Editorial

The Apple TV is good... but here are six ways it could be even better

The new Apple TV is pretty stellar. Mostly. Unfortunately, I've also had some time to bump up against some of tvOS's rougher 1.0 edges. These aren't deal-breakers for me, but in the interest of making the couch-potato evenings of myself and many other new Apple TV owners just a bit better, here are some things I wouldn't mind seeing improved upon in subsequent updates.

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Designing Apple TV apps

If you’ve bought a TV in the last few years, it probably runs apps as well. Mine does. I don’t use them, because they’re terrible. But, when Apple says apps are the future of television, I believe them. The new Apple TV runs a different breed of apps — we’re likely to see apps that are on-par or exceed the best iOS has to offer.

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Why doesn't the iPhone have wireless charging?

Every once and a while Apple is accused of ignoring wireless charging on the iPhone, or stubbornly refusing to add it. Since the Apple Watch uses wireless charging exclusively, Apple is certainly doing neither in general. So, why isn't it on iPhone in specific?

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Record rate of Android users switching to iPhone

During Apple's Q4 2015 conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that the company is continuing to see an increased number of people ditching their Android phones and making the switch to iPhone.

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Don't buy extra Siri Remotes thinking you can use them for multiplayer gaming—you can't

If you're buying a new Apple TV and want to get into multiplay gaming, don't spend money on multiple Siri Remotes. You can only pair one (1) Siri Remote with your Apple TV. Instead, you'll need to use your and your family and friends's iOS devices running a (like updated version of) the Remote app, or better still—MFi game controllers.

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The Hermes custom Apple Watch face gives me hope for third-party clock faces

The Hermès-branded Apple Watch not only comes with a custom band, but a custom clock face, too. I wouldn't be surprised to hear that Apple's developers built whatever Hermès asked for—even if that included new complications. But I can't help but hope that it's also a hint that custom watch faces are possible—and possibly coming in watchOS 3.

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Why I loved attending CocoaLove (or how I learned to love Twitter again)

This past weekend, I attended and spoke at my last conference of the year: CocoaLove. It's the fifth year in a row I've been to conferences on Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. I've essentially been going to these intimate, wonderful three-day experiences since I first started working in the tech sphere, and attending always feels like an anniversary of sorts: A reminder why I love this community as much as I do.

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Fixing the Lightning port on the Magic Mouse 2

When Apple released the updated Magic Mouse 2 earlier this week, like the Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2, it came with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Unlike the keyboard and trackpad, however, the mouse didn't have the Lightning charging port on the back. It had it on the bottom. And that led to some complaints...

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The Gold Apple Watch Sport in pictures

As the leaves change with the seasons, so do the colors of the Apple Watch Sport. There are two new anodized aluminum finishes for Apple's entry-level smartwatch, gold and rose gold—and yes, they do conveniently match the colors of the gold and rose gold iPhone 6s. Here's what the golden Sport looks like when paired with bands, nature, and day-to-night wear.

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#SwitchToiPhone: For timely, far-reaching security updates

A few weeks ago Apple released iOS 9 that, in addition to all the new features, contained numerous security improvements and updates. And they were available immediately to every iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, and iPhone 4s owner, in every region, on every carrier. Since then, Apple has pushed out iOS 9.0.1 and iOS 9.0.2 as well. Again, to every iPhone model Apple has sold since 2011. All at once. Done.

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