iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:09:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Apple TV Officially Launches in India Following iTunes Store Launch Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:34:28 +0000 Read More]]> AppleTV India

Last December, Apple launched the iTunes Store for music and movies in 56 new countries, including India and has now officially launched the Apple TV. According to BGR, Apple is now selling the Apple TV in India for Rs 8,295 including taxes, which comes out to about $153 USD. During the holiday season, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that the company sold 2 million Apple TV devices during the holiday quarter, which is a 60% growth from over year ago.

With the Apple TV now being sold in India and other regions that were withheld from the initial release, Apple is looking at an increase in revenue from both music and movies. India’s Bollywood is the second largest film industry in the world after the United State’s own Hollywood and with Indian movies being included on the Apple TV, it presents Apple with major opportunities for revenue growth.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has noted in the past that a television is an “intense area of interest”, with recent reports that the company is already working on a television set, which will likely include all of the features of the Apple TV set top box, as well as other features such as AirPlay connectivity with iOS devices and the Mac.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> 1 HBO GO Adds Apple TV Support Via AirPlay, Working on Native App Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:27:53 +0000 Read More]]> HBO Go Apple TV AirPlay

HBO has made a move into yet another one of Apple’s products, allowing customers of its HBO GO streaming service to stream shows and movies on their Apple TV devices. On Tuesday, during the AllThingsD Dive Into Media Conference, Eric Kessler of HBO announced that the company will be adding support for its users to stream to their Apple TV devices via AirPlay.

Our longterm goal for Go is to be on all devices all platforms. HBO Go is HBO’s streaming service that allows subscribers to watch HBO content on PCs, tablets, and consoles.

With this new addition, HBO would only allow streaming of video from the HBO GO app as there is currently no available app for the Apple TV. Other streaming services such as Watchever, Netflix and Hulu Plus already have applications for the Apple TV, which allows users to browse directly through the device instead of channeling it through a MacBook or iOS device.

Despite the fact that Apple currently does not have an HBO app for the Apple TV, the two companies are reportedly working together to create a native HBO GO application for the Apple TV. The Apple TV only supports streaming content at this point, with Apple consistently adding new services in the US and abroad.

With rumors that Apple is looking to introduce a television set, it is very likely that the company will continue to add more content and perhaps even its own App Store for games, TV shows, and movies.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> 1 Apple Releases 5.1 Update for Apple TV, Adds Photo Stream Support Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:20:10 +0000 Read More]]> AppleTV 5-1 update

Following the release of the new iPhone 5, iOS 6, and OS X 10.8.2 update, Apple has now updated the Apple TV software to version 5.1 to add new features to the 2nd and 3rd generations of the device. One of the most notable feature is Shared Photo Streams, which is shipping in iOS 6 with the iPhone 5 and was recently added to the iPhone 4S with the latest update.

With the update, the Apple TV will now be able to share audio to AirPlay-enabled speakers as well as other Apple TVs and AirPort Express, play iTunes Movie Trailers, display screen savers, and give users the option to arrange icons similar to iOS. The full list of features include:

Shared Photo Streams – Accept invitations for Shared Photo Streams, browse photos and comments, and receive notifications of new content.

AirPlay – Send audio content from Apple TV to AirPlay-enabled speakers and devices (including AirPort Express and other Apple TVs). Also includes the ability to require an onscreen code to use AirPlay with your Apple TV.

iTunes account switching – Save multiple iTunes accounts and switch quickly between them.

Trailers – Search movie trailers. In the United States, see show times for local theaters.

Screen savers – New Cascade, Shrinking Tiles, and Sliding Panels screen savers.

Main menu – Reorder icons on the second page by holding down the select button on the remote.

– SDH support for the deaf and hard-of-hearing as well as improvements to viewing and selecting subtitles.

Network configuration – Support for setting up advanced network options using configuration profiles. See for more information.

Stability and performance – Includes general performance and stability improvements.

This update for Apple TV has come after the last update that was released this past June, and brings a number of new features to the device. Users can download the update the same way one can update on iOS, Settings > General > Software Update. With this latest update, Apple’s iOS products, Macs, and Apple TV can now share media across devices, pushing the company’s focus on simplicity and ease of use.

{Via MacRumors}

]]> 0 Apple Releases iOS 5.1.1 with Bug Fixes for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch Wed, 09 May 2012 17:41:43 +0000 Read More]]>

On Monday, Apple released iOS 5.1.1, the latest iOS update since 5.1 which brought a number of bug fixes and battery life fix for the iPhone 4S. The latest free software update is only an incremental upgrade and as expected, brings a number of bug fixes and performance enhancements for the iPhone, iPad, and the iPod touch. The exact details of the update from the Apple website are as follows:

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

Perhaps one of the biggest bugs in iOS that was fixed by this update was the bug that prevented the iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks, which could cause either the user to experience very slow data speeds or would force them to shut off 3G and turn it back on in order to bring the network back up.

It’s interesting to note that Apple picks up on minor bugs in iOS and pushes out fixes as quickly as they do. This is likely why iOS is one of more stable mobile operating systems out on the market, tightly controlled by Apple’s ecosystem and managed very well. iOS 5.1.1 is now available and can be downloaded via iTunes or the OTA (Over The Air) feature on all iOS devices running iOS 5 or later.

{via iMore}

]]> 1 Spotify Releases iPad App for its Streaming Service Tue, 08 May 2012 20:44:09 +0000 Read More]]>

Music streaming service, Spotify, gained popularity in Europe before debuting in the United States last July, allowing users to stream music from major music labels on their Macs, PC’s, and portable devices. Spotify is one of the first streaming services to combine users music libraries, as well as online streaming and allow them to sync their devices.

Today we’re extremely proud to present our native iPad app in all its green-hued glory. Features include:

– Retina graphics for iPad – dazzling display, razor sharp images, richer colors
– Even easier to browse and explore Spotify’s entire 18 million* song catalogue
– New ‘Now Playing’ full-screen view with high-definition cover art
– Search for playlists, users and music – all from the same view
– Check out what’s hot and find trending playlists & songs amongst your friends
– Inbox grouped by user for easy searching
– Gapless playback and crossfade
– AirPlay integration

Spotify has long been available on the iPhone since its release, operating on a pricing model, as opposed to the free model on the desktop computer. On Tuesday, Spotify announced that their new iPad application is now available in the App Store, utilizing the iPad’s 9.7 inch screen. The app is available via an upgrade to the existing app, which will be downloadable as both an iPad and iPhone app.

Spotify Premium is currently offering a free 48-hour trial for new users , allowing them to extend for up to 30 days if they sign up on the website. Premium users who use the service on the iPad, iPhone, and other mobile devices are the option to sign up for a subscription for $9.99 per month.

{via MacRumors}

]]> 0 Reflection Review – Mirror iOS Device to Your Mac Easily Tue, 06 Mar 2012 16:10:21 +0000 Read More]]>

Reflection Review for Mac

If you have an Apple TV and an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad running iOS 5 then you’ve been able to mirror your device on to your HD TV via Apple TV for some time now. Now, you can also mirror your iOS device to your Mac thanks to Reflection, a $15 app that can be purchased from the developers web site.

Once you’ve installed Reflection app onto your Mac and have it running you are ready to go with no additional app required on your iOS device you can start mirroring your device to your Mac immediately.

The process is the same as mirroring your device elsewhere, simple double-tap the home button, swipe twice to the right to reveal the volume control and the AirPlay button. After pressing the Air-Play button you’ll see your MacBook listed as one of the devices to mirror too and with that selected and the mirroring option enabled your device will appear on your MacBooks screen.

Only one device can be mirrored at a time and you can’t actually control the device via your Mac, but for grabbing screen shots or recording your iOS device it’s ideal. The results are very responsive too with little or no lag between anything you do on the device being reflected on the screen.

Reflection will automatically adjust the orientation of the screen as you rotate the physical device or you can force either landscape or portrait mode. You can also go full-screen and hide all other windows as well as controlling where the iOS device’s frame is shown or not.

The app works flawlessly and while it would be great if you were able to manually re-size the image mirrored image to suit your needs and even have built in screen capture capabilities it’s still a great bit of software.

If you are a developer, reviewer, blogger or just like showing of the cool stuff you can do with all your Apple hardware then Reflection is for you. The app works painlessly and very easily, and it’s also great for taking advantage of those games that utilize AirPlay for multi-player gaming such as Real Racing 2 and Gangster Rio without the need for an Apple TV.

[rating: 4/5]

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]]> 2 Google’s Wireless Home Entertainment System to Compete with Apple Inc. (AAPL)? Mon, 13 Feb 2012 21:15:51 +0000 Read More]]> Google logo

Google is developing a new wireless home entertainment system, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal which could compete with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). The report, published on Thursday suggests that the new platform would be marketed under Google’s brand and will be based off their Android operating system, which also runs mobile phones, and parts of Chrome OS. The hardware for the entertainment system is expected to manufactured by Google Inc., something that is new to the company, as they usually include a third party in that process.

For example, Google branded and sold the Nexus smartphone, but it was manufactured by HTC. This allows Google to stay focused on the OS as opposed to hardware solutions. This is the first time that Google would handle both hardware and software, putting them directly in competition with AAPL.

Google’s Android unit has led a multi-year effort to develop the new entertainment device, which may possibly stream other digital media besides music and is expected to be unveiled later this year, people familiar with the matter said.

The new device, along with Google’s pending purchase of device maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., shows how serious the Internet giant is about wanting to control both the software and hardware process, a formula used by rival Apple Inc.

The system is expected to allow users to download music and stream it to Google-branded wireless speakers and other devices, putting it in a competitive market with other devices such as the Sonos home entertainment system, and even Apple’s own AirPort Express, AirPlay, and Apple TV, while not a full entertainment system in itself, it would include many of the features.

WSJ did not report as to when Google is planning to announce, let alone release the system, however, it is very likely that users will see it sometime this year. Streaming is becoming an increasingly competitive market, and Google, being pros in online services, will not give up an opportunity to dominate.

{via MacRumors}

]]> 7 Apple Looks to Expand MFi Accessories Tue, 13 Dec 2011 22:58:07 +0000 Read More]]> Apple MFi Technology Summit

At the recent MFi Technology Summit (Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod) in Shenzen, China, Apple announced a new standard for communicating between Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and AirPlay on iOS devices. Speaking to a crowd of 2,000 MFi developers, Apple is looking to expand the availability of MFI accessories, which have not kept track with the growth of iOS devices.

Apple seems to have a plan to expand AirPlay wireless devices market to be 7 times larger by promoting iPod Accessory Protocol (IAP) via Bluetooth implemented in iOS 5. AirPlay wireless devices has only 2% of MFI program licensed yet.

The announced standards, Bluetooth 4.0 and a certification chip, are already in place in the iPhone 4S. Bluetooth 4.0 works well with battery-powered devices as it uses little energy. It is believed that this could potentially expand the AirPlay market by sevenfold using the iPod Accessory Protocol (IAP) that is part of iOS 5. Applications in health care and gaming are seen as potential growth areas.

{via AppleInsider}

]]> 0 Apple Releases New AirPlay and FaceTime iPhone 4 TV Ads Mon, 11 Jul 2011 17:39:19 +0000 Read More]]> Apple AirPlay iPhone 4 TV Ad

Apple recently aired two new ads on television that toted the same, “If you don’t have an iPhone” tag line and showed some of the features of the iPhone. No new features were highlighted, however, Apple did go further into detail on some features introduced in iOS 4. The first ad, highlighted the features of Airplay and how photos and videos can be streamed onto a HDTV directly from the device.

The second advertisement released by Apple, featured FaceTime and briefly showed all of the different devices that currently run FaceTime.

The “If you don’t have an iPhone” ad campaign started in late March and continued into Summer 2011. However, this time, the ads end with “just one more thing that makes an iPhone an iPhone.”

Apple introduces new tag lines in a series of advertisements and usually releases ads in installments of two. Apple will likely change the ad campaign once again, following the release of iOS 5, which is pegged for a September release, alongside a rumoured iPad 3 or iPad HD.

{via MacRumors}

]]> 4 Real Racing 2 HD for iPad 2 Dual Screen AirPlay Mirroring Demo Mon, 20 Jun 2011 17:33:14 +0000 Read More]]> Real Racing 2 HD AirPlay Mirroring

iOS 5 will support AirPlay mirroring which means that you will be able to mirror your iPad 2’s display using AppleTV over WiFi without any cords. This is a great feature for anyone who wants to enjoy their favorite games on a large TV screen.

Firemint, the developers behind Flight Control and Real Racing have always been quick to adopt Apple’s latest offerings for game developers. Whether its Game Center with voice chat or AirPlay, Firemint has moved quickly to adopt the latest technology and offer it as a free update.

Engadget recently posted a hands on with Real Racing 2 HD which supports Apple’s AirPlay mirroring in iOS 5. The developers have gone a little further and not just optimized the game for your HDTV but have integrated a dual screen experience.

AirPlay offered a seamless gaming experience without a single hiccup — surprising, considering iOS 5 just hit beta last week.

When you turn on AirPlay mirroring and launch Real Racing 2 HD the game will turn your iPad 2 into a controller and the entire game can be enjoyed in 1080p on your HDTV. We really like the implementation and believe that games that depend on the accelerometer can take true advantage of the new feature as you can have your eyes fixed on the TV rather than looking at your iPad which kind of defeats the purpose.

We will certainly see more developers coming forward with unique implementation of AirPlay mirroring with their games. Are you excited about mirroring your iPad’s display on your HDTV? Have your say in the comments below.

]]> 2 Apple Introduces New Features in iOS 5 Mon, 06 Jun 2011 23:30:40 +0000 Read More]]> iOS 5 Features Notification Center

Apple announced the future of iOS today with iOS 5, introducing the biggest part, a revamped notification system, the biggest change to the OS since iOS 3. The new system is called Notification Center and is accessed similar to Android when swiped down from the top of the screen.

Notification Center aggregates all the notifications in one spot and allows for easy access to all at one time instead of clicking each one individually. This is the first Pull Down menus we have seen in iOS and could be included to a number of features throughout. Notifications are also now on the lock screen, allowing easy access to calendar events as well as missed phone calls. Apple, aside from the major change of notifications has introduced Newsstand which allows newspapers and books to be found in one place. Other features in iOS 5 are:

Twitter Integration

Twitter integrates (as rumored) within iOS which tweets messages and you location through iOS. Integrated with many apps, including Camera and Photos. Just tap the action button, hit “Tweet” and it’s attached. This is done through Single sign-on. Simply, go into Settings, add in your details, and you’re configured for Twitter. These details are saved and can be used with any application.

Safari in iOS 5

Safari now has Reader capability, allowing for newspapers and articles to be read in a clutter free view. Apple also introduced something called Reading List, (basically InstaPaper), which allows articles to be saved for reading later and across devices. Other features include:

Camera Updates

Mail Updates

PC Free

A computer is no longer necessary for syncing the device. It can be set up directly, when turned on, the screen displays a welcome message, allowing setup and activation right on the device.


New messaging service for all iOS users, regardless of device and features delivery receipts, read receipts, and real-time typing notification (which is pushed to all of your devices)
– Allows access to photo albums
– Sends notification when message arrives


AirPlay mirroring, letting you mirror your entire iPad right to the TV — wirelessly.

Apple is allowing developers to receive a seed for the SDK, today and briefly talked about device compatibility. Basically, any device from the iPhone 3GS on will work on iOS 5. iOS 5 will be released to users this coming Fall, possibly after the release of new hardware for the iPhone iPod touch and iPad.

