Blurry photos purport to show mythical Apple TV set

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The future of TV is blurry, apparently.
Photo: Benjamin Geskin/Twitter

Blurry images that popped up online supposedly show the testing of an Apple OLED television set of around 60 inches in size. The photos were shared on Chinese social media before being circulated by mobile leaker Benjamin Geskin on Twitter.

And, just like that, longstanding rumors of an Apple TV set reignite!

What’s next for Apple Watch? Catch the discussion on The CultCast!

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It's about time... for a new Apple Watch.
It's about time... for a new Apple Watch.
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This week on The CultCast: What does Apple have in store for the next generation of  Watch? We round up the current rumors and reveal our Series 3 wish list. Then: Could Face ID actually replace Touch ID on iPhone 8? We have concerns. Plus: Proof that a 4K Apple TV is right around the corner; more incredible demos of ARKit; and we share our favorite new shows, movies and board games in an all-new What We’re Into!

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Apple TV tvOS simulator hacked to run in super-sharp 4K

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4K Apple TV is reportedly on its way this year.
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Developer and Apple sleuth Steve Troughton-Smith has managed to get Apple’s tvOS Simulator to run in 4K, the same screen resolution that’s been rumored for an upcoming fifth-generation Apple TV.

4K resolution is twice the standard HD resolution. Based on what Troughton-Smith has shared, tvOS appears to work fine in 3840 x 2160 resolution, with text, icons, and more scaling effectively to 4K.

Apple seeds fifth betas for iOS 11, macOS High Sierra and more

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In iOS 11, the Control Center becomes a remote control for your life.
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Developers received a fresh batch of new beta software today from Apple, bringing a bunch of fixes and changes to iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, tvOS 11 and watchOS 4.

The new beta builds come two weeks after Apple seeded its fourth set of updates since unveiling all its new software at WWDC 2017.

4K Apple TV seemingly confirmed by HomePod leak

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Apple TV might finally get 4K.
Photo: Ste Smith

The next generation Apple TV could be unveiled later this year, based on the latest leak from Apple’s unreleased HomePod.

Code for Apple’s leaky smart speaker reveals that the new Apple TV might finally gain 4K support and it will support two of the biggest formats for super high def video.

Should Apple abandon original video? [Friday Night Fight]

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Will Carpool Karaoke: The Series be Apple's first hit?
Will Carpool Karaoke: The Series be Apple's first hit?
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This coming Tuesday Apple is set to debut its newest original TV show Carpool Karaoke: The Series, but with Planet of the Apps being such a dud, some of us at Cult of Mac are questioning whether Apple has anything to gain by making mediocre TV shows.

During Apple’s Q3 earnings call this week, Tim Cook said Apple will continue to explore original content for Apple Music. Can Apple actually make great TV shows, or is it losing focus on what’s more important?

Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight as we discuss Apple’s media ambitions:

Best apps for streaming NFL on Apple devices

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Score these apps to stream NFL games, starting with preseason matchups this Thursday.
Score these apps to stream NFL games, starting with preseason matchups this Thursday.
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By Chris Brantner

During the fall and winter, football fans across the United States devote entire Sundays to diligently following all the NFL action. But you don’t need to wait: The football action gets underway Thursday when the NFL preseason games begin.

If you’re one of the many people who love both football and Apple devices, you’re in luck. You can easily combine the two to stream NFL games during the entire season, whether you have cable or not. A bunch of different apps let you watch the NFL on Apple devices, so let’s take a look at some of the best ones out there.