So, there we are! After all the waiting, it is all over. Here are my first impressions of the announcements Uncle Tim, Phil the Schill and Hairforce One gave us.
Finally, some might say, the promised Apple TV Remote app has been released to the general public after being part of the iOS 10 developer Beta since WWDC.
The app is new and not an upgrade, is iPhone only mimicking the look and functionality of the Siri remote bundled with the latest Apple TV yet has some sizeable differences.
You can still get the old remote app called iTunes Remote but upon running an error pops up warning you it’s not optimised for iOS 10, if you are running it on the iOS 10 beta.
Two thirds of the Apple TV remote’s screen is taken up with a representation of the track pad that is the equivilant counterpart on the Siri Remote. Below this menu options are available letting you step back through levels after you’ve drilled down into the many Apple TV screens. At each side buttons to stop forward or back if you are listening to music, and change to ten-second skip ahead back/forward if you are watching video.
Aside from the obvious graphic differences between the Apple TV remote layout and the Siri remote and the lack of volume controls there are a few other nice differences.
As with the iTunes Remote app, passwords can be typed, passwords entered and searches performed on text areas using your iPhone’s keyboard. Apple made improvements with Siri letting you enter information one word at a time yet if you have 1Password for your iPhone it’s a heck of a lot easier entering a long secure password rather than trying to spell it out loud.
One thing which is missing is Siri Remote trackpad touching. On the remote you can tap an edge to navigate around the menus but not so in the app. Some might find it confusing to hold down the Siri icon on the iPhone’s screen rather than the actual button to initiate Siri commands.
With video playing tapping the trackpad area in the Apple TV remote app and swiping your finger left and right without lifting brings up the 10 second skip features. Hopefully a further release will see 3D touch where pressing harder skips further.
Those of you with phones supporting haptic feedback will find their device buzzing away with every touch.
The Apple TV Remote app is compatible with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation Apple TVs and requires an iPhone running iOS 9.3.2 or later.
So let’s talk about tvOS and Apple TV. Last fall we introduce the next generation of Apple TV and for the first time developers had a modern platform like iOS to develop for in the living room.
We said the future of TV’s apps and the response to Apple TV has been incredible here is what Chris Albrecht the CEO stars had to say
“tvOS has allowed stars to create an experience on Apple TV unlike anything we’ve done before and our subscribers are loving it”
here’s what the CEO of BoomBit a very popular iOS game developer had to say
“we easily extended our iOS game experience to the living room – something that is incredibly difficult to do on traditional consoles”
Our last generation Apple TV had 80 video channels and thanks to many of you we now have over 1300 video channels and we have over 6000 native apps in just seven months and I’ve got some new apps to tell you about
More Stations and Channels For Apple TV
First sling which offers a great selection of live cable channels is coming to Apple TV today. Fox sports go I’m a huge sports fan four sport games all at the same time on one screen coming this summer to Apple TV.
Molotov a revolutionary new TV service in France with over 100 live channels, video on demand exclusively on iOS and Apple TV coming next month.
Great sports games like NBA 2K, adventure games like mine craft story mode and sketch party use your iPhone or iPad to draw and then you sit around the TV to guess it’s a lot of fun do this with your group of friends.
Apple TV remote App
Now we got great updates to tell you about for tvOS and let me start with the Apple TV remote app. Apple TV comes with incredible Siri remote, it uses touch for navigation, Siri to tell it what you want to watch and motion to play games but a lot of our customers have told us that they would love an app on their iPhone that had all the same capabilities and so were making a new version of the remote app.
This is what it looks like it’s got a beautiful now playing screen with playback controls but most importantly all the features of the Siri remote. You have touch for navigation, Siri to give it commands and uses the accelerometer and gyroscope to play games. Of course you can enter text with the keyboard.
Next let’s talk about Siri. Siri changes the way we interact with our television because now we just tell it what we want to watch and were making it even better because now you can search movies by topics.
Now my daughter is actually going to high school this fall and I remember back when I went to high school, been a while, there’s some great movies but I’d love to watch with her and now Siri makes this really easy because I can just say high school comedies from the 80s and there are some of my favorites I have actually watched them all.
Let’s take a look at Ferris Bueller’s Day off and with just one tap we can start watching. Now Siri actually searches over 650,000 movies and TV shows now but what about YouTube?
Well that’s easy to do because now you just ask Siri “Search YouTube for Steph Curry’s three-pointers” Siri launches YouTube and shows you the results but a big part of your TV experience is live channels
We got some great channels on Apple TV like ABC, CBS, FX a lot more than give you wide channels but to start watching you gotta find the app you launch it and then you gotta find the channel. We got a great new feature called live tuning and all you have to do is say “watch ESPN 2” and you’re taken straight to the action.
