Apple hints at major App Store announcements ahead of iPhone event

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited September 2015
An early morning tweet from one of Apple's official accounts suggests that the App Store will be a major focus of today's special event, lending support to long-running rumors that the marketplace would expand to an all-new Apple TV.




"Today is going to be big. Watch the keynote starting at 10 a.m. PT," the official @AppStore account tweeted early Wednesday. The message was retweeted by the relatively new @AppStoreGames, but no other official Apple account --?save for a single two-week-old tweet from marketing chief Phil Schiller --?had even mentioned the event at press time.

Apple's marketing efforts are painstakingly orchestrated, and promoting today's event primarily to the App Store audience is almost certainly intentional.

Alongside new iPhones and a possible jumbo iPad, Apple is widely expected to unveil a brand new Apple TV that will include an App Store of its own. The company is rumored to have begun inviting select developers --?including Twitter --?to create third-party apps designed to run on televisions.

With the event just hours away, the traditional canary in the coal mine of new Apple products has also appeared --?the Apple online store is down.

Apple will stream the event live to iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and second- and third-gen Apple TV units starting at 10 a.m. Pacific. For the first time in years, Windows users will be able to join in, provided they are running Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.

AppleInsider will also be on hand in San Francisco and will bring live coverage from inside the venue. You can receive all of the breaking news as it happens by installing the official AppleInsider app for iPhone and iPad.
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  • Reply 1 of 28
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    And Walt Mossberg tweeted that apps on the ?TV will be cool but not transformative. :rolleyes:
  • Reply 2 of 28
    rogifan wrote: »
    And Walt Mossberg tweeted that apps on the ?TV will be cool but not transformative. :rolleyes:

    Walt is getting crustier with age.
  • Reply 3 of 28
    Well, if all the Online Stores would get some overhaul %u2013 including taking the iTunes store out of iTunes %u2013 would be great! Just dreaming ...
  • Reply 4 of 28

    One thing I miss here since a while, are articles/links to sites that spur the imagination what might happen ... no matter whether this is close or not. This is a rumour site still. E.g. http://www.martinhajek.com/apple-tv-the-2015-concept/

  • Reply 5 of 28
    asciiascii Posts: 5,941member

    If would be great if they introduced refunds. Steam introduced a policy a few months ago whereby if you have played a game for less than 2 hours, you can get your money back. It has already started having a positive effect on PC game quality, with an especially poor PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight being pulled from Steam for rework, possibly due to them getting inundated with refunds.

     

    It could potentially have a similar quality benefit for iOS apps.

  • Reply 6 of 28
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    macapfel wrote: »
    One thing I miss here since a while, are articles/links to sites that spur the imagination what might happen ... no matter whether this is close or not. This is a rumour site still. E.g. http://www.martinhajek.com/apple-tv-the-2015-concept/

    Haha last year his concept was an aluminum box with polished chamfered edges. Now it's a riff on the ?Watch. Even though we all know it's going to be another black hockey puck only bigger.
  • Reply 7 of 28
    rogifan wrote: »
    And Walt Mossberg tweeted that apps on the ?TV will be cool but not transformative. :rolleyes:

    I had Facebook and Twitter on my PS3 in like 2009. It really wasn't great. The nicest feature will be having any media source you want, not just the ones Apple's cut sweetheart deals with.
  • Reply 8 of 28
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    I had Facebook and Twitter on my PS3 in like 2009. It really wasn't great. The nicest feature will be having any media source you want, not just the ones Apple's cut sweetheart deals with.

    Do you really think Apple is going to be showing off Facebook and Twitter on ?TV today?
  • Reply 9 of 28
    rogifan wrote: »
    Do you really think Apple is going to be showing off Facebook and Twitter on ?TV today?

    Well, I would hope Twitter is being invited to create Periscope, not an actual Twitter app, but we'll see.

    Regardless, many iOS apps aren't suited to being on a television. Anyone ever heard of the Ouya?
  • Reply 10 of 28
    rogifan wrote: »
    And Walt Mossberg tweeted that apps on the ?TV will be cool but not transformative. :rolleyes:

    Walt is getting crustier with age.