{Image: Engadget}

]]> 2 Apple to License AirPlay Video Streaming to Third-Party Devices? Wed, 23 Mar 2011 22:02:39 +0000 Read More]]>

A Bloomberg report published today suggests that Apple may be planning to license its AirPlay service to third-party devices that would allow users to stream video content from iTunes or their iOS device straight to their HDTV. AirPlay will already stream audio to non-Apple devices, but in order to enjoy video streaming to your TV, you need the $99 AppleTV set top box.

Citing two sources familiar with Apple’s project, Bloomberg reports:

“Under the plan, Apple would license its AirPlay software to consumer-electronics makers that could use it in devices for streaming movies, TV shows and other video content…” “An expanded AirPlay would let users stream programming wirelessly from an Apple mobile device to a TV that carries the technology. That may spur wider use of Apple’s services and devices in consumers’ living rooms.”

If the plan goes ahead, TV manufacturers would have the opportunity to build AirPlay compatibility into new TV sets, enabling users to stream all of their media wirelessly to their HDTV, without anything in between. Of course, this means that Apple’s own AppleTV would no longer be needed to provide a link between your iTunes library and your TV, and demand for the device would fall significantly as more and more people upgrade to TVs with AirPlay functionality out of the box.

With that said, would Apple really provide third-party manufacturers with the option to include AirPlay at its own expense? Well, AirPlay support in third-party devices is already halfway their, with a handful of products already available on the market that support AirPlay audio streaming. Apple revealed it was working with other manufacturers to integrate audio streaming into other devices, and according to Bloomberg, the company receives $4 for each device sold with AirPlay compatibility.

However, AppleTV is all about movies, TV shows, and other video content. Not many people buy an AppleTV purely to stream audio to their TV, so allowing AirPlay audio streaming to other third-party devices isn’t going to steal too much interest from AppleTV. Whereas introducing video streaming certainly would.

The report also revealed that BridgeCo., the chip manufacturer behind Apple’s AirPlay magic, has been working with “several TV makers” on future HD sets. Whether this has anything to do with AirPlay however, is a mystery.

]]> 3 iOS 4.3 : Personal Hotspot, Faster Safari, iTunes Home Sharing and More Thu, 10 Mar 2011 22:32:31 +0000 Read More]]> iOS 4.3 Software Update Photo

After teasing us with its new features at the iPad 2 event early this month, Apple has finally made iOS 4.3 available for public release, introducing some new features to the operating system that are well worth the update. Along with enabling the Personal Hotspot feature for AT&T customers – and those signed up to other carriers worldwide – iOS 4.3 also allows AirPlay within third-party applications, makes the Safari browser faster, brings new multitouch gestures to the iPad, and introduces a new iTunes Home Sharing feature. Here’s a brief rundown of everything that’s new:

Personal Hotspot debuted on the Verizon iPhone 4, but now it’s available to anyone who is signed up to a carrier that supports data tethering. It’s a feature that enables you to turn your iPhone into a personal Wi-Fi hotspot and share its data connection with your other devices. Perfect if you have a Wi-Fi model iPad and you’d like to share your mobile data on the move, or you want to browse the web on your notebook when there’s no Wi-Fi around. If you have iOS 4.3 installed, you can enable this feature within the general settings, however, be sure your carrier supports it, and that you have a tethering plan before you use it. There are stories of many carriers allowing you to use the feature without a tethering plan, but charging you excessive fees when you get your bill at the end of the month.

Apple has made some changes to the Safari browser in iOS and introduced a “Nitro Javascript engine” which makes web browsing faster. Safari seems to be a much more pleasant experience after installing the 4.3 firmware – not that it was an unpleasant one before.

AirPlay is now system-wide, allowing you to stream content to your AppleTV from the Photos app, iTunes previews, websites, and third-party applications that support the feature. It was previously only available to a select few Apple applications, but now you can enjoy the feature a great deal more. Further more, you can also stream slideshows – complete with transitions – to your AppleTV from the Photos application on your iOS device.

After many, many requests for this feature from unhappy iPad users, Steve Jobs finally gave in and allowed us to customize how we’d like the switch on our iPads to function. Instead of just muting our device, we can now change it back to a rotation lock. Hooray!

iOS 4.3 also brings some new multitouch gestures to the iPad, which was a surprise to many in this release. These gestures were available in early 4.3 betas, but Apple told developers they were simply for testing, and that they wouldn’t actually feature in the final 4.3 release. But they’re here, and they’re great. Swiping up on your iPad with 4 fingers will reveal your multitasking tray, and pinching with all 5 fingers will close the application you’re in and take you to the home screen.

A few more minor changes were also made in iOS 4.3: you can now output HD video using the Apple Digital AV Adapter introduced at the iPad 2 event; there are some new features for Ping which enable you to receive push notifications for comments and follow requests; new message settings let you change how many times to repeat a new message alert; and there are also a couple of bug fixes.

All in all iOS 4.3 is certainly worth the update, unless, of course, you like to jailbreak your device. In which case, you’ll need to wait until an official jailbreak for this firmware is released, or you’ll be subject to Apple’s restrictions once more.

