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Apple Confirms iOS 5 Update To Address Battery Life Issues

iPhone 4S battery specs

Last week, we reported that the  The Guardian had received word from a customer that Apple had contacted him regarding poor battery life. He was asked to install a monitoring program on his phone. Using the program, Apple engineers hoped to  be able to use the diagnostics to determine what was causing shorter battery life for some users.  A senior engineer at Apple contacted the person who wrote a post online, and indicated that  the company was contacting users to resolve the problem.

Today, Apple has confirmed that they had found issues in iOS 5 that  are causing some iPhone owners to experience poor battery life with their iPhone running its latest software. The Wall Street Journal‘s Ina Fried published a statement from Apple, which said:

A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices. We have found a few bugs that are affecting battery life and we will release a software update to address those in a few weeks.”

In addition, Apple has released beta iOS 5.0.1 build 9a402 for developers to begin testing the new update on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Apple says that the new build “contains improvements and other bug fixes including:

  • Fixes bugs affecting battery life
  • Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
  • Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
  • Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation
  • Contains security improvements
  • iOS 5.0.1 beta introduces a new way for developers to specify files that should remain on device, even in low storage situations.”
I myself have experienced battery life issues with the iPhone 4S, but now I’m glad that Apple’s working on a fix. See, this is another thing I love about Apple. They care about their customers and will do whatever it takes to make them happy.

Steve Jobs Biography Outsells Most Android Tablets

Steve Jobs bio cover

Last week Steve Jobs’s official biography was released, and it is a massive hit! (no surprise here). I won’t reveal any spoilers, but I will say that the book is really good and you should read it even if you hate Apple.

Today, data from BookScan US reveals that  Walter Isaacson’s book, entitled “Steve Jobs,” sold a total of 379,000 copies in its first week in America  according to  TheBookseller.com. The biography outsold the next-best selling title,  “The Litigators” by John Grisham, by more than three to one! One more thing, it should be noted that Steve Jobs’s biography has outsold most Android tablets. For example, the Samsung Galaxy Tab sold just 20,000 out of 1 million shipped. I would have provided more evidence, but we all know by now that Android tablet sales are poor. LOL.

The next closest non-fiction title was “Killing Lincoln” by Bill O’Reilly, which was outsold by almost eight to one. Also, “Steve Jobs” has become the 18th best selling book of 2011, ahead of “The Confession” by John Grisham. In the UK, sales were also high in the first week, with 37,244 copies sold.

In addition to being a top seller in hardcover  at Amazon, it has also been the No. 1 title on the company’s  Kindle platform, and on  Apple’s iBooks. Tonight, PBS is going to air a new show entilited  “Steve Jobs – One last Thing,” which will air at 10 P.M. Eastern,  and will be the first broadcast of a 1994 interview in which Jobs detailed the philosophy of his life. Don’t miss it.

Apple Engineers Working with iPhone 4S Users to Fix Battery Life Issues

I love my recently purchased iPhone 4S. However, I do have a complaint, and that’s battery life. Battery life of the iPhone 4S sucks. Period. In fact, it just isn’t me who’s complaining. Thankfully, Apple has responded to complaints of battery life issues with the iPhone 4S.

iPhone 4S battery specs

Today, a new report from The Guardian reveals that one user said that he was contacted by Apple regarding poor battery life, and  was asked to install a monitoring program on his phone. Using this program, Apple engineers hope to  be able to use the diagnostics to determine what is causing shorter battery life for some users. The report suggested that the problems are far “unexplained”.  The user noted a battery drain of 10% per hour even in standby mode. In addition, he was able to replicate the issue with all features such as Siri and location services turned off, and even on a relatively clean phone with no apps installed, suggesting that the battery drain was coming from a core functionality on the device.

A senior engineer at Apple contacted the person who wrote a post online, and indicated that  the company was contacting users to resolve the problem. Unfortunately, the representative at Apple  also allegedly admitted that the company isn’t “close to finding a fix.” Even though the company isn’t close to finding a fix, I’m glad they are working on it. This shows they care about their customers unlike some other companies. (*cough*Google*cough*)

“I then got a call from a senior [Apple] engineer who said he had read my post and was ‘reaching out’ to users for data and admitted this was an issue (and that they aren’t close to finding a fix!) and asked lots of questions about my usage and then asked if he could install the file below and that he would call back the day after to retrieve the info. I extracted the file from my Mac after a sync and emailed it to him. He was incredibly helpful and apologetic in the typical Apple way!”

