’s Apple One service, the analyst speculates.

“The podcast subscription could potentially be bundled to Apple Music as well as its all-in-one service bundle Apple One,” Jornod said. This could “help [in] convincing more people to subscribe to these services and create additional synergies.”

Babbel sample podcasts page.

But what is the business plan?

Apple has agreed to pay much more per stream than any other music streaming service, so it’s reasonable to think it respects and places value in content.

However, in the case of a podcast subscription service, how will contributors get paid? Will a subscription be split between all parties? Will it be free but subsidized by ad revenue? Or will Apple simply set up a system that lets any podcast creator request a subscription fee and take a slice of that money?

“So far, podcasts have been primarily monetised through ads but a podcast subscription service could possibly involve a different business model, notably as Apple has been historically against offering ads within its range of services,” the analyst said.

We will learn of the business plan if this service is announced.

How will it work?

It seems likely Apple will leverage technologies it acquired with ScoutFM last year. ScoutFM technology created curated channels of podcasts in radio like feeds for playback, crafted to reflect a person’s interests. Apple also recruited former National Geographic director of Podcasts, Emily Ochsenslager in 2019, which suggests a content-led approach, as reflected across the rest of the company’s services.

Will Podcasts for Windows be next?

The analyst isn’t saying, but I think so. I doubt the speculation of these services for Windows will prove false, particularly given XCloud support for iOS. I’d also speculate that the service will also be made available to smart TVs, streaming sticks and other devices that support Apple TV.

We’ll hopefully learn more on this later on.

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Apple TV (2021): Release date, rumors, price, features, and more

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It’s been three years since the Apple TV was updated, so we’re hoping that a new one drops during the “Spring loaded” event.

Apple’s “Spring loaded” event is approaching, and this means we could be getting a new, 6th-generation Apple TV. After all, it’s been over three years since the Apple TV 4K launched, and it’s well overdue for a refresh with a new A-series chip and possibly a remote makeover to make it easier to use.

Here’s everything we know so far about the Apple TV (2021).

What’s the latest on the Apple TV (2021)?

While we did not get a March Apple event like the leakers originally predicted, we expect an updated Apple TV (2021) to drop during Apple’s “Spring loaded” event on April 20, 2021. After all, this event indicates that there could be a slew of new products coming since it takes up a two-hour slot when you add it to your calendar.

We are unsure whether the next Apple TV is just going to be announced and will ship later in the year or if it will be ready sometime in the spring. We will update this as we get confirmation during the event.

What are the specs for the Apple TV (2021)?

The latest rumors about the next-generation Apple TV seem to focus on turning it into a gaming machine with an updated processor and redesigned remote.

The next Apple TV (2021) may come equipped with an A12X processor to enable more powerful gaming experiences on the machine. This can make sense when you look at how Apple is trying to bring premium gaming experiences to its platforms through Apple Arcade.

Leakers also predict that the next Apple TV (2021) will have 64GB and 128GB storage options. If the focus of the Apple TV shifts towards gaming, doubling the storage capacity makes sense since games can have large file sizes.

What about the Apple TV (2021) remote?

The current iterations of the Apple TV remote have been, well, less than ideal and many people want to see the current Apple TV remote die. It is very likely that it may indeed go the way of the dodo and get replaced with a new, easier-to-use remote in the next iteration.

The new remote may have been developed under the codename of “B519,” which is different from the current Siri Remote that is identified as “B439.”

Little else is known about this updated Apple TV remote. While we thought we had a first look at what a new Apple TV remote could look like, it turned out to be an alternative remote created with Universal Electronics for cable services.

What version of tvOS can the Apple TV (2021) run?

We aren’t expecting an update to tvOS until WWDC 2021, so that means that the next Apple TV (2021) will continue to run tvOS 14. This was a significant update, though, and it brought some great new features for Apple TV owners.

With the next Apple TV (2021) and tvOS 14, we can expect better hardware for the new Control Center for the best HomeKit accessories, multiple Apple Arcade user support, more game controller support, and an amazing Picture-in-picture mode.

How much will the Apple TV (2021) cost?

Currently, the Apple TV 4K is $179 for the 32GB size and $199 for the 64GB version. We won’t know until the Apple event on April 20, but we expect an updated Apple TV (2021) to be similar in price. However, we do hope to see Apple lower the price tag a little bit because you can easily get competing products for less.

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Tiny World — Filming Inside the Reef | Apple TV+

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Down in Australia, underwater photographers reveal how they were able to record tiny heroes defending their coral homes during the making of Tiny World Season 2. Watch the all-new season of the Apple Original docuseries coming April 16 to Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_TinyWorld​

Narrated by Paul Rudd, this docuseries showcases nature’s lesser-known tiny heroes. Spotlighting small creatures and the extraordinary things they do to survive, each episode is filled with surprising stories and spectacular cinematography.

