The classic cartoon streaming service Boomerang has launched its new premium service to Apple TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV. Roku support is also being added in the coming weeks, according to The Futon Critic. The service is currently available on iOS for the iPhone and iPad, Google Play and online for desktops and laptops.
The Apple TV will be the first Apple product to receive a multi-user login option with the release of TVos 11, according to The Verifier. The site posted a mockup showing how multiple profiles would look on a user's television display. According to the unverified report, Apple TV owners running TVos 11 or later will be able to use their personal Apple IDs to access their own songs, iCloud photos and more. Allowing multiple profiles on the Apple TV makes sense since it is primarily a shared device, unlike an iPhone which is considered more of a personal product.
The popular sandbox title from developer Mojang is now available on the Apple TV. Minecraft: Apple TV Edition was originally announced at Apple's “Hello again” Mac event in October. The new version of the game is available for $19.99 on Apple's fourth-generation set-top box. It includes the "Holiday 2015, Town Folk, City Folk skin packs, along with the Plastic, Natural, Cartoon, and Festive 2016 mash-ups," according to the official Minecraft blog.
Universal search and Single Sign-On are the two biggest improvements that have made Apple TV the device that Apple has always promised it would be. A Reddit user recently discovered that Apple has added a Single Sign-On section to the App Store in the fifth iOS 10.2 beta. The "Find More Apps" tab not only provides a list of Single Sign-On supported apps for users, but it also suggests Apple is ready to launch the new feature in the first public version of iOS 10.2.
Apple has discontinued the third-generation Apple TV. All links now redirect to the fourth-generation set top box, and only refurbished models of the third model are available online. Apple has not publicly announced that the third-generation Apple TV has been discontinued, but it has been confirmed in an email sent to employees and education partners, obtained by 9to5Mac.
As usual, Apple plans to live stream its upcoming March 21st keynote in Cupertino, California. Apple TV 4 owners will need to download the Apple Events app instead of it automatically appearing on the Home Screen, like it does with the third-generation device. Once it is installed from the App Store, Apple TV owners will be able to use the app to watch the keynote live at 10 am PT/1 pm ET.
The official NCAA March Madness Live app this year will be expanded to 12 platforms, including Apple TV, Roku players, Amazon Fire devices, desktop computers and Windows handsets. Pay-TV subscribers will be able to access all the Division I Men’s Basketball games across a variety of sources, such as their iPad or online. Everyone else will be able to live stream select games using the TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV apps.
Parents can disable explicit content on Apple Music and Podcasts in the Settings app on their Apple TV 4. Here's how:
- Navigate to Settings > General > Restrictions on your Apple TV
- Select Restrictions and create your own four digit passcode. Enter the passcode again to confirm and select OK.
- Select Clean for Music and Podcasts from the Allowed Content dropbox.
To allow all content select Explicit. You can also choose to filter movies and television shows from the Restrictions settings.
You can now pair Bluetooth-enabled devices such as wireless headphones and third-party MFi controllers with your fourth-generation Apple TV. Here's how:
1. Using your Siri Remote open the Settings app.
2. Select Remotes and Devices > Bluetooth
3. Turn on your Bluetooth device and put it in pairing mode.
4. Click on the name of your device when it appears under Other Devices. This should make your device pair with the Apple TV.
Downloading third-party apps on the fourth-generation Apple TV is a lot like downloading apps on your iPad or iPhone. You can now install and delete apps like you do on any iOS device, and you can also force-quit apps that are giving you trouble. Here's how to force an app to quit on the Apple TV 4: