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The Complete Guide to Apple TV Channels

I think Apple needs to negotiate with Cable access company’s such as History, A&E, CNN, H2 for full access. If AppleTV can offer much more cable type access over the net they will have something competitive.

Posted by EinsteinJr on December 22, 2015 at 1:51 AM (CST)

Phone numbers for iMessage on an iPad and iPod touch

I don’t have a iPhone but I can send imessages from my iPad my cell is a Samsung

Posted by Wendy on November 24, 2015 at 3:32 AM (CST)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.0

In one of the comments I read “Apple still tends to be obsessive about these kinds of details, and prefers to hold an experience back rather than providing a sub-standard one.”  Hmmm, does that explain the disastrous IOS upgrades Apple keeps foisting on us?  Is that why my movie art sometimes comes through on my device in my last upgrade when it all came through before I updated?  And how about the movie meta-data not displaying like it used to way back in IOS 6.  I still have to remember which “English” vs. “English” that’s displayed in the alternate audio screen is really the Main Audio” vs. the “Director’s Commentary” that I painstakingly named when I created the video.  Thank you, Apple, for that great attention to detail that Jesse so fondly pointed out.

Posted by tezzy_bear on November 17, 2015 at 8:54 PM (CST)

Under the Radar: 10 'hidden' details about the new Apple TV

Had the Apple TV 4 since launch as here is my view:
1. I like the ease of set-up when I first got it from my iPhone.
2. I like the new remote itself with some points listed below. What I like is the volume, home button and control in screen whilst watching videos.
3. I like the new screen and that you can move the apps.
4. Now what Im reserved about is the swipe function its OK but far from perfect.
5. I dont like the single line to input letters and would prefer keyboard support this seems like a silly thing to have not implimented.
6. What is the point of the USB-C port if you cannot use it even for charging the remote, Apple this was stupid
7. Why not DNLA support unless Apple supplies the full chain which it does not this is a petty feature to not support.
In short Apple often dont listen to their customers and think they always know best the Apple TV 4 is a good device but it could have been great.

Posted by novainvicta on November 17, 2015 at 6:50 AM (CST)

Under the Radar: 10 'hidden' details about the new Apple TV

I looked forward to the Apple TV 4 for some time but now that I own it, I am terribly underwhelmed. These are my biggest disappointments:
1) I still haven’t found a way to see my Synology library of music, videos, and photos. That the Apple chooses to ignore the DLNA *standard* is a slap in the face! I have installed an iTunes server on my Synology but I still can’t see my content.
I did manage to find a Apple TV app that “sees” my Synology (called NAStify Player) but the quality is quite sub-par compared to what my WD TV Live delivered. Another 3rd party Apple TV app is available called Plex but I hesitate to purchase this b/c it only supports video and I’m uncertain if the quality is any better.
BTW, No I am not going to compromise by using Airplay or setting up a server on my desktop (that defeats the purpose of owning the Synology).
2) No ability to add local storage via a USB port. I used to travel with my WD TV Live and a 32 GB memory key loaded with training videos for my clients. I can’t do that with the Apple TV because of Apple’s tunnel vision and their inability to see use cases beyond their iTunes store! It’s frustrating b/c the device is technically capable but is locked down!
3) Very little offerings in the Apple TV store! And many of the apps are quite expensive and very few offer a free trial version. Until now, I had found that Apple Store apps are better priced than Android apps.
On my first day, I wasted about $15 on sub-par apps! Is there any opportunity to get my money back on buggy/poorly implemented apps?
4) Where is Siri’s voice? Why is Siri mute and so limited compared to the iOS version?
5) WTH? Why is there no way to add a keyboard via iPhone or 3rd party BT keyboard? I thought Apple was famous for integration of all Apple products? I own other Apple devices that all communicate with each other… yet I can’t use my phone or tablet to control the Apple TV? Ridiculous! Why can’t I use Siri for typing? That would have been impressive!
6) This is an Internet device! Why can’t I browse the Internet? I’ve owned other similar boxes for years and most of them offered Internet browsers! Yes, I can use Airplay but Apple could have been brilliant with a golden opportunity to offer Internet searching via Siri. Now, that would have been impressive!
7) I was hoping that the new remote worked in a similar manner as the WII controller and equally engaging games… thus far, I have seen no evidence of such immersive games / game control.
8) Youtube! This is probably not Apple’s fault but the Youtube app is infuriating! It plays the same two ads (Subaru and some insurance broker) after about every 4 videos. Playlists get stuck and repeat the same videos (rather than advancing) and if you attempt to skip ahead, the app gets permanently stuck at the end of the video you are attempting to skip.
I just expected much, much more from Apple and I don’t think I am asking for anything unreasonable.
Okay, that’s all for my 1st world problems.

Posted by SDC in Vancouver on November 13, 2015 at 2:26 AM (CST)

A First Look at iOS 9's Transit in Apple Maps (Updated for watchOS 2)

So if I mark the transit stop nearest my home as a favourite in Maps, will my iPhone Today Summary screen display bus arrival times for that stop alongside weather and upcoming calendar events?

Posted by Chuck Kahn on November 10, 2015 at 10:28 AM (CST)

Why do I have two separate conversations with the same person in Messages?

More simply, have each party go to “Send and Receive” in iMessage and FaceTime. Uncheck all the email addresses. You don’t need those checked, unless you’re sending iMessages via email. All you need checked is your phone number.

Posted by Spire on November 8, 2015 at 8:05 PM (CST)

Under the Radar: 10 'hidden' details about the new Apple TV

Another thing that I’ve discovered is that the Apple TV 4 can be operated by the older “silver” or “white” Apple Remote via the IR port. This is a problem if you still use those remotes with other nearby devices (e.g. Mac mini)...the ATV 4 provides no setting to unpair the remote. Therefore, any use of the older remote on the nearby device will simultaneously activate the ATV 4. This is a bug being repeatedly reported to Apple’s Feedback channel, but for now the only workaround is a strip of electrical tape on the front of the Apple TV 4 to cover the IR port.

Posted by David_SC on November 5, 2015 at 10:21 AM (CST)

Under the Radar: 10 'hidden' details about the new Apple TV

I’m an American living in Japan I went out and bought the 32gb model and found out as I was setting it up that Siri wasn’t working here, after calling Apple telling them that the function for Siri was not useable and that I chose English in the menu and it still wasn’t working, English is my main language they had know answers for me.  Apples own ad featured Siri in Japanese & in English publications I don’t know why I’m having this trouble. I searched to see if there was a Software Update and there wasn’t one. I’m still waiting for Apple to call me back and I’m getting pissed.  There was also one other problem I was getting stuttering problems from my homemade video’s when I used my 5s iPhone on my AppleTV. I don’t know what is causing these issues I also did a Web speed test that was ok any suggestion from anybody reading this.

Posted by Rock Singer on November 4, 2015 at 8:22 PM (CST)

Resuming incomplete iCloud backups

Solution ???

Posted by Bob on October 24, 2015 at 4:27 PM (CDT)

How do I share one iCloud Photo Library within a family?

Unfortunately sharing a single iCloud account for these things has always been little more than a workaround, and Apple generally assumes you’re only using one iCloud account per actual person, so as it ties more and more into syncing via iCloud, data like this will start getting unintentionally shared. This is similar to the incoming phone calls problem somebody reported elsewhere in these comments.
Unlike that issue, however, there’s no way to really turn off any shared call history. Similarly, many of the other new iOS 8 Handoff and Continuity features will also crop up from time to time – if you’re surfing a web page in Safari on your iPhone, for instance, your wife will see a “Safari” icon appearing on her lock screen, and you may also see options for sharing text messages, although like phone calls, these can at least be turned off in your Settings.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on October 7, 2015 at 6:41 AM (CDT)

How do I share one iCloud Photo Library within a family?

Yes, that’s a function of the new Handoff features that arrived in iOS 8, in fact, and have been tweaked a bit in iOS 9. The good news is that you should be able to choose which devices ring by going into your Phone preferences in the iOS Settings app and selecting Calls on Other Devices; you’ll see each other’s iPhones here, as well as any other iPads, iPods, or Macs that are signed into the same iCloud account, and you can turn off any devices that you don’t want calls from the current iPhone to ring on.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on October 7, 2015 at 6:36 AM (CDT)

How do I share one iCloud Photo Library within a family?

Before i bought my iphone 6, i was sharing 1 cloud account and 1 itunes account with all our family devices. that was our way to share family calendar, notes, photo stream, more..
since iphone 6, this option does not work anymore..
Both our Phone ring at the same time when we receive call.
so if my girl friend receive a call , my phone ring and i answer. same if people call me, it ring on our phone.
Apple support, told me it’s because we are using the same iCloud.

