tvOS 10.2.2 update for Apple TV is out now

9to5Mac:

Apple has released a minor tvOS software update for the latest Apple TV. tvOS 10.2.2 is now available through the Settings app for all users.

The latest release likely only includes bug fixes, performance improvements, and security updates. We’ll update when Apple shares which security improvements are included in tvOS 10.2.2.

macOS 10.12.6 update rolling out on the Mac App Store

9to5Mac:

Apple has released the final version of the latest macOS 10.12.6 software update. Mac users running macOS Sierra can find the update through the Mac App Store.

macOS 10.12.6 will likely be the last version of macOS Sierra before Apple ships macOS High Sierra later this fall. macOS 10.13 is currently available in both developer and public beta versions for testing.

macOS High Sierra includes the Apple File System, HEVC support, Metal 2, improvements to Mail, Photos, and Safari, and more.

Apple Begin Showcasing HomeKit In Selected Stores

9to5Mac:

Apple has rolled out new in-store displays to select Apple Stores, demoing how users can take advantage of the Home app and HomeKit accessories to create smart home experiences.

The company has constructed special areas in the Apple Store where customers can test out the Home app on iOS devices and see the changes update live in the virtual home pictured on the screens. If visitors like what they see, they can then buy accessories like Philips Hue bulbs off the shelf using the Apple Store app.

Apple Adds PayPal as Payment Method for App Store

Benjamin Mayo:

Apple today announced that it is adding PayPal as a new payment method to the App Store, iTunes Store, iBookstore and Apple Music services. Tis means Apple users will be able to add PayPal to their Apple ID in order to buy apps, musics, movies, TV shows and more.

The option is available now in select countries including Canada and the United Kingdom. It will roll out to more customers soon, including the United States.

Perhaps Apple Pay will be next.

The End of Windows Phone

Mac Rumors:

Today, Microsoft is ending support for Windows Phone 8.1, effectively marking the end of the “Windows Phone” era.

The Windows Phone Tile user interface to this day, is still the most visually impressive user interface I have ever seen on any platform. Microsoft just left it too late to get traction in the market.