https://touchreviews.net iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:09:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Live Video Coverage of New iPad Keynote Event https://touchreviews.net/live-video-coverage-ipad-keynote-event/ https://touchreviews.net/live-video-coverage-ipad-keynote-event/#comments Tue, 22 Oct 2013 17:04:00 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=23123 Read More]]> October Event 2013

Apple’s iPad media event has just gone live. The company will be providing a live video coverage of the new iPad keynote event. The event is being held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, will take the stage to announce new product launches and updates for this year before we enter the holiday season. The email invite sent out to the media suggests that the company will “cover” many product announcements.

Rumors and reports published in the past provide enough evidence to expect new iPad 5 (fifth gen) and second gen iPad mini. We could also get new Haswell MacBook Pro models, final release of Mac OS X Mavericks, new iLife and iWork software updates and more.

iPad 5 is widely expected to feature a thinner and lighter design inspired by the advancements made with iPad mini. Hardware specifications are expected to include new 64-bit A7 chip, improved camera and possibly new Touch ID sensor.

There have been many conflicts reports about a second gen iPad mini with retina display. It is unclear if Apple will introduce the new smaller iPad with a high resolution display.

During WWDC Apple showcased a sneak peek at the new Mac Pro. Apple could use today’s event to announce shipping date for the high end Mac for the professionals.

This year Apple is offering a live video feed of the iPad launch event. Live video stream of the event is available on Apple’s website. In order to view live video streaming of the October iPad event you’d require Safari 4 or later on OS X v10.6 or later, Safari on iOS 4.2 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/live-video-coverage-ipad-keynote-event/feed/ 1 Apple Inc. (AAPL) Saves $9.2 Billion In Taxes By Raising Corporate Debt https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-saves-9-2-billion-taxes-corporate-debt/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-saves-9-2-billion-taxes-corporate-debt/#comments Fri, 03 May 2013 19:20:03 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=22629 Read More]]> Apple Stock Price Down

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) plans to spend $100 billion in share buy-backs in the next few years. AAPL recently sold $17 billion’s worth of corporate bonds in order to fund its buy-back plan.

During FY 13 second quarter earnings call Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced that it has a cash balance of $145 billion where two-thirds of this money is in overseas subsidies. If Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) were to bring the cash back to the US, the company would be liable to pay huge taxes and therefore borrowed the money in form of corporate debt.

According to a report published by Bloomberg, Apple Inc. (AAPL) saved approximately $9.2 billion in taxes by borrowing a part of the money that it requires for the stock buy-back plan. The figures were provided by Moody’s Investment Services and a senior vice president at Moody’s said, “From a pure corporate-finance theory perspective, this was a no-brainer,”. The report further mentions:

If the funds had come from Apple’s offshore cash pile of about $100 billion, the Cupertino, California-based iPhone maker would have had to pay a 35 percent tax to repatriate the money, Granovsky said. That means Apple avoided about $9.2 billion in taxes. And since interest payments are tax-deductible, that’s another $100 million a year, Granovsky said.

The $17 billion corporate debt sale set a new record as the world’s largest debt sale. A report by The Financial Times reveals that the demand for the bond reached $52 billion as bond investors were confident about Apple’s cash structure.

Apple’s stock has dropped since its September record due to investors being skeptical about the company’s ability to bring the “next big thing” to the market. Investors are likely waiting for Apple to enter into new markets with the widely rumoured Apple TV or smart watch.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-saves-9-2-billion-taxes-corporate-debt/feed/ 0 Apple TV Officially Launches in India Following iTunes Store Launch https://touchreviews.net/apple-tv-officially-launches-india-itunes-store-launch/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-tv-officially-launches-india-itunes-store-launch/#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:34:28 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=22147 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}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-tv-officially-launches-india-itunes-store-launch/feed/ 1 HBO GO Adds Apple TV Support Via AirPlay, Working on Native App https://touchreviews.net/hbo-adds-apple-tv-support-airplay/ https://touchreviews.net/hbo-adds-apple-tv-support-airplay/#comments Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:27:53 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=22112 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}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/hbo-adds-apple-tv-support-airplay/feed/ 1 Apple Hires Former Senior Researcher from LG Display https://touchreviews.net/apple-hires-senior-researcher-lg-display/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-hires-senior-researcher-lg-display/#comments Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:14:44 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=22071 Read More]]> watchever apple tv

In the past year, rumors have suggested that Apple is working on a television set of its own to compete with the ‘Smart TVs’ out on the market from competitors such as Vizio and Samsung. Now, it seems that Apple is moving ahead with these plans and is beginning to make the rumored plans a reality.

According to the OLED Association, Apple has hired James (Jueng-jil) Lee, a senior researcher from LG Display, likely to help create a display much larger than any of Apple’s current products. At LG Display, Lee helped create a printed organic light-emitting diode (OLED) television and also has experience creating LCD displays at Samsung. Apple currently does not have any OLED products, and as a result, does not have any staff on board that is as knowledgeable about the technology as Lee.