I guess, in a way, iPhone 4S owners shouldn’t be complaining because a fix is on the way. If this was an Android, such an issue would have never got fixed.

Apple Building Solar Farm for Data Center

Early this year, Steve Jobs talked about what powers iCloud during his WWDC keynote  . It is a huge data center in Maiden, North Carolina that is 500,000 square feet and is about five times the size of the company’s existing Silicon Valley data center. Also, it costed $1 billion to build, which is  twice what Google and Microsoft generally invest in their cloud data centers.

Apple Data Center

Today, The Charlotte Observer reports that  Apple has begun work on a solar farm adjacent to its massive new data center in Maiden, North Carolina. According to the report,  Catawba County permits have been issued giving Apple approval to begin preparations for the solar farm. When asked about the project, the company declined to comment. If this report turns out to be true, it just goes to show how much Apple cares about the environment. They clearly do care! County engineer, Toni Norton, said more information about Apple’s plans would be available when the company applies for a building permit.

The new solar farm is likely generate a significant amount of power for the facility, although Catawba County officials are yet to see building plans. Local permits show that the lot approved is  171 acres of vacant land on Startown Road that Apple  has acquired. In addition, according to the report, engineering plans have yet to show details about the solar farm.

The project is code named as  “Project Dolphin Solar Farm A Expanded” and it had previously been revealed that the data center was codenamed “Project Dolphin.” Definitely, sounds like an Apple project to me. ;)

Apple Posts Steve Jobs Celebration Video

A few days after Steve Jobs passed away, Tim Cook sent out a letter to Apple employees regarding a celebration on October 19th, which would be held in the Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino. The event was to honor Apple’s former CEO Steve Jobs and the value he brought to the company. This event was specifically for employees only, but surprisingly yesterday the company published the event on its website.

The 80 minute video is entitled “Celebrating Steve”, and is available on Apple’s website which  shows the event held on the company’s campus last week, on Oct. 19. Thousands of Apple employees watched the event in person and around the world, as Apple also closed its retail stores to allow employees to watch a live feed. The picture below shows the amount of bonding among the employees. Beautiful, just beautiful.

Tim Cook at Steve Jobs celebration

The event began with an introduction from current Apple CEO Tim Cook. The event celebrated the life of Jobs and the many accomplishments he made before he passed away  earlier this month  at the age of 56.

I’d highly recommend watching the entire event once if not more. For the first time since Steve’s death, I did shed a few tears because of the atmosphere and Jonathan Ive’s  voice as he told stories of the man most of us never met in real life. His story will move you. This event gave me even more reason to believe that there’s no other company that has an aura like Apple’s. Period.

The full video  is available  to stream on Apple’s site. It requires Safari 4 or 5 on Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Lion, Safari on iOS 3 or later, or QuickTime 7 on Windows.

 

Siri Co-founder Dag Kittlaus Quits Apple

The co-founder of Siri, the much acclaimed and the most loved application in the newly launched iPhone 4S, Dag Kittlaus, in an unexpected move has decided to quit the US technology giant, Apple, to pursue other projects and execute new entrepreneurial ideas.

According to AllThingsD, who first broke the news out stated –

There were several reasons for the departure, which was amicable and has been planned for a while, sources said. They included Kittlaus’ family being in Chicago, a desire to take time off and an interest in brainstorming new entrepreneurial ideas.

Siri Founders

Kittlaus joined Apple as part of the company’s acquisition of the voice control firm for $200 million in April 2010. He founded the
company along with Adam Cheyer and Tom Gruber and served as Siri’s CEO since 2007. Earlier to that, Kittlaus was a resident at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and also worked at Motorola.

