Public testers can now try iOS 11.2

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iOS 11.2 comes with some Control Center tweaks.
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Members of Apple’s public beta testing program can already get in on the action with iOS 11.2.

Apple released its newest batch of betas to public testers today giving members access to all the new features and fixes in the the first beta builds of iOS 11.2 and tvOS 11.2.

YouTube TV’s skinny bundle lands on Apple TV soon

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YouTube TV is coming to the big screen.
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YouTube TV will be available as a native app on the Apple TV “in the coming weeks.”

The service, which made its debut back in April priced at $35 a month, gives TV fans the ability to watch live streams from five major broadcast networks, as well as more than 40 cable channels.

Apple’s new TV shows will be squeaky clean

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The TV app may become the distribution channel for Apple's original shows.
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Apple wants to create a hit TV show that’s as popular as Game of Thrones only without all the nudity and violence.

According to a new report, Hollywood talent pitching Apple’s TV team has been informed that the company wants to make original shows that are suitable for all audiences so they can be played at Apple stores.

Apple seeds fourth iOS 11.1 beta and more

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A new iOS 11.1 beta is already out!
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Developers just received a new iOS 11.1 beta from Apple this morning even though the company just released a build of the software update earlier this week.

iOS 11.1 beta 4 has been made available today along with the fourth beta builds of watchOS 4.1 and tvOS 11.1. All three of the new betas bring a number of bug fixes and performance improvements to their platforms.

Apple busts out new betas of iOS 11.1 and other platforms

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iOS 11.1 beta 3 is ready for your iPhone.
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Developers received a fresh new batch of beta updates today, just one week after Apple seeded the last set.

iOS 11.1 beta 3 is the biggest of the updates, bringing a bunch of new emojis to the iPhone and iPad along with some other refinements and improvements. Apple also released the third beta builds for watchOS 4.1 and tvOS 11.1.

Top-rated UK TV exec in talks with Apple

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Jay Hunt, former creative content chief with Channel 4 in Great Britain, may join Apple's efforts to create original programming.
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Apple is reportedly close to landing another heavy hitter to help build original content.

Jay Hunt, who recently left Great Britain’s Channel 4 after seven years as its chief creative officer, is in talks with Apple for an executive position, according to several British news sites that cover UK’s television industry.

What we love (and don’t) about the Apple TV 4K, plus our favorite minimalist iPhone 8 cases on The CultCast

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The 4K Apple TV is even better than we thought.
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This week on The CultCast: A company unlike any other, some say Steve Job’s greatest product was Apple itself. But how has it fared in the six years since his passing? We’ll share the cold, hard facts. Plus: What we love (and don’t) about the Apple TV 4K; an iOS 11 software trick doubles your iPhone storage; and we’ll wrap up our favorite minimalist cases for your iPhone 7, 8 and X.

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Roku’s new 4K streamer kills Apple TV on price

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Roku is dominating the streaming wars.
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Apple’s plan to dominate the 4K TV streaming market is up against some tough competition from the top company in the game.

Fresh off its IPO, Roku revealed its brand new lineup of streaming dongles today and while they may not pack as much processing power as the new Apple TV 4K, they have one killer feature that will lure in tons of buyers: a cheap price tag.

Apple TV 4K is almost picture-perfect [Review]

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An Apple TV under the tree is sure to bring a smile.
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Apple TV has finally caught up with the 4K revolution.

It may be late to the game, but Apple’s newest set-top box pulls out all the stops to be the best on the field. It’s packing incredibly powerful new hardware that leaves competitors in the dust, and a much-improved tvOS platform that is years ahead of its rivals.

It may seem pricey starting at $179, but with amazingly sharp videos and great apps and games all rolled into one, Apple TV 4K is well worth the upgrade.

Watch our Apple TV video review: