How about an Apple TV with a dedicated physical game controller?

How about an Apple TV with a dedicated physical game controller?

New iPhones, new iPad Pros, and new Apple Watches are definitely coming (probably in September). A 16-inch MacBook Pro is rumored. The modular Mac Pro and the Apple Pro XDR display will arrive before the holiday season — and an upgraded iMac Pro could, as well. But what of the Apple TV set-top box?

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Apple TV still trails Roku, Amazon Fire TV in the streaming media player market

Apple TV still trails Roku, Amazon Fire TV in the streaming media player market

New research from the Parks Associates research group finds that 39% of U.S. broadband households own a streaming media player (SMP), a mere 1% increase over 2018, indicating ownership has flattened, although purchase intentions are higher for 2019 compared to previous years. The Apple TV set-top grew its market shares slightly, but still comes in third.

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CIRP: iPhone XR is now the ‘principal’ iPhone model

CIRP: iPhone XR is now the ‘principal’ iPhone model

Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) has released analysis of the results from its research on Apple for the fiscal quarter that ended June 29, 2019. The research group finds that the new iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR models accounted for 67% of U.S. iPhone sales in Apple’s third fiscal quarter. The iPhone XR accounted for 48% of US iPhone sales during the quarter.

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Apple can't roll out a revolutionary product every six months

Apple can't roll out a revolutionary product every six months

Analysts often undervalue Apple stock, sometimes implying that the company is "doomed" if it doesn't enter a new market such as making automobiles (the currently rumored "Apple Car'). They ignore one of the reasons Apple has been successful: it does a (relatively) few things well.

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Apple patent involves an integrated media jukebox/physiologic data handling app

Apple patent involves an integrated media jukebox/physiologic data handling app

Apple has been granted a patent (number 10,315,087) for an “integrated media jukebox and physiologic data handling application.” It could offer hints as to how your Mac will interact with your iPhone and other devices when iTunes is broken up into Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV in the upcoming macOS Catalina. The invention especially focuses on exercise tracking features.

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Decision to break up iTunes in macOS Catalina may be well timed

Decision to break up iTunes in macOS Catalina may be well timed

Zuora’s “End of Ownership” report finds that more than half of Americans want to “own less stuff” – and 79% of U.S. adults today are achieving this through a subscription service. Which bodes well for Apple’s move to break up iTunes into three separate apps — Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV — in this fall’s macOS Catalina.

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