Apple seeds new betas for iOS, tvOS, macOS and watchOS


A new iOS beta is out.
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Developers just received a big batch of beta updates today for every single once of Apple’s platforms.

The third beta builds of iOS 10.3.2, macOS 10.12.5, tvOS 10.2.1 and watchOS 3.2.2 are available to download from the Apple developer center, bringing a host of new bug fixes and performance improvements to every single Apple platform.

tvOS 11 may finally add support for multiple users


Apple TV might get exclusive TV shows.
tvOS 11 will be unveiled at WWDC 2017.
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The Apple TV may be set to get support for multiple users, based on a new rumor that claims to know details of upcoming tvOS 11 update.

Apple is expected to unveil its new tvOS 11 software during its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference in June. According to the report, Apple TV users will be getting a lot of cool features to worth getting excited about.

How to watch the NBA playoffs on Apple devices


How to watch NBA playoffs 2017
Ready to catch some hoops?
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By Chris Brantner, guest blogger

The NBA playoffs are upon us again! At this point, it could be anyone’s championship, which makes watching all the more interesting. Who will rise to compete in the final games, and who looks likely to fall?

If you plan to watch the NBA playoffs on your Apple device, you’re in luck. Whether you’re using your Mac or your iPhone, there are several options for both cable users and cord cutters.

How to watch the NHL playoffs on any Apple device


How to watch NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2017
Ready to watch the NHL playoffs 2017? Here's how.
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By Chris Brantner, guest blogger

Catching every game of the NHL playoffs can seem slightly complicated — especially for cord cutters. Coverage is shared across multiple networks, including NBC, NBCSN, USA, CNBC and NHL Network.

If you’re reading this article, odds are you’re in the Apple ecosystem and you’re wondering how to watch the Stanley Cup games online. Luckily, plenty of options for watching the NHL playoffs exist, many of which work great on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Apple seeds new betas for iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS


These are the apps that made it onto Ste's iPhone.
Get the new iOS update on your iPhone now.
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Apple is busting out a big batch of beta updates for developers today, bringing a host of new bug fixes and performance improvements to every single one of its platforms.

Developers can now download the second beta builds for iOS 10.3.2, macOS 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2 and tvOS 10.2.1 directly from Apple’s developer center, adding new fixes to iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple TV and Apple Watch.

YouTube TV arrives to shake up streaming world


YouTube TV is only available in 5 cities for now.
YouTube TV is only available in 5 cities for now.
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YouTube’s new tv streaming service for cord-cutters has finally arrived for customers in five major US markets.

The new service, dubbed YouTube TV, gives subscribers access to dozens of channels that normally would require a cable subscription, putting it in direct competition with the likes of Hulu, Sling TV, DirecTV Now and Playstation Vue.

ESPN’s revamped Apple TV app brings more on-demand content


Get your hands on the new ESPN app for Apple TV now.
Get your hands on the new ESPN app for Apple TV now.
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ESPN is rolling out its revamped Apple TV app today, with a fancy new interface and more on-demand content.

The new app shows a live-stream of one of ESPN’s networks when first launched, dropping you straight into the action — and it makes it easier to find your favorite content.

Apple TV struggles to gain toehold in living rooms


apple tv and siri remote
Still not really catching on.
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Cupertino might not consider Apple TV a “hobby” any longer, but according to new data from comScore, the streaming device certainly is not viewed as a serious contender in the marketplace.

ComScore’s new figures show that — at the end of 2016 — Roku led the way for streaming TV boxes/sticks in the United States, with 18 percent penetration among Wi-Fi households. Amazon’s Fire TV followed on its heels with 12 percent, while Google’s Chromecast came third with 8 percent. Apple TV trailed in fourth place with just 5 percent.

Apple ditches Imagination graphics to develop its own GPUs


Imagination suspects Apple has been stealing its ideas.
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Imagination Technologies has confirmed that Apple will no longer use its graphics processing technology in future iOS devices.

The British company revealed that Apple is developing its own graphics processing units (GPUs), and it suspects Cupertino might be ripping off its intellectual property.

Apple TV could package HBO, Showtime and Starz as a bundle


tvOS just got another new update.
Apple wants to offer TV bundles.
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Apple reportedly has a new plan for selling TV, with the goal of selling customers a premium TV bundle, grouping together HBO, Showtime, and Starz.

Although Apple TV already offers these channels on their own, bundling them together as part of a package would take Apple one step closer to its goal of being a serious TV player — and making Apple TV a bit more appealing in the process.