Prior to joining LG Display, Dr. Lee was responsible for development at Cambridge Display Technology (CDT, now Sumitomo), the leading developer of solution-based polymer based OLED material. Dr. Lee is a part of the CTO’s organization and will draw on resources from Apple’s display group. He is no doubt more knowledgeable about OLEDs that any of Apple’s current staff, which is known to be quite strong.

OLED display technology is far superior to LCD technology, mainly because of its higher contrast ratio than LCD screens. OLED displays are typically thinner than LCD displays which affects Apple’s product line greatly as the company constantly strives to make its products thinner.

Apple has not released any details about whether or not it is planning to enter the television market anytime soon, however, CEO Tim Cook did note in an interview with NBC’s Brian William that this is “an area of intense interest”. By hiring Lee, it is made clear that Apple is looking into introducing a television set although an announcement timeframe remains unclear.

{Via GigaOm}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-hires-senior-researcher-lg-display/feed/ 0 Apple TV Adds Movie Streaming and TV Service Watchever in Germany https://touchreviews.net/apple-tv-adds-movie-streaming-tv-service-watchever-germany/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-tv-adds-movie-streaming-tv-service-watchever-germany/#comments Fri, 18 Jan 2013 15:40:35 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=21889 Read More]]> watchever apple tv

According to The Next Web, Apple has added yet another service to its Apple TV device, a movie streaming and TV service called Watchever. Watchever is a Hulu Plus type streaming service that requires a subscription and allows users to log into the application on their Apple TV and stream movies and TV shows on their HD televisions. The service costs €8.99 a month and carries both international and local television series and movies.

Key features include the ability to choose between a German dubbed version of international movies, or the original. There is also a personal recommendation algorithm à la Netflix.

Apple has also updated its second and third generation Apple TV support page which shows all of the services currently available for use on the device. Watchever is the latest addition and mentions Germany on the bottom to note that it is only available in that country. Watchever announced during its launch that it would be compatible with the Apple TV and has now officially released it.

With more services being added to the Apple TV, the Cupertino company is continuously building relationships with different companies that may also hash out deals if Apple was to release a television set in the near future.

{Via MacRumors}

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If you are one of the millions of people who has invested in the $99 Apple TV that amongst other things allows your to AirPlay you iPhone and iPad to your big TV then you are used to having the sleek black box sitting on your shelf.

Now though you don’t have to settle for what Apple thinks is stylish, instead you can add your own design to the little black box and it’s remote as long as it matches one of the 4 colors/styles that you can get from iCoverSkins.com.

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Just like the skins that iCoverSkin.com produce for iPhones and iPads you can now skin your Apple TV and while you probably don’t need it to protect your device from knocks and scratches, making it stand out or even match you rooms style is another matter.

As with all of iCoverSkins.com’s products they adhere to the Apple TV snuggly and securely and have cut outs for all the inputs on the back of the devices and the remote sensors and power light on the front.

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The kit also comes with skins to cover the Apple TV remote so that it can complement the Apple TV and again it fits accurately to expose all the buttons and the battery cover too.

The Apple TV skin kit from iCoverSkins.com costs $14.99 but that’s before you use the special 30% discount for our readers that the first 20 purchasers get to benefit from.

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It’s finally here! On Tuesday, Apple introduced the iPad mini during a media event at the California Theatre in San Jose, California. The iPad Mini has been a rumor around the web for several months now, and several weeks prior to announcement, parts began to leak. The iPad Mini is only 7.2-mm thin, down from the full sized iPad’s 9.4 mm and sports a 7.9 inch screen.

This is a drastic reduction from Apple’s full sized iPad, which sports a 9.7 inch Retina Display. The iPad mini, although much lighter and thinner resembles more an iPhone then an iPad and houses the same internals as the 4th generation iPod touch, including the 5MP iSight Camera for images and video, as well as the FaceTime HD camera for video calls, and the A5 chip. 4G LTE will also be available on the Cellular model of the mini.

The iPad mini also has the same resolution as the iPad 2 at 1024 by 768 pixels and weighs only 0.68 pounds, half the weight of a full sized iPad. Even with these lower than full sized specs, Apple is introducing a thinner, lighter, and powerful product to the tablet market, which has recently seen an increase in 6-8 inch devices. Amazon’s Kindle has dominated the e-reader market, and Apple is getting a leg-up by introducing a product that, when paired with iBooks can compete directly.

It is yet unknown whether the iPad mini will cannibalize sales of the iPod touch, which carries the same technical specs and now has a 4 inch screen. The iPad mini is priced at $329, as predicted for a base WiFi model and adds on another $130 for WiFi+Cellular. It will be available for Pe-Order on October 26 and will go on sale on November 02.

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]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-introduces-ipad-mini-79-inch-screen-facetime-hd-lte-wireless/feed/ 10 Apple Negotiating With Cable Companies About Live TV on Apple DVR? https://touchreviews.net/apple-negotiating-cable-companies-live-tv-apple-dvr-settop-box/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-negotiating-cable-companies-live-tv-apple-dvr-settop-box/#comments Sun, 19 Aug 2012 07:56:55 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=20849 Read More]]> Steve Jobs - Apple TV

For the past several months, intense rumors have surrounded the likelihood that Apple was looking to introduce a television set. However, over the past several weeks and days, reports are suggesting that Apple is negotiating with cable companies in order to introduce a new set top box with the capability of streaming live television. The new box will reportedly feature an interface similar to the iPad, likely a cross with OS X as well as social networking integration and DVR-like capabilities.

While this wouldn’t necessarily be Apple “television”, it would give users live channels and likely the ability to hook up the box to almost any projector or screen. It can perhaps even hook up to Apple’s own Cinema Display. In a report from The Wall Street Journal, Jessica E. Vascellaro And Shalini Ramachandran report on Apple’s new venture:

This could just be another in the long history of periodic feeling outs that Apple and Hollywood seem to feel compelled to engage in — a tug at the thread Apple CEO Tim Cook still feels is there.

According to the report, Apple is meeting with numerous cable operators to provide service for the device and is also approaching entertainment companies with a rough outline of the device’s features in order to draw them in. At this point, it is unclear what exactly Apple is planning, as they have also been reported to be testing television prototypes. Under the supervision of Steve Jobs, the company was looking to revolutionize the TV industry and create a more expansive version of it for the market.

Apple would likely achieve this in a very similar manner to the company’s introduction of iMessage to target carriers, albeit on a much larger and more risky scale. Although the current Apple TV sells quite well on the market, the Cupertino company has yet to introduce a device that can shake up the standard and make it much better than what the Apple TV is now, a set of apps that stream music, photos, and television shows. A set top box capable of streaming live television may be exactly that,

Would you buy a new set top box? Do you think this is better than an actual television set? Let us know in the comments below.

{via iMore — Image Credit: Wired}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-negotiating-cable-companies-live-tv-apple-dvr-settop-box/feed/ 2 Apple Inc. (AAPL) Makes Hulu Plus Available on Apple TV https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-hulu-plus-available-apple-tv/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-hulu-plus-available-apple-tv/#comments Wed, 01 Aug 2012 20:48:29 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=20752 Read More]]> Hulu Plus Apple TV

Hulu Plus, the popular streaming television service was introduced a little more than two years ago, making primetime television shows from popular US channels available for streaming on a number of mobile devices, including game systems and Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

On Tuesday, the streaming giant brought their service over to the Apple TV, for users to stream on their HDTV. Hulu made an official announcement of the arrival of the service on the Apple TV on their Hulu Blog.

Keeping up with the latest episode of Family Guy, MasterChef and New Girl on Hulu Plus just got a little easier. And my living room just got a whole lot happier.

Hulu Plus arrives on Apple TV today.

Hulu Plus is available for $7.99 / month subscription and requires an account for use on the Apple TV. It has numerous categories for movies and TV shows such as popular, favorite, and recent which can be navigated with the physical Apple TV remote or the Apple Remote app.

For those of you who are new to the service, Hulu Plus is the only online premium video subscription that streams current and classic TV programming on demand from hundreds of content partners, including top broadcast networks ABC, NBC, FOX, The CW and Univision. Hulu Plus subscribers can watch on any enabled devices for $7.99/month with limited advertising. For many popular shows on our service, Hulu Plus offers every episode of the current season.

Hulu Plus on Apple TV is currently only available in the United States and is subscription based with limited ads.

{via iMore}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-hulu-plus-available-apple-tv/feed/ 1 Apple Inc. (AAPL) in Talks to Bring WatchESPN App to Apple TV? https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-talks-bring-watchespn-app-apple-tv/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-talks-bring-watchespn-app-apple-tv/#comments Thu, 17 May 2012 16:13:30 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=20120 Read More]]>

On Tuesday, a report from Bloomberg suggested that Apple Inc. (AAPL) and parent company of ESPN, Disney, were in talks to bring the popular WatchESPN app to the Apple TV. The report mentioned a statement from ESPN executive Sean Bratches that the deal wasn’t imminent and is currently being hashed out between the two companies.

If AAPL were given the go ahead to bring the app over to the Apple TV, subscribers of select cable networks or subscribers of ESPN would be able to stream live games through the app. The WatchESPN app is currently available in Apple’s App Store and can be streamed on the iPad and iPhone as well as on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 gaming console. Bratches, the executive interviewed by Bloomberg also cleared up the negotiations between Apple and ESPN and explained the benefits of such a deal.