This is already working with a lot of great channels and were making wide tuning available on both your iPad and Apple TV as well.
Single Sign On
One problem with this is let’s be honest, when you go in and you watch a video channel app for the first time you get something like this and you gotta go find a browser, authenticate with a code and then authenticate your TV provider. Well we are going to make this change a little bit but it’s worst because you got to do it for each and every app and now to make it all go away with a feature we call single sign.
Sign in once on your Apple you get access to all of your network apps and we make it even better, a page on the app store will show you all of the apps that you now have access to and of course for bringing the IOS as well.
Apple TV Dark Mode
In addition to single sign I have some other great updates. Apple TV looks beautiful their times were you wish it was darker because you are in a home theater or dark room and now that’s really easy as you can just switch to dark.
We want to make it even easier for customers to get your apps and so just like when you download an app on your iPhone it automatically downloads to your Apple TV and now automatically downloads to your Apple TV and the this is really great,
Im going to show so I get the major-league baseball app on my iPhone you do nothing and there it is right on your Apple TV. Now there has never been a better time for all of you to build apps for the big screen we got some great new features for you as well
Replay Kit For AppleTV
First of all replay kit where you can live broadcast your gameplay or save the video to share it later.
PhotoKit For Apple TV
Photokit gives you access to your complete iCloud photo library, all the videos all the photos
Where you can create apps to control all the devices in your own at home
and that’s just some of the many features we got things like support for four game controllers, multiplayer game sessions and a lot more
That is a quick update to the tvOS a new Apple TV remote app, great Siri enhancements with topic search, YouTube and live tuning, obviously single sign on so now you get access to all your network apps and great tools for developers
All of you will get a developer preview today. I can’t wait to see all of the apps you start building and our customers will get it this fall and that is tvOS
Starz has decided to go over the top and it has landed on iOS and Apple TV. The second most popular premium channel in the US, behind HBO but ahead of Showtime, is now available to subscribers for $8.99 a month, no cable television subscription required.
This story has struck me as a surprisingly long time coming. For those of us here in the UK we can avoid playing the statutory license fee and still watch our favourite BBC shows via the BBC iPlayer. Culture Secretary John Whittingdale said that the TV licensing iPlayer loophole will be closed “as soon as practicable”.
This certainly looks like it’s marking its territory in taking the first steps to become a subscription only service.
Good watch to know a little bit more what I reckon will become one of Apple’s most open and successful platforms.
There is no more news on the Apple TV but that hasnt stopped CBS CEO dropping the Apple streaming service into conversation on monday during an edition of CNN Money.
In a chat to CNN money Les Moonves has stated that Apple’s TV streaming service has gone quiet, at least around his camp.
The CBS CEO told CNN money we had conversations a while back and we haven’t had recent conversations with them. This basically indicates zero change Moonves last spoke publicly on the issue.
It was back in December that the head of the Tiffany network said that Apple had pressed the hold button on streaming plans. That was said to be due to Apple’s inability to get the kind of skinny bundles of progra mming it wants to offer subscribers.
When asked if one day if we might get a streaming TV service from the Cupertino giant, Moonves simply said.
you’ll have to ask Apple that I don’t know.
and with, that please stand by
It looks like Amazon prime will be available in a few weeks for the new Apple TV making the Cupertino’s new shiny even more awesome.
Typical isn’t it? You spend all of that time and energy getting your raspberry Pi setup so you can watch your video library on your TV and the next day Simple, a plex TV app for the Apple TV makes itself known to the Internet.
In todays obvious news the Apple TV is available for ordering today from Apple.com. The 32gb Apple TV (MGY52B/A) will set you back 129.99 whilst the 64gb (MLNC2B/A) can be yours for 169.00. Just dont purchase the HDMI cable for £15.
Head over to the website benjaminmayo.co.uk a collection of the Apple TV Aerial Video Screensavers. These really are stunning. The current set of videos in the list include imagery from China, San Francisco, Hawaii, New York City and London.
Plex is simply amazing. For those who use it swear by it, if you don’t you are seriously missing out. With Plex you can watch your movies or TV shows on any device with a browser either via your own network or over the internet.
Considred getting an Apple TV but couldnt quite stretch the balance to justify one over a Chrome cast stick? Well it’s good news everyone as the version 3 of the Apple TV device can now be purchased for £49 in the UK
Apple is going to be the exclusive streaming partner for the new HBO streaming service and if you sign up in the first month, you’ll not only get 1 month free but have access to Game of Thrones Season 5 on release.
Top Gear season 22 could mean the start of a new radical shift by the BBC to stop piracy, well at least for Top Gear, something which Jeremy Clarkson has alluded to a few times. Season 22 of Top Gear will be simulcast around the world when the new series premiers 26th January, 8PM GMT