As much as the movie theaters hate the idea, it is only a matter of time before the exclusive theatrical window for major releases shrinks from months to weeks. This past year, Napster founder Sean Parker made waves by announcing a service called The Screening Room which would offer major theatrical releases on demand at home the same day they hit the big screen but at a big cost ($150 for access to a set-top box, and $50 per rental viewing). Exhibitors were not happy about the idea, and filmmakers were split over the prospect.
A new report claims that Apple is trying to convince Hollywood movie studios to give them early access to theatrical films, which would be offered for a higher price to iTunes and AppleTV customers. Would you be willing to pay $50 to watch the latest Pixar movie on the third weekend of release on your Apple TV? Learn the details after the jump.
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If it feels like there’s been a good amount of movies about Steve Jobs since the technology innovator passed away in 2011, that’s because there have been.
iSteve from Funny or Die was first out of the gate in 2013, aiming more for satire and comedy than an accurate portrayal of the Apple co-founder, and then Jobs followed shortly thereafter with Ashton Kutcher in the lead, and it didn’t really do the man justice.
Flash forward to 2015 and we have the documentary The Man in the Machine (available now on VOD and in select theaters) and also Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin‘s forthcoming biopic Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender, which has gotten a lot of positive early buzz.
So what does someone who actually knew the real Steve Jobs think of all these movies? While Jobs’ former right-hand man Steve Wozniak has recently praised Steve Jobs in particular, when current Apple CEO Tim Cook talks Steve Jobs movies with Stephen Colbert, he seems more annoyed than anything. Read More »
After the iPod, iPhone, iPad and iWatch, everyone was expecting o see Apple’s iTV. In his biography, Steve Jobs revealed the company was secretly working on a brand new Apple television set that would revolutionize how we watch TV. Tim Cook has since reiterated that idea, so every time the company announced a keynote, the question arose. “Will Apple reveal their TV set?” And while the rumors of the device’s existence have persisted, there hasn’t been more than a peep of anything official. Now we know why.
Turns out Apple was developing a television set, but abandoned those plans over a year ago because they couldn’t come up with anything revolutionary enough. Read more about the Apple Television set below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 by Angie Han
2015 is shaping up to be a great year for cord cutters, at least if they’re Apple fans. Following last week’s announcement of HBO Now, Apple is reportedly planning a TV service to launch in the fall. Learn everything we know about the new Apple TV service after the jump. Read More »
During Sunday night’s Oscars, Apple debuted a new TV spot. It was called “Make A Film With iPad” and shows all the different ways you can – you guessed it – make a film with an iPad. That’s pretty cool by itself, but the spot gets a big credibility bump when you add a voiceover from Martin Scorsese. Watch the Martin Scorsese Apple commercial below. Read More »
Few objects in recent history have been more visually impactful than Apple’s iPhone. One of the men primarily responsible for that look, and the look of numerous other iconic Apple products, is Jony Ive. Ive is the senior vice president of design at Apple and “one of the two most powerful people in the world’s most valuable company,” according to The New Yorker.
The New Yorker is also where Ive revealed that he and good friend J.J. Abrams have had private discussions about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not only that, Abrams took one of Ive’s suggestions about the design of the film and you’ve already seen it. Read more about the Jony Ive Star Wars connection below. Read More »
Apple Computer can lay claim to having bankrolled one of the most famous Super Bowl spots in history. The ‘1984’ ad that launched the original Macintosh is the sort of thing Adweek refers to with phrases like “as good as it gets.” This past weekend marked the 30th anniversary of the spot’s debut, so naturally Apple was expected to follow up with… something.
(Or, this weekend’s Super Bowl was close enough to the 30th anniversary, as ‘1984’ actually premiered in at least one marked in December ’83, and went wide in January ’84 during the Super Bowl.)
But Apple did not buy Super Bowl air time, because who needs such a thing when you’re Apple? The company instead dropped a long spot online. ‘1.24.14’ captures images during a 36-hour span in geographic regions starting in Melbourne, Australia and moving west through more than a dozen other locations to Seattle, all the while showing the neat stuff people do with Apple products. The spot is directed by Jake Scott, son of Ridley (who directed ‘1984’), and created by a team of fifteen crews placed around the globe and synced to Scott’s command center via data cables and FaceTime calls.
Below, watch a behind the scenes video that shows how you can create a great commercial with iPhones and an effective lack of a budget ceiling.
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Posted on Monday, January 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
Spike Jonze‘s Her has been drawing praise from all corners over the past several weeks. It’s picked up nominations from the HFPA, the PGA, and the WGA; it’s earned high ratings on both Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic; and it’s landed on a bunch of critics’ top-10 lists, including several of ours. But there is at least one person who’s decidedly not a fan. Or more accurately, a non-person who isn’t.
Though the romance has been described, in very simple terms, as “Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with Siri,” it seems the real Siri isn’t too keen on the comparison. In fact, if you ask Siri about Her, she’ll sniff that Samantha “she gives artificial intelligence a bad name.” Ouch. Hit the jump to see more of Siri’s Her-related burns.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
Steve Jobs may not be around to tell us what’s right or wrong about Jobs, but plenty of his former friends and colleagues are. That includes Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who’s voiced his disappointment with the film’s inaccuracies in the past.
Now, early Apple employee Daniel Kottke and Apple developer Andy Hertzfeld have joined Woz in an even more detailed two-hour discussion about the movie, hosted by Apple engineer John Vink. Hit the jump to find out how Woz actually got involved in the Homebrew Computer Club, what really led to Jobs’s firing in 1985, and why they mostly think Pirates of Silicon Valley was the better Jobs film.
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UPDATE: After posting this article, the original source changed their story and said Apple will not be having an even in March. The original article follows with update at the end.
When a company changes technology and culture more than once, with devices such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad, insurmoutable expectations for further innovations are bound to develop. For years, rumors have suggested that the next big revolution from Apple would be some sort of interactive television. Yet every single time a new device is improved or announced, the mythic Apple television is nowhere to be found.
That might change next month. The latest reports say Apple is planning an event to reveal 42 and 55 inch TVs that’ll be out this fall. There’s more below. Read More »