We’re a platform-agnostic company. To the extent that in the future there’s an opportunity with Apple to authenticate through the pay-TV food chain as we’re doing with Microsoft, that’s something we’ll participate in.

This wouldn’t be the first application pertaining to accessing live streaming sports on the Apple TV but would be one of the first major collaborations between the two companies. Currently, the Apple TV allows users to access NHL Gamecenter, MLB.tv and NBA League Pass.

If Apple strikes this deal with ESPN and brings the WatchESPN app over to the Apple TV, the company will likely be setting up for its rumored television set, which may incorporate an App Store of some sort, personal assistant Siri, as well as integrated features from the current Apple TV.

{via AppleInsider}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-talks-bring-watchespn-app-apple-tv/feed/ 2 Apple Inc. (AAPL) to Bring EPIX movie streaming to Apple TV? https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-epix-movie-streaming-apple-tv/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-epix-movie-streaming-apple-tv/#comments Mon, 30 Apr 2012 20:04:50 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19963 Read More]]>

Apple Inc. (AAPL) has long been selling movies and television shows on its iTunes Store. Now, according to a Reuters report, the company is reportedly planning to bring EPIX movie streaming to the Apple TV, and likely the new rumored Apple television set. AAPL has been rumored to be in talks at this point, with no specific dates as to when the service will be available, if it ever does happen.

One of the sources told Reuters that any discussions would apply to its set-top box and also to upcoming devices that stream content. Apple is widely expected to unveil a full-fledged TV product later this year or in early 2013 to drive its next phase of growth and potentially revolutionize the industry.

Sources for the Reuters report suggest that negotiations between Apple and EPIX are still developing and that no deal should be expected in the near future. Bringing EPIX content to Apple TV and future Apple devices would allow the Cupertino company to develop and sell exclusive content, not available on a number of other devices.

Apple may also be waiting out a contract between EPIX and Netflix, which doesn’t end until later this September. Once this contract has ended, Apple will likely go ahead and secure a deal with EPIX.

{via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-inc-aapl-epix-movie-streaming-apple-tv/feed/ 0 iPad 3 Release Date Rumors – Dual Core A5X, LTE and 3G Models https://touchreviews.net/ipad-3-release-date-rumors-dual-core-a5x-lte-3g-models/ https://touchreviews.net/ipad-3-release-date-rumors-dual-core-a5x-lte-3g-models/#comments Wed, 07 Mar 2012 13:34:01 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19707 Read More]]>

UPDATE: Apple has announced “The new iPad” with retina display, A5X chip with quad-core graphics, 5 MP iSight camera and more.

Rumors of the iPad 3 release date have been floating around for quite some time now, and later today the world will see Apple’s next 9.7 inch tablet. Apple issued invitations for the iPad 3 keynote event last week that is scheduled to be held today at 10 AM PT in San Francisco.

On Tuesday, a report from The Verge suggested that Apple’s iPad 3 will be unveiled with a new A5X SoC which was seen in a leaked photo a few weeks earlier. The A5X may contain the same dual-core application processor found in the A5 but may support increased graphics performance and RAM.

Both the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S currently provide 512 MB of RAM, which may increase as a result of the inclusion of the new chip. The report also suggests that Apple will be releasing multiple versions of their 3G enabled devices with separate LTE models for AT&T and Verizon and other models for 3G GSM and CDMA networks such as Sprint.

There have been rumors flying that the iPad 3 would be LTE capable, and we’re told that it will definitely be announced for both the Verizon and AT&T networks tomorrow. To be clear, that would mean two distinct, separate versions of the LTE tablet (one for each network). In addition, there’s a third international model which does double duty on 3G; a CDMA / GSM model using a similar radio chipset to the iPhone 4S (a Qualcomm Gobi chip). That’s a little odd considering LTE chipsets from Qualcomm can be utilized on those same bands, but there may be reasons (cost for instance) that Apple would want to separate the hardware.

As with a number of other rumors confirmed by sources, it was reported that Apple will be using tomorrow’s media event to release an upgraded Apple TV with full 1080p video capabilities and will enable connectivity with Apple’s AirPlay technology and mirroring abilities, which will be available in the iPad and OS X Mountain Lion.

{via Mac Rumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/ipad-3-release-date-rumors-dual-core-a5x-lte-3g-models/feed/ 2 Reflection Review – Mirror iOS Device to Your Mac Easily https://touchreviews.net/reflection-review-mac-app-airplay/ https://touchreviews.net/reflection-review-mac-app-airplay/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2012 16:10:21 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19685 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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]]> https://touchreviews.net/reflection-review-mac-app-airplay/feed/ 2 Apple To Unveil iPad 3 on March 7th and Announce Release Date https://touchreviews.net/apple-unveil-ipad-3-march-7-announce-release-date/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-unveil-ipad-3-march-7-announce-release-date/#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2012 21:40:12 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19592 Read More]]>

Apple earlier today sent out media invites for iPad 3 launch event which will be held on March 7th, Wednesday in San Francisco. The third-gen iPad will be unveiled at a keynote event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at 10 a.m Pacific and 1 p.m Eastern time.

