Apple’s big batch of betas is ready for public testers

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The new Control Center is just one of many great new iOS 11 features.
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The first big beta update for iOS 11 is already available to the public, just one day after Apple seeded the new beta build to developers.

iOS 11.1 beta 1 can now be installed on iPhones and iPads by public testers and comes with other big updates for tvOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.

Amazon unleashes 5 new Echo products with crazy price tags

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Amazon's new Echo devices are ready to invade your home.
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Amazon revealed not one, not two, not three, not four, but five Echo-based products at a huge event today at its headquarters in Seattle.

The wave of gadgets, which also included a new TV dongle, is ready to take on Apple’s HomePod speaker and Apple TV 4K with some pretty impressive features. Even more impressive, though, are their incredibly low price tags. It makes you wonder how Apple possibly can compete.

Here’s all the stuff Amazon just revealed.

Apple TV is finally back on Amazon

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You can buy the new Apple TV 4K from Amazon.
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Amazon’s boycott on Apple TV sales appears to finally be over.

After removing Apple’s set-top box from its website in 2015, the online retail behemoth has given in and created a listing for the new Apple TV 4K this morning.

iTunes now has 4K content for your new Apple TV

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4K content is here!
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Apple has started rolling out 4K content to iTunes users, just as it promised it would do at this week’s Apple media event.

Although the fifth generation Apple TV 4K won’t actually arrive with customers until next week, the new 4K content — including both movies and TV shows — is viewable in all its glory on the newer 4K and 5K iMacs.

This week on The CultCast, catch our iPhone X event reactions!

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Catch our reactions to Apple's newest gadgets.
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This week on The CultCast: We react to everything announced at Apple’s iPhone X press event! Plus, we’ll tell you all we now know about iPhone X, iPhone 8, the new Apple TV 4K, Apple Watch Series 3, the AirPods update, and the new AirPower charging mat. It’s a packed show. Better hit play, fam.

Apple TV 4K brings Ultra HD streaming

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New Apple TV offers a major overhaul to video quality.
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Apple’s fifth generation Apple TV, a.k.a. Apple TV 4K, will start shipping to customers on September 22.

As suggested by previous reports, the new set-top box boasts impressive 4K video support — representing a major advance in terms of video quality, and providing what Tim Cook calls “cinematic quality [for] everything you watch.” And that’s not all!

Everything we expect Apple to unveil at its September 12 event

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Tim Cook was short on surprises at the 'Hello Again' keynote.
What will Tim surprise us with this time?
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The biggest Apple keynote of 2017 is just a few short hours away. And according to the rumors, its going to be one of the most memorable tech events in years.

When Tim Cook and Co. take the stage at the Steve Jobs Theater on September 12, we expect them to unveil not one, not two, but three new iPhones. A bunch of other new hardware and software is also on the docket, making this an Apple keynote not to be missed.

Here’s everything Apple will likely reveal.

New remote for Apple TV will pack haptic feedback

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The Apple TV remote is getting a big upgrade.
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The Apple TV is set to get some big upgrades during Apple’s huge keynote tomorrow, but one unexpected surprise could bring some big changes to the Siri remote.

After doing some digging into the code from the leaked iOS 11 GM, developer Guilherme Rambo found new references indicate the Siri remote will be upgraded as well. This time it could gain haptic feedback.

Apple TV 4K will be insanely powerful for super-sharp video

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Apple TV 4K will boast the same processor as iPad Pro.
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The new Apple TV, expected to make its debut alongside iPhone X at a special event on Tuesday, will need powerful new internals to drive super-sharp 4K video.

According to the latest discoveries in Apple’s own code, “Apple TV 4K” will have just that. It will rock the same processor as the latest iPad Pro — plus ample RAM — to become by far the most powerful Apple TV yet.

Apple recruits more TV execs for original content efforts

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Apple is upping its focus on producing original programming.
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Apple is continuing to build up its TV unit with the recruiting of four new veteran television executives.

These include Kim Rozenfeld, former head of programming at Sony Pictures Television, ex-Sony development execs Max Aronson and Ali Woodruff, and former WGN America head of publicity Rita Cooper. All of them will play a role as Apple continues to expand its push toward creating original programming.