Apple TV gains 11 new underwater screen savers for you to sit and stare at

What you need to know

  • There are 11 new Apple TV wallpapers to enjoy.
  • They’re all shot underwater.
  • They all look as amazing as the last batch.

When screensavers are more fun than some Apple TV+ shows.

Apple has added 11 new underwater screensavers for Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K users to enjoy. Anyone who is using the Aerial screensaver will automatically see them added to their rotation.

We don’t know exactly when these new screensavers were added but 9to5Mac spotted them this week. There also appear to be HD and 4K versions of the screensavers so you can enjoy them in the very best quality depending on the hardware you have at your disposal.

The new arrivals mean there are now more than 80 screensavers for Apple TVs to choose from when twiddling their thumbs. The new arrivals are:

  • Alaskan Jellies (2)
  • Tahiti Waves (2)
  • California Dolphins
  • California Kelp Forest
  • Costa Rica Dolphins
  • Cownose Rays
  • Gray Reef Sharks
  • Humpback Whale
  • Red Sea Coral

Be sure to make use of the Aerial screensaver to enjoy the new hotness. Once you have, swipe left or right on the Siri remote to switch between different screensavers once they’re displayed on-screen.

Using these new screensavers could be the best decision you make today!


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It’s Your Last Chance to Take Advantage of the Free Year of Apple TV+ Offer

If you’ve purchased an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, or iPod touch device between September 10 and November 1, you are quickly running out of time to grab your free year of Apple TV+.

The Apple TV+ video streaming service debuted in November, offering a variety of original movies and television shows. The subscription normally costs $4.99 per month. However, Apple has been giving away a free year’s subscription to buyers of the above-listed devices. This allows Apple TV+ to gain a toehold against better-established players, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and others.

This month is the last chance for stragglers who haven’t signed up for their free year of Apple TV+ to take advantage of the offer. Apple is sending reminders to folks that haven’t signed up. Australian Apple users are already receiving the reminder, so we can expect to start seeing it on devices in other countries very soon.

Users who do take advantage of the free year are basically agreeing to the subscription to renew automatically at the end of the one year period, but users can cancel at any time.

While there isn’t much on the service at the moment when compared with other services, much of what is available is of good quality. So, you could give it a try for free, and simply set a reminder to cancel it one year from now, before you’re required to actually pay for the service.

(Via 9to5Mac)

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Apple Releases watchOS 6.1.2 and tvOS 13.3.1 Updates to The Public

Apple on Tuesday released watchOS 6.1.2, the fourth update to the watchOS 6 operating system for Apple Watch Series 1 through 5. The Cupertino firm also released tvOS 13.3.1, the third update to the tvOS 13 operating system that runs on the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models

watchOS 6.1.2

The watchOS 6.1.2 update can be installed on compatible Apple Watches via the Watch app on the device’s connected iPhone. Go to “General” -> “Software Update” to install the new software. The Apple Watch should have at least 50% battery life, be connected to a charger, and be in the range of the paired iPhone.

No significant features were found in the watchOS 6.1.2 betas. Apple says the update “provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.”

tvOS 13.3.1

The free tvOS 13.3.1 update can be downloaded to compatible devices via the Settings app by going to “System” -> “Software Update.” If automatic updates are enabled on the device it will automatically update to the new version.

tvOS updates are usually minor, focusing on bug fixes and performance improvements. Apple provides limited information on what’s new in tvOS updates, and no new features were discovered during the update’s beta testing period.

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Apple TV+ “immaterial” to results

Apple has reported its highest-ever quarterly earnings, but the $92 billion was drawn from increased iPhone sales and other subscription services such as Apple Music and Apple News+.

In an analyst call CFO Luca Maestri described revenues from the newly launched Apple TV+ as being “immaterial to our results”. Maestri said he anticipated that Apple TV+ would ultimately eclipse its other subscription services in terms of revenue.

Launched on November 1 last year Apple TV+ is priced at £4.99 a month. It is also available free for those purchasing a new Apple device or the Apple Music Student Plan.

Significantly, Apple TV+ is also available outside the Apple ecosystem, so in addition to iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch and Mac, Apple TV+ can also be found on select Samsung smart TVs, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices, as well as on the web at


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Apple is figuring out how to add lots of content to TV+, maybe

The most important thing we learned about Apple’s plans for its Apple TV+ service is that the company has no intention of relying solely on its own self-created content.

If it’s talking to one person…

Think about it this way. We’ve heard two reports that claim Apple and MGM held what are described as “preliminary” talks about an acquisition.

While it is important to note that it seems to be MGM that pushed for the meeting as it looks to exploit its c.$10b content library, which includes household names like James Bond, The Handmaid’s Tale and RoboCop.

The claims were made by CNBC and Wall Street Journal. It follows claims that Apple has also been chatting to PAC-12 on the notion of adding sports coverage to its Apple TV offering.

And if it is talking to one company I can easily imagine it is talking to a few more.

What of it?

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So, let’s speculate:

That Apple is reportedly holding these meetings implies the company is interested in exploring content acquisition ideas. This makes sense as it seeks to build a bulwark of content to bolster its own unique offerings.

(As an aside, it is interesting to note how well Apple co-founder Steve Jobs understood the importance of video. He must have done. He owned Pixar.)

What we don’t know is how the company might realise the vision:

  1. Will it continue to license existing third-party created content it may acquire to other services and take some money on the deal?
  2. Will it take content in-house creating a balkanization of content that’s the modern equivalent of old-style channel-based TV?

I’m rather hoping it will choose the first model rather than the second.

But I’m cheered by the idea that it is seeking out ways to enrich its current catalog with more content people will probably like.

And pure guesswork tells me we might learn a little more of that within the next few months, as those first-year free subscription deals begin to time out. (Though I’m terribly skeptical of the 55m subs figure that’s been gossiped about recently).

I wouldn’t be terribly surprised to hear of a major Apple acquisition in this space in the coming few months. I wonder which content companies a firm with $1.35 trillion market cap could afford to pitch for?

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MGM Held Preliminary Acquisition Talks With Apple, Netflix, Others

MGM has held preliminary discussions with Apple, Netflix, and other large media companies to measure their interest in a possible acquisition.

The CNBC report backs up a report last month from The Wall Street Journal that indicated Apple had discussed a deal to acquire MGM Holdings content, although the talks were still in the early stage.

A deal for MGM’s content library would greatly enlarge Apple’s own Apple TV+ content library, helping to put it on a more even footing with other streaming services, such as Netflix. MGM owns the James Bond franchise, as well as multiple hit TV shows. The studio also owns the Epic cable channel and streaming service.

The company also owns the popular Hulu series, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” as well as “Live PD,” a reality police show that has frequently been the most-watched show on cable TV and airs on A&E.

MGM had revenue of more than $1 billion for the first nine months of 2019 consisting primarily of about $600 million in TV and film licensing revenue and $300 million from Epix subscriptions.

So far, Apple has declined to comment on the possible deal.

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Apple Purchases Rights to Political Coming-of-Age Documentary ‘Boys State’

Apple and film studio partner A24 have purchased the rights to “Boys State” a political coming-of-age documentary that takes a look at the cultural and political climate of the United States.

The Hollywood Reporter reports Apple paid $10 million for the documentary, which was directed by Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine. Laurene Powell Jobs, Steve Jobs’ widow, served as an executive producer on the project.

Directed by Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine, the film rode into the Sundance Film Festival with the buzz of being this year’s American Factory. Boys State chronicles an unusual experiment: 1,000 17-year-old boys from across the state of Texas gather together to build a representative government from the ground up. High-minded ideals collide with low-down dirty tricks as four boys of diverse backgrounds and political views navigate the challenges of organizing political parties, shaping consensus and campaigning for the highest office at Texas Boys State — governor.

The documentary premiered on January 24 at the Sundance Film Festival. The film joins Apple’s original feature film slate, including two other efforts from the company’s partnership with A24: Sofia Coppola’s On the Rocks and Josephine Decker’s The Sky Is Everywhere.

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Apple Teaser Offers Sneak Peak at ‘Beastie Boys Story’ – Coming to Apple TV+ in April

Apple has shared a sneak peek at its upcoming “Beastie Boys Story” documentary, set to debut on the Apple TV+ streaming service in the spring.

Here’s a little story they’re about to tell…Coming April 24 to ‌Apple TV‌+, Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz share the story of their band and 40 years of friendship in a live documentary directed by friend, collaborator, and their former grandfather, Spike Jonze.

“Beastie Boys Story” is a “live documentary” that focuses on the history and legacy of the group. Based on the “Beastie Boys Book,” published in October 2018, the documentary will highlight Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz discussing their long-running friendship and rise to fame.

The film will see a limited release in IMAX theaters on April 3 and will hit home screens on Apple TV+ on April 24.

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Beastie Boys Story — Official Sneak Peek | Apple TV+

Here’s a little story they’re about to tell…Coming April 24 to Apple TV+, Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz share the story of their band and 40 years of friendship in a live documentary directed by friend, collaborator, and their former grandfather, Spike Jonze. Learn more about Beastie Boys Story on the Apple TV app:

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Original Content podcast: Apple’s ‘Little America’ chooses uplift over anger

“Little America,” a new anthology series on Apple TV+, has been widely described as the best show on the fledging streaming service.

Here on the Original Content podcast, we aren’t ready to go quite that far, particularly since a couple of us are big fans of “See.” But we were pretty impressed.

The series, which counts “The Big Sick” writers Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani among its executive producers, tells eight separate stories (all based on real-life profiles in Epic Magazine) about immigrants to the United States. For example, the first episode focuses on a young boy whose parents end up returning to India in the face of deportation, leaving him as the de facto manager of their motel in Utah.

At a time when immigration remains a hot-button issue on the national stage, this might sound like the setup for a righteously angry and political show. Instead, “Little America” largely eschews overt politics, aside from its insistence in depicting as immigrants from all over the world as individuals with their own idiosyncrasies and ambitions — in short, as real human beings.

This makes for a funny, engaging show that never gets particularly dark or depressing. Perhaps that’s our only real criticism — that the stories seem so carefully chosen to emphasize uplift over anger that they can start to feel a bit formulaic.

In addition to our review (which includes some mild spoilers for early episodes), this episode takes us all over the place, covering everything from Netflix’s new method for reporting audience size to a lawsuit alleging that M. Night Shyamalan stole the idea for his TV+ series “Servant.

You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You can also send us feedback directly. (Or suggest shows and movies for us to review!)

And if you’d like to skip ahead, here’s how the episode breaks down:

0:00 Intro
0:27 Netflix audience metrics
15:52 “Little America” review (mild spoilers)
45:59 M. Night Shyamalan lawsuit discussion
56:31 “Encore” discussion
1:02:07 “Bachelor” discussion


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