]]> 9 Apple’s iPad 2, iOS 4.3, Smart Cover and More Sat, 05 Mar 2011 21:42:51 +0000 Read More]]> iPad 2 Smart Cover-2 Photo 2-1

This week we saw the new iPad 2 being unveiled at the special media event on March 2nd where Steve Jobs gave everyone a pleasant surprise by attending the event. The coming week will prove to be even more exciting as Apple’s second gen iPad will go on sale on March 11th and we will also see the release of iOS 4.3.

Amid a lot of buzz and speculation about what could be announced Apple finally announced the new iPad with an all-new design which is thinner than anyone could have imagined. Apple’s second generation iPad is 33% thinner and 15% lighter even after adding two cameras, new A5 processor and gyroscope while still retaining the “legendary” 10 hours battery life.

Even though many expected Apple to introduce a minor update and then launch iPad 3  within 6 months we believe the second gen iPad can certainly be considered as a major update. Also, it’s worth noting that Steve Jobs during his keynote said that 2011 will be the year of iPad 2, so that statement clearly rules out any possibility of another update before 2012.

Apple shared some details about iOS 4.3 which will also ship on March 11th and feature improvements in Safari, enhance AirPlay and enable ‘Personal HotSpot’ feature for iPhone 4 users.

Tablet computers have often been criticized for being more about content consumption and less about content creation and Apple aims to change that with the iPad 2. The second gen tablet provides a great platform for artists and amateurs to leverage the power of mobility without compromising on quality. With new apps like iMovie and GarageBand for iPad Apple is providing great tools for people to create content. The iPad App Store has over 65,000 apps so you are very likely to find an app which either solves a problem or provides an intuitive way to perform your regular tasks. Whether it’s creating presentations with Keynote, updating sales figures in Numbers, writing your next article in Pages or playing your favorite iOS game; the iPad has all the capabilities which a multi-purpose device should have.

The new Smart Covers is really a testament of how closely the team at Apple works towards creating integrated products. The design of smart cover clearly shows the attention to detail during the design process and providing solutions which just work. Apple has been intentional in the way they have marketed the new accessory which almost gives an impression that it is a part of the product rather than something which is an extra. I have never seen Apple marketing any accessory to such an extent that it features on almost all product description pages and introductory videos.

Apple is aiming to produce 40 million iPads this year according to a report by DigiTimes which we recently reported and 15 million of those would be shipped in the second quarter. So, it seems that all production issues have been sorted and the Cupertino based company is all set to have iPads in volume.

While we didn’t hear anything about MobileMe or iTunes in the cloud the rumors continue to suggest that Apple is working on unlimited downloads and wireless streaming of content from iOS devices.

This is just the beginning, as new tablet PC’s hit the market and try to compete for market share we will see this new category of products mature which will only lead to better tablets in the future.

]]> 10 iOS 4.3 to Bring Personal Hotspot, iTunes Home Sharing, Customizable iPad Switch Wed, 02 Mar 2011 19:47:55 +0000 Read More]]> At Apple’s iPad 2 keynote today Steve Jobs announced some of the features that will be introduced to our iOS devices when Apple launches its iOS 4.3 software, which will ship with the second-generation tablet on March 11th, and will presumably be available for other devices around the same date.

Firstly, Apple has made some improvements to Safari, which it claims will significantly increase performance using the ‘Nitro Javascript engine.’ With this new engine, iOS runs Javascript more than twice as fast as before, and is a lot nippier.

iTunes home sharing was next on Steve’s list; a new feature that allows you to wirelessly stream iTunes content– such as music, movies, and TV shows – over your home network to your iOS device. Why this wasn’t integrated into AirPlay somehow, I don’t know, but AirPlay was up next:

AirPlay will be even better in iOS 4.3, improving slideshows with cool built-in transitions, and enabling you to stream content to your AppleTV from apps and websites. This means if you’re watching a video in YouTube or Safari, you can now enjoy it on your TV – a feature I’ve been looking forward to for a while.

After saying it would never happen and causing some chaos amongst iPad users, Steve finally gave in and and provided us with the option to customize our iPad’s switch in iOS 4.3. You can now change it back to a rotation lock if you’re not keen on using it as a silent switch.

iOS 4.3 also introduces the new ‘Personal Hotspot’ feature we’ve seen already in the Verizon iPhone 4, however, this will only be available to iPhone 4 users. Personal Hotspot allows you to share you iPhone’s data connection with other devices by turning it into a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Look out for our next post on PhotoBooth, iMovie, and Garageband for iPad!

]]> 3 iOS 4.3 Beta Release New Features Roundup Thu, 13 Jan 2011 20:44:50 +0000 Read More]]> Apple yesterday made iOS 4.3 beta 1 available to developers around the world, with versions available for all the usual hardware (including Apple TV) with the exception of the iPhone 3G. Farewell old friend.

With that sad news out of the way, lets move onto what’s new in version 4.3 and after playing with the OS for 24 hours on both an iPad and iPhone 4 I can say one thing for certain – we’re in for some interesting times ahead.

Personal Hotspot (iPhone)

First up on the list of changes is something we reported as a possibility a couple of days ago. With the announce of the Verizon iPhone we were shown a great new personal hotspot feature, allowing up to 5 devices to use the iPhone’s data connection over WiFi. We thought this might be available in an upcoming iOS version for GSM handsets also and sure enough, the same feature is present in 4.3 beta 1. So far it seems that carriers can choose to make this available to customers or not – AT&T are apparently ‘looking into it’.

Alert Tone Repeat (iPhone)

Fresh to beta of iOS 4.3 is the option to change how many times your iPhone alerts you when a new SMS message arrives. Options here range from just the once to a battery-destroying 10 times. Great if, like me you manage to miss notifications on an all-too-regular basis!

I know I’m easily pleased, but this is one of my personal favourites when it comes to new features!

Lock Switch, err, switch (iPad)

Placed firmly in the ‘we all wanted it but never dare dream it could happen’ column, check this out guys and gals: The rotation lock is back.
At least, it is if you want it to be. A new switch in the Settings app now gives users the option to make the iPad’s hardware switch into either a rotation lock or the famous mute switch we were given recently. Choice? From Apple? Surely not!

Oh hai thar Mr Flying Pig!

New Gestures (iPad)

A nice surprise for iPad owners this one. Apple has added some new gestures to its tablet, giving users new ways to switch between apps without reaching for that home button. Is that a sign iPad 2 just won’t have one at all?

The details from the horse’s mouth:

Test Multi-Touch Gestures for iPad
This beta release contains a preview of new Multi-Touch gestures for iPad. You can use four or five fingers to pinch to the Home Screen; swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar; and swipe left or right between apps. We are providing this preview before releasing them to the public to understand how these gestures work with your apps. Test them and give us your feedback on the Apple Developer Forums

There is a caveat with the new gestures though. As if to drive home just how beta this new feature is, Apple has hidden it by default. To get access to the gestures you’ll need to plug the iPad into a Mac with Xcode running and press the ‘use device for development’ button. It might as well have a great big ‘this could all go pear-shaped’ alarm too!

New AirPlay abilities

Along with the beta update for the 2nd generation Apple TV, Apple has given developers the ability to send video from 3rd party applications or websites to AirPlay receiving devices. Obviously Apple knows how disappointed we all were with AirPlay’s initial implementation and hopefully iOS 4.3 will unlock its full potential when released in the wild.

Wrap up

So those are the major new features that we’ve noticed in iOS 4.3 beta 1 after a day’s use, and we’re finding new things all the time.

A quick word on stability for those thinking of giving the beta a whirl. In 24 hours of use, I’ve already had to restore my iPhone due to all hell breaking loose after quitting an app, and my iPad has needed a force restart on a few occasions after using the new gestures to switch apps. Interestingly I seem to be the only one having any major issues, though there are the usual slew of apps that don’t like the beta (Skype for example) but I think the point still stands: this IS a beta. Not only that, it’s the FIRST beta. There will be bugs, so don’t install this unless you’re ready for all the fun and games that could well come with it.

Here’s hoping beta 2 brings us even better new stuff to play with!

]]> 0 Denon brings AirPlay to the Home Cinema Mon, 10 Jan 2011 17:18:23 +0000 Read More]]> Denon Airplay

Home cinema favourite Denon is the first to offer Apple’s AirPlay feature on it’s line of AV receivers. Available as a $50 update to Denon’s AVR-991, AVR-3311CI, AVR-A100, and AVR-4311CI models AirPlay could well become a must-have feature on future home cinema hardware and Apple will be hoping that its video and audio streaming system will be the standard of choice going forward.

If you’re lucky enough to own a compatible system head on over to Denon’s website – the update is available now.

]]> 1 Apple TV Sales To Hit 1 Million This Week Wed, 22 Dec 2010 00:30:27 +0000 Read More]]> Apple has announced today that it expects their “hobby” TV product, the Apple TV (version 2), to have shifted 1 Million units inside this week. If any hobby project of mine sold that many units I’d be pretty happy, and perhaps even consider going pro!

Apple’s new iteration of their internet TV system sold more than a quarter of a million units by October, after a September release this year. And has put itself on target to shift 1 million units a quarter moving forward into 2011.

At $99, about the same price that many of us pay for a simple WiFi Router, the Apple TV with a host of other features to boot, and a gorgeous iOS style interface, is priced at a very competitive price point.

It almost seems silly not to buy one just to try it out. AirPlay and 99cent rentals seem to be the right way to go for internet TV. And Apple’s Apple TV is looking a lot healthier than Googles own multi-vendor Google TV project right now.

The Apple TV even managed to make Time magazine’s list of the “Top Ten Gadgets of 2010″; placed at 7, and surrounded by iOS based siblings the iPhone 4, the MacBook Air and with the iPad taking the top spot. Not a bad year for Apple at all.

Have you tried the Apple TV? Or are you hoping for one for Christmas? Is it worth $99? Have your way in the comments?

{via AppleInsider}

]]> 0 ‘Webout’ for iPhone and iPad : AirPlay Video Streaming For The Browser Fri, 17 Dec 2010 20:26:19 +0000 Read More]]> Ever since AirPlay was added to iOS with version 4.2, one of the main complaints has been the lack of support for Safari – no web sites could be used with AirPlay if you wanted to show video while audio worked as expected. The fix? Webout, a new app on Apple’s App Store and priced at a very reasonable £0.59/$0.99.

So what’s the deal? Webout is basically a light-weight web browser. Navigating to a page containing HTML5 video such as in Safari would result in the audio-only disappointment we’ve become accustomed to. Visit the same page in Webout and once Apple’s media player has fired up you’re presented with Airplay’s full video throwing greatness. It’s what Airplay should have been from day one.

