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Apple Daily: Retina MacBook Unboxing Video; Apple Wants TV Providers to Pay Hosting Costs

In today’s Apple Daily, a Vietnamese site ensures that we get a look at the thin new MacBook with Retina display more than a week ahead of the device’s launch. In other news, Apple reportedly wants channel providers to shoulder the costs and responsibilities of hosting streams for its upcoming online TV service.

Unboxing Video Shows New Retina MacBook Ahead of Release

Just a little over a week ahead of April 10, the date the new 12-inch MacBook with Retina display is supposed to hit shelves, Tinhte.vn of Vietnam has an unboxing video that shows the device outside of Apple’s carefully controlled presentation environments. The only catch is that the video is entirely in Vietnamese, but that shouldn’t be a problem so long as you’re only interested in getting a better look at the device from all angles.

And on that front, it delivers well. The video lasts for a full seven minutes, and it shows everything from the details or the device itself to the design of the adapter and the very box the whole setup comes in. Even better, if you can’t access the video from where you are, the site includes a selection of photos as well.

 

Apple Wants Networks to Bear Streaming Costs for Online TV Service

Apple’s upcoming online TV service is a massive undertaking, and it’s thus not surprising that Apple seems eager to keep some of the responsibility in the hands of others. A new report from Re/code claims that Apple wants the channel providers themselves to bear the burden of hosting the streams for their respective channels, in addition to paying most of the related costs.

The report claims that Apple executive Eddy Cue, who’s reportedly overseeing the project, believes Apple itself should focus on hardware and software — areas, in other words, the company knows well. In a similar fashion, the proposed setup would leave the responsibility of maintaining the streams in the hands of companies who (hopefully) know that area of the business better. It’s actually not that different from the structure that exists now in fragmented form on Apple TV and on iOS, in which companies like Netflix and HBO provide and stream the content while Apple merely hosts the apps.

The one main concern seems to be that such a setup would leave viewers with an unpredictable experience, as some channels would likely perform better than others at different times. But there’s apparently a strategic angle to the deal as well: if the networks host the streams themselves, Internet providers like Comcast won’t be as likely to “penalize the service.”

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