Apple TV lands on Chromecast

Apple has finally brought its TV app to Google devices. Following an initial announcement in December 2020, the Apple TV app has arrived on the Chromecast with Google TV streaming device launched last year, with the app also coming to Google TVs from Sony and TCL.  Google previously said that it plans to bring the […]

Apple gives refunds to paying TV+ subscribers following trial extension

Following the second extension of its free trial, Apple TV+ customers will receive refunds if they have switched over to a paying subscription. Apple TV+ was offered for free for a year to new Apple device buyers from November 1, 2019. However, amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which had a significant impact on Apple’s content […]

Services continue to grow for Apple as company makes more than US$100 billion in Q1 2021

Apple surpassed US$100 billion in quarterly revenue for the first time in its history, with services continuing to grow in importance to the iPhone maker. While Apple does not reveal specific numbers for its individual services – meaning we still don’t have official numbers on Apple TV+ – the company said that it has 620 […]

Internal Apple emails show discussions around SVOD fees

Emails from Apple have revealed discussions that went on around how the company would handle subscription fees on Apple TV. The executive emails were released as a part of the ongoing court battle between Apple and Fortnite publisher Epic Games over fees on the iOS App Store. Apple insists on a 30% cut of any […]

Apple TV+ free trial gets second extension

Apple has extended the year-long free trial of its TV+ SVOD until July 2021. The service, which launched in November 2019, was initially offered with a free trial to anyone who purchased a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod Touch or Mac device with a US$4.99 per month price point after. While the service has […]

Apple TV+ launches overhauled website

Apple has launched an overhaul to its website for SVOD service Apple TV+. The upgrade is the first change to the site’s UI since the streamer’s November 2019 launch and more closely mirrors the experience of browsing the Apple TV+ app. While Apple has worked to expand accessibility of its TV app with launches on […]

Roku hires Apple’s Siri architect Brian Pinkerton as SVP

Roku has announced the hire of Apple’s Brian Pinkerton as its senior vice president of advanced development. Pinkerton served as the chief architect of Apple’s AI assistant Siri for the past three years, indicating that the streaming company may be oriented on improving the search and discoverability aspect of its platform. With more than 30 […]

Apple TV app launches on Sony TVs

Apple has widened the net for support of Apple TV on Sony TVs. Following an initial launch on its XH90 model last month, the v6.4960 firmware update for Sony smart TVs brings the app to most of its sets launched in the past few years. In particular, the update will cover all 2020 Android TV […]

Smart displays seeing increased demand as users convert from speakers

Users of smart speakers, like Amazon’s Echo or Google’s Nest ranges, are increasingly switching to smart displays. According to Strategy Analytics, the share of all smart speaker sales incorporating a display was 26% in Q3 2020, compared to 22% a year earlier. Smart displays sales in Q3 rose year-on-year by 21% to 9.5 million units, […]

Universal Electronics launches new Apple TV remote for operators

Smarthome vendor Universal Electronics has launched a third-party remote for the Apple TV to operators. Though it has emerged as a major streaming device that has been offered in partnership with telcos all over the world, the Apple TV has been widely criticised for the Siri-enabled remote which has largely remained unchanged since the release […]