Posted by Marc on October 6, 2015 at 9:28 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.0

I think it actually has to do with getting enough publishers on board for the special Apple News format so that there’s actually content available that goes beyond what people can simply see in Safari.
Apple still tends to be obsessive about these kinds of details, and prefers to hold an experience back rather than providing a sub-standard one.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on October 6, 2015 at 8:08 AM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.0

Turns out that’s correct. Apple had originally planned to release the News app in the U.S., the U.K., and Australia, but for some reason the U.K. release has been held back. It will probably still be coming to the U.K. before it arrives anywhere else, however.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on October 6, 2015 at 8:07 AM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.0

It is not available in many countries I guess (mine: India)
May be due to some copyright issues or something.

Posted by amitgb on October 6, 2015 at 7:20 AM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.0

News app not available in uk in ios9

Posted by AJ Beckett on October 4, 2015 at 1:10 PM (CDT)

How do I share one iCloud Photo Library within a family?

Hi Jesse,
Your articles have been great in helping me understand and set up a shared primary Apple ID to use for iCloud and App Store between my wife and my iPhones and iPads, and personal secondary Apple ID for our iMessage and FaceTime. The main driver for setting this up was to have all our photos taken with our iPhones being automatically uploaded to the same Photo Stream (of the shared iCloud primary account) so that we could see/share each other’s photos throughout the day.
However, a significant side effect of this has been that our iPhone call histories have become shared too, such that I can see my wife’s incoming/outgoing/missed calls and vice versa. This has been a big source of hassle and not knowing who has actually called me (as opposed to calling my wife).
I have gone through the shared primary Apple ID settings as well as the individual Apple ID settings to ensure there are no misconfigurations. I have checked that for all the devices, they are logged into the shared primary Apple ID for iCloud (only for Photo Stream, everything else is turned off) and for the App Store. To me, everything seems like it has been set correctly, as per the instructions you outlined in your article.
Is this issue an unavoidable side effect of sharing a common Apple ID for Photo Stream and App Store? Reading on the forums, there seems to be many who militantly say that sharing an Apple ID is a big no-no, but to me I agree with your article and I can’t see why this cannot be technically done.
All the devices are on iOS 9, which I had hoped would fix the issue but it doesn’t appear so.

Posted by How Dee on September 29, 2015 at 7:51 AM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.0

¡Muchas gracias!

Posted by sweetestbaboon on September 22, 2015 at 12:57 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.0

The photo is from Yahoo Weather for the iPad, shown in landscape view. Set it up on your iPad and include New York in the locations you want to follow. They rotate sort of a stock group of photos so within a week or two it should show up. The source of the photo will be shown in the lower right hand corner.

Posted by R-Nano on September 22, 2015 at 12:45 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.0

Thanks for a delightful write up.
Quick question- what’s the app/screen being shown on page 2, picture in picture foto - the one of NY showing the weather? Is it a weather app, a stock app, webpage or other entirely? I’m sure I should know, but I like the look of it & would love to get it if possible…
¡Muchas gracias!

Posted by sweetestbaboon on September 21, 2015 at 7:26 AM (CDT)

The Complete Guide to Apple TV Channels

Can i watch japanese TV ?

Posted by Mario Aprea on September 3, 2015 at 3:27 PM (CDT)

iOS 7: Incorrect display of Company-only contacts

Unless I misunderstand iOS Contacts, there is no way to display results of a search in Contacts by business name if there is also a first and/or last name entered in a given record.
And it’s very annoying.

Posted by Les Legato on September 3, 2015 at 10:59 AM (CDT)

How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?

Yes that was the first thing to go. Then I decided to remove facetime completely, and paint over the camera lens with a silver pen.
What were the engineers at Apple thinking when they came up with such cruel jokes?

Posted by Smile it is almost Friday! on August 30, 2015 at 3:18 AM (CDT)

Opinion: The ‘Grand Experiment’ of shifting to Google Photos

Great blog, I jumped across to the app, and as I have used Picasa and web albums for some years, all of that was available on my phone within seconds.
Great app, Google.

Posted by justvic1 on August 24, 2015 at 3:28 PM (CDT)

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