There’s a bunch of odd news in tonight’s roundup. First we have Apple thinking backwards, then we have Vizio making fun of curved displays and exploding LG phones.
You are not reading that wrong. Apple really just patented new technology for reverse AirPlay. This means Apple is planning to offer streaming from Apple TV to iOS. This would also allow for mirroring the Apple TV interface into your smartphones and tablets.
This comes soon after an Apple TV redesign, in which an improved interface shows a much friendlier view for smaller screens. Expect the feature to come at some point in the future.
Opinion: Why the heck would I want to stream from my Apple TV to my iOS? Not only is it better to watch a larger screen, but all the apps and streaming services I could use on Apple TV are already on iOS. In fact, iOS has a better variety! In the patent filing, Apple does explain one good example of how this feature could be helpful. Imagine a group of friends watching a show on Apple TV, then one (or more) have to step out for a bit and don’t want to miss anything (or force others to pause).
Curved TVs may have a benefit… if you watch them at the right angle, don’t have many visitors and stand far back enough. Ultimately, many of us can agree that it is mostly a marketing stunt to try and sell you something “different”.
A curved display doesn’t offer much to your viewing experience, something Vizio is trying to let you know with its latest video. The commercial is in the style of an infomercial, but with a sarcastic and satiric touch of comedy.
Opinion: To be honest, I have never been a huge fan of curved TV displays. They may be cool-looking and all, but I simply don’t see the benefit in them.
We know the LG G3 gets hot, but not this hot! Reports of a burning LG G3 have made it to Reddit, where the user explains his little sister’s phone caught fire in a usual morning. The device even burnt through the teenager’s mattress. Even after using a fire extinguisher, the mattress kept burning and they were forced to through it out the window.
The battery was stock, so there should have been no funky battery issues going on. LG and insurance have been contacted.
Opinion: Wow… what an episode this family went through. I would be unbelievably upset if this happened to me.