Thursday Apple Rumors: Apple Files Patent for iRing

Apple TVs might be banned on Amazon soon

Here are your Apple Rumors for today:

apple-rumors-iring-patent-aaplTeardown: Apple (AAPL) has banned iFixit’s developer account and removed its app from the App Store, reports MacRumors. The tech company banned iFixit’s developer account and removed its app from the App Store following its teardown of the new Apple TV. The website secured a copy of the new set-top box through the company’s developer program. It violated the company’s terms and conditions when it posted its teardown online. The website said it knew it was doing so, but that it decided to do it anyway. It also said it won’t be attempting to remake its iOS app and submit it to the App Store again because it had become buggy with the release of iOS 9.

Ban: Amazon (AMZN) customers won’t likely be able to by the new Apple TV through it, Bloomberg notes. Amazon is placing a ban on all devices that don’t support Amazon Prime Video. This includes all versions of the Apple TV. The ban doesn’t just include Amazon as a seller, but also all other seller’s on its website. The ban on sales of AAPL’s set-top box will reportedly go into effect on Oct. 29. The new TV is expected to go on sale sometime in late Oct.

iRing: Apple has recently filed a patent for a new wearable device that would fit on a person’s finger, reports AppleInsider. The new patent shows sketches of a possible finger device, being referred to as the “iRing” by media, that could be part of the company’s future lineup of smart devices. The iRing is filled with a variety of different sensors and would also support haptic feedback. It also looks like the device could feature a very small display. Details in the patent claim that wearers of the iRing would be able to control other devices, such as the Apple TV, with it.

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