Apple introduced a new version of its Apple TV device that offers voice-recognition functions, unified video search across Netflix, Hulu and other services, as well as an app store that will allow users to download games and other apps. However, absent from Apple's announcement was any mention of offering live TV services or access into pay-TV options. Apple reportedly had been in discussions with the likes of NBC, ABC and CBS to offer a package of TV services on its TV device, but recent reports have indicated that those discussions are ongoing and that Apple would not launch a streaming video service until sometime next year.
Apple today announced its new iPad Pro, which features a 12.9-inch screen, bigger than the company's existing tablet devices. The company is positioning the device as a high-end tablet for workers and other professionals. Importantly, the company is only including cellular capabilities on the 128 GB version of the device, which potentially could cut into sales of the cellular-capable iPad Pro.
At its media event today, Apple is widely expected to announce new iPhones, likely called the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, as well as a new Apple TV that could offer an app store, games and live TV. And, according to a new AppleInsider report, the company may also announce an always-on "Hey Siri" function that would allow iPhone users to interact with Apple's voice-recognition service without touching their phone.
Amazon has discontinued sales of its Fire phone, just over a year after the company released the gadget with much fanfare. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed to GeekWire that the company sold its entire Fire phone inventory at the end of last month.
Apple is likely going to unveil its newest iPhones tomorrow, expected to be called the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, and every major U.S. carrier will likely announce plans to carry the phones. However, for the first time since the iPhone was introduced in 2007, U.S. operators will be favoring equipment installment plans and leasing over two-year contracts, potentially creating a conundrum for both Apple and the carriers.
At a media event Sept. 9, Apple announced new iPhones, new Apple Watch models, a larger iPad and a refreshed Apple TV. Check out our full coverage of the event.
Like the rest of the world, iOS developers would like Siri to "give them a hint" about this week's Apple product launch, but they've been content to discuss the possibilities on Twitter in the meantime.
CTIA's Super Mobility conference kicks off next week from Sept. 9-11 in Las Vegas, the second annual incarnation of the trade organization's supershow that combines and co-locates multiple conferences under one umbrella. Last year the results were largely uneven, as competing events drew attention away from Super Mobility. Will this year be any different?
U.S. wireless carriers will eventually shift to smartphone leasing and away from equipment installment plans, according to analysts at Macquarie Capital. Further, they think the operators could get a boost in leasing by partnering with Apple, which would stand to benefit from a move to leasing.
Another day, another challenge for online video advertisers trying to make sure their ads are viewed. Both Apple and Google are taking separate measures to remove annoyances from their users' lives, at the expense of online video advertisers.