Last week we highlighted a report which suggested that Apple was planning a media event in first week of March and today the Cupertino, Calif. based company officially confirmed the event date. The invite sent out to media has image of an iPad with  Maps, Calendar and Keynote apps showing on the dock and the text reads “We have something you really have to see. And touch.”

Apple brought Retina Display to iOS devices with introduction of iPhone 4 and then it made its way to fourth-gen iPod touch. According to various rumors and speculation we’ve reported in the past, iPad 3 is widely expected to feature Retina Display with a resolution of 2,048 by 1,536 pixels and include a faster processor. While most evidences revealed in the past confirm the inclusion of Retina Display it’s still unclear if Apple will use a quad-core chip or a dual-core chip with enhanced graphics.

In addition to an improved display iPad 3 is also expected to feature better rear camera for taking photos however the front-facing camera might not receive any update. It is believed that in order to feature the high resolution display and better camera the iPad 3 might be thicker than iPad 2.

Apple is known to introduce complete product re-design every alternate year so iPad 3 is expected to retain the same design as iPad 2. The company could also introduce new Apple TV with “A5X” chip that could deliver 1080p content to your HD television.

Are you excited about iPad 3 launch event? What are your expectations from the event? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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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}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/google-wireless-home-entertainment-system-compete-apple-inc-aapl/feed/ 7 Apple Releases iOS 5.1 Beta 3, Restores ‘Enable 3G’ Feature for iPhone https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-5-1-beta-3-restores-enable-3g-feature-iphone/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-5-1-beta-3-restores-enable-3g-feature-iphone/#comments Tue, 10 Jan 2012 15:49:44 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19135 Read More]]>

On Monday, Apple released iOS 5.1 beta 3 to developers for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, adding on the previous beta versions released late last year. Apple released iOS 5.1 Beta 2 on December 12 with Build number 9B5127a. The current beta now uses build number 9B5141a.

iOS 5.1 beta 3 restores a sought after feature by many users, Enable 3G. The Enable 3G toggle allows users to completely shut off their cellular data, something that is currently unavailable. iOS users who use WiFi at work and home, experience heavy battery loss due to the fact that 3G and WiFi are running simultaneously. With this new feature, users can simply switch off 3G and use WiFi and can switch on WiFi just as easily. Apple noted under the toggle feature, that “3G offers faster data speeds but uses more battery power than EDGE”.

The new beta 3 is now available on Apple’s iOS developer program portal and is available to developers to download via OTA update. Apple also released Xcode 4.3 Developer Preview 3 and Apple TV Software Beta 2, as they have with all other beta updates in the past. It also appears that Apple has posted a new API to help developers flag app content that should not be backed up. The addition of these two new features and other security updates may not be the last of the updates, just yet.

iOS 5.1 introduces a new API to mark files or directories that should not be backed up. For NSURL objects, add the NSURLIsExcludedFromBackupKey attribute to prevent the corresponding file from being backed up.

With a beta 4 or the final release, Apple may add more features to help conserve battery life and improve stability.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-releases-ios-5-1-beta-3-restores-enable-3g-feature-iphone/feed/ 1 Apple TV Hack Enables Full Screen iOS Apps on your HDTV https://touchreviews.net/apple-tv-hack-enables-full-screen-ios-apps-hdtv/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-tv-hack-enables-full-screen-ios-apps-hdtv/#comments Mon, 02 Jan 2012 20:24:15 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=19046 Read More]]>

The jailbreak community has always tried and been successful in giving users more options to customize their iOS device. Even as Apple tries its best to plug the security holes and bugs to get rid of ‘jailbreak’ the community continues to find new bugs and release updated tools to make jailbreaking possible.

The latest hack being developed by iOS developers Steven Troughton-Smith and TheMudKip is for second gen Apple TV that enables you to run iPhone / iPad apps at full screen on your HDTV. In order to achieve this the developers used a coded a custom Springboard for a jailbroken Apple TV.

Second gen Apple TV includes Apple’s A4 chip which is also used in fourth gen iPhone and iPod touch. A video posted on YouTube by the developers shows that iOS apps run quite well on the Apple TV. This is just a proof of concept as the hack appears to be still under development and not available for the public as yet.

Apple has been rumored to be developing Apple television and various rumors and reports in the past have suggested that the company could introduce apps specifically for its television and even expand iTunes store content to offer users more reasons to buy Apple’s television.

In Steve Jobs’ biography it was first time revealed that Apple was indeed researching a simple interface for the television and that Jobs had finally figured the way to build a TV with “simplest user interface you could imagine,”.

