Apple on Tuesday announced the Apple TV 4K, a new set-top box that supports 4K Ultra HD resolution and industry standard HDR 10 and Dolby Vision. The new Apple TV is powered by the same A10x fusion chip and 3GB of RAM in the iPad Pro, and Apple says the Apple TV update packs two times the processing power than the previous generation. Apple has been working with Hollywood studios and Netflix to bring 4K and HDR titles to Apple TV, Apple's SVP of software and services Eddy Cue said at an event on Tuesday. Amazon Prime 4K video will be bringing its 4K content to the Apple TV later this year. Further, Cue said iTunes users will get automatic upgrades of HD titles in their existing iTunes library to 4K HDR versions when they become available.
Apple just made your TV watching much easier... if you subscribe to the right services, that is. After dropping some hints in November, Apple has activated its promised single sign-on feature for Apple TV and iOS users in the US, but only for a handful of offerings. DirecTV, Dish and cord-cutter service Sling TV are the highlights among providers. Only some channel-specific apps can use SSO as well: A&E, Bravo, NBC, Syfy and USA are among the choices, and the option isn't always available on both Apple TV and iOS gear. How well the feature works will rely heavily on app creators.
The makers of most popular streaming pucks made the jump to Ultra HD some time ago, and today Apple has finally caught up. As expected, Apple announced the new Apple TV 4K, which plays nice with both high-resolution content and the high dynamic range standards HDR10 and Dolby Vision. It'll be available to buy in the UK for £179 for the 32GB model and £199 for the 64GB version on September 15th, with shipping starting a week later on September 22nd. The fourth-gen Apple TV (32GB) will continue to be sold for £149. A new processor means the Apple TV 4K is twice as fast as the last model, and Apple has worked with Netflix, Amazon and others to bring their 4K content to the box.
You're not alone, and the bugs are now so commonplace that Apple didn't even spot the cameo appearance of one in its latest ad for the iPhone X. Must read: Meltdown and Spectre -- Is your PC vulnerable? The bug, which was spotted by the eagle-eyes of Benjamin Mayo of 9to5Mac, involves the text of an iMessage briefly appearing outside of the notification bubble on the lock screen. What's doubly embarrassing for Apple is that Mayo says that he reported this bug "months ago" and Apple closed the bug report. Here's the ad (the bug is briefly visible at the 50 seconds mark): Now, I'll be the first to admit that this is a small thing. Compared to some of the bugs that iOS has suffered as of late (and for that matter, some of the bugs it still has), this is nothing.
Apple's vision for the future of television will take another step towards reality during Thursday's "hello again" special event, where the company is rumored to announce a new Apple TV app built specifically for discovering content. According to USA Today, Apple has positioned the app to network excutives as "The Watch List," with the main purpose of providing users with suggestions and recommendations on what to watch based on various factors. If you own an Apple TV, you can surely relate to the process of deciding what to watch and where to watch it. Trying to determine if there are new episodes of your favorite show across several apps is a daunting process of launching an app, navigating to the show, viewing the list of episodes, and then repeating the process. Presumably, with "The Watch List" app (the report states that's not the name Apple is expected to use when it's made official), users will open a single app and be presented with a show listing containing content from apps installed on the Apple TV.