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The Snoopy Show — Get the Scoop on Snoopy l Apple TV+

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Think you know Snoopy? Then test your knowledge of America’s favorite animated beagle! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to watch all the episodes of The Snoopy Show on Apple TV+

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The Snoopy Show — The History of Flying Ace | Apple TV+

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Life’s more exciting when you’re the hero of your own adventure. Just look at Snoopy! See all of this classic canine’s adventures on The Snoopy Show on Apple TV+

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The Snoopy Show — Meet Snoopy’s Best Friends | Apple TV+

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When it comes to best friends, Snoopy’s got some of the best ever. Meet them all on The Snoopy Show, available on Apple TV+

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The Snoopy Show — Welcome to the Neighborhood | Apple TV+

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You’re cordially invited to Snoopy’s neighborhood, where there’s always something fun to discover just around the corner. Make yourself at home, and enjoy all the episodes of The Snoopy Show on Apple TV+

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Rumor: Apple TV app coming to Sky Q in the UK

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“I work for sky. It was in one of our training videos last week.”

What you need to know

  • A rumor says that Apple TV may be coming to Sky Q in the UK.
  • Sky Q already offers users all of Sky’s live programming as well as apps like Netflix, Disney+ and YouTube.

A new rumor posted to Reddit claims UK users of Sky Q may soon be able to access the Apple TV app on the service.

Reddit user MrKatUK, who claims to be a Sky employee posted stating:

UK. Apple TV app coming to Sky Q
Source: I work for sky. It was in one of our training videos last week

The report did not give any indication as to when the app might be released, however, the reference to employee training would suggest sooner rather than later. If the report is correct, it would mean UK Sky Q customers might soon have access to the Apple TV app within Sky Q.

Sky Q is UK broadcaster Sky’s premium TV offering, an all-in-one package built around the Sky Q Box. It offers users access to all of Sky’s live programming including Sky Sports and Movies (with subscriptions), as well as catchup and on-demand content from Sky, and recording, pausing, and rewinding live TV.

Sky Q already offers users access to services like Amazon’s Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, and YouTube as well as UK apps like BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, and All 4, making an Apple TV app a notable omission currently.

A few users of the Apple TV Reddit asked about the possibility of a Sky Q app for Apple TV, but responses noted this would make the Sky Q box somewhat redundant so was extremely unlikely. The report is unconfirmed, but keep your eyes peeled for an Apple TV app for Sky Q on the horizon.

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UK streaming platform 'Now' gets full support for Apple TV app

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‘Now’, formerly ‘Now TV’ is run by broadcasting company Sky.

What you need to know

  • Streaming platform ‘Now’ has been fully integrated into the Apple TV app.
  • You can now see titles from the service when searching in the Apple TV app.

Streaming platform Now is erm… now fully integrated into the Apple TV app, meaning titles on the UK streaming service will now show up when you search for them in the Apple TV app.

From Pocket-Lint:

Apple’s TV app – which is available for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and multiple other devices – now supports Now (formerly Now TV).

The Apple TV app already enables users to search across a range of streaming services, including Amazon Prime Video, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and Apple’s own TV+ service. The Now integration means users will be able to use the Apple TV app to search for programmes on the platform and add them to the Up Next feature within the Apple TV app, helping you keep track of all the things you want to watch or are watching across all the various streaming platforms.

Now is the streaming platform of UK broadcaster Sky, and features an extensive library of TV shows, movies, and sports shows. Thanks to the new integration, all of these will now show up when searching for shows in the app. As the report notes there is also a new dedicated Now section of the Apple TV app where you can see all of the platform’s titles in one place. It means these titles should also show up using Siri search. As of December 29, UK users can no longer stream Now shows abroad in the EU but can download content at home before watching it offline.

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Apple could build the social soundbar of our dreams

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This is the Apple TV that could dominate the living room.

The Apple TV has always been one of those Apple products that people wonder if the company considers a hobby. Especially as competitors continuously release cheaper hardware with similar capabilities, the Apple TV seems prime for reinvention. A new report from Bloomberg says that might be exactly what is happening.

According to the report, the company is working on an Apple TV that would also include a speaker and camera.

The device, says Bloomberg, would “represent Apple’s most ambitious smart-home hardware offering to date.” In terms of functionality, the report says the device would function like an Apple TV in terms of streaming content and playing games, but with a built-in speaker similar to a HomePod. The inclusion of a camera would also bring FaceTime to the big screen for the first time too.