Kittlaus has updated his LinkedIn profile indicating that he is currently the Founding Advisor at Palindrome Advisors, which mainly partners with non-profits and NGOs to help them effectively communicate with their supporters and the public at large. The other two co-founders will remain Apple staff members, according to their LinkedIn profiles.Siri

Siri is a voice-activated virtual personal assistant that was announced as an application on the iPhone 4S, enabling the user to give the iPhone commands, which it can execute and respond to. It helps the user to write and send text and e-mails, set reminders and alarm, schedule a meeting, browse the Internet and even answer sensitive and funny
questions
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The voice assistant was originally a free downloadable app from the Apple App Store for the iPhone. After announcing that the Siri is included with the iPhone 4S, Apple took down the application from the App Store. A developer of 9to5Mac reported that he was able to port Siri back to iPhone 4. However, the performance and quality was not impressive.

Earlier this week, a major flaw was identified with the Siri system by a security blogger, which involved anyone to access the iPhone even when it is locked. This security loophole allowed the unauthorized users to bypass the passcode lock to perform tasks like making calls and sending messages with the help of Siri.

Apple MacBook Pro Line-Up Gets a Minor Refresh!

Rumors were floating around the Internet, that Apple will soon be releasing new upgraded MacBook Pros. Today, the fruit company has quietly rolled out a minor update for its MacBook Pro line of laptops.

Apple has bumped up the processor frequency and the HDD storage space on the 13″ inch MacBook Pros. The base 13″ model now sports a 2.4GHz Core i5 processor, and a 500GB HDD, compared to the older 2.3GHz processor and 320GB HDD.

The high-end 13″ MBP now sports a 2.8GHz Core i7 processor, and a 750GB HDD.

For the 15″ MBPs, the processor speed has been bumped to 2.2GHz and 2.4GHz, respectively for the low-end and the high-end model. The GPU on both the models have also been updated with the lower-end model sporting a AMD HD6750M with 512MB of memory, while the top-end model now comes with a AMD HD6770M with 1GB of memory.

The 17-inch MacBook Pro also received some minor updates. The base 17″ MBP now sports a 2.3GHz Core i7, while the top-end one sports a 2.5GHz Core i7 processor. Both the models now sport a AMD HD6770M with 1GB of memory. The HDD capacity has also been bumped to 750GB in the build-to-order model.

Apple Advertises Siri with First iPhone 4S TV Ad

You know the phone that was considered to be a flop the moment it was announced, but turned out to sell 4 million in just three days without a single advertisement? Well guess what, the company behind the doomed phone has finally released an awesome new ad for the phone. Television networks begun airing the first commercial for the iPhone 4S, with the primary focus being on Siri (Apple’s new personal assitant feature).  In the past, Apple has created ads to advertise a specific feature of a device in the past.

The ad begins with the Siri interface and then switches to closeups of many people submitting requests to Siri. Every request is something different and demonstrates the full potential of Siri. Some of the examples mentioned are, “We have a flat tire,” “I’m locked out” and “What does a weasel look like?”. Each Apple ad seems communicate emotion, and this one does it again from a personal element to the device.

Apple’s competitors have called the service useless. Earlier this week, Android’s boss Andy Rubin said that he doesn’t believe  that phones should serve as assistants (*chuckles*). In reality, we all know that he means it is only a matter of time until Google copies Apple’s Siri. In addition, Microsoft’s Windows Phone head Andy Lee said that Siri “isn’t super useful”. Both of these statements should be taken with a pinch of salt.

It should also be noted that Apple has successful demonstrated a feature that acts like a robot, but without a robot in the ad (*stares at Google*). Brilliant, just brilliant.

Revelations About Obama, Bill Gates & Google From Steve Jobs’s Upcoming Bio

A lot is being said about Steve Jobs after his death by those who liked and those who didn’t. The fact is even if Apple wasn’t the first, they did it better. Tablet  manufacturers  haven’t been able to come up with devices as feature rich as the iPad at the same price. Innovation in IT isn’t about the final product, there’s a lot more around it. Apple’s ability to leverage exclusive bulk components and create an efficient supply chain for itself is an integral part of the company’s success. Walter Isaacson who’s a big deal in the publication industry was chosen by Steve Jobs to write his official  biography. With Jobs’s untimely death, the book is being published ahead of schedule and quotes from the book have started causing ripples. The book has information about why Jobs wore his traditional polo neck tshirt for keynotes. It has to do with Sony’s uniforms at their factory and Jobs wanting something similar for Apple.  An excerpt shared by Gawker  from the biography  talks about the turtlenecks:

Sony, with its appreciation for style, had gotten the famous designer Issey Miyake to create its uniform. It was a jacket made of rip-stop nylon with sleeves that could unzip to make it a vest. So Jobs called Issey Miyake and asked him to design a vest for Apple, Jobs recalled, “I came back with some samples and told everyone it would great if we would all wear these vests. Oh man, did I get booed off the stage. Everybody hated the idea.” In the process, however, he became friends with Miyake and would visit him regularly. He also came to like the idea of having a uniform for himself, both because of its daily convenience (the rationale he claimed) and its ability to convey a signature style. “So I asked Issey to make me some of his black turtlenecks that I liked, and he made me like a hundred of them.”

The more interesting details have now started to come out as the book release nears. Associated Press got a copy of the book and their technology writer  Michael Liedtke has shared some of Jobs thoughts in the book.

On Microsoft:

On Google, Android and Larry Page:

“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.” (via Associated Press)

On Obama’s presidency:

The Huffington Post quotes Steve Jobs meeting President Obama at the Westin  San  Francisco  Airport, warning the President that he is heading for a single term presidency citing regulations that restrict business. Jobs said, “You’re headed for a one-term presidency.”

Steve Jobs’s famous return to Apple and the company’s subsequent success against Microsoft is something everyone will remember. Luckily for Google, Steve’s poort health robbed the tech world of another epic battle.

Adobe Reader Released for iPod, iPhone, and iPad

 Adobe Systems announced the release of the Adobe Reader for the iOS-platform.  The Adobe Reader was released for Android way back in May, 2010.

The Adobe Reader is compatible on systems with iOS 4.2.5 or later. It is a relief to be able to view PDF documents with Adobe after all this time. I am unsure about what possible marketing strategies caused the delay between Adobe and Apple for the release of this product. The iTouch/iPhone and iPad versions are similar in all aspects, except the screen size.

A project manager at Adobe has been quoted saying the following about its features.

“Now you can quickly and efficiently view the widest range of PDF file type — including PDF Portfolios, password-protected PDF documents and Adobe LiveCycle rights-managed PDF files.”

Advantages:

  • It is linked to the mail client, Safari, and other similar apps (example, DropBox). This allows you to easily open PDF documents.
  • The interface is easy to use and perceptive.
  • There are three options to view pages; Continuous, Single Page, and Automatic.
  • It is easy to move to the page you want with the scrubber bar (that appears at the bottom of the page), which also displays a thumbnail of the page that you move it to.
  • It can handle encrypted and password-protected PDF documents.
  • You can copy text and place it on the clipboard.
  • It has “AirPrint” that allows you to print your PDF files wirelessly.
  • You can access your PDF files under “Documents” (aka the Library) or “Recently Viewed”.

  • It has the Bookmarks option.

Disadvantages:

  • You cannot arrange your PDF files into folders.
  • It does not support attachments.

Before the Adobe Reader was released, I usually used iBooks to read my PDF documents on the iTouch or iPad.

Some of the iBook features like the ability to manually adjust the brightness of the page and the large thumbnail preview of the pages are not present in the Adobe Reader interface, but I do not notice the absence of these features.

Images used are from iTunes.  

Apple Says Its Retail Stores Now Require Reservation for iPhone 4S Buyers

Two weeks ago, Apple  announced  a brand new version of its iPhone iPhone 4S.    The iPhone 4S features the new A5 processor, a redesigned antenna, an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p high-definition video, and supports AirPlay mirroring. People were expecting it to be the iPhone 5″ and folks weren’t expecting it to sell well. Just days after,  Reuters  reported  that AT&T is seeing an  extraordinary demandfor the new iPhone 4S, which became available for preorder at 12:01 am Pacific time on Friday, October 7th. AT&T revealed that  they have seen over 200,000 preorders for the iPhone 4S in the first 12 hours of sale.  Apple  announced  that the iPhone 4S sold one million preorders in its first 24 hours of availability, setting a new record for the company.

iPhone 4S reserveIt took 74 days for the iPhone to hit a million sales. The iPhone 4S took just one.  Today, Apple announced that the company had sold more than 4 million units of the iPhone 4S. In addition, now Apple says that customers looking  to purchase a new iPhone 4S from its US or Canadian based retail outlets will first be asked to make a reservation online. This suggests that there’s a huge demand  for a phone that was considered doomed the moment it was announced.

