Ah, a keyboard for the living room. How times have changed from the days when my dad you used to tell me, “Son, get up and change to channel 43 on the TV. Benny Hill’s coming on.” Now I’m the dad, and I get to hear myself say, “Son, get the Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard and do a search on the Apple TV for that Benny Hill sketch with Darth Vader.”
I think Amazon is on serious grounds to compete with the Apple TV in a way that no other company can compete. An Amazon TV box would be as close to an Apple TV alternative as possible, especially because Amazon has been build an ecosystem with, until now, nothing to tie it all together. This device would be it.
Comcast has offered to pay Time Warner about $159 per share, which is one of the largest acquisitions we have seen in the last five years or so. Will Apple be able to go through with its original Time Warner deal, or will it now have to re-negotitatie with Comcast to get what it wants for media on its set-top box?
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is gearing up to introduce a new Apple TV in April (not March, as previously rumored), with the aim to have it ready for launch by the holidays. The Bloomberg report notes that Apple is also negotiating with content providers such as Time Warner Cable to provide TV shows and other content for the device.
Though iOS 7 has been out for several months now, the beta builds for the mobile OS are giving away a lot of information on Apple’s future products. New Apple TV references have been discovered in the iOS 7 beta builds, cited specifically in relation to the device’s AirPlay functionality. The new Apple TV is noted in the iOS 7 builds as “AppleTV4,1.”
There have been rumors Apple is looking to introduce a new Apple TV with several new features, including an AirPort Express built in as part of the device. It is an interesting thought, as it would allow Apple to sell more units and produce even more to keep up with demand. That demand may increase as Apple adds more channels, such as the recent Red Bull TV and, on February 24th, the WWE Channel.
The Apple TV is soon going to be more important part of Apple’s product lines, with the company adding an entire section for the device in its online store late Monday. In the meantime, Apple has not stopped adding new content to the Apple TV. On Tuesday, they added a brand new Red Bull TV channel. The Red Bull TV channel allows users to watch ad-free content pertaining to action sports, music, and many other topics.
SteelSeries—one of the names we Mac gamers actually recognize in the gaming accessory market—has announced the SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller designed specifically for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The Stratus will bring console style gaming to iOS 7, as well as to your HD TV via AppleTV using AirPlay Mirroring.
Apple’s refurbished products are in many ways a price discount, especially because the company replaces defective parts, replaces the outer shell of all of the devices, puts in a new battery, and even tacks on a renewed standard 1-year warranty. The only thing that remains is the technology inside of the device, such as the camera, the processor, and any other non-defective part.
The Apple TV is quickly becoming what Apple imagined for the device when it was first introduced in 2007. The company is adding new channels and services as quickly as it can negotiate with media companies. On Wednesday, Apple added support for ABC, Bloomberg, Crackle and Korean KORTV. These latest applications will be joining a number of other apps available on the Apple TV, including MLB TV, YouTube, Vimeo, Netflix, HBO GO, and Hulu Plus.
As we’ve been pointing out for several weeks now, Apple is really on top of software updates. So far, the company has seeded an OS X Mavericks update to developers, released iOS 7.0.4 to the public, and has updated several applications in both OS X and iOS. On Monday, Apple seeded the first betas of iOS 7.1 and the Apple TV software to developers. iOS 7.1 (which arrives with build number 11D5099e) brings several bug fixes to iOS 7, including several fixes for network connection issues.
Earlier today, we shared Target’s Black Friday deals on Apple products. If you don’t think they were good enough, take a look at the Black Friday deals being offered by Best Buy and Walmart. Both retailers are using attractive discounts on various Apple products—including iPads, Macs, iPhones, etc.—to make sure you hit their stores on (or before) November 29th.