{via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-tv-hack-enables-full-screen-ios-apps-hdtv/feed/ 4 Apple Television to Include A6 Chip, Coming in 3 Sizes? https://touchreviews.net/apples-television-include-a6-chip-coming-3-sizes/ https://touchreviews.net/apples-television-include-a6-chip-coming-3-sizes/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2011 16:46:25 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=18777 Read More]]> Apple Television Set A6 chip

Since late last year, rumors about Apple looking to release a television set of their own to compete with other market leaders such as Sony and Vizio have been swirling on the web. On Monday, a report from Smarthouse suggested that Apple is already developing an Apple TV, its rumored television set in three different sizes ranging from 32 to 55 inches with the “newest chip”, the A6 which may also be released with the iPad 3.

Sources at a major Japanese company who are involved in manufacturing the TV believe that the 55″ model will compete with new Smart TVs from Samsung and LG that will have new processors built in while offering a combination of OLED display, as well as new Super HD TV technology from LG.

SmartHouse does not have a proven track record about Apple rumors, but the latest rumors regarding screen sizes are backed by a number of previous reports. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster also supported these claims, suggesting that Apple will be looking to include multiple screen sizes in its Apple TV. Apple may altogether be looking to synchronize the Apple TV (set-top box) and offer one integrated television set.

This would mean that Apple’s set-top box would disappear and the television would automatically come with a number of Apple features, including iTunes, its own App Store, AirPlay for music, videos, and game play, iCloud and other features currently available to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Apple’s television could be a big hit in the market, as we are just beginning to see a number of “smart” TV sets sporting WiFi integration and web applications. Apple may be all set to revolutionize the television industry as they have done with portable music players, phones, and tablet computers.

{via MacRumors}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apples-television-include-a6-chip-coming-3-sizes/feed/ 4 Apple Discontinues $0.99 TV Show Rentals https://touchreviews.net/apple-discontinues-99-tv-show-rentals/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-discontinues-99-tv-show-rentals/#comments Tue, 30 Aug 2011 00:25:22 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=17735 Read More]]> Apple, after a long winding path and countless attempts has officially shut down and removed $0.99 TV show rentals from iTunes and Apple TV. In a direct statement to All Things D, Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr confirmed the removal of $0.99 TV Show Rentals, saying:

iTunes customers have shown they overwhelmingly prefer buying TV shows. iTunes in the Cloud lets customers download and watch their past TV purchases from their iOS devices, Apple TV, Mac or PC allowing them to enjoy their programming whenever and however they choose.

FOX also confirmed that Apple had taken such actions after seeing that it was a failing attempt to sell TV Shows and that Apple’s Cloud seemed like a much more reasonable outlet for content.

After carefully considering the results of the rental trial, it became clear that content ownership is a more attractive long-term value proposition both for iTunes customers and for our business. To further enhance the value of ownership, we are working with Apple to make content available within their new cloud-based service.

Apple revealed $0.99 TV Show Rentals with the introduction of their all new streaming Apple TV and failed to roll out the service to other countries beyond the US. Apple also failed to strike deals with other major US networks and could not expand the content within its service. Apple’s choice to shut it down makes more sense for its business model and could possibly lead to a better streaming service.

Perhaps, Apple’s goal with their Subscription model, with an addition of iCloud could help them achieve this. At this point, it is unclear what Apple is going to propose, but whatever it may be, something could definitely be in the works.

Would you buy a subscription if Apple offered content through iCloud? Do you think this is a good move? Did you ever rent $0.99 movies?

{via TiPb}

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-discontinues-99-tv-show-rentals/feed/ 6 Apple’s iOS 5 beta 6 Now Available for Download Over-the-Air https://touchreviews.net/apple-ios-5-beta-6-download-over-the-air/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-ios-5-beta-6-download-over-the-air/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2011 23:17:09 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=17615 Read More]]> iOS 5 Beta 6

Today, Apple released iOS 5 beta 6, only two weeks after the company released iOS 5 beta 5. Apple usually releases 8 betas before they release the GM seed to developers that is followed by the public release which is pegged for a release later this fall.

Apple is now releasing betas more and more often, hinting that the final release is right around the corner. The over-the-air version of iOS 5 beta 6 for the iPhone comes in at 144 MB.

This latest beta isn’t known for major upgrades to the OS and instead addresses only “bug fixes and improvements” according to Apple’s description. iOS 5 beta 6 has not yet revealed any major upgrades but more features may become evident as Apple strengthens the betas and releases the last two expected betas including the public release.

Alongside, iOS 5 beta 6, Apple also released a new beta version of iTunes 10.5 with a preview version of Xcode 4.2, as well as iWork for iOS beta 2 and a new beta 5 of the Apple TV software.

Apple is rumored to release the final version of iOS 5 to the public in October alongside iPhone 5. The fifth gen. iPhone is expected to feature 8 megapixel camera, dual-core A5 chip, more RAM and a thinner design.

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-ios-5-beta-6-download-over-the-air/feed/ 2 Apple Getting Ready to Launch New Video Streaming Service (Rumor) https://touchreviews.net/apple-ready-launch-new-video-streaming-service-rumor/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-ready-launch-new-video-streaming-service-rumor/#comments Wed, 03 Aug 2011 19:33:11 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=17401 Read More]]> AppleTV

The web is abuzz this week about Apple planning a subscription based video streaming service to take on Netflix and Amazon. With that information already put, Jeffries analyst Peter Misek revealed today that Apple has already laid plans and set deals for such a service as well as iTunes Replay.

As part of Apple’s roll-out of cloud video services (and eventually an iTV), we believe Apple has unannounced deals with all/most of the studios/TV networks that are similar to the subscription streaming deal between Amazon and CBS.

On Monday, Apple released an iCloud beta, allowing users to re-download TV Shows and movies as well as stream them directly from the cloud using Apple TV. Redownloading is set to launch through iTunes Replay. Apple already has the groundwork laid out for a service similar to Netflix with the iTunes framework. With rumors swirling that Apple is planning to release an HDTV , and that they have already worked out deals, it is almost likely that Apple is planning something big.

Apple has not revealed any products or services as of yet but will likely do so in the sense that the market had yet to be dominated. Apple’s iTunes is popular enough to attract its existing customer base.

Would you subscribe to a video streaming service from Apple? Sound off in the comments below!

]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-ready-launch-new-video-streaming-service-rumor/feed/ 0 Peel – Personal TV Show Guide for iPhone Revolutionizes the Way You Control Your Television https://touchreviews.net/peel-personal-tv-show-guide-iphone-review/ https://touchreviews.net/peel-personal-tv-show-guide-iphone-review/#comments Sun, 13 Mar 2011 18:47:07 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=14852 Read More]]> Peel iPhone AppTired of all those remotes? Peel provides an amazing universal remote control that allows you to use your iPhone’s touch screen to replace all your remotes. Not only does this device and app combo help replace the four remotes I had but it also helps remember what shows are on at a given time and help you find show similar to ones you like. The depth of this app paired with the usefulness of Peel Fruit make it a killer combo for making your TV viewing experience better.

One of my favorite features about the Peel application is that it allows you do away with your provider’s clunky menu and replaces it with an intuitive and sharp looking guide. The app took me about 10 minutes to set up to work with my TV, home theater, Apple TV and DirecTV box. The mere fact that it replaces all those remotes was awesome but then add in the fact that I don’t have to use the slow and clunky DirecTV guide anymore I was ecstatic. Don’t get me wrong, I love my DirecTV but the guide can be slow and tough to use. I don’t like sifting through all 400 channels only to find that in my haste I passed up the show I wanted to see. This is where the Peel app flourishes in telling me the shows that I like that are on at that time and also shows similar to those shows.

Peel TV RemoteWhen you launch the Peel app it shows the following sections: Top Picks, TV Shows, Movies, Sports and Search. Each section has groupings by genre such as: Comedy, Drama, etc. When you begin using Peel you will see that most shows are there. As you click the “Star” for the shows you like, that show and shows like it will be displayed more. As you click the “X” for the shows that you don’t like, those shows won’t appear anymore. This is a really cool method making it less painful to browse through the suggested shows. If you aren’t sure what a show is, you can click on it and a brief description of the show or movie will be displayed along with the channel, duration and a picture for most. You can also “Watch on TV” to easily browse to the channel. A feature that has recently been added was the ability to set reminders for a show. There is also a share button that allows you to share via Twitter and Facebook. This adds a little bit of a social feature that is pretty much a must have these days. Overall the app is very robust and simply makes viewing and controlling your devices a better experience.

Peel iPhone RemoteWith the release of the Peel Fruit more functionality came to an already impressive app. The Fruit is simple to set up. You connect an adapter via power and Ethernet into your router and then you put a battery in the Peel Fruit itself and place it somewhere that it has a clear line of sight to the adapter and you are done with the hardware set up. This is awesome because I did not have to put the Fruit on my always crowded coffee table but instead on a lamp stand in the far back corner of our living room. This kept it up and out of the way and has been working nicely. The Fruit has lasted a long time, well over a month on a single battery and is still going strong. After being connected to my DirecTV box the app was able to mimic all of the controls that are found on my DirecTV remote like record and menu. There is one downfall which is the fact that it doesn’t have a mute but to avoid this I simply hit pause on whatever I am watching and it instantly mutes and I don’t miss any of my show.

