Movie theaters are becoming a thing of the past, as home theaters are becoming more comfortable and possibly provide a better movie experience. According to Bloomberg, Apple is in talks with Hollywood studios to offer movies that are still in theaters for rent on iTunes, just two weeks after initial release.
Sources say that our favorite fruit company is currently talking to 21st Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Universal. “Some studio executives have been pushing to allow home rentals as early as two weeks after theatrical debuts and are considering a deal with iTunes as one option,” via the report.
According to Bloomberg, these movie rentals won't be your typical $4.99 and $5.99. The report claims theatrical movie would be available to rent for anywhere from $25 to a whopping $50. Not bad if you get a few friends to gather around the TV.
Of course the biggest problem with offering new movie rentals is piracy. There are way too many workarounds for encryption software, Cinevia, etc. and not much to do about it.
On Monday, Apple seeded the sixth beta of its upcoming mobile operating system iOS 10.2. Now two days later, our favorite fruit company made iOS 10.2 beta 7 available to developers and public beta testers.
The seventh beta of iOS 10.2 shouldn't be anything more than big fixes, security fixes, tweaks and changes. The new firmware still comes packed with three new wallpapers, options to preserve camera settings, the new TV app, the Emergency SOS feature, two new screen effects for messages, new music sorting options, and more.
Of course, and most importantly, iOS 10.2 packs in over 100 new emoji to choose from, such as: clown face, selfie, face palm, fox face, own, shark, butterfly, avocado, and many more.
iOS 10.2 beta 7 can be downloaded via Over-The-Air update on a device registered with either beta testing service.
In a bid to enjoy a slice of Nintendo’s Pokémon Go success, Sony has today announced that it is currently working on 10 mobile games, six of which will be released in the next financial year, starting April 2017, according to Fortune.
The as yet unnamed titles are set to feature some of Sony’s most popular console characters and properties in Japan, including PaRappa the Rapper, Wild Arms, and Arc The Lad.
The games will only be available in Japan at first, prior to launching in other Asian countries, and then hopefully elsewhere in the world, although that has yet to be confirmed by Sony.
Despite the incredible success of its PlayStation 4 console, which has sold almost double the amount of units of Microsoft’s Xbox One console, Sony is finding its dominance under somewhat of a threat in territories such as Japan, where mobile gaming already represents more than half of the $12.4 billion market.
9to5 Mac has lots of exciting news about Pokémon Go today. First up we have the official announcement from Niantic that Pokémon Go is teaming up with Sprint in the US, with over 10,500 retail locations, including Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Sprint at Radioshack stores, becoming PokéStops and Gyms. Sprint stores will also feature in-store charging stations for Pokémon Go players, hopefully in a bid to lure you to sign up to one of their plans while you’re there!
As far as the Starbucks promotion is concerned, that hasn’t been officially announced yet, but has been revealed via leaked training documents that were posted on Reddit and picked up by The Next Web. According to the leaked document, from tomorrow, the majority of company-operated Starbucks locations in the US will also turn into PokéStops and Gyms, and Trainers will even get to indulge in a special Pokémon Go drink, a Pokémon Go Frappuccino Blended Beverage, which is a vanilla bean frappuccino with added raspberry syrup and blackberries.
And that’s not even all the exciting Pokémon Go news today, as Niantic has also alerted Trainers that an official announcement about Gen 2 Pokémon is on the way on December 12.
According to a new report from Japanese Apple website Mac Otakara, via MacRumors today, Apple will release iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models next year, including an all-new, all-red version alongside the current range of colours (Black, Jet Black, Gold, Rose Gold, and Silver).
Mac Otakara’s source says that the 2017 iPhone 7 models will have the same aluminum design as the current models, but will be updated with the faster A11 chip.
If this report proves to be true, it could mean that Apple is intending to release one high-end, all-glass-casing flagship model with OLED display and wireless charging, as has been widely rumoured by many good sources recently, alongside much more modestly upgraded “7s” and “7s Plus” models.
While it’s still far too early to be certain about any of these recent rumours, it’s certainly fair to say that Mac Otakara is a very credible, and often accurate, source, having previously correctly reported that Apple intended to remove the iPhone headphone jack and also introduce a Jet Black iPhone. However, it has also made some errors as well, such as predicting that Apple would be releasing a Jet White iPhone 7.
It seems the much talked about Single Sign-On feature is now live for iOS and tvOS users. On iOS the feature can be found under Settings>TV Provider and under Settings>Accounts>TV Provider>Sign in on Apple TV.
Single Sign-On allows folks to sign in with their cable credentials, watch apps like AMC and WatchESPN, without having to log in to each and every one. Similar to Facebook and Twitter log ins on iOS.
Currently the feature is limited to 8 providers: CenturyLink Prism, DirecTV, Dish, GTA, Hotwire, Hawaiian Telecom, MetroCast, and Sling TV. To find apps which support the feature, head on over to the App Store where you should find a special section for Single Sign-On.
This week, Apple posted yet another new ad showcasing the iPhone 7's video recording capabilities. Our favorite fruit company aired the ad titled 'Romeo and Juliet' during Monday Night Football.
The 30-second long long TV spot shows two children acting out a scene from the famous Shakespeare play. The beginning makes the play seem like a Hollywood movie, until the camera zooms out and shows the scene being recorded from a father's iPhone 7.
It seems that adding the long-awaited ability to download and watch content offline has done wonders for Netflix, which has now become even more popular since adding the feature, according to 9to5 Mac. So much so that it has now become the top grossing app in the US for the first time ever.
According to data from analytics company SensorTower, Netflix’s growth has been steady ever since it added a new feature whereby users could subscribe via its iOS app a little more than a year ago. It nearly made the number one spot in the Top Grossing chart last month, getting as far as number two, but it took it until this Monday to finally reach the pinnacle of number one on the Top Grossing chart in the US, India, Mexico, and Colombia.
As far as Netflix’s net revenue from in-app subscriptions is concerned, it has risen from less than $50,000 per week to nearly $2.9 million per week.
AppleInsider reports that Samsung looks set to follow in Apple’s footsteps and get rid of the headphone jack in its forthcoming Galaxy S8, despite ridiculing Apple’s decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 at the time. Maybe next time Samsung won't be so quick to poke fun at Apple!
According to the latest supply chain rumours about Samsung’s new phone, as reported by Sammobile, it appears that the analog headphone jack is indeed missing.
And in another change similar to one that Apple has been widely rumoured to be making in the future, Sammobile also says that Samsung is expected to remove the home button from the Galaxy S8, with the fingerprint sensor to be embedded in the actual display, which will make Samsung’s phone the first to feature true optical fingerprint identification.
Of course whether or not the Samsung Galaxy S8 is actually the first phone to have this new feature all depends on when it is actually released, and when the iPhone 8 is released by Apple in 2017, as Apple’s phone is also expected to have several revolutionary new features.
MacRumors reports that Apple has added a second message to its Chinese website referring to the battery shutdown problem that has been affecting some iPhone 6s owners. In the new message, Apple mentioned more customers “outside of the affected range” who had also been plagued with their iPhone 6s devices shutting down unexpectedly.
Last month Apple launched a repair program for affected iPhone 6s units, as well as a tool to help you see if your phone is affected so that you can then avail yourself of the repair program.