Here are just a few of the stories we covered during the week that was.
The biggest story of the week: An early start for 2016?
In recent years, Apple has elected to release most of the company’s new products in the fall. That could change in 2016. New reports suggest a 4-inch “iPhone 6c” could be announced early next year. Also making an early arrival could be a fifth-generation Apple TV.
As Joe White noted, the iPhone 6c could be announced as early as February. The surprising move would see Apple break from its traditional iPhone release cycle, which sees new models launch yearly in September.
Meanwhile, the next Apple TV is expected to include a brand new CPU that should “dramatically improve the device’s hardware performance,” resulting in a faster, more power efficient set-top box.
Also making news: Selecting the perfect gift
‘Tis the season. AppAdvice continues celebrating the holiday season by publishing our series of annual gift guides, courtesy of Brent Dirks.
New this week:
- 10 perfect accessory gift ideas for iPad owners
- AppAdvice’s ultimate accessory gift guide for kids
- 11 perfect accessory gift ideas for iPhone owners
- 8 perfect accessory gift ideas for Apple Watch owners
- Apple is offering a $60 iTunes voucher with Beats headphones
- You have until Jan. 19 to migrate your data from Beats to Apple Music
- Withings is onto something with its Activité smartwatches
- Apple takes the Swift programming language open source
- Twitter is simplifying the tvOS sign-in process
Big app news: ESPN scores
Sports fans no longer need to use two apps to watch and read about their favorite teams via mobile. This week, the popular ESPN app added WatchESPN capabilities. Now you can watch every game live right within the ESPN app.
To use the new feature, simply sign in with your WatchESPN cable provider information. Then, you can browse through the live streams available by just tapping the WatchESPN tab within the ESPN app. If you are within a detailed game page, just select Watch Live. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
Other app news:
- Best apps for Instagram
- Amazon Video is ready for the iPad Pro, but not tvOS
- Use 3D Touch and Bluetooth keyboard shortcuts in Chrome for iOS
- 7 apps I really want to see on the new Apple TV
- Enter a challenging geometric puzzle world in Hyspherical 2
What’s coming up? The week ahead
TechCrunch Disrupt heads to London, Dec. 7 through Dec. 8.
From Dec. 8 through Dec. 9, Business Insider will hold its annual digital conference, Ignition.
What will be happening in the week ahead? Visit AppAdvice to find out.