Essential Apple Podcast Extra: Simon’s event reactions

So the event has been and gone. Everyone is having their say so why shouldn’t Simon get his tuppence worth in too? After a rant about the “prognosticators” he gets straight on with his first impressions of the event


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Essential Apple Podcast 67: What the Hell Patreon?

We are now well into December, there is even snow here in Suffolk today so Christmas is “officially sanctioned” and still Mark refrains from breaking out the Quo… Also Patreon did some sort of U turn and say if you aren’t receiving “life changing” amounts of donations they don’t really want your business… Plus Apple TV, SSDs, ARM laptops and more.

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Apple Releases New Apple TV Remote App

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.

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BBC iPlayer To Need Licence Fee “as soon as practicable”

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.

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CBS CEO Lees Moonves “Apple TV Streaming Talk Has Gone Quiet”

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