According to an exclusive report on Bloomberg, movie studies are weighing up whether or not to defy the objections of cinema chains and proceed with a plan that they have been hammering out with Apple to offer digital rental of movies just weeks after the movies first hit theatres.

Bloomberg’s sources say that some of the biggest studios in the world, including Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures, are continuing to hold talks with Apple and Comcast about proceeding with the plan with or without having the theatre chains on their side.

All of the leading Hollywood studios, minus Walt Disney Co., want to launch a new product that will compensate for the fall in DVD sales. All parties have talked about sharing a portion of the revenue from the proposed premium video on demand with the cinema chains in order to get them to agree. However, the cinema chains are holding out for a long-term commitment of up to 10 years for the revenue split, which the studios have still not agreed to.

It’s thought that the studios will be able to finalise their deals with distributors such as Apple and Comcast by early 2018 to offer digital downloads of major movies as soon as 2 weeks after they first appear in theatres. These deals would then enable the studios to go ahead even without the blessing of the theatre chains.

Source: Hollywood, Apple Said to Mull Rental Plan, Defying Theaters

TouchArcade reports that Bandai Namco has just soft-launched Tekken Mobile in Canada. The all-new game has been built exclusively for iOS and Android by Bandai Namco Studios Vancouver.

The free-to-play game uses a Waza Card system with tapping for combos and special attacks. There are more than 100 characters in the game, with over 20 special moves for each character. Tekken has always had good story modes, as well as being a pure fighting game, and Tekken Mobile is no exception, according to TouchArcade, with a strong Story Mode, and other modes including Dojo Challenge.

PocketGamer writes that along with the game’s soft launch, Bandai Namco has also released a 47-second trailer to announce the launch. And if that leaves you wanting to know more, and you’re not lucky enough to live in Canada and be able to download the game immediately, you can pre-register at the official website where the more people who register, the more exclusive rewards you’ll earn when the game is launched globally. The first reward to be unlocked in this way is 10,000 coins and 100 gems, but there’s still some way to go, so hurry up and pre-register, everyone!

Sources: 'Tekken Mobile' Soft Launches in Canada, Global Pre-Registrations Now Live

The popular fighting game Tekken is coming to iOS and Android

9to5 Mac reports today on some stunning new 4K drone footage courtesy of Matthew Roberts, which gives a great view of the atrium of the Steve Jobs Theater. It appears that the building work is progressing steadily, and in the video you can see some finishing touches, such as the solar panels that all appear to be in place. Once they are fully up and running, they will be able to generate 17 megawatts of power in peak daylight, providing approximately 75% of the power that the campus requires, with the rest of the power being provided by on-site fuel cells.

The theatre will be kept cool in the hottest months of the year by a ventilation system with natural airflow, aided by the window shades. With these measures in place, Apple thinks that no artificial heating or cooling will be required for 9 months of the year.

In the video, aside from lots of glorious footage of the main campus, you can also see two R&D buildings in the southern part of the campus, where Jony Ive’s industrial design and human interface teams will be based.

Source: Latest 4K drone video shows landscaping progress at Apple Park, closer look at Steve Jobs Theater atrium

MacRumors reports that according to the Chinese-language Economic News Daily, Apple Watch Series 3 has entered “final testing phase,” meaning that it is perfectly on schedule for the rumoured September launch.

According to the report’s anonymous sources, Taiwan’s Quanta Computer is manufacturing the watches, and will begin shipping them to Apple in the fourth quarter, ready for a September launch along with the three new iPhones and possibly even a 4K Apple TV.

As for what the Apple Watch Series 3 will look like, the experts seem to be a little divided on this one, with KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo saying recently that there will not be any “obvious” form-factor changes, and Daring Fireball’s Jon Gruber saying the opposite, i.e., that the Series 3 will have an all-new form-factor.

However, yesterday Gruber said “it could also be that both my birdie and Kuo are correct. The phrase ‘will not feature an obvious new form factor’ leaves a lot of wiggle room with the word ‘obvious.’”

Source: Apple Watch Series 3 Enters 'Final Testing Phase' Ahead of Rumored September Launch

AppleInsider reports today on a new note to investors from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, in which he says that the forthcoming Apple Watch with LTE will not support traditional cellular calls, contrary to other recent rumours.

Kuo says that Apple will most likely add support for such calls in a subsequent software update, but in the meantime, various apps such as FaceTime and third-party apps such as Skype will provide the voice call service.

“Technologically, while it’s feasible for LTE Apple Watch to support voice service & replace iPhones’ phone function,” said Kuo, “we think it must first improve the user experience of data transmission (not via iPhone).”

Kuo goes on to say that not adding call support to the new Apple Watch will help Apple when it is negotiating with carriers, making things a lot simpler. It will also let Apple completely scrap 3G connectivity and focus on LTE.

Source: Apple Watch with LTE may not support cellular voice calls at launch, instead focus on data

BGR reports today on new images that have leaked that are claimed to be the first ever seen of an Apple OLED TV being built. The photos initially appeared on Chinese microblogging website Weibo, and if genuine, they could vindicate long-time expert Apple analyst Gene Munster’s long-held belief that Apple would eventually release its own branded “iTV.” For years, Munster predicted that Apple would eventually release its own flat-screen TV line-up, so could these images actually show this?

As often with leaked images, it’s not at all easy to tell what they actually show, but it looks a lot like an Apple-branded OLED TV undergoing some sort of lab testing. The silver metal and overall design do look very Apple-like. However, the source has very little additional information about the images, other than to say that the screen pictured is approximately 60 inches, and that the TV has two front-facing cameras.

Some websites think that these images are dubious at best, but BGR seems less sceptical, so it will be interesting to see if we start seeing more leaks about a possible Apple OLED TV very soon.

Source: Photos of an Apple OLED TV may have just been exposed in the biggest Apple leak in years


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