Apple TV has dropped to fourth place in the streaming-media market. Roku, Chromecast and Apple Fire are outselling Apple TV this year. Rumor has it that Apple will be releasing a new Apple TV in the fall. Apple is trying to regain some of the loss market share. Part of the reason for the loss of sales is neglect from Apple. Apple TV hasn’t had a major upgrade in four years. The announcement in a few weeks can’t come soon enough.
If you’ve seen the Apple website lately, you probably haven’t notice anything new. However, there’s a somewhat significant but subtle change on Apple’s website. Gone is the Apple Store tab. You won’t find it on the top menu. It doesn’t mean Apple no longer has an online store. They still do. The store is now fully integrated on the entire website with Buy buttons on each product page. Also gone is the store.apple.com domain. It’s no longer being used. Lastly, the Add to Cart button is now called Add to Bag.
Apple just released a new version of the iPod touch. It’s powered by an A8 chip. It comes with a 8mp iSight camera. It’s available in 5 colors. The retina display has a 1136 x 640 resolution. Most importantly, the new iPod has been updated to match the iPhone 6. The only difference with iPhone 6 and the iPod touch is phone capability.
Mac OS El Capitan is now public beta. That means, you can now download and play around with the latest Mac OS. Apple plans to release El Capitan sometime in the Fall of 2015. If you’re curious about the new features of El Capitan, check out the video by DetroitBORG.
Spotlight looks really promising. The new Mission Control and split screen view is the feature we’ve all been waiting for. How about the pin tabs for Safari, or the muting audio from a single tab or all tabs? And no more spinning beach balls. What’s up with that?
Finally, they should have an official theme song for El Capitan when it comes out later this fall. I suggest they play this song containing this lyric, “Soy capitan. Soy capitan.”
I had a couple of weird issues on my MacBoook Air for several weeks now. Every time I tried to use iTunes, it keeps spitting out an error saying, “iTunes can’t verify the identity of the server.” In addition to iTunes, I also had an issue with the App Store. I can’t login, and it’s displaying a blank page. I tried going to an Apple Store, but the wait is 7 hours, so I called Apple Support. Since my laptop is 4 years old, Apple wants me to purchase one-time support fee of $29. I said no thanks. After a couple of hours of googling and troubleshooting, I finally found a fix. All I needed to do was reset my keychain. If you have the issue I had with iTunes and the App Store, try resetting your keychain. I’m glad I didn’t cough up $29 for a simple fix.