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Apple TV+ series ‘Time Bandits,’ starring Lisa Kudrow, premieres July 24th

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New comedic adventure series “Time Bandits,” based on the beloved classic movie, will premiere globally on July 24, 2024 on Apple TV+.

Today, Apple TV+ announced the premiere date for the all-new comedic adventure series, “Time Bandits,” the first-ever television adaptation of the beloved cult classic movie, to launch globally on Wednesday, July 24. Created for television by Jemaine Clement (“Flight of the Conchords”), Iain Morris (“The Inbetweeners”) and Taika Waititi (“Our Flag Means Death”), and produced for Apple TV+ by Paramount Television Studios, Anonymous Content’s AC Studios and MRC, “Time Bandits” is an unpredictable journey through time and space with a ragtag group of thieves and their newest recruit: an 11-year-old history buff named Kevin. Together, they set out on a thrilling quest to save the boy’s parents — and the world.

Guided by Lisa Kudrow, the eccentric crew of bandits embark on epic adventures while evil forces threaten their conquests and life as they know it. As the group transports through time and space, the gang stumbles upon fascinating worlds of the distant past while seeking out treasure, depending on Kevin to shed light on each situation. The Time Bandits witness the creation of Stonehenge, see the Trojan Horse in action, escape dinosaurs in the prehistoric ages, wreak havoc during medieval times, experience the ice age, ancient civilizations, the Harlem Renaissance, and much more along the way.

The compelling live-action series will delight viewers ages 9-99, and stars Kudrow (“The Comeback”), Kal-El Tuck (“Unseeing Evil”), Tadhg Murphy (“Conversations with Friends”), Roger Jean Nsengiyumva (“You Don’t Know Me”), Rune Temte (“Eddie the Eagle”), Charlyne Yi (“Knocked Up”), Rachel House (“Heartbreak High”), Kiera Thompson (“Martyrs Lane”), James Dryden (“Ready Player One”), Felicity Ward (“The Office Australia”), Francesca Mills (“Harlots”) and Imaan Hadchiti (“Thor: Love and Thunder”). “Time Bandits” also features special guest appearances by Waititi and Clement.

Consisting of 10 episodes, “Time Bandits” is produced for Apple TV+ by Paramount Television Studios, Anonymous Content’s AC Studios and MRC. Clement, Morris and Waititi executive produce, write and direct select episodes, with Clement and Morris serving as co-showrunners. Garrett Basch and Tim Coddington also executive produce along with Jane Stanton who executive produces for Handmade Films.

The award-winning slate of original series and films for kids and families on Apple TV+ includes the celebrated live-action animated hybrid special, “The Velveteen Rabbit”; the Academy Award and BAFTA Award-winning animated short film “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse”; star-studded animated adventure film “Luck” from Apple Original Films and Skydance Animation; and, BAFTA Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated animated film “Wolfwalkers.”

Apple TV+’s all-age offerings now streaming globally on Apple TV+ include the BAFTA Award and Humanitas Prize-winning “El Deafo,” BAFTA Award-winning “Lovely Little Farm,” “Duck & Goose,” “Get Rolling With Otis,” Spin Master Entertainment’s “Sago Mini Friends,” GLAAD Media Award-nominated “Pinecone & Pony,” “Frog and Toad,” The Jim Henson Company’s Emmy Award-winning “Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock,” “Harriet the Spy” and “Slumberkins,” Sesame Workshop’s “Helpsters,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt, HITRECORD and Bento Box Entertainment’s “Wolfboy and the Everything Factory,” Jack McBrayer and Angela C. Santomero’s Emmy Award-nominated “Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show,” Peanuts and WildBrain’s Emmy Award-nominated “Snoopy in Space,” “The Snoopy Show,” Scholastic’s “Eva the Owlet” and Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series “Stillwater.” Live-action offerings include Bonnie Hunt’s DGA and WGA Award-nominated “Amber Brown,” DGA Award-winning “Best Foot Forward,” “Surfside Girls,” WGA Award-winning “Life By Ella,” Sesame Workshop and Sinking Ship’s Emmy Award-winning “Ghostwriter,” Emmy Award and Environmental Media Association Award-winning “Jane” and Scholastic’s “Puppy Place.”

Also included are “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth,” the Emmy Award-winning television event based on the New York Times bestselling book and TIME Best Book of the Year by Oliver Jeffers, and specials from Peanuts and WildBrain including Emmy Award-nominated “Snoopy Presents: It’s the Small Things, Charlie Brown,” “Snoopy Presents: Lucy’s School,” Humanitas and Emmy Award-nominated “Snoopy Presents: To Mom (and Dad), With Love,” “Snoopy Presents: One-of-a-Kind Marcie,” “Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin,” Emmy Award-winning “Snoopy Presents: Who Are You, Charlie Brown?” and “Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne.”

Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all your favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries and series have earned 489 wins and 2,153 award nominations and counting, including multi-Emmy Award-winning comedy “Ted Lasso” and historic Oscar Best Picture winner “CODA.”

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Apple preps next-gen AirTag with new chip for even better location tracking

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Apple’s AirTag

AirTag lets users keep track of personal items like their keys, wallet, purse, backpack, luggage, and more through the Find My app. Whether attached to a handbag, keys, backpack, or other items, AirTag taps into the vast, global Find My network and can help locate a lost item, all while keeping location data private and anonymous with end-to-end encryption.

Now, the company is working on a new AirTag said to feature a new chip allowing for even better location tracking.

Mark Gurman for Bloomberg News:

It’s hard to believe that it’s been three years since the AirTag — Apple’s physical-item tracker — hit the market. Now the company is preparing a new version, code-named B589. The product is scheduled to arrive around the middle of next year, and Apple is already doing test runs with manufacturing partners in Asia. As for what’s new, expect a better chip with improved location tracking. Personally, I’d like a louder speaker, better battery life and a version optimized for wallets.

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MacDailyNews Take: A credit card-sized AirTag would be a huge seller.

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Apple TV+ comedy series ‘Bad Monkey,’ starring Vince Vaughn, debuts August 14th

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Vince Vaughn stars in and executive produces “Bad Monkey,” the highly anticipated Apple Original comedy from award-winning executive producer Bill Lawrence premiering August 14, 2024 on Apple TV+.

Apple TV+ on Monday unveiled the premiere date and a first look at “Bad Monkey,” the highly anticipated comedy from award-winning executive producer Bill Lawrence (“Ted Lasso,” “Shrinking”) and starring acclaimed actor, producer and screenwriter Vince Vaughn, who also serves as an executive producer. Based on Carl Hiaasen’s New York Times bestselling novel and enduring cult favorite, the 10-episode series makes its global debut on Apple TV+ with the first two episodes on August 14, 2024 followed by new episodes every Wednesday through October 9th.

Charlotte Lawrence and Meredith Hagner in “Bad Monkey” premiering August 14, 2024 on Apple TV+. Michelle Monaghan in “Bad Monkey” premiering August 14, 2024 on Apple TV+. John Ortiz in “Bad Monkey” premiering August 14, 2024 on Apple TV+. Meredith Hagner and Rob Delaney in “Bad Monkey” premiering August 14, 2024 on Apple TV+. Ronald Peet in “Bad Monkey” premiering August 14, 2024 on Apple TV+. Zach Braff in “Bad Monkey” premiering August 14, 2024 on Apple TV+. Jodie Turner-Smith in “Bad Monkey” premiering August 14, 2024 on Apple TV+. Vince Vaughn and Natalie Martinez in “Bad Monkey” premiering August 14, 2024 on Apple TV+.

“Bad Monkey” tells the story of Andrew Yancy (Vaughn), who has been bounced from the Miami Police department and is now a health inspector in the Keys. But after stumbling upon a case that begins with a human arm fished up by tourists, he realizes that if he can prove murder, he’ll be back in. He just needs to get past a trove of Floridian oddballs and one bad monkey.

The ensemble cast also includes L. Scott Caldwell (“The Fugitive”), Rob Delaney (“Catastrophe”), Meredith Hagner (“Search Party”), Natalie Martinez (“La Promesa del Retorno”), Alex Moffat (“Saturday Night Live,” “Holidate”), Michelle Monaghan (“Gone Baby Gone” “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”), Ronald Peet (“First Reformed”) and Jodie Turner-Smith (“Queen & Slim”), with special guest star John Ortiz (“Fast & Furious”) and guest stars Zach Braff (“Scrubs”) and Charlotte Lawrence in her television debut.
Hailing from Warner Bros. Television, “Bad Monkey” is developed by executive producer and showrunner Bill Lawrence through his Doozer Productions alongside Jeff Ingold, Matt Tarses (“Scrubs”), Marcos Siega, Vaughn, and Liza Katzer.

“Bad Monkey” marks the most recent collaboration between Bill Lawrence and Warner Bros. Television for Apple TV+, following Emmy-nominated global hit series “Shrinking” and global phenomenon “Ted Lasso.” Co-created by Lawrence, “Ted Lasso” made history by becoming the most Emmy-nominated freshman comedy series ever and landed back-to-back Emmy Awards for best comedy series for its first and second seasons.

Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all of a user’s favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries, and series have been honored with 489 wins and 2,153 award nominations and counting, including multi-Emmy Award-winning comedy “Ted Lasso” and Oscar Best Picture winner “CODA.”

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app in over 100 countries and regions, on over 1 billion screens, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Vision Pro, Mac, popular smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, VIZIO, TCL and others, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices, Chromecast with Google TV, PlayStation and Xbox gaming consoles, and at tv.apple.com, for $9.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. For a limited time, customers who purchase and activate a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or Mac can enjoy three months of Apple TV+ for free.

MacDailyNews Take: Bad Monkey will be a huge hit for Apple TV+!

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iPhone 16 Pro said to replace Blue Titanium with ‘Rose Titanium’; iPhone 16 to replace ‘Yellow’ with ‘White’

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iPhone 15

TF International Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today revealed his expectations for Apple’s iPhone 16 family’s color options, revealing that two new colors should replace two of the existing shades.

Ming-Chi Kuo via X:

2H24 iPhone 16 series case color prediction

iPhone 16 Pro & Pro Max: black, white (or silver), grey (I think it’s natural titanium), rose
iPhone 16 & 16 Plus: black, green, pink, blue, white

Apple may rename colors (e.g., previously called white as starlight). Also, even if the color name is the same as the existing model, it may look different.

Hartley Charlton for MacRumors:

This effectively means that the iPhone 15 Pro’s Blue Titanium option will be discontinued and replaced with a new rose color. This mirrors an earlier rumor originating in China, which claimed that the existing Blue Titanium color will be dropped from the ‌‌iPhone 16 Pro‌‌ lineup in favor of a new “rose” titanium color.

On the other hand, the ‌iPhone 16‌ and ‌iPhone 16‌ Plus will apparently be offered in black, green, pink, blue, and white. The iPhone 15 and ‌iPhone 15‌ Plus are available in black, green, pink, blue, and yellow. This means that white will replace yellow, with the colors remaining the same.

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MacDailyNews Take: We bet Rose Titanium (or whatever they call it) will be a very popular color choice for iPone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max!

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Apple releases iOS 17.5.1

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iOS 17.5.1

Apple on Monday released iOS 17.5.1 which provides important bug fixes and addresses a rare issue where photos that experienced database corruption could reappear in the Photos library even if they were deleted.

MacDailyNews Take: Plus, it’s schnappy!

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Apple is just weeks away from unveiling its big AI marketing effort

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Apple is preparing to make its big artificial-intelligence announcement via a canned video presentation at the opening of WWDC24 on June 10th. And Microsoft-backed ChatGPT-developer OpenAI is going to help Apple’s marketing department make a splash.

Adam Clark for Barron’s:

“WWDC announcements are likely to drive iPhone units with a higher ASP [average selling price] at some point soon—and likely to secure Apple’s high-margin services revenue growth for a long time,” wrote Melius Research analyst Ben Reitzes in a research note on Monday. 

Reitzes wrote that on top of a new Siri, Apple’s AI integration will likely include innovations in photos and video, while demanding increased storage and prompting a switch to higher-end iPhones for better processing. 

