Apple held its first major event at the Steve Jobs theater at the new Cupertino campus on Tuesday, September 12th. After a brief tribute to Jobs, Apple CEO Tim Cook and team introduced several new products including the redesigned iPhone X. Here's a brief look at all the hardware unveiled at the event.
Walmart's digital streaming service Vudu is now available on the Apple TV. Vudu supports Ultraviolet -- a service that allows users to download a free digital copies of participating movies on Blu-ray or DVD. Vudu members can also rent or purchase digital copies of hit movies and television shows, or watch some titles for free with commercials. Vudu is free to join and it is supported by most streaming and mobile devices, such as the PlayStation 4.
ESPN rolled out a new version of their Apple TV app that allows users the ability to watch four live streams simultaneously. The new MultiCast feature is designed for ESPN subscribers to keep an eye on multiple games so they don't have to miss any action. MultiCast is perfect for the college football fans, or those nights when two or more of your favorite teams are playing. It will also allow you to check up on your team's rivals, or watch your best fantasy football players all at the same time.
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.