Logging into apps on the new Apple TV currently involves entering a password with an onscreen keyboard, a process that makes Centrelink look organised and efficient. It's Apple's screwup, but Facebook might have just come to the rescue.
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I turn 30 this month, and it feels like I am one of the few people my age who watches pay TV and is willing to pay for it. Truth is, I hate watching shows on my computer — or worse, my phone. Give me new episodes in real-time, on a real TV. I know I'm on the wrong side of history, but I also know I'm not the only one.
Here's some good news for anyone planning to buy an Apple TV: VLC, the company behind the best video player for OS X and Windows (and arguable iOS) will be supporting Apple's new set-top box.
Apple wasn't able to invite us to its homecoming dance in San Francisco this year, but we admired its dance moves from afar. We also tuned into the after party gossip when attendees told everyone how they really felt about the latest products. The new Apple TV, apparently, is pretty good.
This morning, we were introduced to new iPhones, with much improved cameras and faster processors. We were introduced to a new, bigger iPad Pro with an optional keyboard cover and a pressure-sensitive digital stylus. But it's the Apple TV, the diminutive set-top box that has been more of a quiet labour of love for Apple than its heroic mobile devices and MacBooks, that has seen the biggest upgrade and the biggest unlocking of potential.
It's been a long time coming, but the prophets appear to agree: Apple is finally ready to reinvent TV. But! Instead of a releasing a long-rumoured Apple television set, which would be a long shot, the Cupertino company will likely showcase a radically improved version of its stodgy set-top box. It will be great for gamers, and yes, it will finally — finally! — have apps and Siri.
As we expected, Apple's next iPhone will be announced on September 9, 2015 — the same date as last year's iPhone event. We're expecting Force Touch, better cameras, and better processors all wrapped in a similar looking design. But Mega iPads and Apple TV (set-top box and streaming service) are expected to also make an appearance.