More Apple TV + news

The first season of “Little America,”is available to stream on Apple TV+. Little America is an anthology series created by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, best known for being the creators (and star) of ‘The Big Sick’.

 

It’s eight half hour episodes that each focus on a different immigrant story, from a 12-year-old who has to run a Utah motel on his own after his parents are deported back to India, to a Nigerian grad student who becomes a cowboy.

 

 

According to some critics, the show is the best ‌‌Apple TV‌‌+ show yet, and good news if you agree, because it’s already been renewed for season 2.

 

Check out the trailer below!

 

 

 

In other, spectacular news, Apple has signed a multi-year agreement with award-winning actress, producer, and kickass lady  Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who will develop new projects exclusively for Apple TV+ as both an executive producer and actress.

 

See, I told you, spectacular. 

 


From the source, the kickass lady herself:

 

“I am thrilled about this new partnership with my friends at Apple,” said Louis-Dreyfus. “Also, many thanks and kudos to my representatives for structuring the deal in such a way that I am paid in AirPods.”

 

Apple’s streaming TV service launched in November for $4.99 per month with a one-week trial. Happy streaming!

 

 

Apple running ‘Night Mode’ photo competition

Apple has just announced a new Night Mode photo challenge, and is inviting users to share their best Night Mode photos captured with the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max.

 

If you have one of the above devices, you’ll know that iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models turn on Night Mode automatically when the camera detects low-light situations, and when that happens, a crescent moon icon at the top of the display turns yellow.

 

If you want to take part in the competition, you can submit your photos from today until January 29th, after which a panel of 10 judges will pick five winning photos on March 4th. You have to be 18 or older and not an Apple employee (duh).

 

If this sounds like you – share your Night Mode photos on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #ShotoniPhone and #NightmodeChallenge. Weibo users can participate using #ShotoniPhone# and #NightmodeChallenge#. Apple says to note which iPhone model you used to capture your image in the caption.High-resolution photos can also be emailed to shotoniphone@apple.com, using the file format “firstname_lastname_nightmode_iPhonemodel.”

 

Photos ARE allowed to be edited, but you have to say what apps or filters you used in the image caption or comment, and photo shot with the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max in Night Mode since September 20 qualifies.

 

If you win, your photo will be shared on Apple’s website and on its Instagram, Twitter, WeChat, and Weibo pages as well as MAYBE appearing in ads and on billboards, at Apple Stores, or in a third-party photo exhibition. Apple says it will pay a licensing fee to the winning photographers for use of such photos in its marketing.

 

 

Good Luck!!

 

 

2020 is here! What to expect from Apple

It’s only just begun!  new decade, a new year, a new raft of Apple releases. So what can we expect from them? iPhone changes are for sure expected – such as 3D sensing rear cameras, 5G technology, and an all-OLED lineup. We’re also looking at updated iPad Pro models, new Macs, Apple Tags, updated HomePod and Apple TV, with some even predicting an augmented reality headset.

 

During the first half of 2020, there’s a solid chance that Apple will release a new low-cost iPhone that will be sold alongside the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and Pro Max. The smartphone has been referred to as an iPhone SE 2 but will likely be more similar to an iPhone 8.

 

If it’s a real thing, it’s said to feature a 4.7-inch display with Touch ID, an A13 chip, a single-lens rear camera, 3GB RAM, and it will be available in silver, red, and space gray colors. For this device, we’re probably looking at around $399.

 

 

In the Fall, we’ll see the annual refresh of Apple’s iPhone lineup , with the expectation that they will introduce higher-end 6.1 and 6.7-inch iPhone models alongside lower-end 5.4 and 6.1-inch iPhone models, for a total of four iPhones, all featuring OLED displays. Every new iPhone coming in 2020 is expected to support 5G technology.

 

 

We can likely expect the Apple Watch Series 6 to be released, with ( presumably) faster performance, better water resistance, and improved wireless transmission for faster WiFi and cellular speeds. Sleep tracking is also expected to be an added feature to the smartwatch.

 

 

As there was no iPad Pro refresh in 2019, rumors suggest a refresh is coming in the first half of this year, with an updated iPad Pro with faster Face ID and a rear-facing time-of-flight (ToF) camera system which can determine the distance between objects by measuring the time it takes a light or laser signal to get from the camera to the subject in each point of the image.

 

That information is used to create a 3D image of the surrounding area to allow more accurate depth perception and better placement of virtual objects. ( Hi Augmented Reality).

 

Apple may update the 16-inch MacBook Pro lineup with a new machine that features a mini-LED display, will likely release a 13-inch MacBook Pro with a scissor switch keyboard, and is expected to bring said scissor switch keyboard to the MacBook Air at some point during the year.

 

At WWDC in June, we can expect the usual updates to software – this year it will be iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, tvOS 14, and macOS 10.16.

 

New products circling the rumor mill range from ‘Airtags’ – bluetooth tracking devices similar to Tile, to AR Smart Glasses that would be offered alongside the iPhone, with the iPhone handling the bulk of the processor needs and the glasses serving a display role.

 

Hopefully there’ll be some sweet shinyApple-y surprises coming our way in 2020 as well, but so far it’s looking pretty nice!

 

Happy New Year!