Will Apple and Amazon put aside their differences and unite in time for the launch of Apple TV?
The professional relationship between tech giants Apple and Amazon has been rocky to say the very least.
Firstly, In 2014 Amazon removed in-app payments from the iOS versions of several of its services in response to Apple demanding a 30 per cent share of the profits.
And then, in what was considered by many to be a bizarre decision, Amazon announced in October 2015 that it would no longer be selling Apple TV or Chromecast because of the direct competition between them and Amazon’s own streaming products.
At the time, the move was likened to Apple TV’s refusal to play Netflix’s streaming service because they did not want to promote a competitor, but Apple eventually gave in.
Whilst certain reports this week suggest there are changes in the waters, Amazon’s Echo Show announcement this week might be a little too close for Apple’s comfort.
Will Apple Echo Amazon’s product?
Last week, Amazon introduced the latest Alexa expansion, unveiling an Echo with a touch screen and a camera. The Echo Show features “everything you love about Alexa” with the added benefits of being able to show you things – whether it’s the weather forecast, a wikipedia page, a video, photos and more.
The device allows users to video chat with anyone who has an Echo, Echo Dot or the Alexa App, posing a big threat to Skype and Apple’s FaceTime video-calling service.
Watch Amazon’s Introducing Echo Show video below to find out more.
The device costs $229 and is expected to be a huge hit when it begins shipping in late June, quite possibly to the dismay of Apple. Indeed, the rapid speed at which Amazon has managed to expand its Echo hardware and the reasonable price points present a real threat to Apple.
As its already proven many times, Amazon is in the unique position to deny competitors access to its store. And that’s not to mention it’s currently ahead of the game and anything Apple subsequently releases is likely to come with a hefty price tag.
Time will tell what Apple has up its sleeve and whether consumers are willing to sack in their i-products for Echo.
Amazon Video for Apple TV
Various rumours have suggested this week that Amazon and Apple are headed in a much friendlier direction.
Last Thursday, Buzzfeed announced that the one major flaw of Apple TV was to be addressed: Amazon’s Prime Video service will, at last, be made available. Apple are expected to announce an Amazon Video app designed for Apple’s set-top box at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 5 in San Jose.
Last year Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, explained that the company was waiting for “acceptable business terms” with Apple before a Prime Video app was considered. Perhaps those terms have now been agreed.
If all goes ahead, Amazon is expected to return the favour by resuming sales of Apple TV’s on its website, following a two year hiatus.
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