Amazon plans to release an app in Apple TV that will allow you to watch Amazon Prime videos on Apple TV. The app is expected to release in June at the WWDC. The two companies have been feuding over streaming videos. Amazon even stopped selling Apple TVs and Chromecasts in its store back in 2015. Do we see Apple TV returning to Amazon? See report from Ars Technica.
Starting today, you can start ordering your Apple TV. It will start shipping October 30. The 32 GB version costs $149 while the 64 GB version is $199. The new Apple TV will ship with a new remote with a mini touchpad. In addition, Apple TV also comes with a new interface and Siri the voice-enabled application that allows you to control the Apple TV using your own voice. To order, visit Apple’s website.
Interesting move by Amazon to kick out a couple of competing streaming media players. Chromecast and Apple TV are no longer being sold at Amazon.com. Clearly, Amazon wants to promote its own product, the Fire TV, as well as protect and promote its own Prime Video streaming service.
Google is coming out with a new version of Chromecast later this month. This is at the heels from an announcement Apple when it released the latest version of the Apple TV a few weeks ago. Chromecast is also competing with Amazon and Roku in the media streaming space. Details of the newer Chromecast have been sketchy, but rumors have been swirling around that the newer versions can connect to the faster wireless signals, namely 802.11ac.
Apple just announced the latest Apple TV which will double as a gaming station.
From Huffington Post:
After years of speculation, Apple has finally announced an upgraded Apple TV that will include video game capabilities and a full range of apps. The device integrates with traditional streaming apps like Netflix, but will also host video games like Guitar Hero and Rayman Adventures, offering people one system for many of their media experiences.
“Our vision for TV is simple, and perhaps a little provocative,” Apple’s Tim Cook said. “When you experience TV this way through an app, you realize how much better it can be.”
The new Apple TV will have more power for a better graphics experience, and a new remote with a touch sensor that doubles a controller. The device also has a universal search function that will allow users to find a show or movie across multiple services. Subscribers who have various applications like iTunes, Netflix or HBO could, in theory, search for an episode of The West Wing and then watch it on the service that had it in the catalogue.
It looked like the rumors were indeed true. The 32GB version will sell for $149 and the 64GB version at $199.
Rushing out to get one? The price though!