In limited testing with Youtube, the app’s performed like a champ, with streaming to my Apple TV working just as the Youtube app does. I’ve not been able to test with 3rd party sites as yet, but if HTML5 is used for the video it should, at least in theory, work.

If you haven’t already downloaded Webout I suggest you head on over to iTunes and get it ASAP – I’m sure Apple will pull this one when they realise what it actually does.

{via MacStories}

]]> 0 iOS 4.2 AirPlay For All Apps With AirVideoEnabler [Jailbreak] Tue, 30 Nov 2010 17:56:14 +0000 Read More]]> One of the most eagerly anticipated features of iOS 4.2 was AirPlay – the technology that allows streaming video and audio from iOS devices to an Apple TV. The thought of throwing video from an iPad to the big screen TV was the main reason this blogger went out and bought a new Apple TV, despite already owning the first generation. There was only one problem: AirPlay was crippled. Until now.

Perhaps crippled is a strong word, but it’s fairly accurate. You see, while most apps can utilise AirPlay’s audio streaming just fine, but when it comes to video, only the built-in YouTube and Videos apps work. My plans to stream live TV from my iPad to my TV have been scuppered!

But fear not, for the intrepid jailbreaker can actually get around this limitation thanks to AirVideoEnabler, which can be found on developer Zone-MR’s repository ( Once installed, video can be played from 3rd party apps, along with Safari which could possibly open the door for streaming services to work just as we’d all hoped in the first place!

Not all apps will work however, with some giving the spinning beach ball on the big screen, and others just point blank refusing to start the video, claiming encoding issues. Hopefully something can get worked out here, or whether it be an issue with the apps, the jailbreak tweak or the Apple TV itself. Perhaps once jailbroken ATVs start to be more widespread there will be a better way of doing things?

Fingers crossed – the future’s bright!


]]> 2 iOS 4.2 AirPlay Feature for iOS Devices Is Magical Tue, 23 Nov 2010 00:49:52 +0000 Read More]]> AirPlay iPad Update iOS 4.2


Today we were finally deemed worthy of the iOS 4.2 goodness by Apple, with everyone’s favourite iOS devices getting updates. Just as importantly, at least for me, is the update pushed out to the 2nd generation Apple TV. The reason for my excitement about the Apple TV side of the equation is simple – AirPlay.

Up until now, all the iOS 4.2 betas, including the GM, 2nd GM and so on all supported some form of Apple’s new AirPlay tech. This little bundle of magic promised the ability to take video (!!!) and audio from your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and throw it onto a TV via the Apple TV. The latest iteration of iTunes meant the Mac could also join in the fun. The issue with the betas was simple, audio worked, video did not.

Fast forward to today and the aforementioned ATV (I’m lazy and tired – Apple TV is just too long!) software update. Now, finally, we can watch video from the iPad etc, via the ATV. Obviously the end result is video on your TV. YouTube and the Videos apps are the two I have tested so far, and both work absolutely flawlessly. Just to see if I could break it, I’m currently watching The Engadget Show on my MacBook as I type this. The whole thing’s being beamed over the WiFi network to my ATV. Flawless.

The whole shebang is controlled via a menu overlay built into the usual Play/Pause menu inside the iOS QuickTime player. All devices that can receive an AirPlay signal are listed and stabbing the required menu option does the job. Video everywhere!

AirPlay iPad Update iOS 4.2.1

AirPlay iPad

I’ve taken a couple of screenshots and a photo just to give you an idea of what delights are included in iOS 4.2 and AirPlay. I’m quite possibly more excited about this than I probably should be, but I honestly think AirPlay is just as important an inclusion as multitasking was.

AirPlay Apple TV iOS 4.2.1

AirPlay Apple TV iOS 4.2.1

I’ll say it again. Flawless.

]]> 0 Has Apple Removed AirPlay for the iPhone 3G from iOS 4.2? Sat, 13 Nov 2010 00:44:40 +0000 Read More]]> Unfortunately for users of Apple’s iPhone 3G, a nasty little list is beginning to build up of new features that are introduced to iOS, but aren’t available on the two-year-old device. Along with Game Centre, multitasking, and home screen wallpapers, it now seems that AirPlay could be another feature that 3G users will miss out on.

Whilst playing around with the most recent gold master beta release of iOS 4.2 on an iPhone 3G, 9to5 Mac has noticed that the AirPlay feature no longer appears during media playback. The music-streaming feature did, however, appear in previous betas of iOS 4.2, and therefore its omission is only from the GM release of the software.

Although AirPlay has been removed from the 4.2 GM beta, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it won’t be included in the final, public release of the iPhone software. After all, Apple’s website clearly states that AirPlay will be supported on ALL iOS 4 devices. For now, though, 3G users hoping for the feature should keep their fingers crossed.

It’s not all bad news for users of the second-generation device, as Touch Reviews reported earlier this week that iOS 4.2 actually further improves the performance of the iPhone 3G, making things like web browsing, video playback, and general usage a lot snappier. It’s also worth remembering that even if Apple doesn’t include the AirPlay feature, it’s likely that it could be reintroduced through a jailbreak.

Could the omission of AirPlay for the iPhone 3G be another way of persuading customers to upgrade their devices, or is this simply another case of a feature that doesn’t perform well enough on the two-year-old device?