    Well, he's no longer a rolling stone...
  • Reply 11 of 28

    I’m almost 100% certain that there’s no App Store-specific information and that they’re just pushing things out over every channel.

  • Reply 12 of 28
    OUYA: proof that catering to the echo chamber that is Android-enthusiasts and cheap-ass, open source loving, hack-everything techies does not equal a real business plan. Or future.
  • Reply 13 of 28
    jbdragonjbdragon Posts: 2,117member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TheWhiteFalcon View Post





    Well, I would hope Twitter is being invited to create Periscope, not an actual Twitter app, but we'll see.



    Regardless, many iOS apps aren't suited to being on a television. Anyone ever heard of the Ouya?

     

    Lots of games would be great on the TV!  OUYA failed because it had a tiny user base and to few games being made for it.  That's completely different from a AppleTV and a HUGE iOS user base.  It would be cool to play on my iPad or iPhone and then get home play a little on my HDTV.  Buy one game and work on all.   Something the OUYA wasn't doing.  There is just no comparison between the 2.  Was the OUYA a Media streaming device?  Could you even watch Netflix on the thing?   It was yet another crappy Android Game Box that went no where.

  • Reply 14 of 28
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by JBDragon View Post

     

     

    Lots of games would be great on the TV!  OUYA failed because it had a tiny user base and to few games being made for it.  That's completely different from a AppleTV and a HUGE iOS user base.  It would be cool to play on my iPad or iPhone and then get home play a little on my HDTV.  Buy one game and work on all.   Something the OUYA wasn't doing.  There is just no comparison between the 2.  Was the OUYA a Media streaming device?  Could you even watch Netflix on the thing?   It was yet another crappy Android Game Box that went no where.




    The problem is the same; what works on a smartphone touch screen does not always work with a controller, and much of the controller stuff is available in better versions elsewhere (Minecraft, racing games, Halo, etc).

  • Reply 15 of 28
    asdasdasdasd Posts: 5,293member
    Well, I would hope Twitter is being invited to create Periscope, not an actual Twitter app, but we'll see.

    Regardless, many iOS apps aren't suited to being on a television. Anyone ever heard of the Ouya?

    There is no way ( I hope) that Apple are going to use the aTV for Twitter style apps. Games, screen savers, TV shows, full screen applications.
  • Reply 16 of 28
    asdasdasdasd Posts: 5,293member

    The problem is the same; what works on a smartphone touch screen does not always work with a controller, and much of the controller stuff is available in better versions elsewhere (Minecraft, racing games, Halo, etc).

    They already have a controller API. It's 2 years old.
  • Reply 17 of 28
    thomprthompr Posts: 1,511member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

     

    I’m almost 100% certain that there’s no App Store-specific information and that they’re just pushing things out over every channel.




    Aren't you the one that was almost 100% certain that the iPhone 5 wouldn't be called the "iPhone 5"?

  • Reply 18 of 28
    Originally Posted by thompr View Post

    Aren't you the one that was almost 100% certain that the iPhone 5 wouldn't be called the "iPhone 5"?



    Excuse me for expecting Apple not to act like innumerate idiots. Now we’re stuck with 6S+ instead of iPhone (5.5”). If you think this is better, that’s your problem, too.

     

    Oh, and by the way, if you have literally anything whatsoever that would have disproven my past assertion (or this one), feel free to post it.

  • Reply 19 of 28
    thomprthompr Posts: 1,511member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

     



    Excuse me for expecting Apple not to act like innumerate idiots. Now we’re stuck with 6S+ instead of iPhone (5.5”). If you think this is better, that’s your problem, too.

     

    Oh, and by the way, if you have literally anything whatsoever that would have disproven my past assertion (or this one), feel free to post it.




    You were wrong.  It doesn't matter that you still believe you should have been right.  It could happen again, no?

  • Reply 20 of 28
    Originally Posted by thompr View Post

    You were wrong.



    So you have absolutely nothing whatsoever, then. Thanks for confirming.

     

    It doesn't matter that you still believe you should have been right.  It could happen again, no?


     

    Nope. Never. Nor could you be.

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