Apple Seeds Second Betas of watchOS 7 & tvOS 14 to Developers

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Apple today seeded the second betas of watchOS 7, the newest version of the watchOS software designed to run on the Apple Watch, and tvOS 14, designed to run on fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models. The second betas come two weeks after Apple released the first beta following WWDC 2020.

watchOS 7 Beta

The watchOS 7 beta can be installed on an Apple Watch with the proper configuration profile installed, via the Watch app on the device’s attached iPhone. Go to “General” -> “Software Update” to install the new software. The Watch should have at least 50% battery life, be connected to a charger, and be in the range of the iPhone.

watchOS 7 is compatible with Apple Watch Series 3, Apple Watch Series 4, or Apple Watch Series 5 paired with iPhone 6s or later running iOS 14 or later.

Watch Faces and Sharing

watchOS 7 offers users the ability to discover and share unique combinations to completely configure their watch face to suit any activity or lifestyle. Customized and personalized faces, including their complications, can be shared through Messages or Mail, and discovered through the App Store or via links through websites and social media channels.

Updated watch faces offer better personalization and improved access to favorite apps. Chronograph Pro includes a tachymeter to calculate speed based on time traveled over a fixed distance, the Photos face offers color filters, and the bold X-Large face now has an option to add a rich complication.

Developers will be able to offer more than one complication per app on a single watch face. Apple offered an example with the Glow Baby app, which can display multiple complications that help new parents track bottle-feeding, breastfeeding, pumping statistics, and nap times.

Sleep

watchOS 7 enables sleep tracking on the Apple Watch, providing tools to help users get the desired amount of sleep, get to bed on time, and create a pre-bedtime routine to meet their sleep goals. Through the detection of micro-movements from the watch’s accelerometer, which signals respiration during sleep, Apple Watch intelligently captures when the wearer is sleeping and how much sleep they get each night. Users will be able to see a visualization of their previous night’s sleep patterns.

A Wind Down feature allows Apple Watch and iPhone users to create a customized routine before bed, including setting up a specific scene in the Home app, listening to a soothing soundscape, or using a favorite meditation app.

Sleep mode enables Do Not Disturb and automatically darkens the Apple Watch screen overnight. A tap on the screen shows a low-light time display.

The Apple Watch will offer a silent haptic alarm or gentle sounds to wake users up while the wake-up screen displays the remaining battery level. If a battery doesn’t have enough power for overnight usage, the Apple Watch will remind the user to charge it before going to bed.

Automatic Handwashing Detection

Apple Watch uses the motion sensors, mic, and on-device machine learning to automatically detect handwashing motions and sounds. It then displays a 20-second countdown timer, warning you if you finish early. It can also remind a user to wash their hands when they return home.

The Health app will include information about the frequency and duration of the user’s handwashing, as well as information on the importance of handwashing, as it relates to overall health.

Workout Types and Fitness App

The workout app adds four new workout types: Core Training, Dance, Functional Strength Training, and Cooldown.

The redesigned Activity app on iPhone is now called Fitness, and offers a view of data including daily Activity, Workouts, Awards, and Activity Trends on one tab, and Activity Sharing and Activity Competitions on another.

Hearing

watchOS 7 Hearing app adds further support for hearing health with headphone audio notifications. Customers can now understand how loudly they are listening to media through their headphones using their iPhone, iPod touch, or Apple Watch, and when these levels may impact hearing over time.

Additional watchOS 7 Updates

  • For optimal convenience while biking, cycling directions are available right on the wrist. Directions are large and easy to read, and Maps can direct when to dismount and walk the bike, or take the stairs to save time. The wearer can choose a route that avoids steep hills, gets to the destination the quickest, or takes the most direct path.
  • Customers can now use Siri to translate many languages conveniently from the wrist, dictation is handled on device with the power of the Apple Neural Engine for faster and more reliable processing when dictating messages and more, and Apple Watch now supports Announce Messages with Siri. The Shortcuts app is also now available on Apple Watch and can be accessed as a complication.
  • Developers can create graphic complications with SwiftUI, and new developer tools such as Xcode Previews make building them even easier.
  • New complications for native features include: Camera Remote, Sleep, and Shortcuts.
  • New Mobility Metrics available in the Health app include: low-range cardio fitness, walking speed, stair-descent speed, stair-ascent speed, six-minute walk distance, double support time, step length, and asymmetry. These metrics are important for the clinical community to monitor patients’ ability to move safely and easily as they age. Typically only measured in a lab setting, these metrics can be uniquely measured by Apple Watch and iPhone, and used by developers, such as Zimmer Biomet, a musculoskeletal healthcare company, in patient care and in management tools such as mymobility.

tvOS 14 Beta

The tvOS 14 beta is compatible with fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models. The new beta can be downloaded to a compatible Apple TV that has the proper profile installed. The public beta is also available.

tvOS 14‌ brings a Picture in Picture mode, allowing users to watch movies or TV shows, in a small window in the corner of the screen while they do something else on the ‌Apple TV‌.

A new Home app in ‌tvOS 14 allows HomeKit-connected devices to be controlled right from the TV. HomeKit camera feeds can be viewed on the larger screen of the television or in Picture in Picture mode.