PeelFruit

The Peel Fruit and app combine to make my TV viewing experience awesome and allows me to put away all my stinking remotes that I have come to despise. It is incredibly easy to control which is nice because I don’t have to teach my wife how to use all the remotes. The one downside I have seen is that when my brother-in-law stops by and wants to watch TV, he can’t use the Peel Fruit if my wife and I are gone. The resolution to that is going to be my iPhone 4 when I buy the new iPhone this year but for most this won’t be an option or at least not an option they like and I can hardly blame them. Short of that the device and app are amazing. They have changed the way I watch TV and interact with all of my devices.

Pros

Cons

Free (View in iTunes)
Category: Entertainment
Updated: Mar 11, 2011
Current Version: 1.1
1.1 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 12.2 MB
Language: English
Seller: Peel Technologies, Inc.
©2011 Peel
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later

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]]> https://touchreviews.net/peel-personal-tv-show-guide-iphone-review/feed/ 3 Hints of Apple TV Gaming found in iOS 4.3 https://touchreviews.net/apple-tv-games-hints-ios-43/ https://touchreviews.net/apple-tv-games-hints-ios-43/#comments Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:53:41 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=14189 Read More]]> Engadget are reporting that an enterprising iOS 4.3 Beta SDK snooper has found some rather interesting bits and bobs in Apple’s Beta software which tend to hint at some kind of online gaming experience coming to the Apple TV.

Specifically in the latest iOS 4.3 Beta 3 Firmware, strings related to “ATVGames” and “ATVThunder”, which Engadget theorise is the codename for controllers, have been found. And a couple of other strings that have been found are equally curious; “com.apple.appletv.play.live.thunder” and “.play.archive.thunder”.

Apple works on a lot of things that never see the light of day. And it is as certain as them having a Retina display iPad on campus, and Steve Jobs probably having an early iPhone 5 prototype by now, that Apple has been experimenting with the possibilities for gaming on the Apple TV.

The general consensus at the moment is that with the limited space on the current Apple TV, and Apple’s new data centre due to come online, Apple may well be readying an “OnLive” type of streaming gaming experience for their “hobby” TV project. The Apple TV is more than capable of providing real time gaming from small installed apps, and also playing back streamed gaming content from a central server cloud running the games remotely and sending visuals to players.

At the end of the day the Apple TV is more than capable of playing any current iOS game or software, and is also rumoured to be getting an update very soon – with perhaps even more graphics and CPU horsepower – as well as perhaps more on board storage.

Right now the Apple TV is comparable to the Wii in terms of processing power, and entertainment capabilities. With an Apple A5 inside it’s going to be nipping at the heels of fairly contemporary console hardware. Apple would be foolish not to capitalise on that possibility, and the massive iTunes network it has for distributing entertainment content to its users.

For those of us with a few grey hairs it is possible to remember a time when Apple tried to do a console for the first time. The Apple Bandai Pippin! That didn’t fair too well. But this time around Apple seems to be in a much better position to pull a gaming console off.

Some other interesting things were found in the latest iOS SDK Beta; when an Apple TV is controlled using a Harmony remote. Some functions seem to be available, which are quite similar to existing iOS functions for moving apps around, and other management activities – which again would suggest an expansion of what the OS on the Apple TV can do.

What do you think? Apple TV to be a gaming console in future? With streaming game content, or installed apps? Have your say in the comments..

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]]> https://touchreviews.net/apple-tv-games-hints-ios-43/feed/ 5 Details Regarding Apple’s New A5 Chip for Upcoming iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Emerge https://touchreviews.net/details-apples-a5-chip-upcoming-iphone-5-ipad-2-emerge/ https://touchreviews.net/details-apples-a5-chip-upcoming-iphone-5-ipad-2-emerge/#comments Mon, 17 Jan 2011 20:41:38 +0000 https://touchreviews.net/?p=13877 Read More]]> If you haven’t already heard, it seems Apple are working hard on a new custom processor for its upcoming iPhone 5 and iPad 2 devices. The A4 successor is rumored to be dual-core with faster graphics, capable of supporting a higher resolution on the company’s successful tablet device, and potentially 1080p HD support for iOS devices.

The current A4 chip, which is present in the iPhone 4, the iPad, and the new iPod touch, supports the single-core SGX535 GPU, which has featured in Apple devices since the iPhone 3GS. However, the new A5 chip is reported to support the dual-core SGX543 GPU, which is a graphical power improvement of around 4X the current generation. This means that the iPad 2 could carry a display 4X the resolution of the current model, and that a “Retina Display” upgrade isn’t off the cards.

Engadget also points out that it’s likely 2011 will see new devices supporting 1080p HDMI video output as a “default” spec, and that Apple certainly won’t want to feel left out of the true HD gang. Especially when it comes to the AppleTV, which is already slightly lacking without 1080p support, but has dual graphics cores easily capable of handling this resolution.

It’s believed that Apple’s new A5 processor has been developed by the same group responsible for the company’s impressive A4 chip – Apple-owned Intrinsity and PA Semi, while Samsung will do the production duties as it has done with the current processor.

{via Engadget}

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