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At a "Town Hall" meeting with employees following the company's Q1 earnings report, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly rejected the notion -- long favored by analysts -- that Apple needs a "pared down" and inexpensive iPhone model in order to attract buyers in developing or "emerging" markets like India. While most of the meeting dealt with a rehash of information given during the analyst call, some was concerned with employee matters like retention incentives, as well as saying the Apple TV and tvOS both have "bright" futures.
If you have been eyeing the ongoing MacNN Deals giveaway offering the fourth generation Apple TV as a prize, but haven't yet entered, you may want to do so pretty soon. The free giveaway, which will provide the winner with the latest Apple set-top box, will be ending in four days, giving you until the end of this weekend to take part.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is setting its sights on the set-top boxes used by satellite TV and cable providers that could be beneficial for third-party manufacturers, according to a report. The FCC is introducing proposals that would allow customers of pay TV services to avoid renting or purchasing a specific set-top box as part of their subscription, saving money by using another device such as the Apple TV instead.
Apple has released an update for the Apple TV, bringing the set-top box's operating system to version 9.1.1. The third public release of tvOS, the update primarily consists of bug fixes and improvements, with the majority of new additions likely to arrive with tvOS 9.2, though the software update does introduce a function found elsewhere in Apple's ecosystem: its own version of the Podcasts app.
An easy way to add smart functionality to your TV is to get a streaming set-top box, and one of the best on the market is the fourth-generation Apple TV. If you wanted to get hold of the 64GB Apple TV through the MacNN Deals giveaway but couldn't enter before it closed, now's your chance. The giveaway has been extended, so you now have another two weeks left to try and win the streaming device for yourself.
Apple's current iOS line up is as strong as its ever been, which is why how it has managed to continue raking in record profits across 2015. However, it has only managed to get into this position by continually innovating with both its software and hardware. While none of us here at MacNN claim to be able to predict the future, we have some ideas about what we'd like to see Apple bring to the table in 2016. Read on to see what is on our wish list.
VLC, the media playback app that is popular on mobile devices and desktops alike, has arrived on the Apple TV, VideoLAN has confirmed. The tvOS app, which can be used to play a large number of different video and audio formats effortlessly, with VLC for Apple TV now providing the option of searching for playable files located on the local network, playing them directly from the source without converting the files to make them viewable.
Smart home security and monitoring company Alarm.com, launched a new app for the Apple TV. Using the new app, users can watch up to four live feeds from video cameras around their property simultaneously in real-time 1080P HD, using Apple TV's as the surveillance hub of the system.
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Including Hong Kong in the total, Apple's 29th Apple Store in "greater China" is set to open on Saturday, January 9 with a second Shenyang store at the MixC mall there. The new store, which will open at 10AM, will feature normal store hours of 10AM to 9:30PM local time seven days a week. Apple has been building and opening stores in China rapidly for the past year, as part of a retail initiative in Apple's fastest-growing market that hopes to see 40 stores opened by the middle of this year.
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Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe