August 22, 2017 Last Updated 12:06 pm

New iOS, Apple TV, Android updates in the pipeline, though availability dates uncertain

Next Issue Media updated its Texture digital newsstand app, adding native resolution support for iPad Pro; release of iOS 11 sure to force more media app updates next month

This week started with a solar eclipse, which gave everyone in the media world a break from more substantial news, and it is obvious that everyone needed the break. Reporters from the NYT and the WaPo (Glenn Thrush and Philip Rucker, I’m look at you) made fools of themselves following the president’s Afghanistan speech, proving once again that some reporters will fawn over anything that looks like an escalation of war talk.

We still have one more week of August, then Labor Day, then Apple’s next iPhone event, so that means there are plenty of leaks coming from Apple vendors regarding the iPhone 8. Apple leaks as badly as the White House, which makes you wonder why they aren’t better with the press. But they are not, a sign that they probably share the president’s distain for the media. (I’ve always felt Apple PR team should be named the No Comment team.)

Most of the iPhone rumors have me disinterested, probably because few new features really change things very much for the average iPhone owner. It used to be that owning a three or four generation old iPhone would be unthinkable, but no longer. I have an editor friend who is waiting for the release of the iPhone 8 so he can buy an iPhone 6s more cheaply. Probably a smart move, especially if he buys the device unlocked.

It looks like Apple is getting set to release a new model of the Apple TV, one that finally supports 4K.

Apple TVI hate it when tech reporters use the word “finally” when writing about an update, but I think in this case it is justified. Apple has been woefully behind in this area. iPhones have been able to shoot in 4K for a while now, yet one can’t stream that resolution to an Apple TV. It is a sign that Apple is having a real problem aligning the capabilities of their products.

I will assume that as part of any iPhone event CEO Tim Cook will preview the new Apple TV — if not, the company better be thinking of having another hardware event prior to the start of the holiday shopping season.

One could argue that Apple doesn’t want to be too far ahead of the market, but any walk through an electronics store will tell you that most TVs are 4K ready now, and have been for most of the year.

With the iPhone event will come final release dates for the newest version if iOS, as well as a macOS update (probably). This will mean media pp developers will be making sure their apps are ready to go.

TextureWe’ve seen La Presse being one of the first to issue an app update that mentions iOS 11, so they appear ready for the launch.

Others probably have been released, as well, but it is the practice of many developers to write pretty vague app descriptions when issuing an update. Many, like that for today’s Spotify Music app update mentions that they are on a every two week update schedule, and this is simply another.

Texture, the digital newsstand from Next Issue Media, has issued an update with an actual feature addition. Version 5.10.3 adds support for native resolution on the iPad Pro, touting “richer images and sharper type.”

Google unveiled its latest version of Android yesterday, calling it Oreo, which I suppose is no worse than Apple’s idea of naming versions of the macOS on California geography.

Android’s continued biggest deficiency remains the availability of updates. TechCrunch tried to illuminate Android device owners a bit on this situation today.

TechCrunch, Brian Heater:

So, when will your device actually get Android Oreo?

Google officially just took the wraps off of Android Oreo, but there are still some questions left to be answered — most notably, precisely when each device will be getting the latest version of the mobile operating system. Due to Android’s openness and a variety of different factors on the manufacturing side, it’s not an easy question to answer, but we’ll break it down best we can…

…No big surprise, Google handsets will be the first non-beta phones to get the update. The Pixel, Nexus 5X and 6P are at the top of the list, alongside Pixel C tablet and ASUS’s Nexus Player set-top box, which will be receiving the upgrade in spite of being discontinued late last year.

Beyond that, the answer differs greatly from company to company…

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