October 22, 2015 Last Updated 8:31 am

The Clinton TV marathon today; Apple calls for developers to submit their tvOS apps ahead of new Apple TV launch

Morning Brief: Apple updates iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, as well as Safari and iTunes the week before the new Apple TV goes on sales and the new app store opens for business

The big day for the Republican-controlled Benghazi committee has arrived, with the hearing set to begin at 10am ET. Eight to ten hours later it may all finally be over and the big question may end up being whether the committee ended up not destroying the former Secretary of State’s chances for the White House but boosted them.

Clinton-screen-400The hearing and the committee’s reason for being is to investigate the September 11, 2012 attack the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi, which left four Americans dead, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. On May 8, 2014, the House of Representatives voted 232–186 to establish a select committee to investigate the attack, with Representative Trey Gowdy from South Carolina as chairman.

From that day the word Benghazi has been a sort of magic word for some on the right – a word, when uttered, that would guarantee the return of the Republicans to the White House. The idea being that the committee would one day call Secretary Clinton to testify, humiliating her and ending any hopes of her becoming the Presidential nominee of the Democrats, much less winning the November 2016 election.

But things haven’t worked out quite the way many in the GOP and the Murdoch press had hoped, and today may be the day the chickens come home to roost.

“They are in a very difficult position in a way after 17 months and millions of dollars spent — they need something to show for it,” one Democratic member of the committee told the NYT.

If you are into political drama then pull up a chair, make some popcorn and silence your cell phone. If not – and frankly, watching eight to ten hours of this is not my cup of tea – then following along on Twitter will be sufficient.

There were few media app updates released last night, but Apple was very busy itself, releasing major updates to iOS 9 (now iOS 9.1), OS X El Capitan, as well as the Watch OS. (See TNM post here.)

Apple has also called on developers to submit their apps for the launch of the new Apple TV app store.


“The App Store for the new Apple TV will soon be available to customers around the world,” Apple said to developers in an email late yesterday. “To prepare, build your apps and games using Xcode 7.1 GM, which includes the tvOS SDK, and test them on tvOS GM seed. Make sure to read the updated App Review Guidelines and use TestFlight to get feedback before submitting them for review.”

Apple will be taking pre-orders for the new Apple TV next week, with shipments to follow later that week.

Many iOS game apps will be easily converted to the Apple TV, but any new channel apps for something approaching a real television experience will take time to develop. It’s not just the app that needs developing, of course, but the content, partnerships, etc.

TNM was lucky enough to get in on the Apple TV development kit lottery and have been busy working with tvOS and working through ideas, but TNM is a long way away from launching an app.

One thing that happened soon after Apple launched the iPad app store is that independent companies launched to help those who wanted to have their own apps, or convert their publications into apps. It will be interesting to see if any of these companies, or any new ones, begin offering Apple TV app store services.

The new Apple TV will support voice commands through Siri, and a number of developers have spotted a change in the developer guidelines concerning this feature. Apple likely has been receiving new apps that do not support Siri and now is making it clear that apps have to have this support.

If your app’s core functionality doesn’t work with the Siri remote it will be rejected. The app may, however, provide enhanced functionality in connection with a game controller or other peripheral.

Unfortunately, it looks like the Member Center of the developer website is down this morning – this won’t help developers struggling to finish up their apps.

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