Reitzes reiterated a Buy rating and $227 target price on Apple stock.

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MacDailyNews Take: The pressure is on Apple’s marketing team to really hit one out of the park when it comes to this year’s AI announcements, making Apple look like an AI innovator.

Apple was caught flat-footed, due to a lack of vision on the part of leadership… So, the only solution is to partner with a [Google, OpenAI, Baidu, etc.] for the real GenAI stuff while pretending (marketing) really hard that some on-device AI Apple has whipped up in a few months is “insanely great Apple innovation” that’s at the heart of Apple’s 2024’s AI announcements when it’s really just an adjunct… Watch Apple make a big show of its on-device AI at WWDC and run many ads touting it from June onwards.

Apple hopes to buy time for the data center buildouts and investments that will be required for them to someday own their own AI technology and not have to license it from the likes of [Google, OpenAI, Baidu, etc.].MacDailyNews, April 1, 2024

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There’s one way to save Apple from irrelevance: New leadership

22 hours 25 min ago
Apple CEO Tim Cook

“Apple is facing a reckoning of its own making,” Jesus Diaz writes for Fast Company. “The Cupertino, California company has fumbled so many times in the last year, it is quickly approaching a technological blackhole — a point of no return in its transformation from a world-changing force to an inconsequential churner of shiny stuff.”

There’s one way to save Apple from irrelevance, get rid of caretaker Tim Cook.

Jesus Diaz for Fast Company:

Under the leadership of Tim Cook, Apple’s former COO turned CEO, the company has multiplied its output of iPhones, iPads, and Mac models, while also creating a constellation of wearables, home devices, accessories, and remarkable services and advertising businesses. Cook is an exceptional operationalist who has cranked the money printing machine that Steve Jobs built up to 11…

Of course, Apple can’t and won’t fail, financially speaking. Not for a very, very long time, at least. But that doesn’t mean it can’t fail in what it really counts and has always counted: its ability to impact the way we live, creating entire new markets like it did with the Apple II, the Macintosh, the iPod, and the iPhone…

While Apple was wasting time with the Vision Pro and its axed Apple Car project, OpenAI and Google actually started to create the next “Next Big Thing” with generative AI. Apple appears to be years behind them. The company now finds itself with some goggles nobody wants and the dilemma of signing a contract with Google or OpenAI in order to remain relevant in the AI race.

Beyond some vague promises about some supposedly cool AI coming out in 2024, Cook has yet to articulate a “cohesive larger vision” that makes Apple part of this new computing era. And yes, I know that a company the size of Apple’s has to release rinse-and-repeat iPhones and a million sizes of iPad. These are the realities of a business of global scale, where the spreadsheets win. But without the vision Jobs spoke about, Apple just becomes what it is now: a massive peddler of commoditized consumer electronics and services that are practically indistinguishable from the competition’s. Just look at how Sony did exactly that…

It’s time for the board to get a new leader that can provide that “cohesive larger vision” that Jobs articulated. If Apple wants to avoid becoming the new Sony, if it wants to change the world once again, if that’s even still the goal, it needs someone who has unmatched design and product sensibility…

And without another Jobs in the world, here’s a wild idea to make this vision happen: Cook should buy OpenAI and LoveFrom. Then resign and get Sam Altman and Jony Ive in control. Maybe he makes himself president of the board. Altman is no Jobs. He doesn’t have the articulate charm. But what he has done at OpenAI has certainly proved that he has the instinct and the ability to conjure a “cohesive larger vision” for users. You might even say the kid has that young Jobs spark (he did get kicked out of his own company after all). And Ive… well, Ive is Ive. Everyone loves Jony. He’s design personified. He’s Dieter Rams with an ASMR voice and accent that makes my knees weak.

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MacDailyNews Take: It only seems like we wrote this. It’s nice to see more and more people are now recognizing that Apple’s main issue sits at the top of its org chart. Would that Apple’s BoD – upon which, unfortunately, Tim Cook sits – would see it, too.

We have never voted for Tim Cook in the Election of Directors nor will we vote for any subsequent Apple CEO in the Election of Directors. A CEO should not be on the BoD; too many conflicts of interest.MacDailyNews, February 28, 2022

As we wrote on March 22, 2024:

There are a lot of people inside and outside of Apple who think the company should have waited on the Vision Pro, but it’s fairly easy today to see why Tim Cook released this beta (alpha?) devkit: He likely knew last year, or had a strong inkling, that Project Titan was a goner and there wasn’t much excitement in Apple’s pipeline. He’d need something to point to as “innovation” while he continued on his seemingly unending quest to iterate and monetize products invented by Steve Jobs’ Apple (a very different place) while continuing Apple’s retail store buildout. He also needed something to energize developers and, who knows, they might come up with a killer visionOS app while Apple toils on the long road to real lightweight spatial computing glasses and beyond.

More importantly, Apple last year had already come to the sad realization that they’d missed the generative artificial intelligence revolution and would need a distraction while they feverishly scrambled to catch up (the fruits of which — alongside what sound like disappointing partnerships which hopefully, somehow, preserve user privacy — we’ll hopefully begin to see at WWDC this June).

You have to feel for Cook. After a decade plus of being able to iterate and monetize Jobs’ inspired products and services and continue adding retail stores around the world to spectacular effect, and being lauded for it, he now finds himself in a place that requires actual vision to be able to see which path to take. And he’s not the guy. Even the guy who put him in the position knew it.

Tim’s not a product person, per se. – Steve Jobs

See also:
• Contrary to popular belief, Steve Jobs knew about Apple Watch – February 13, 2023
• Work on Apple Vision Pro began under Steve Jobs – August 23, 2023

Beyond the fact that Cook can’t even execute a compelling live keynote address, his big send off, the “Apple Car,” [the idea of which was also germinated under Jobs] fizzled in ignominious failure.

See also:
Scrapped Apple Car ‘a massive disappointment that will alter the course of the company’s history, perhaps for decades to come’ – Gurman – March 11, 2024
• Apple employees referred to doomed Apple Car project as ‘The Titanic Disaster’ – February 29, 2024

So, despite myriad misgivings and protestations inside Apple, Cook pulled the trigger early on the Vision Pro. He had to have something to point to that would buy him some time. Even Apple’s rubber-stamping board of lackeys would wake up and start asking questions otherwise.

While Cook is hemming and hawing when faced with shareholders (virtually, of course, never again in person for as long as Cook remains), Apple is currently in scramble mode trying to catch up to rivals — including the world’s most valuable company, Microsoft — in generative AI, a technology the company seems to have completely missed while focusing instead on the not-ready-for-primetime Apple Vision Pro, visionOS, its now-canceled decade-long multi-billion-dollar electric vehicle boondoggle, replacing leather in iPhone cases and Apple Watch bands with overpriced junk in a quest to “save the planet,” forcing employees to endure a constant barrage of time-wasting zero-productivity DEI sessions, and myriad other various and sundry “initiatives” which Cook deems of import.MacDailyNews, February 28, 2024

When you lose your visionary CEO and replace him with a caretaker CEO, this is the type of aimless, late, bureaucratic dithering that ensues.MacDailyNews, November 21, 2017

Until it gets another visionary leader (fingers crossed; Apple’s history has shown – cough, Sculley, Spindler, cough – that the next CEO could be far, far worse than the very competent caretaker Cook), Apple can afford to miss things like generative AI – which they clearly did – and then use its huge war chest to catch up – which they’re doing right now (fun times and 80-hour weeks inside Apple Park!) – and, hopefully, surpass rivals (or at least be as good). Apple will very likely unveil their catch-up work within months (this June at WWDC 2024) in iPhones (and iPads, Apple Watches, etc.) with built-in on-device generative AI and other new AI-driven features.MacDailyNews, February 14, 2024

Again, as we wrote back on April 1st:

Apple was caught flat-footed, due to a lack of vision on the part of leadership. They were, uh, focused elsewhere. Apple’s traditional data center network is not fit for generative AI. It will take years and billions of dollars to catch up just to where GenAI leaders (OpenAI, Microsoft, Alphabet, etc.) are today.

So, the only solution is to partner with a [Google, OpenAI, Baidu, etc.] for the real GenAI stuff while pretending (marketing) really hard that some on-device AI Apple has whipped up in a few months is “insanely great Apple innovation” that’s at the heart of Apple’s 2024’s AI announcements when it’s really just an adjunct… Watch Apple make a big show of its on-device AI at WWDC and run many ads touting it from June onwards.

Apple hopes to buy time for the data center buildouts and investments that will be required for them to someday own their own AI technology and not have to license it from the likes of [Google, OpenAI, Baidu, etc.].

This is what happens after a decade plus with a caretaker CEO at the helm after he hits the last page of his iteration playbook, yet attempts to stay in the game for too long.

See also:
• Tim Cook is not the best person to be CEO of Apple – April 2, 2019
• Work on Apple Vision Pro began under Steve Jobs – August 23, 2023
• Contrary to popular belief, Steve Jobs knew about Apple Watch – February 13, 2023


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Opening a third-party iPhone app store in Europe isn’t easy

Mon, 2024-05-20 23:50

In January, Apple announced it would soon allow iPhone and iPad users in Europe to download apps from third-party app stores. Actually opening one, however, isn’t easy.

Austin Carr for Bloomberg News:

28-year-old developers [Riley Testut and Shane Gill] saw Apple’s policy shift as a chance to legitimize the unauthorized service they designed several years ago to let users play old-school video games on their iPhones. The pair, who run a bootstrapped startup from the Dallas apartment they share, began slogging through Apple’s approval process for third-party shops. Their experience offers a glimpse of the road ahead for other outsiders looking to take advantage of Apple’s changes…

[Apple] introduced a complicated set of policies for those who want to launch a shop in the EU, as well as a €0.50 (54¢) “core technology fee” on app installs.

Apple says its fees reflect the value it provides developers through tools and technologies that enable them to build and share apps, and that hundreds of Apple team members spent tens of thousands of hours creating capabilities and safeguards for its new EU systems. “Apple’s approach to the DMA was guided by two simple goals: complying with the law and reducing the inevitable, increased risks it creates for our EU users,” an Apple spokesperson says.

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MacDailyNews Take: Security is certainly a major concern.

As for Apple’s App Store commissions:

How much did it cost developers to have their apps burned onto CDs, boxed, shipped, displayed on store shelves prior to Apple remaking the world for the better for umpteenth time? Apple incurs costs to store, review, organize, surface, and distribute apps to over one billion users.MacDailyNews, June 10, 2022

That said, as we wrote in December 2022:

Those who want safety, security, and privacy will stick to Apple’s App Store, but a single point of control is always a danger, especially when it comes to capricious censorship (see: pre-Musk Twitter, Apple’s App Store in China, etc.).

iPhone and iPad users must, like Mac users, have the ability to install third-party apps; even if they never do, for it will keep Apple honest. The ability to ban an app loses all power when it’s simply available in another App Store.

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Apple set to release a significantly thinner ‘iPhone Ultra’ in 2025

Mon, 2024-05-20 23:31
Apple current iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max each feature a depth of 0.32-inch (8.25 mm) iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus each measure 0.31 inch (7.80 mm) in depth

Apple is developing a significantly thinner version of the iPhone – perhaps called “iPhone Ultra” – a flagship model that would sit above the iPhone 17 Pro Max that’s likely to be launched by 2025, The Information reported on Friday, citing three people with knowledge of the project.

Reuters:

The potential thinner version is likely to be priced higher than Apple’s iPhone Pro Max, and is expected to be launched with the iPhone 17 in September 2025, the report said.

The Cupertino, California-based company is still testing different designs for the device, code-named D23, that could have Apple’s latest-generation processor, likely called A19, the report added.

Apple also plans to drop its less expensive model iPhone Plus and intends to launch a cheaper iPhone, a successor to its iPhone SE in the spring of 2025, the report said.

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MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote on September 26, 2022:

The iPhone + Number + “Pro Max” was always pretty awful and unwieldy. iPhone + Number + “Ultra” is simpler and better.

Of course, even better would be:

• iPhone
• iPhone Plus
• iPhone Pro
• iPhone Ultra

Each would be identified parenthetically with the year à la MacBook Pro (2021).

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Apple teaming with OpenAI on chatbot to be announced at WWDC

Mon, 2024-05-20 23:12
Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple is reportedly teaming up with OpenAI to add the startup’s chatbot technology to its products. The companies are preparing a major announcement of their partnership at WWDC on June 10th.

Mark Gurman for Bloomberg News:

Apple was caught flat-footed in the generative AI race, and the company will need to change its strategy if it wants to catch up… Apple Inc. has faced its share of challenges during Tim Cook’s tenure, but none may be bigger than the one it’s contending with now: the need to come from behind and win in artificial intelligence.

Though the company will still rely on the on-device approach — with its own large language models powering AI features on phones and computers — it’s also planning to deliver services via the cloud. As I’ve reported, Apple is putting high-end Mac chips into its data centers to handle these online features.

The move shows that Apple recognizes the need to evolve. As part of the changes, the company will improve Siri’s voice capabilities, giving it a more conversational feel, and add features that help users with their day-to-day lives… The big missing item here is a chatbot. Apple’s generative AI technology isn’t advanced enough for the company to release its own equivalent of ChatGPT or Gemini…

But the company knows consumers will demand such a feature, and so it’s teaming up with OpenAI to add the startup’s technology to iOS 18, the next version of the iPhone’s software. The companies are preparing a major announcement of their partnership at WWDC, with Sam Altman-led OpenAI now racing to ensure it has the capacity to support the influx of users later this year.

Still, that agreement will only go so far. To be as successful as possible in AI, Apple is going to have to eventually move away from a partnership approach, build a chatbot of its own and integrate it deeply into the company’s products. For now, it believes the combination of its homegrown AI features (both on devices and in the cloud) and the OpenAI deal will be enough to get the job done.

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MacDailyNews Take: Just as we explained was happening, and would happen, back on the first of April:

Apple was caught flat-footed, due to a lack of vision on the part of leadership. They were, uh, focused elsewhere. Apple’s traditional data center network is not fit for generative AI. It will take years and billions of dollars to catch up just to where GenAI leaders (OpenAI, Microsoft, Alphabet, etc.) are today.

So, the only solution is to partner with a [Google, OpenAI, Baidu, etc.] for the real GenAI stuff while pretending (marketing) really hard that some on-device AI Apple has whipped up in a few months is “insanely great Apple innovation” that’s at the heart of Apple’s 2024’s AI announcements when it’s really just an adjunct… Watch Apple make a big show of its on-device AI at WWDC and run many ads touting it from June onwards.

Apple hopes to buy time for the data center buildouts and investments that will be required for them to someday own their own AI technology and not have to license it from the likes of [Google, OpenAI, Baidu, etc.].

This is what happens after a decade plus with a caretaker CEO at the helm after he hits the last page of his iteration playbook, yet attempts to stay in the game for too long.

See also:
• Work on Apple Vision Pro began under Steve Jobs – August 23, 2023
• Contrary to popular belief, Steve Jobs knew about Apple Watch – February 13, 2023


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Apple slashes iPhone 15 prices in China to combat Huawei

Mon, 2024-05-20 22:45
iPhone 15

Apple has slashed prices on iPhone 15 models in mainland China, in a move to increase sales in the world’s biggest smartphone market amid increased competition from Huawei.

Tim Hardwick for MacRumors:

The discounts run from May 20 to May 28 and are steeper than the price cuts that Apple introduced in February.

For example, on its official store on Alibaba Group’s Tmall site, Apple is offering discounts of up to 2,300 yuan ($318) on select models. A top-of-the-line 256GB iPhone 15 Pro Max can now be bought for 7,949 yuan ($1,199), compared to its 9,999 yuan price tag when the device was released in September.

Meanwhile, an entry-level 128GB ‌iPhone 15‌ model is currently being offered at the discounted price of 4,599 yuan ($636), down from its previous price of 5,999 yuan.

Apple has become dependent on discounts to shift ‌mid-cycle ‌iPhone 15‌‌ stock, with strong competition from Huawei…

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Overnight, your Apple TV may have become one of the best retro gaming devices available

Sat, 2024-05-18 08:03
RetroArch is a frontend for emulators

RetroArch on tvOS delivers 78 – yes, seventy-eight! – emulators to Apple TV, making Apple’s set-top box one of the best retro gaming devices available.

Christopher Grant for Polygon:

The RetroArch video game emulation frontend was released on the iOS App Store yesterday, alongside popular PSP emulator PPSSPP (itself a core available in RetroArch).

While the popular and more elegant Delta emulator emulates six Nintendo consoles for iOS at the moment, RetroArch’s somewhat unwieldy UI brings support for a wild 78 (!) emulators covering a wide range of console and computer systems. But it also brings one other notable feature: It’s the first emulator to be released for Apple’s tvOS App Store, as spotted by MacStories’ Sigmund Judge.

https://www.threads.net/@sigjudge/post/C7AYptfofLI?xmt=AQGzSp1b9_tuY-QFomEkSrAWToewUugarLBBnNPM2x-IeqI

With RetroArch, you’ll be able to play games from classic Sega systems like the Master System, Genesis and Saturn, as well as more obscure consoles like the Watara Supervision.

You can find RetroArch, Delta, and PPSSPP on the App Store today.