The company is working on a product that would combine an Apple TV set-top box with a HomePod speaker and include a camera for video conferencing through a connected TV and other smart-home functions, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters.

While many have pictured a HomePod with Apple TV functionality built-in, or an Apple TV with a speaker grill running around the outside of it, I think the company could be working on a full-fledged soundbar. I also think it would be the right move and would finally make the Apple TV a major competitor for the living room.

While TV displays have improved over the years, the sound quality has taken a nosedive. There are exceptions, of course, but the logical setup that many people now have in their living room is a flat-panel television with a soundbar. Instead of trying to go against this perfect combo, Apple could build one of the best-sounding and most capable soundbars out there. This approach wouldn’t necessarily be new, either. Roku has been building their streaming platform into soundbars for years now, and customers seem to love the convenience of having everything built into one piece of hardware.

While this basic idea isn’t new, Apple could bring its magic to this experience like few others could. For one, the company could use its years of experience in audio with the HomePod and build an incredibly great sounding soundbar. With AirPlay, it could also leverage its wireless audio technology to allow users to set up the HomePod mini as their surround sound speakers if they chose. This would enable the company to compete with other popular home audio companies like Sonos.

Things could also get really interesting with a built-in FaceTime camera. Let’s face it, we all get tired of holding up our iPhone when we FaceTime someone. Letting us do it from the couch would be a lot more comfortable. With everything that Apple has learned with the iPhone, it could build a fantastic FaceTime experience for the television.

That camera could also be used for other services. People are already getting together on their computers to watch content in shared streaming experiences. Apple could bring that experience to something like Apple TV+. Imagine sitting down in your living room to watch Mythic Quest with your friends, but everyone is at their own home.

If you can’t wait for something like a soundbar with Apple TV built-in and are in the market for some TV audio now, check out our list of the Best AirPlay 2 Soundbars 2021.

While the report says that the product could change or be nixed entirely, I really hope that Apple comes through with someone like this. It would not only be the future of the Apple TV, but the future of the living room.

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Apple Readying New Randomized Product Serial Numbers Ahead of ‘Spring Loaded’ Event

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Apple is telling its authorized premium resellers and dealers to get ready for new products with 10 and 12 digital serial numbers. The information is being shared just a few days ahead of a virtual event where the Cupertino firm is expected to debut a variety of new products.

It had been previously reported that Apple had plans to begin randomizing serial numbers for future products, starting in early 2021. A new MacRumors report says a memo it has seen indicates that Apple is readying for that roll-out. The company is telling authorized resellers and dealers to ensure that their “systems, warehouses, and processes are in place and able to receive and ship the two serial number formats.”

Apple has traditionally used a 12-digit serial number format for its products. The alphanumeric format holds key information, including the item’s production date and time. Apple’s new randomized serial number format initially starts at 10 digits and item information will be harder to decipher.

Apple on Tuesday officially announced its upcoming digital-only “Spring Loaded” event on Tuesday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California.

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Mythic Quest — Season 2 Trailer | Apple TV+

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Getting along with co-workers is a full time job at Mythic Quest. A new season is coming to Apple TV+ May 7 https://apple.co/_MythicQuest

With the quarantine finally over, the new season of “Mythic Quest” finds everyone back in the office (well, almost everyone), attempting to build upon the success of Raven’s Banquet by launching an epic new expansion, but Ian (Rob McElhenney) and the newly promoted co-creative director, Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao), struggle with the game’s direction. Meanwhile, C.W. (F. Murray Abraham) reconciles some unresolved issues from his past, the testers (Ashly Burch and Imani Hakim) test the bounds of an office romance, and David (David Hornsby) loses yet another woman in his life as Jo (Jessie Ennis) leaves him to assist Brad (Danny Pudi).

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Siri Says Apple Spring 2021 Event Date is April 20

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According to Siri, the Apple Spring 2021 event date is Tuesday, April 20. This happens when you ask “When is the next Apple event?” (via MacRumors).

Apple Spring 2021 Event Date

Although Siri directs you to Apple.com for more information, the event page does not yet have information for this event. Apple sends invites a week before an event and in this case that means probably later today.

Rumors for this event include new iPad Pros, AirTags, an Apple TV, and more.

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Rumor: Apple Creating Apple TV Box With Camera and Speaker

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A report on Monday claims that Apple is working on an Apple TV box with a built-in HomePod speaker and a camera for video conferencing (via Bloomberg).

Apple TV + Camera

Because of the built-in speaker this Apple TV could be used to play music and interact with Siri. Additionally, another rumored product is a HomePod with a touch screen built into it along with a camera. One possible feature is the device automatically pointing at a person as they move around the room.

Both products are in the early stages of development and could of course end up getting cancelled or have features changed. In 2020 Apple combined the engineering teams for the HomePod and Apple TV, suggesting these two devices may some day converge.

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Apple said to be developing Apple TV/HomePod combo and iPad-like smart speaker display

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Apple is reportedly working on a couple of new options for a renewed entry into the smart home, including a mash-up of the Apple TV with a HomePod speaker, and an integrated camera for video chat, according to Bloomberg. It’s also said to be working on a smart speaker that basically combines a HomePod with an iPad, providing something similar to Amazon’s Echo Show or Google’s Nest Hub in functionality.

The Apple TV/HomePod hybrid would still connect to a television for outputting video, and would offer similar access to all the video and gaming services that the current Apple TV does, while the speaker component would provide sound output, music playback and Siri integration. It would also include a built-in camera for using video conferencing apps on the TV itself, the report says.

That second device would be much more like existing smart assistant display devices on the market today, with an iPad-like screen providing integrated visuals. The project could involve attaching the iPad via a “robotic arm,” according to Bloomberg, that would allow it to move to accommodate a user moving around, with the ability to keep them in frame during video chat sessions.

Bloomberg doesn’t provide any specific timelines for release of any of these potential products, and it sounds like they’re still very much in the development phase, which means Apple could easily abandon these plans depending on its evaluation of their potential. Apple just recently discontinued its original HomePod, the $300 smart speaker it debuted in 2018.

Rumors abound about a refreshed Apple TV arriving sometime this year, which should boast a faster processor and also an updated remote control. It could bring other hardware improvements, like support for a faster 120Hz refresh rate available on more modern TVs.

Source: techcrunch.com

Bloomberg Says Apple Developing New Apple TV With Integrated HomePod Speaker and FaceTime Camera

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Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman says Apple is working on a new Apple TV that is combined with a HomePod speaker and that has a camera for video calls through a connected television set.

From Gurman’s report:

The company is working on a product that would combine an ‌Apple TV‌ set-top box with a ‌HomePod‌ speaker and include a camera for video conferencing through a connected TV and other smart-home functions, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters.

The device’s other capabilities would include standard ‌Apple TV‌ box functions like watching video and gaming plus smart speaker uses such as playing music and using Apple’s Siri digital assistant.

Apple discontinued its original high-end HomePod back in March, due to disappointing sales. The company’s newer and smaller HomePod mini has proved to be more popular than the original, thanks to its lower price.

Apple combined its HomePod and Apple TV engineering teams during 2020, suggesting work is being performed on an integrated device that boasts the best features of the combined devices. However, the Gurman report indicates that the product’s development is still in the early stages, so the product could be changed or completely canceled before it can be launched.

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Apple reportedly planning an Apple TV combined with a HomePod & FaceTime camera

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What you need to know

  • Bloomberg reports that Apple is working on a new Apple TV with an integrated speaker and camera.
  • The device would allow FaceTime calls to be made via a connected TV.

“If launched, it would represent Apple’s most ambitious smart-home hardware offering to date.”

Apple is reportedly working on building a new Apple TV that not only has elements of a HomePod built in, but also includes a FaceTime camera for making video calls using a connected TV.

The device, says Bloomberg, would “represent Apple’s most ambitious smart-home hardware offering to date.” In terms of functionality, the report says the device would function like an Apple TV in terms of streaming content and playing games, but with a built-in speaker similar to a HomePod. The inclusion of a camera would also bring FaceTime to the big screen for the first time, too.

The company is working on a product that would combine an Apple TV set-top box with a HomePod speaker and include a camera for video conferencing through a connected TV and other smart-home functions, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters.

The report goes on to say that the development of the new Apple TV product is “still in the early stages” and that features could change before launch – assuming the product launches at all, of course.

Apple is thought to have a refreshed Apple TV ready to launch imminently as well, although that will no doubt be much closer to the current Apple TV 4K than the product Bloomberg is discussing here.

The aforementioned Apple TV 4K is currently the best Apple TV the company sells, although it’s very much due some attention. Hopefully we’ll know more about what the new Apple TV will offer sooner rather than later.

Source: imore.com

Helpsters — Teaching T-Ball | We’ve Got A Plan! | Apple TV+

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Batter Up! Hart needs help suiting up for a game of t-ball. The Helpsters are here to get the job done!

Meet Cody and the Helpsters, a team of vibrant monsters who love to solve problems. Whether it’s planning a party, climbing a mountain, or mastering a magic trick, the Helpsters can figure anything out—because everything starts with a plan.

