December 10, 2009
October 22, 2009
This is what we like to see. Comcast is entering the 3G/4G wireless network market, likely becoming an MVNO on Sprint’s wireless 3G/WiMAX network (anyone else have 4G?).
They are offering a combination package for $50/month in select metro areas. What’s REALLY interesting here is that Comcast also has its Digital Voice service which works over VoIP. It isn’t a stretch to think that they’ll soon be offering their voice services as a wireless product, unless Sprint has something to say about that.
Seeing as the US has got a semi-consumer friendly administration in office, the FCC will likely make sure that Comcast doesn’t throw the kill switch on other VoIP providers like Skype and Vonage. As this kind of service becomes more popular, Computer companies like Apple will start throwing 4G radios into their iPods and iPhones.
We reported this morning that vice president of Apple Pay Jennifer Bailey recently shared her thoughts on the battle going on between Apple and Australia’s big banks.
In the new interview, Bailey made optimistic statements about the future of Apple Pay in Australia with one of the more interesting ones being “customers will say they are happy to switch banks to use it.” We’re curious to know, is this true for you? Have you or would you switch banks for Apple’s payment service?
Apple has hit walls introducing Apple Pay into Australia with the banks arguing Apple’s business practice was anticompetitive. The banks demanded access to the NFC hardware in the iPhone to be able to offer competing contactless mobile payments services. Apple refused and the banks went to court.
Although draft rulings indicate that the court will rule in favour of Apple, the final decision will be announced in March. Today, Apple continues to lay on the criticism accusing the Australian banks for attempting to ‘delay or even block’ the Apple Pay rollout.
This week Benjamin and Zac discuss an update with LG’s UltraFine 5K Display problems, Apple Watch’s new Theater Mode, how dropping 32-bit app support could affect iOS, Apple’s record breaking quarter, and more. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.
Apple just announced its earnings for Q1 2017, reporting profits of $17.89 billion on revenues of $78.4 billion. The company sold 78.3 million iPhones, 13 million iPads, and 5.3 million Macs. Next on today’s schedule is Apple’s quarterly earnings call, which will kick-off at 2PM PT/5PM and we’ll have live coverage right here.
Apple has added an additional TV provider to its list of partners supporting its Single Sign-on feature for iOS 10 and tvOS 10. Cable ONE joins ten other providers that let customers authenticate once through the Settings app to access content in paid video apps.
December 7, 2016
Apple formally introduced its new Single Sign-On feature yesterday, though with a weak list of supporters, both in terms of apps and cable companies. According to a new report from The Verge, however, Apple is adding support for the ABC and Disney apps just a day after the initial launch…
Apple already promotes movies that are in theaters with trailers and the ability to pre-order months ahead of time on iTunes. Now the company may be pushing movie studios on letting customers rent movies at home for a premium shortly after they hit theaters.
October 31, 2016
At its Mac event last week, Apple previewed a new app called ‘TV’ that’s coming in December to the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV (and apparently not the Mac). The TV app is Apple’s effort to unify the video watching experience that currently takes place across various (mostly paid) video apps.
The videos are still served up in each channel’s app, but Apple’s new TV app is home base for discovering what to watch next or resuming something you’ve already started. It’s less about providing actually new content and more about improving how you find content that you can already watch in other ways.
And unless you pay for cable, you’ll probably find the TV app to be somewhat limited when it launches. Potential Netflix integration could help, but an Apple-produced subscription TV service would unlock the full potential of the new TV app and the Apple TV…
September 22, 2016
August 31, 2016
August 25, 2016
August 19, 2016
AT&T chairman Randall Stephenson will soon announce that a consortium of 33 companies, including Apple, AT&T, Google and Comcast are joining the FCC in an effort to crack down on phone call spam made by robots, according to Reuters. In the inaugural “Robocall Strike Force” meeting, the companies will announce their initial plans on how to stop US phone owners from receiving advertorial spam run by automated machines …
August 9, 2016
The Walt Disney Company today announced that it has invested $1 billion for a 33 percent stake in BAMTech, a company “leading” in technology services and video streaming. BAMTech was originally formed by Major League Baseball, but has now been separated from the broader MLB Advanced Media business as part of this transaction. As part of the partnership, BAMTech will become “a key partner for Disney in the delivery and support of streaming video and other digital products from Disney, ABC Television Group, and ESPN.”
Notably, BAMTech will work with ESPN to launch an ESPN-branded multi-sport streaming video service in the future…
August 3, 2016
July 28, 2016
The Wall Street Journal has posted an extensive report detailing Apple’s many attempts at getting serious about a TV product. This includes both hardware and software: the article says Apple did consider building a physical TV set at one stage. On the media front, the report says Apple’s harsh terms have put off the cable networks from getting onboard.
The article includes several choice anecdotes regarding Apple SVP Eddy Cue. In one case, Cue curtly responded to a cable network execs that “time is on my [Apple’s] side”. More after the jump …
July 14, 2016
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Apple’s Eddy Cue goes on the record to discuss the new Apple TV’s future, the company’s entertainment ambitions with Apple Music and TV shows, as well as its competitors and partners. The piece is a bit of an overview bio on the SVP of Internet Software and Services at the start, but Cue also addresses rumors Apple is looking to get into the TV business itself…