Apple’s “how-to-buy” webpage for iPhone now says that customers can check back online after 9 p.m. where they can attempt to make a reservation for pick up the following day. Customers can also check stock availability at each store before they make a reservation, and must select which carrier, color, and capacity they require.

In addition,  Apple is putting the restrictions in other countries as well, noting that only on-contract phones are available to walk-in customers, while both on-contract and SIM-free models can be purchased by reserving the night before.

The iPhone 4S is  currently available  in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the U.K., with availability coming to 22 more countries by Oct. 28, and more than 70 countries by the end of the year.

10 Must-Have Free iPad Apps

I have been bewitched by Apple products ever since I got my hands on my first iPod in college (a generous gift). My old friend, the iPod, has since been retired from my service, but still continues to bring music and entertainment to my dear ones. The time was ripe and on cue, I was bewitched by another Apple product. Enter the iPad. I moved from my initial skepticism (Oh, why do I even need something like that?) to pure delight when I got my iPad 2.

Having an iTouch may be enough for some folks,   but when you get used to it, suddenly, screen size does matter. On my iPad, I love reading e-books, watching videos, and even making notes on the larger, scrumptious 9.7-inch LED screen. The larger onscreen keyboard is a life saver for the days when my fingers feel especially pudgy. Having a front- and rear-facing camera is an added bonus for my many video chats. Still no flash though, sigh.

Here are my Top 10 Must-Have Free iPad Apps

1. Kindle Cloud Reader

Being a big reader, I experimented with lots of free e-book readers from iBooks to Kobo to Stanza (to name a few). What really sold me the Kindle Cloud Reader was its beautiful interface and the constant fresh fodder (e-books) from the Kindle store. You have to use a very basic shopping concept here, good deals are only found if you regularly check what is on the clearance rack. Every day, the store provides fodder of a different genre. The magic is that I can pick some really good stuff for free! I also do not miss having a book spine on the screen (as is seen in iBooks).

2. Terra

The default mobile Safari browser is not bad. I like my browser tabstoo much to settle though. Terra is simple to use and I can open as many tabs as I want. It is strong on privacy; I can browse without saving anything in History, and I can set a pass code for my History and Bookmarks. (The following image is from technologytosoftware.com).

3. Instagram

I have cheated a bit here. As of now, its interface still looks like that of a stretched iPod app (the fit-to-screen type). But, I (and another 10 million users) love the simplicity and pure ingenuity of  Instagram’s many fun filters. It’s easy to link to Facebook and Twitter too. This app is good news considering there aren’t any good photo-editing social networking apps.

4. Flipboard

This app creates a magazine from my numerous networking-site feeds. My updates from Google Reader, Twitter, Facebook, and many other sites, are much easier to manage as a result. I mainly use Flipboard to save all my favorite stories to be savored at my leisure. Flipboard also won Apple’s iPad App of the Year award.

5. Evernote

This popular app is a lifesaver. I make about a dozen notes a day on the Evernote cloud. It is easy to get used to it.

 

6. Dropbox

This is another amazing cloud app that offers 2 GB of free space to its users. I can’t imagine how I lived without it. I can save and manipulate my data, as if on my local desktop, using Dropbox.

7. Skype

The beauty of having a camera on the iPad is that I can make a video call on a full screen with Skype while catching up with other friends. Who in the world is not on Skype?

8. NPR

This news app beats NY Times, WSJ, and many others because it does not have the painful limited (or paid) viewing of its content. Its articles are open to everyone. I enjoy the latest NPR news broadcast, or simply listen to its playlist of songs.

9. Twitterrific

There are numerous Twitter apps. An ideal app, in my opinion, is one that I get the hang of in less than 10 seconds. Twitterrific fits the bill. It is simple and intuitive. It has not failed me yet, so I see no reason to jump to TweetDeck.

10. AccuWeather

I believe that it’s good to have more than one source to check my weather forecast. AccuWeather is an American company that provides (reasonably) accurate weather forecasting services worldwide. The interface is clean and presentable. No overload of information here. The hourly update on multiple locations is a nice touch.