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MacDailyNews Note: RetroArch’s 78 emulators:

  • 2048
  • Amstrad – CPC (CrocoDS)
  • Amstrad – CPC/GX4000 (Caprice32)
  • Arcade (FinalBurn Neo)
  • Atari – 2600 (Stella 2014)
  • Atari – 2600 (Stella)
  • Atari – 5200 (Atari800)
  • Atari – 5200 (a5200)
  • Atari – 7800 (ProSystem)
  • Atari – Lynx (Handy)
  • Bandai – WonderSwan/Color (Beetle Cygne)
  • Commodore – Amiga (PUAE)
  • Commodore – C128 (VICE x128)
  • Commodore – C64 (VICE x64, fast)
  • Commodore – C64 (VICE x64sc, accurate)
  • Commodore – C64 SuperCPU (VICE xscpu64)
  • Commodore – CBM-II 5×0 (VICE xcbm5x0)
  • Commodore – CBM-II 6×0/7×0 (VICE xcbm2)
  • Commodore – PET (VICE xpet)
  • Commodore – PLUS/4 (VICE xplus4)
  • Commodore – VIC-20 (VICE xvic)
  • Dinothawr
  • Fairchild ChannelF (FreeChaF)
  • GCE – Vectrex (vecx)
  • Game Music Emu
  • Handheld Electronic (GW)
  • MSX/SVI/ColecoVision/SG-1000 (blueMSX)
  • Mattel – Intellivision (FreeIntv)
  • NEC – PC Engine / CD (Beetle PCE FAST)
  • NEC – PC Engine / SuperGrafx / CD (Beetle PCE)
  • NEC – PC Engine SuperGrafx (Beetle SuperGrafx)
  • NEC – PC-98 (Neko Project II Kai)
  • Nintendo – DS (DeSmuME)
  • Nintendo – Game Boy / Color (Gambatte)
  • Nintendo – Game Boy / Color (Gearboy)
  • Nintendo – Game Boy / Color (SameBoy)
  • Nintendo – Game Boy / Color (TGB Dual)
  • Nintendo – Game Boy Advance (VBA Next)
  • Nintendo – Game Boy Advance (VBA-M)
  • Nintendo – Game Boy Advance (gpSP)
  • Nintendo – Game Boy Advance (mGBA)
  • Nintendo – NES / Famicom (FCEUmm)
  • Nintendo – NES / Famicom (Mesen)
  • Nintendo – NES / Famicom (Nestopia UE)
  • Nintendo – NES / Famicom (QuickNES)
  • Nintendo – Nintendo 64 (Mupen64Plus-Next)
  • Nintendo – SNES / SFC (Snes9x 2005)
  • Nintendo – SNES / SFC (Snes9x 2010)
  • Nintendo – SNES / SFC (Snes9x)
  • Nintendo – SNES / SFC (bsnes)
  • Nintendo – SNES / SFC (bsnes-hd beta)
  • Nintendo – SNES / SFC / Game Boy / Color (Mesen-S)
  • Nintendo – Virtual Boy (Beetle VB)
  • PocketCDG
  • Quake (TyrQuake)
  • Rick Dangerous (XRick)
  • SNK – Neo Geo AES/MVS (Geolith)
  • SNK – Neo Geo CD (NeoCD)
  • SNK – Neo Geo Pocket / Color (RACE)
  • ScummVM
  • Sega – MS/GG (SMS Plus GX)
  • Sega – MS/GG/MD/CD (Genesis Plus GX Wide)
  • Sega – MS/GG/MD/CD (Genesis Plus GX)
  • Sega – MS/GG/MD/CD/32X (PicoDrive)
  • Sega – MS/GG/SG-1000 (Gearsystem)
  • Sega – Saturn (Beetle Saturn)
  • Sharp – X68000 (PX68k)
  • Sinclair – ZX Spectrum (Fuse)
  • Sony – PlayStation (Beetle PSX HW)
  • Sony – PlayStation (Beetle PSX)
  • Sony – PlayStation (PCSX ReARMed)
  • Sony – PlayStation Portable (PPSSPP)
  • Texas Instruments TI-83 (Numero)
  • Thomson – MO/TO (Theodore)
  • Vircon32
  • VirtualXT
  • WASM-4
  • Watara – Supervision (Potator)

RetroArch supports a broad range of features, including:

  • Netplay
  • Soft patching
  • RetroAchievements
  • Save states
  • MFi controller support
  • Key remapping per core or per game
  • Gyro
  • Cheats
  • Custom overlays
  • Shaders
  • Fast forward and rewind
  • Game artwork
  • AI translations
  • Advanced latency management

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AT&T looks to deliver satellite voice calls and broadband to 5G iPhones

Sat, 2024-05-18 06:32

AT&T and AST SpaceMobile have entered a definitive commercial agreement to provide a space-based broadband network direct to everyday cell phones. This agreement extends until 2030. Previously the companies were working together under a Memorandum of Understanding.

This summer, AST SpaceMobile plans to deliver its first commercial satellites to Cape Canaveral for launch into low Earth orbit. These initial five satellites will help enable commercial service that was previously demonstrated with several key milestones. These industry first moments during 2023 include the first voice call, text, and video call via space between smartphones pioneered by Apple’s iPhone.

The two companies have been on this path together since 2018. AT&T will continue to be a critical collaborator in this innovative connectivity solution. Chris Sambar, Head of Network for AT&T, will soon be appointed to AST SpaceMobile’s board of directors. AT&T will continue to work directly with AST SpaceMobile on developing, testing, and troubleshooting this technology to help make continental U.S. satellite coverage possible.

“Space-based direct-to-mobile technology is designed to provide customers connectivity by complementing and integrating with our existing mobile network,” said Jeff McElfresh, Chief Operating Officer, AT&T, in a statement. “This agreement is the next step in our industry leadership to use emerging satellite technologies to provide services to consumers and in locations where connectivity was not previously feasible.”

“Working together with AT&T has paved the way to unlock the potential of space-based cellular broadband directly to everyday smartphones. We are thrilled to solidify our collaboration through this landmark agreement,” said Abel Avellan, AST SpaceMobile Founder, Chairman, and CEO, in a statement. “We aim to bring seamless, reliable service to consumers and businesses across the continental U.S., transforming the way people connect and access information.”

This is another key step on AT&T’s path to providing even more expansive connectivity on America’s largest wireless network. There are many situations where dead zones outside will become a thing of the past thanks to the reach of a satellite solution providing two-way connectivity.

One day in the not-too-distant future, consumers will feel a greater peace of mind knowing they have connectivity in places like wilderness areas, including our national park land, rural highways, and other hard to reach locations around the country.

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iPhone 16 display mass production said to start next month

Sat, 2024-05-18 05:03

Mass production of displays slated for Apple’s next-gen iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Pro models will start in June, according to display analyst Ross Young.

Juli Clover for MacRumors:

In a tweet [post on X] limited to subscribers, Young said that panel production will begin next month, with the smaller-sized ‌iPhone 16‌ and ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ to have the highest volume production projected for June.

The devices will look similar to the iPhone 15 models, but Apple is increasing the size of the ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ and ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ Max.

The ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ will have a 6.3-inch display (up from 6.1 inches) while the ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ Max will have a 6.9-inch display (up from 6.7 inches). Display sizes for the standard ‌iPhone 16‌ models will not change, and the ‌iPhone 16‌ will measure in at 6.1 inches while the ‌iPhone 16‌ Plus will have a 6.7-inch display.

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Apple’s ultra-thin iPad Pro spectacularly passes bend test

Sat, 2024-05-18 03:31
The new iPad Pro is the thinnest Apple product ever, taking portability to a whole new level.

The new iPad Pro — the thinnest Apple product ever — features a stunningly thin and light design, taking portability to a whole new level. It also does not bend (unless you really want them to). The 11-inch model is just 5.3 mm thin, and the 13-inch model is even thinner at a striking 5.1 mm, while both models are just as strong as the previous design. The 11-inch model weighs less than a pound, and the 13-inch model is nearly a quarter pound lighter than its predecessor — allowing pro users to extend their workflows in new ways and in more places.

Stan Schroeder for Mashable
:

Likely recalling 2018’s “bendgate,” when freshly launched iPads bent just a little too easily, Apple immediately said that a new metal cowling inside the new models will make the devices sturdier, and less prone to bending.

That’s easier to believe when you see independent tests, though, and now we have them. YouTubers AppleTrack and JerryRigEverything both put the new iPads to the bendy test, and the results were surprisingly good.

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Apple stock returns to winning ways as AI optimism builds

Sat, 2024-05-18 02:02

Apple stock has nearly erased its year-to-date drop with recent gains as investor hopes for a major AI event ratchet up in the lead-up to Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) starting June 10th.

Jeran Wittenstein and Ryan Vlastelica for Bloomberg News:

After months of struggles, Apple Inc. is looking a lot more like the stock market leader it used to be.

The iPhone maker’s shares are on pace for their best month since March 2023. They’ve gained almost 12% after a strong earnings report showed growth is returning and the company also announced the biggest stock buyback in US history, a sign of its financial might.

In addition, there is growing excitement about its artificial intelligence plans. After being down as much as 14% this year, the stock is close to erasing those losses.

The latest leg of the rally came after a Bloomberg report that Apple is closing in on a deal with OpenAI to use ChatGPT features in the new iPhone operating system. That had greater resonance after OpenAI on Monday showed off a faster and cheaper version of the AI model that underpins ChatGPT, including a demonstration of new voice features.

The demo showed the potential for AI-infused digital assistants, and such features could juice revenue growth for Apple by compelling customers to buy new iPhones and pay for more services, according to Ken Mahoney, chief executive officer at Mahoney Asset Management. He’s more convinced than ever that “AI will result in Siri on steroids,” he said.

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You could be eligible for a piece of Apple’s $35 million iPhone 7 settlement

Sat, 2024-05-18 00:29

The deadline is approaching to register to receive a piece of Apple’s $35 million settlement with iPhone 7 or 7 Plus users who experienced audio issues with their smartphone’s microphone.

Rishikesh Rajagopalan for CBS News:

Those eligible to make a claim can be awarded $50 to $349 from the tech giant.

The settlement is restricted to United States residents who owned one of those phone models between September 16, 2016 and January 3, 2023, and reported a covered audio issue to Apple or paid the company for repairs.

Those who paid for repairs can receive a maximum of $349, while people who reported the issue but didn’t pay for repairs can receive up to $125. The minimum payout for eligible claimants is $50.

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Apple’s new Magic Keyboard will make you want an M4 iPad Pro

Fri, 2024-05-17 22:58
Apple’s new iPad Pro 13‑inch (M4) with new Magic Keyboard

Apple’s all-new thinner and lighter Magic Keyboard for the M4 iPad Pro includes a function row for quick access to convenient features like screen brightness, and a gorgeous aluminum palm rest and larger trackpad that’s even more responsive with haptic feedback — so the entire experience feels just like using MacBook. It’s so good, it’ll make you want to upgrade to an M4 iPad Pro.

Ryan Christoffel for 9to5Mac:

Whether you’re coming from a 2018 iPad Pro like me, or a newer M-class iPad, there are plenty of great reasons to upgrade to the new iPad Pro. The OLED display can’t be beat; the M4 chip is unmatched in Apple’s lineup; and on a lesser note, there’s even a color-matched USB-C cable with the space black model.

The upgrade incentive I didn’t really expect, but that’s hitting me hardest today, is just how much better the new Magic Keyboard is than its predecessor.

If you’re in the market for a new iPad, don’t sleep on the niceties offered by the new Magic Keyboard.

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Apple Music reveals next 10 albums on 100 Best Albums of All Time list

Fri, 2024-05-17 11:55
Apple Music celebrates the launch of inaugural 100 Best Albums list

Apple Music this week announced the release of its 100 Best Albums of all time, a celebratory list of the greatest records ever made, crafted by Apple Music’s team of experts alongside a select group of artists, including Maren Morris, Pharrell Williams, J Balvin, Charli XCX, Mark Hoppus, Honey Dijon, and Nia Archives, as well as songwriters, producers, and industry professionals. The list is an editorial statement, fully independent of any streaming numbers on Apple Music — a love letter to the records that have shaped the world music lovers live and listen in.

Apple Music is bringing its 100 Best Albums to life with a countdown celebration beginning today, revealing 10 albums each day for the next 10 days, along with a brand-new 100 Best microsite, new and exclusive content, dedicated Apple Music Radio episodes, and so much more. The countdown will culminate on the final day with the reveal of Apple Music’s top 10 albums of all time during a broadcast radio special.

