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Day: February 23, 2019

  • Apple Inc. wants to make it easier for software coders to create tools, games and other applications for its main devices in one fell swoop — an overhaul designed to encourage app development and, ultimately, boost revenue. The aim of the multistep initiative, code-named “Marzipan,” is that by 2021, developers will be able to build an app once and have it work on the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers, people familiar with the effort said. That should spur the creation of new software, increasing the utility of the company’s gadgets. Each new app is another revenue opportunity for Apple because it takes a cut of many app-related purchases and subscriptions. The company has positioned its services division as a major growth area. It plans to announce two new services — a premium Apple News subscription offering and an original video content initiative — at the end of March, Bloomberg News reported recently. Later this year, Apple plans to let developers port their iPad apps to Mac computers via a new software development kit that the company will release as early as June at its annual developer conference. Developers will still need to submit separate versions of the app to Apple’s iOS and Mac App Stores, but the new kit will mean they don’t have to write the underlying software code twice, said the people familiar with the plan. In 2020, Apple plans to expand the kit so iPhone applications can be converted into Mac apps in the same way. Apple engineers have found this challenging because iPhone screens are so much smaller than Mac computer displays. By 2021, developers will be able to merge iPhone, iPad, and Mac applications into one app or what is known as a “single binary.” This means developers won’t have to submit their work to...
  • February 23, 2019

    Apple TV (4th generation) Review

    I recently purchased an Apple TV 4 and its been a great device so far for me as a cord cutter and movie watcher. I did not purchase the Apple TV 4K because I don’t have a 4k TV and not much content is in 4K at the current moment. I have my Xbox in the living room so I could always use that device in the future for 4K content. I must first say I have a Chromecast, Xbox, Mibox (Android TV) and a Roku. None of these devices video quality is as good as Apple TV I am not sure why but the movies I get off of iTunes just look amazing compared to the videos I watch on Play Store or off Microsoft Store. I really like the interface it reminds me of iOS and has support for almost every app I have looked for and wanted to use on the Apple TV. I love the Apple Music integration its works great and seamlessly but that is to be expected on Apple TV since its Apples platform. Even on Android TV, the integration with Google Music and YouTube Music is amazing. I would expect that tight integration from a company making the apps for their own platform. Just like everything Apple does the design and hardware quality is great and the device works on both WiFi and Ethernet. The remote feels very high quality and well made looking similar to an iPod Nano. I like how you charge the remote and don’t have to buy batteries for it that makes me very happy as I like rechargeable devices as they save money and the environment. Just like everything Apple, TVos includes Spotlight, Siri, App Store, Apple Music, Podcast App, and other Apple apps just like iOS and...