Apple Arcade now supports multiple users, allowing each tvOS user to track their individual game levels, leaderboards, and invitations. The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 and Xbox Adaptive Controllers are now supported, and ‌Apple TV‌ games can now take advantage of haptic feedback and other features built into those controllers.

Users can now manually choose a screensaver category‌, and tvOS 14‌ supports watching YouTube videos in 4K for the first time.

As usual, MacTrast and Apple both warn users to not install any betas on your daily driver Apple Watch or Apple TV, instead only install betas on a device set aside for testing purposes.

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Tom Hanks: Apple TV+ ‘Greyhound’ Release Is An ‘Absolute Heartbreak’

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Tom Hanks says the release of his new movie, “Greyhound” on Apple TV+ instead of in theaters is an “absolute heartbreak.” The film star made the comments during an interview with the Guardian.

The veteran actor is making the virtual interview rounds to promote the new film, which will premiere on Apple TV+ on July 10.

The film, which was intended to be a theatrical release, is instead being offered to viewers through the Apple-owned Apple TV+ streaming service, thanks to the majority of theaters remaining closed around the world.

Hanks sais he’s disappointed in the move to the small screen, saying the change in plans as “an absolute heartbreak.”

“I don’t mean to make angry my Apple overlords, but there is a difference in picture and sound quality,” offers Hanks.

A May report about the film claimed Apple reportedly paid Sony Pictures around $70 million after winning an auction handled by CAA Media Finance and FilmNation.

Hanks also took the opportunity to poke fun at “the cruel whip masters at Apple” over the blank wall background Hanks was required to use for the interviews, presumably so journalists wouldn’t spend the entire interview examining Hanks’ office. Hanks commented that it’s as if he is in “a witness protection program. But here I am, bowing to the needs of Apple TV.”

In the film, Hanks stars as a longtime Navy veteran who, as a first-time captain, is tasked with protecting a convoy of 37 ships carrying thousands of soldiers and much-needed supplies across the treacherous waters of the Atlantic during World War II. For five days with no air cover, the captain and his small force of three escort ships must make their way through an area of the ocean known as “the Black Pit,” battling Nazi U-boats while protecting their invaluable ships and soldiers. “Greyhound” is inspired by events during the Battle of the Atlantic, which took place in the earliest months of America’s alliance with Great Britain and the Allied Forces. Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan, and Elisabeth Shue star alongside Hanks. “Greyhound” was written by Tom Hanks, directed by Aaron Schneider and produced by Gary Goetzman.

The film is a Playtone Production from Sony Pictures Entertainment/Stage 6 Films, in association with Bron Creative, Zhengfu Pictures, Sycamore Pictures, and FilmNation Entertainment.

The release of his new film isn’t the first time Hanks’ life has been affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus, as he and his wife, Rita Wilson were both infected with the virus during a trip to Australia in March. The couple was hospitalized for three days.

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Fox Sports NL ceases support for smart TV and Apple TV apps

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Subscribers to Fox Sports in the Netherlands are no longer able view the channel on big TV screens from LG and Samsung and also not on Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K media players.

Previously, its been possible to view the channel, which has coverage of Eredivisie football through apps provided by manufacturers LG and Samsung as well as the Apple TV box. However, Fox will continue to support apps for tablets and smart phones including iOS, iPadOS and Android, it will continue to be possible to stream the content to a TV via Chromecast or Airplay, the process known as casting.

In a statement, Fox Sports said the discontinuation of support for the apps was a result in a change to its online platform.

The move comes at an interesting time, as Fox is currently in a distribution spat with the country’s largest cable operator, VodafoneZiggo. The operator has rejected Dutch live football carriage deal as proposed by Fox claiming it will cost too much because the broadcaster insists that VdafoneZiggo pays for all connected homes, not just the ones subscribing to the sports channel.

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Central Park — “Can We Do Today Again?” Lyric Video | Apple TV+

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Everyone deserves a do-over. Watch Central Park now on the Apple TV app with an Apple TV+ subscription: https://apple.co/_CentralPark

Central Park is an animated musical comedy from Emmy® Award-winner Loren Bouchard (Bob’s Burgers) that follows the exploits of a family living in the world’s most famous park. The series voice cast includes Josh Gad, Leslie Odom, Jr., Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Tituss Burgess, Daveed Diggs, and Stanley Tucci.

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Boys State — Official Trailer | Apple TV+

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Explore a microcosm of American democracy in this political coming-of-age story. Watch Boys State, a new documentary film coming to Apple TV+ August 14 and select theaters July 31: https://apple.co/_BoysState

The sensational winner of the Grand Jury Prize for documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Boys State is a wildly entertaining and continually revealing immersion into a week-long annual program in which a thousand Texas high school seniors gather for an elaborate mock exercise: building their own state government. Filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine closely track the escalating tensions that arise within a particularly riveting gubernatorial race, training their cameras on unforgettable teenagers like Ben, a Reagan-loving arch-conservative who brims with confidence despite personal setbacks, and Steven, a progressive-minded child of Mexican immigrants who stands by his convictions amidst the sea of red. In the process, they have created a complex portrait of contemporary American masculinity, as well as a microcosm of our often dispiriting national political divisions that nevertheless manages to plant seeds of hope. Apple and A24 present Boys State, a Concordia Studio production.