[via 9to5 Mac] ]]> 0 Apple releases iOS 4.2 Beta 3 Tue, 12 Oct 2010 19:59:45 +0000 Read More]]> iOS 4-2 Beta 3

The latest iOS 4.2 beta, version 3, is now available for download on the Developer Portal. No information on what’s new as yet, but we’ll be updating this post once we know more.

Hopefully this release will add the full AirPlay functionality we’ve been waiting for – current betas only allow audio streaming with video promised for the final release.

If you notice anything new let us know in the comments section or email us. Check back soon for more updates on this topic.

Update 1: AppAdvice reports that beta 3 is sans AirPlay – even the previous audio-only version is now gone. No word yet as to why it’s been pulled or whether it will be back. It’s not unknown for Apple to remove features from betas and put them back in a final release.

Update 2: Airplay is still present in everything except the YouTube app. However, opening a video via still gives you the option to use Airplay.

Confirmed: I just updated my iPad to iOS 4.2 beta 3 and can confirm the YouTube app no longer supports AirPlay in any form.

Visiting YouTube on the web does in fact work as expected, though still no video being pushed to my new Apple TV.

Speed: the iPad does feel snappier, fast app switching is smoother.

BBC iPlayer: previous betas caused a crash when trying to play video from iPlayer – this is mow fixed. Good news for us UK dwellers.

More as we find it!

]]> 3 iOS 4.2 Announced as One OS to Rule them All! Thu, 02 Sep 2010 20:00:30 +0000 Read More]]> airplay iPad

Apple gave a sneak peek yesterday into the future plans for iOS 4 going beyond the iOS4.1 revision which is going to be available for all iOS users next week.

The most notable thing about iOS 4.2 is that it brings the long expected unification of iPhone OS 3.2 (the iPad’s current OS version), and the current core iOS 4.x incarnation, which is only for the iPhone and iPod Touch at the moment.

It is unclear if any of the iPad’s specialised UI features will be exposed to the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch. Some are arguably probably better suited to the iPad’s physical screen size. So I would expect those parts of the OS to perhaps still be partitioned in some way. But we can keep our fingers crossed!

For iPad users this is definitely a great, and long awaited event though. Those of you that have used iPhones (I suspect a few of you have!) will know that you have a whole host of new features coming to you that will bring your iPad user experience into parity with the iPhone’s multitasking, email unification, and other landmark iOS 4 features that you’ve been jealously eyeing!

But iOS 4.2 will also come with a host of cool new features which will now equally benefit iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users moving forward.

The most notable are as follows:

AirPlay: Reminds me a little of the old Bang & Olufesen music systems I adored as a teenager. Basically it enables you to stream music, video or photos to any computer in your house from iOS devices. And even to some third party accessories like speaker systems. On the iPhone it’s also a way to make a video and then stream it direct to an Apple TV to play on your home TV wirelessly.

Print Center: Wifi printing to devices on your network will also be an integral part of iOS 4.2

Other features include search within web pages, and more accessibility and keyboard and dictionary enhancements. 30 new keyboards and dictionaries to be precise.

Are you excited to have iOS 4.2 coming to your iPad?

]]> 1 New Apple TV Announced Thu, 02 Sep 2010 19:42:38 +0000 Read More]]> AppleTV

We were not convinced of all the Apple TV rumors. We knew it was coming, but very obviously not in the way that the much hyped rumors about Apple TV said it would revolutionize the way we watch our shows and movies.

Instead Apple have kept the Apple TV as a hobby. But made it one quarter of its original size, and stuck an Apple A4 chip inside. Yes, the same chip as you have inside your iPhone 4. So it is, to some degree, now an iOS based device.

Apple also made the new Apple TV black (always a good move), and blindingly simple to use with a cosmetically revamped remote. Most of the simplification is in the user interface on the Apple TV itself where there are some tiny signs of iOS bits and bobs floating around. Most notably little dots with numbers in them to tell you how many episodes of your favourite drama you have available to watch.

There was also a half hearted introduction of some price point changes for shows and movies. And the rumored 99 cents to rent TV shows is now a reality. Even that is not enough to make some take the plunge though and Apple realize that.

Steve was upfront about it too, and said that only Fox and ABC had committed as TV content providers at the moment. But he expected more in future. I think he is right. In many ways the Apple TV is where the original iPod and iTunes were when they first impacted the music industry.

Apple, rightly see this as an important market place to cultivate as it is surely a tech battleground coming to all of our living rooms in the near future.

So Apple also dropped the price of the Apple TV to $99. At that price my first reaction was that the Apple TV is now less money to buy than an AirPort Express was a few years ago. And that entire device’s functionality is just one of the bullet point features of the Apple TV with its new AirPlay capability.

The new Apple TV is said to be available next month. And I might just pick one up at that price. Along with my “iWatch” (iPod Nano!)

Current models of Apple TV will continue to be supported, but will not get the new functionality of this latest Apple TV. Not surprising as they now run very different operating systems. Obviously that is something Apple could relatively easily address. But that is very unlikely given their past form on supporting anything they consider to be a legacy device. And boy don’t devices get old quickly these days!

Are you tempted by the new Apple TV? Or are you already an Apple TV addict? Have your say in the comments…

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