Bonus Free iPad App

11. Talking Larry the Bird

In a nut shell, Larry repeats what you say to him in his own ducelent tones. Its too much fun for a human.

Waiting in Line for an iPhone 4S with Steve Wozniak

Since Apple announced the iPhone 4S, there have been millions of pre-orders, but the thrill of getting your hands on a newly released iPhone by standing in line does not match that of receiving it through mail.

Our Apple Editor is waiting in line today to buy an 4S at the Apple store in Los Gatos, California, and he is second in line, the person who is first is someone who he often talks to. Guess who he is?  None other than the Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Here are some pictures of our Apple Editor Parth Dhebar waiting in line to get his hands on a next to Steve Wozniak.

AppleCare+ Offer Extended to iPhone 4 and 4S Pre-orders Until Nov. 14

AppleCare+Apple not only  announced  a new iPhone last week, but also updated its AppleCare program for iPhone.  AppleCare+ for iPhone is a new  extended warranty service that combines tech support, software support, and the company’s first accidental plan.  Earlier, AppleCare used to be offered for $69, but the new $99 AppleCare+ for iPhone replaces that program. AppleCare+ extends an iPhone’s repair coverage and technical support to two years from the original purchase date but also adds coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage due to an owner’s poor handling of the device.

Each accidental damage incident is subject to a $49 service fee (normally $199 or more for accidental damage repairs) and is available only for the iPhone and its included accessories. In addition, the company promises that customers taking advantage will receive either a new or refurbished iPhone.

Today,  TUAW reports that earlier they had received numerous e-mails from Apple’s customers asking how to add the warranty to an existing order (since AppleCare+ had to be purchased with the iPhone 4S purchase), but no definitive answer was available.  TUAW has received official word from Apple that if you did not get a chance to order AppleCare+ with your iPhone 4S or iPhone 4, Apple is extending the eligibility. The eligibility has been extended to November 14th.

Dear Apple Customer,

Thank you for your recent iPhone purchase at the Apple Online Store.

We would like to let you know that every iPhone comes with one year of hardware repair coverage through its limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary support. AppleCare+ for iPhone extends your coverage to two years from the original purchase date of your iPhone and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a $49 service fee.

We noticed you weren’t given the opportunity to add AppleCare+ to your iPhone. If you would like to extend your coverage for only $99, please reply to this email.

Thank you for shopping with Apple.

Sincerely,
Apple Online Store Team

On Monday, Apple had announced that it had received a record one-million pre-orders for the iPhone 4S in the first 24 hours of availability. One order of a black 32GB iPhone 4S with a side order of AppleCare+, please!

Apple TV Gets AirPlay Mirroring, Photo Stream, NHL and WSJ Live

Apple TV 4.4 Update

Oh boy! What a day it has been for Apple.  Earlier today, Apple  released  iOS 5 for the iPhone,  iPad, and  iPod touch  and  Mac OS X 10.7.2  with iCloud support. Apple also released Find My Friendsand AirPort Utilityfor iOS 5, but wait! There’s more. The company also released a software update for its second-generation Apple TV.

Version 4.4 for Apple TV’s software brings in a number of features. The new software updates enables AirPlay mirroring, which it means that you can can wirelessly stream whatever’s on your iPad 2 or iPhone 4S to your HDTV via Apple TV. Also, the update enables Photo Stream, an iCloud feature that uploads images to the cloud and pushes them to WiFi-connected Apple devices.

–  AirPlay Mirroring: Now with video mirroring wirelessly stream what’s on your iPad 2 screen to your HDTV.

–  Photo Stream: View photos recently taken on your iOS device and pushed to your Photo Stream in iCloud.

–  Trailers: A whole new way to browse and view hundreds of the latest theatrical trailers.

–  National Hockey League: Watch live games. View highlights, scores, and more.

–  Wall Street Journal Live: Watch up-to-date news, business commentary, and financial analysis from leading experts. (via Macworld)

In addition, the update also includes Trailers, which Apple describes as an “all new way to browse” hundreds of the latest trailers, as well as Wall Street Journal Live and National Hockey League content. The new NHL channel comes with the  stream live games, display highlights and scores, while WSJ Live offers access to “up-to-date news, business commentary, and financial analysis.”

Last but not least, the update comes with support for subtitles in Netflix and three new slideshow themes.