YouTube for tvOS updated w/ navigation and scrubbing improvements, more | 9to5Mac:
The controversial YouTube app for tvOS has been updated this evening with some notable performance improvements. The update greatly improves navigation throughout the app, and includes interface tweaks and improvements to scrolling.
scrolling throughout the YouTube app for tvOS is far easier and smoother. In the past, scrolling was similar to that of a D-PAD, but now you can easily scroll through various rows and tiles like in other tvOS applications.
Other improvements to the app include small interface changes to the homepage, as well as easier and more accurate scrubbing through videos.
Good to see the Apple TV mainstream apps getting some improvements.
Exclusive: Apple Watch Series 4 revealed — massive display, dense watch face, more | 9to5Mac:
In addition to discovering exclusive iPhone XS details today, 9to5Mac can exclusively share the first look of the new Apple Watch Series 4. This is the new Apple Watch that we believe Apple will unveil at its special event announced earlier today.
9to5Mac Happy Hour The biggest change is the all-new edge-to-edge display. Apple has been rumored to be working on ~15% bigger displays for both sizes of Apple Watch — that rumor has been confirmed in the images we’ve discovered. As expected, Apple has achieved this by dramatically reducing the bezel size around the watch display.
The scoops just keep on coming.
Exclusive: This is ‘iPhone XS’ — design, larger version, and gold colors confirmed | 9to5Mac:
Earlier today Apple officially announced when and where it will hold its next big event. Apple’s September 12th event is expected to include the introduction of three new iPhones, and 9to5Mac can exclusively share the first look at both new 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones: the iPhone XS.
We believe that the new 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch iPhones will both be called iPhone XS. We also believe iPhone XS will come in a new gold color option not previously offered on the new design. Apple leaked its own gold version of the iPhone X through the FCC, but it has not been available to purchase.
Other details are still to be determined, but we can report with certainty that iPhone XS will be the name, the OLED model will come in two sizes including a larger version, and each will be offered in gold for the first time.
Wow, a seemingly great scoop from 9to5Mac.
Apple will livestream 2018 iPhone event on September 12 | 9to5Mac:
Apple has just announced the 2018 fall event ‘Gather round’ where the company will announce its new flagship iPhone lineup, the Series 4 Apple Watch, redesigned iPad Pro hardware, and maybe some new Macs. Apple has confirmed on its website that it will indeed livestream the event, from 10 AM PT on September 12, live from the Steve Jobs Theater
Apple will stream the event on its website like all of its flagship events in recent years.
Bose unveils new smart speaker and soundbars with Alexa voice control, AirPlay 2 and Google Assistant coming soon | 9to5Toys:
Bose has today announced its latest smart speakers, or more specifically, one smart speaker and two smart soundbars. With Alexa voice control built-in, support coming for Google Assistant, and AirPlay 2 arriving next year, Bose is looking to better compete with Amazon, Google, and Apple.
Bose detailed its three new offerings in a press release today, the Bose Home Speaker 500 and Bose Soundbar 500 and 700. All three have integrated Alexa voice control and can be used on their own or as a multi-room system.
Apple users will be pleased to hear these new speakers will be gaining AirPlay 2 support in “early 2019.” While Bose didn’t specifically mention Google Assistant, presumably that functionality will also be arriving as it said “other voice assistants to follow.”
Other features the Home Speaker 500 and Soundbar 500 and 700 share include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Bose’s proprietary custom-designed eight-microphone array. It is “precisely positioned for accurate near-field and far-field voice pickup” that allows the speakers to hear commands even when you have the audio turned up high.
Apple TV veteran leaves the company to join ‘social broadcasting’ startup | Cult of Mac:
Jen Folse, the former Apple TV executive who is best known to Apple followers for her on-stage presentations at Apple events, has left the company for the startup Caffeine.
Caffeine is a social broadcasting platform for gaming, entertainment, and other artistic content. Folse will take the role as new Vice President of Product, helping to company to create its product roadmap, among other things.
Folse started her career at Apple as a senior product designer back in May 2010. She played a key role in the development and release of four iterations of Apple TV.
A loss for the Apple TV team at Apple as she came across well in her presentations at the keynotes. Maybe the Apple TV has hit a crossroads which had a role on her departure – I hope not.
Bloomberg: Mac mini update this year will target pro users, likely more expensive | 9to5Mac:
After years of neglecting its standalone desktop computer, Apple has been rumored to be updating the Mac mini later this year. Now Bloomberg has reported new details about what we should expect for the 2018 Mac mini as well as Apple’s new rumored 13-inch MacBook.
According to Mark Gurman and Debby Wu, Apple will target professional users with the 2018 Mac mini refresh. Like with Apple’s other pro Macs, higher specs mean higher prices:
Apple is also planning the first upgrade to the Mac mini in about four years. It’s a Mac desktop that doesn’t include a screen, keyboard, or mouse in the box and costs $500. The computer has been favored because of its lower price, and it’s popular with app developers, those running home media centers, and server farm managers. For this year’s model, Apple is focusing primarily on these pro users, and new storage and processor options are likely to make it more expensive than previous versions, the people said.
Dark Sky overhaul brings new design and simplified forecast view | 9to5Mac:
I recently took a look at the various weather apps for iPhone (read the roundup here). Dark Sky was one of my absolute favorite apps, and today it gets even better. Despite already having the gold standard (in my opinion) of weather data, it now brings one of the best-looking apps to the table as well.
While I didn’t think the old app was bad, in hindsight, it was a little dated looking. The new version combines the current weather and forecast screen into one tab, which I love. These are the most used sections of the app for me, so it makes it even easier to use now.
The best weather app just got better.
24 Prince albums now available on Apple Music, including brand new compilation | 9to5Mac:
Prince’s Warner Brothers catalog hit Apple Music early last year, but that left many of his albums missing. That’s been corrected today, thanks to an agreement between the Prince’s Estate and Sony Legacy Recordings …
NordVPN Variety reports that 23 albums issued between 1995 and 2010 have been issued in the first round, with more to follow. There’s also a brand new compilation album.
The full list of newly available albums is:
The Gold Experience (1995) (“The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” greyed out, partial album streaming only; album unavailable for download)
Chaos and Disorder (1996)
Crystal Ball (1998)
The Truth (1998)
Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (1999)
Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic (2001)
The Rainbow Children (2001)
One Nite Alone… (2002)
One Nite Alone…Live! (2002)
One Nite Alone…Live – The Aftershow: It Ain’t Over (Up Late with Prince & The NPG) (2002)
The Chocolate Invasion (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 1) (2004)
The Slaughterhouse (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 2) (2004)
Planet Earth (2007)
Indigo Nights (2008)
Prince Anthology: 1995-2010
iOS 12 may not ship with Group FaceTime at launch | 9to5Mac:
This is a disappointing development: Group FaceTime for iPhone, iPad, and Mac appears to be delayed and won’t be ready in time for iOS 12 and macOS Mojave launch next month. Group FaceTime expands video calling from one-on-one calls to up to 32 participants, but customers will have to wait a little longer to use it this fall.
FaceTime’s delay echoes AirPlay’s release with iOS 11 — originally announced as part of iOS 11, the released nearly a year later in iOS 11.4 — but hopefully Group FaceTime doesn’t come with such an extended delay.
Shame. Hopefully it won’t be delayed as long as iMessages in the Cloud was as well as AirPlay 2.