Set-top gets Chromecast-like content streaming
Apple has released an anticipated firmware update for the Apple TV, v6.0. The main addition is support for iTunes Radio, Apple's new streaming music service, also available on Mac, Windows, and iOS devices. Some other changes include podcast sync, access to shared Photo Streams, and the ability to listen to music purchased from the iTunes Store directly. Version numbers for Apple TV are typically behind that of the iOS release they are drawn from.
Recent models, even Windows programs tweaked for iOS 6
In addition to today's major releases of iOS 6 for mobile devices and OS X updates 10.8.2 for Mountain Lion and 10.7.5 for Lion, a handful of firmware updates and OS X app updates have been posted to Apple's support webpage, mostly to increase compatibility with iOS 6 device interactions but also adding support for Shared Photo Streams in iPhoto and Aperture as well as addressing bugs and other issues. Along with the photo apps, a security update was posted for users of Snow Leopard, and Apple's iCloud Control Panel for Windows was bumped to v2.0.
Also makes interface changes, bugfixes
Continuing a barrage of software updates, Apple has released a new version of iPhoto, 9.2. The software implements compatibility with iCloud, especially Photo Stream, which syncs and shares photos with iOS 5. Apple has also made some interface upgrades however, for instance adding swipe gestures to photos in the Magnify (1-up) view, and breaking off previously imported photos into a separate part of the Import window.
iPhone 5 icon hints larger screen
Hints of the iPhone 5's real design may have come through an unusual source as a sighting in Apple's latest Photo Stream beta has shown an unusual icon. Rather than match the usual iPhone layout, it shows a device with a wide home button and considerably reduced blank spaces above and below the display, alluding to a bigger screen. The 9to5 capture nearly recalls the design of the Galaxy S II.