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The Oprah Conversation — Eddie Murphy “The Center of My Life” | Apple TV+

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“You never make one bad decision if you put them first.”

Between his stand-up, movies, and music, Eddie Murphy has been entertaining people for nearly 4 decades. Now he talks with Oprah about what he considers his true legacy – his family. Watch this episode of The Oprah Conversation now on the Apple TV app: https://apple.co/_the-oprah-conversation

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The Mosquito Coast — Official Trailer | Apple TV+

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A brilliant rebel (Justin Theroux) and his wife (Melissa George) take their family on the run to protect them, but end up exposing them to more danger than ever. At every turn of their adventure, they encounter increasing threats and intensifying moral choices from which there’s no turning back. Watch April 30 exclusively on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_MosquitoCoast

Adapted from the best-selling novel by Paul Theroux, Mosquito Coast is executive produced by Neil Cross, Rupert Wyatt, Paul Theroux, Justin Theroux and Edward L. McDonnell. Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen and Bob Bookman also serve as executive producers for Veritas Entertainment Group. The series was developed by Neil Cross and Tom Bissell, created for television by Neil Cross, and is a Fremantle Production for Apple TV+

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Apple Seeds Seventh tvOS 14.5 Beta to Developers and Beta Testers

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Apple on Wednesday seeded the seventh beta of tvOS 14.5, the update designed to run on fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models. The beta comes one week after Apple released the sixth beta.

The tvOS 14.5 beta is compatible with fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models. The new beta can be downloaded to a compatible Apple TV that has the proper profile installed. The public beta is also available.

Apple is removing mentions of the “Siri Remote” from the tvOS 14.5 beta and is replacing them with “‌Apple TV‌ Remote” across the operating system. The update renames the “Home Button” under the “Remotes and Devices” section to “TV Button.”

tvOS 14.5 brings support for the latest PlayStation 5 DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers, which can be used to play games from the tvOS App Store and Apple Arcade.

When tvOS 14.5 is released to the public, Apple will begin enforcing its App Tracking Transparency privacy feature. App Tracking Transparency will require apps to get the user’s permission before tracking their data across apps or websites owned by other companies. Under Settings, users will be able to see which apps have requested permission to track and make changes as they see fit.

Users will see prompts that include options to “Allow Tracking” or “Ask App not to Track” when opening apps that wish to track their activity. While developers have been allowed to voluntarily add the tracking prompt to their iOS 14 apps by using the App Tracking Transparency framework. However, it has not been required and few apps have implemented the prompt voluntarily.

When a user selects “Ask App not to Track,” the app will be blocked from accessing the user’s IDFA. The developer is also required to respect the user’s tracking preference overall and is not allowed to use other methods to track the user. Developers that violate the app tracking rules could see their app removed from the App Store.

As usual, MacTrast and Apple both warn users to not install any betas on their daily driver Apple Watch or Apple TV, instead only install betas on a device set aside for testing purposes.

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Bonus Episode of Apple TV+’s ‘Mythic Quest’ to Stream Before Season 2 Premiere

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Apple TV+ will stream a bonus episode of its popular Apple Original Series “Mythic Quest” on Friday, April 16, ahead of the show’s second season premiere.

Deadline reports that “Everlight,” a standalone episode from season one of the gaming workplace comedy, will be available for viewing starting on Friday, April 16 on the streaming platform.

Following the special “Mythic Quest: Quarantine” episode, the half-hour episode is directed and executive produced by Rob McElhenney and written by Ashly Burch. The episode will see the Mythic Quest crew return to offices and co-workers following the coronavirus pandemic for their annual Everlight party. Anthony Hopkins’ lends his voice to the episode.

“‘Everlight’ is a special episode that addresses the practical and emotional difficulties of returning to normalcy,” said McElhenney. “It’s full of hope and joy and optimism for a bright future. Ahead of our upcoming second season, we felt it was the perfect way (and the perfect time) to invite the audience back into the world of ‘Mythic Quest.’”

Mythic Quest will return to Apple TV+ for its second season on Friday, May 7.  Season two of finds everyone back in the office (well, almost everyone), attempting to build upon the success of Raven’s Banquet by launching an epic new expansion, but Ian (McElhenney) and the newly promoted co-creative director, Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao), struggle with the game’s direction. Meanwhile, C.W. (F. Murray Abraham) reconciles some unresolved issues from his past, the testers (Burch and Imani Hakim) begin an office romance and David (David Hornsby) loses yet another woman in his life as Jo (Jessie Ennis) leaves him to assist Brad (Danny Pudi).

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