The film is directed and produced by Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss through their Mile End Films. The film’s executive producers are Laurene Powell Jobs, Davis Guggenheim, Jonathan Silberberg and Nicole Stott. Shannon Dill serves as co-executive producer. The filmmaking team includes editor Jeff Gilbert, director of photography Thorsten Thielow and composer T. Griffin.

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What’s Now, What’s Next | Apple TV+

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For those who desire everything — love, rage, intrigue, elation, and awe.

Discover current Apple Originals and get a first look at shows and movies coming to Apple TV+ later this year.

Watch the award-winning series The Morning Show and Dickinson, plus favorites like Defending Jacob, See, Beastie Boys Story, Central Park, Helpsters, Dear…, and Servant. Then get ready for the release of Greyhound, Foundation, Ted Lasso, On the Rocks, Boys State, Long Way Up, and Wolfwalkers.

New Apple Originals are released every month and are available exclusively through the Apple TV app, which you can use on streaming platforms, smart TVs, and any Apple device.

Listen to “Good News” by Apashe on Apple Music: https://apple.co/GoodNews
Listen to “Fight for Your Right” by Beastie Boys on Apple Music: https://apple.co/FightforYourRight

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Apple TV+ grabs rights to Will Smith’s Emancipation movie

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It looks like Apple’s becoming increasingly invested in making original movies with the latest investment in Will Smith’s Emancipation.

Big stars, big pictures

Apple has apparently won an intense bidding war to take the movie, which will star Will Smith and be directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen, Shooter, The Equalizer, et al).

The company beat Warner Bros to the high price punch.

Black Lives Matter

Based on fact, the movie is about Peter, a runaway slave who manages to evade capture in Louisiana on a journey to join the Union Army to fight the evil forces of slavery.

Historically, a photo of the man’s back was so horrific for scars left by a near fatal whipping he endured at the hands of a plantation owner that it convinced many free Blacks to join the Union army.

The image helped solidify the case against slavery in 1860’s America. You can find out so much more regarding this shameful moment in history here.

Apple TV

Apple TV will let you see who is at your door.

Apple has already invested in movies including The Banker, with Samuel Jackson, and will soon screen Tom Hanks WWII movie, Greyhound.

Other big ticket items on the way include Sofia Copolla’s On the Rocks, Sundance documentary, Boys State and a TV series based on legendary Asimov sci-fi series, Foundation.

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Vizio says you'll be able to use the Apple TV app on its TVs this summer

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What you need to know

  • Vizio today announced good news for Apple TV fans.
  • The app will be coming to Vizio TVs later this year.
  • AirPlay 2 support is included.

No later than the end of September, theoretically.

TV maker Vizio today announced that the Apple TV app will be coming to some of its televisions later this summer, giving users the chance to enjoy content like Apple TV+ without needing an additional box or streaming stick.

Equally as worrying as the vague timeframe is the fact that Vizio hasn’t mage it clear which TVs will get the update. But an update, there is.

Other top entertainment apps like the Apple TV app and Peacock are coming later this summer. Apps offering 4K content allow you to stream in spectacular 4K HDR with SmartCast’s support for all consumer HDR formats plus audio up to thrilling Dolby Atmos sound, bringing the ultimate cinematic experience right into the living room.

There’s support for AirPlay 2 thrown in as well, with users able to stream their favorite content right from their iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

SmartCast users’ phones become a sophisticated touchscreen remote with the redesigned SmartCast mobile app. With Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast built-in users can stream entertainment from their favorite apps on their phone, tablet, or laptop to their SmartCast TV.

Now, all we can do is wait for the update to land!

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Greatness Code — Official Trailer l Apple TV+

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Every legend has one defining moment. Watch Greatness Code July 10 on the Apple TV app with an Apple TV+ subscription: http://apple.co/_GreatnessCode

Greatness Code is a landmark short-form unscripted series directed by Gotham Chopra and co-produced by Uninterrupted and Religion of Sports that spotlights untold stories from the greatest athletes in the world. The first season unfolds with seven mini episodes, each examining a pivotal moment that defined an athlete’s career. Internationally revered athletes featured in season one include four-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Lebron James; six-time Super Bowl champion and four-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady; Olympic gold medalist and co-captain of the US women’s national soccer team Alex Morgan; world’s fastest man and eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt; five-time Olympic gold medalist and 15-time world champion swimmer Katie Ledecky; 11-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater.

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Bibel TV offers Yesflix as app for Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV

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German family channel Bibel TV now also offers its streaming service Yesflix as an app for Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV.

The films, series, documentaries and children’s programmes of the subscription video-on-demand service can thus be watched not only online, but also on connected TV sets.

Launched in 2019, Yesflix offers over 700 programmes and is available in Germany, Austria and Switzerland at a monthly price of €7.99. The focus is on content that seeks to convey a positive attitude to life and addresses Christian values such as tolerance, charity and compassion.

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