“100 Best brings together all the things that make Apple Music the ultimate service for music lovers — human curation at its peak, an appreciation for the art of storytelling, and unparalleled knowledge of music and an even deeper love for it,” said Rachel Newman, Apple Music’s senior director of content and editorial, in a statement. “We have been working on this for a very long time, and it’s something we are all incredibly proud of and excited to share with the world.”

“Putting this list together was a true labor of love, both in that it was incredibly difficult to do and in that we are all so passionate about it,” said Zane Lowe, Apple Music’s global creative director and lead anchor for Apple Music 1, in a statement. “We were tasked with selecting the 100 best — that’s practically mission impossible. But as music fans, it was also amazing to really take a minute and sit and think about the music and albums and artists that we love so much in this context. If this list sparks more debate among fans outside of Apple Music and gets people talking passionately about the music they love, then we’ve done what we set out to do.”

The first 10 albums were revealed Monday with seven of the 10 records hailing from the 21st century, two from the 90s, only one from the 70s, and various genres represented, the list spotlights contemporary artists like Tyler, The Creator; Robyn; Lorde; Travis Scott; Solange; Burial; and more who have helped define this century through their music and its influence on others…

100. Body Talk, Robyn
99. Hotel California, Eagles
98. ASTROWORLD, Travis Scott
97. Rage Against the Machine, Rage Against the Machine
96. Pure Heroine, Lorde
95. Confessions, USHER
94. Untrue, Burial
93. A Seat at the Table, Solange
92. Flower Boy, Tyler, The Creator
91. Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, George Michael

On Tuesday, Apple Music revealed the next 10 albums on its list:

90. Back In Black, AC/DC
89. The Fame Monster, Lady Gaga
88. I Put a Spell on You, Nina Simone
87. Blue Lines, Massive Attack
86. My Life, Mary J. Blige
85. Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves
84. Doggystyle, Snoop Dogg
83. Horses, Patti Smith
82. Get Rich or Die Tryin’, 50 Cent
81. After the Gold Rush, Neil Young

On Wednesday, Apple Music revealed the next 10 albums on its list:

80. The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem
79. Norman F*****g Rockwell!, Lana Del Rey
78. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John
77. Like a Prayer, Madonna
76. Un Verano Sin Ti, Bad Bunny
75. Supa Dupa Fly, Missy Elliott
74. The Downward Spiral, Nine Inch Nails
73. Aja, Steely Dan
72. SOS, SZA
71. Trans-Europe Express, Kraftwerk

Thursday revealed:

70. Straight Outta Compton, NWA
69. Master of Puppets, Metallica
68. Is This It, The Strokes
67. Dummy, Portishead
66. The Queen Is Dead, The Smiths
65. 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul
64. Baduizm, Erykah Badu
63. Are You Experienced, The Jimi Hendrix Experience
62. All Eyez on Me, 2Pac
61. Love Deluxe, Sade

“There are so many fun facts for our listeners to discover about these albums,” said Scott Plagenhoef, Apple Music’s global head of music programming. “For example, two of the records revealed today were promoted without the image of the artist, but for opposite reasons — Burial’s Untrue because the artist was still operating anonymously at the time, and George Michael’s Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 because the artist was actually retreating from fame.”

Discover, Learn, and Share with Friends

To accompany the list, today Apple Music also revealed a dedicated microsite that will update every day of the countdown, making it easy for listeners to follow along. Available now at 100best.music.apple.com, the new 100 Best microsite spotlights in-depth analysis of each album, archival interviews, and more, and makes it easy for fans to share their favorite albums with friends and on their social channels.
Explore records 100-91 of Apple Music’s 100 Best Albums at 100best.music.apple.com.

Follow Along on Apple Music Radio

Fans will also be treated to a full 100 Best Albums Radio takeover on Apple Music Hits, where round-the-clock specials with Apple Music Radio hosts and daily specials at 9 a.m. PT (noon ET) will be broadcasted, plus exclusive content will drop every day on demand on Apple Music and Apple Podcasts.

The last 10 albums will be revealed on Wednesday, May 22, with a special roundtable discussion broadcasting globally on Apple Music that features guest artists Nile Rodgers and Maggie Rogers reflecting on the list alongside Apple Music’s own Zane Lowe and Ebro Darden. Lowe will also curate a special mashup-style DJ mix featuring songs from all 100 Best Albums.

Apple Music will keep the momentum going after the countdown ends with an additional week of 100 Best Albums Radio takeover on Apple Music Hits.

All 100 Best Albums recipients will be given an award comprised of blasted anodized aluminum, sourced entirely from recycled Apple products, in a unique polished PVD gold. The design on the back of the award takes its cues from a vinyl LP record and is inscribed with the artist’s name, the album title, and the album’s year of release.

Explore Apple Music’s 100 Best Albums at 100best.music.apple.com and check back daily to discover the full list. Get exclusive content by following @AppleMusic on TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and X.

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AAA title ‘Assassin’s Creed Shadows’ launches on Apple Silicon Macs on November 15th

Fri, 2024-05-17 08:02

Ubisoft’s AAA title “Assassin’s Creed Shadows” is coming November 15th on Apple Silicon Macs via Apple’s Mac App Store, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, Ubisoft+, Amazon Luna, and Windows PC via the Ubisoft Store and the Epic Games Store.

Andrew Orr for AppleInsider:

Ubisoft’s upcoming release of Assassin’s Creed Shadows on November 15th marks a significant milestone in the Mac gaming industry. Unlike previous AAA titles that often arrived on macOS long after their initial release, Assassin’s Creed Shadows will be available on launch day.

Set for release on November 15th, the game features two main protagonists: a Shinobi assassin and a legendary samurai. The dual-character approach provides diverse gameplay mechanics and storylines, allowing players to switch between stealth and combat-oriented missions.

The narrative unfolds across various Japanese landscapes, immersing players in a richly detailed world inspired by historical events and folklore. Both characters have distinct skill sets and abilities, which can be upgraded through progression, offering a tailored experience depending on the player’s preferred playstyle.

The simultaneous release highlights the capabilities of Apple’s M-series chips in handling high-end gaming experiences, further solidifying the company’s presence in the gaming industry.

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