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Apple TV+’s For All Mankind Impressed Me

The reviews came in over the last week (and many of them weren’t kind), but Apple TV+ finally arrived for the rest of us yesterday. I got home from work late, so I was only able to check out one show after signing up for my free trial.

Out of the opening lineup of shows, For All Mankind is really the only one that stands out as something I would be interested in, so I decided to start there. I will take a look at the others later, but I actually wanted to see watch this show and I wasn’t disappointed. If you are worried about spoilers below, don’t be. I’ll keep it general.

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New Goodies Start Arriving Today. Time To Look Forward to Another Event

That’s the way it goes in the tech world. By the time the new thing arrives, the news cycle is already well on to the next thing. This goes double with Apple. As the new iPhones 11 and Apple Watches arrive in the hands of eager buyers (including myself) later today, there have already been a lot of reports on what seems to be an inevitable October event, as well as a lot of rumors on next year’s iPhone. Yeah, the tech press isn’t known for its patience waiting for the next leak or story.

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Apple TV+ and Arcade are Coming Soon. Do You Care?

Thanks to Apple’s services-focused event back in the Spring, we already know the broad strokes when it comes to Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade. The former will feature Apple’s original video content, which they have been investing increasing amounts of time and money in, while the latter is the company’s gaming subscription service that is geared toward breathing new life into paid gaming titles on the App Store.

We also know that the release dates for both are closing in as we get closer to the release of the new iPhone. However, other than the occasional preview, trailer or rumor, news of these coming subscription services has been scarce.

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Apple Previews their New Peanuts Series and I Am All About It

From the fun, quirky and diverse characters to the cool of the laid-back West-Coast Jazz soundtracks, I have loved all of the Peanuts specials and movies since I was a kid. Is any cartoon character more loveable and easier to root for than good-old Charlie Brown? Is any cartoon dog more fun than Snoopy? Do not @ me on this.

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Apple is Dabbling in Multi-User Support. When Will it Come to iPad?

At WWDC, Apple announced that they would finally be adding multi-user support to one of their mobile operating systems. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the one most of us have been asking for. The first round goes to the tvOS and the Apple TV, which will now have separate recommendations and favorites for different users. An honorary mention also goes to the HomePod, which will now be able to recognize voice commands from multiple users and respond with information from their iCloud account.

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The Yin and Yang of the Galaxy Fold

Many Apple fans are enjoying sitting back and watching Samsung squirm their way through a disastrous product launch…again. You can’t excuse the sloppiness of the Galaxy Fold and how rushed it was in the race to be first to market. An attempt to be innovative isn’t enough to cover up the hardware failures and suspect design.

All that said, while it is easy to make fun of “the enemy” when they fail, that really doesn’t accomplish anything productive. No more so than when fans of Samsung’s products throw stones at Apple for playing it safe or for iterating on or polishing up existing features. In truth, there is good and bad to both company’s approaches.

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Nexflix Removing AirPlay Support is a Strange and Somewhat Consumer Hostile Move

In case you haven’t seen the news today, users started noticing that Netflix no longer offers AirPlay compatibility for Apple devices, such as the Apple TV. Later, the company confirmed that they removed this feature that has been a part of their app for the last five years because of a “technical limitation.” However, they were not forthcoming as to what that limitation was.

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Apple’s Event Offers Few Surprises, but Some Solid Coming Attractions

Apple’s Showtime event took place at 12 PM Central today and the company revealed a couple of things that we all knew were coming and two that were a little less certain. Here’s a brief look at each to get you caught up:

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Apple Makes a Big Splash at CES with Samsung TV Partnership

Just when people start to count Apple out, just when their reach seems to be diminishing just a bit, they come out of nowhere and make a big splash. Yesterday, Samsung announced that their new SmartTVs will have support for iTunes movies and TV shows starting this Spring. The TVs will also include support for Apple’s AirPlay 2, giving them two of the primary features of the Apple TV.

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Is Apple Really Planning to Give Away its New Streaming Shows?

Apple working on its own original shows and video content is one of the worst kept secrets in both tech and Hollywood right now. Their intentions were revealed with the mediocre Planet of the Apps and the somewhat better longer-form version of Carpool Karaoke, which is still alive and kicking. However, while these two trial balloons have been out there for all to see, all of Hollywood has been hearing the names of well-known actors, producers, and show-runners attached to projects that Apple has secured for future release and taking notice of just how serious they are about this new venture.

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The Remains of the Apple Event and What We Didn’t Get

The iPhones XS, XS Max, and XR and the Apple Watch Series 4 weren’t all that was announced today. There were just a few other morsels that Tim Cook briefly covered at the end of the event. Continue reading

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