Even though Apple has no major products planned for the immediate future, it’s been a busy week in terms of Apple-related news.
First, I apologize for the lack of updates this week. My wife and I moved out of the city and closer to the mountains — an effort that literally took us all week. Thankfully, the editors here at Blorge allowed me to take a week off.
Unfortunately, I missed a pretty substantial week. Here’s some of the top Apple news items from the week:
Apple’s future is in TV, says Tim Cook
It’s no secret that the current little Apple TV is more than a hobby. It’s foreshadowing what’s to come.
This week, Tim Cook did a rare interview with Brian Williams on NBC’s Rock Center, talking about a bevy of issues, including how the American company plans to manufacture a Mac in the U.S., instead of in China, or another foreign country.
Cook called television something of great interest in the interview.
“When I go into my living room and turn on the TV, I feel like I have gone backwards in time by 20 to 30 years,” he told Williams. “It’s an area of intense interest. I can’t say more than that.”
Apple TV could finally land a keyboard via Bluetooth
One of the most annoying aspects of Apple TV is the lack of keyboard — or ability to use an iOS device — to type in information. When entering your Apple ID, searching for a TV show or movie, you’re forced to use the onscreen keyboard, which takes forever.
9to5 Mac reported this week that an upcoming iOS update will allow you to use your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch as a keyboard on your Apple TV.
“The ability to pair a Bluetooth keyboard with the Apple TV would obviously make for significantly easier text entry, simplifying such tasks as initial setup with iTunes Store accounts and Wi-Fi network passwords as well as day-to-day content searching.”
T-Mobile USA to start selling Apple products in 2013
As expected and predicted by many analysts, Apple products, including the iPhone, will be available to T-Mobile customers sometime in 2013.
According to an Engadget report, the timing should be good.
“While the two companies have not explicitly given specifics on which Apple devices we can expect to see in a retail store near you, the timing of the launch will likely correspond with the fourth-largest carrier’s LTE launch in 2013.”
As promised, there’s plenty of new Apple news on its way. Stay tuned this week for more in-depth reports.