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Amazon Prime Video Coming to Apple TV Later This Year ➝

Credit to John Paczkowski for publishing this scoop early last month.

New Apple Display Still on Track for Release ➝

John Paczkowski, on Twitter:

Thunderbolt Display takes dirt nap as expected. Sources telling me next-gen display will indeed have integrated GPU

Paczkowski is well-informed — it looks like Apple just wasn’t ready to announce the new display.

Apple to Hold Event on March 21 ➝

John Paczkowski, reporting for BuzzFeed News:

Sources in position to know tell BuzzFeed News Apple has settled on March 21st as the day it will show off a handful of new products — a few days after the tentative March 15 date we reported earlier.

They should be debuting a new 4-inch iPhone, new iPads, and new band options for the Apple Watch.

Apple Working on Siri-Enabled Remote App for Apple TV ➝

Eddy Cue, talking with BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski:

We’re working on a new Apple TV remote app that will give you the full functionality of the Siri Remote on your iPhone. We’re hoping to ship that in the first half of next year.

Yours truly in Replacing the Apple Remote App:

Apple could develop the app to mimic the Siri Remote’s full functionality, including making use of the iPhone’s microphone to send commands to your Apple TV with Siri.

Amazon’s Missing Apple TV App ➝

John Paczkowski, writing for BuzzFeed News:

Incidentally, that Amazon Prime Video is the exception to the conga line of content offerings above is entirely Amazon’s doing. A ~magnanimous~ Apple tells BuzzFeed News that “all are welcome” on its new Apple TV platform. But Amazon — which recently purged Apple TV from its store — doesn’t have a Prime Video app in the Apple TV App Store. And as of a few days ago, it hadn’t submitted one. (An Amazon spokesperson told BuzzFeed News the company “doesn’t have anything to share” on the topic.)

As I suspected, it looks like Amazon does view themselves as a platform company first. Unfortunately for them, I think this is a foolish and short-sighted decision. Maybe they’ll start taking the Apple TV more seriously when Apple eventually upgrades it from its hobby status.

Apple to Open Apple TV Universal Search API ➝

John Paczkowski, writing for BuzzFeed News:

In a recent interview with BuzzFeed News, Apple CEO Tim Cook said universal search in Apple TV is not something that the company plans to reserve for key content partners. “At launch we’ll have iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Showtime, and HBO — so we’ll have five major inputs into universal search initially,” Cook said. “But we’re also opening an API, so that others can join in.”

Every single developer building apps for the Apple TV is going to want to make use of that API.

Twenty Minutes With Tim Cook ➝

While Tim Cook was in New York for his appearance on the Late Show, John Paczkowski was able to spend some time with him asking questions about privacy, the iPhone upgrade program, the future of computing, and more.

New Apple TV Will Feature Universal Search, Start At $149 ➝

John Paczkowski, reporting for BuzzFeed News:

Sources familiar with Apple’s plans say that a cornerstone of the the company’s new set-top box is a universal search feature that will enable searches across multiple streaming video services as well as Apple’s iTunes Store. Instead of searching the catalogs of multiple video services one at a time for a particular movie, you’ll now be able to search all — or most of them — at once and then choose the service on which you’d like to watch it. […]

One last thing: The new Apple TV will start at $149, the lower of the two price points 9to5Mac first reported.

Myself, last week, predicting the new Apple TV’s major features:

The Apple TV will gain a refreshed user interface and hardware design, an updated remote control, iOS 9-dependent features like universal search, a developer SDK, and App Store.

As for the price point, it’s a bit higher than I’d like. But considering the devices’ powerful internals and impressive features, I can’t say I’m surprised. I’m also not too keen on the possibility of Apple offering two Apple TV models differentiated by internal storage, but Mark Gurman claims that Apple’s at least considered it. Let’s hope Apple settled on a single 16GB model for simplicity’s sake.

And count me in with John Gruber about the curious case of the current Apple TV. It would make sense for Apple to replace the current model with this new one, but more than doubling the price from $69 to $149 is quite the jump. I could see Apple keeping the old model around to retain its low entry price, but without App Store support it’d feel like the non-retina MacBook Pro — something that by all accounts, almost no one should buy.