Nintendo introduces 2 paid subscriptions for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp


Nintendo introduces 2 paid subscriptions for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
Nintendo has changed its approach to mobile games.
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Nintendo has revealed details of a pair of paid subscriptions coming to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. We wrote about news of the subscriptions earlier this week, but no pricing information was available at the time.

The new “Pocket Camp Club” subscriptions follow shortly after Nintendo introduced a similar subscription for Mario Kart Tour, with a “Gold Pass” priced at $4.99 per month.

Apple breaks ground on new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas


Apple expects the facility to open in 2022.
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Apple today confirmed it has started construction on a new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will open in 2022. The facility will initially house 5,000 people, but it has the capacity to grow to 15,000.

It’s part of a broader plan to expand Apple’s prescence in the city, where it has already started producing the all-new Mac Pro.

Today in Apple history: iTunes bags its first exclusive movie


The producers of Purple Violets took a gamble on iTunes movie distribution.
The producers of Purple Violets take a gamble on iTunes movie distribution.
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November 20: Today in Apple history: iTunes movie distribution begins with Purple Violets, the first film to launch on iTunes November 20, 2007: Purple Violets becomes the first feature film to launch exclusively on iTunes.

A romantic comedy directed by Edward Burns, Purple Violets stars Selma Blair, Debra Messing and Patrick Wilson. With limited offers from distributors, the filmmakers pin their hopes on iTunes distribution as an alternative way to get their movie in front of viewers.

Apple will unleash first 3 episodes of Servant on November 28


Apple will unleash first 3 episodes of Servant on November 28
This answers one big question I had about Apple TV+.
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M. Night Shyamalan’s Apple Original series Servant will debut with three episodes on November 28. As with other Apple TV+ shows such as The Morning Show, Apple will then roll out new episodes every Friday.

That answers one question I’d had about Apple TV’s future launch plans.

Morning Show producers blame bad reviews on ‘Apple haters’


Morning Show producers blame bad reviews on 'Apple haters'
Critics really seemed to have their knives out for The Morning Show.
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There’s a big difference in the user and critic reviews of Apple TV+’s The Morning Show — and the show’s producers think Apple haters are to blame.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the audience score currently stands at 95%. The critic score, meanwhile, languishes at 63%. Early reviews were particularly harsh, labelling the show as a “painful bellyflop.”

Apple could be planning to kill iTunes for Windows too


iTunes for Windows
iTunes for Windows might be split up.
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Windows users might not have to use iTunes much longer. Mac users were freed from this often-criticized multimedia software by macOS Catalina, but it lives on computers running Microsoft’s operating system.

However, Apple seems to be staffing up to create a replacement for Windows too.

The meaning of life, according to Tim Cook


Tim Cook's driving force won't surprise you at all.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff for his company’s Dreamforce conference this afternoon but instead of diving into Apple’s boring enterprise efforts, Cook was ready to discuss heavier topics.

Sitting in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts where Apple revealed some of its biggest product updates before Apple Park was built, Cook shared his thoughts on privacy, environmental conservation, innovation, memories of Steve Jobs and what motivates him.

Apple proposes VR glove that lets you feel virtual textures


Apple’s proposed VR glove
A proposed Apple VR glove lets you feel the virtual items you see.
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Apple engineers laid the groundwork for a pair of gloves that would let users feel objects displayed by virtual reality or augmented reality.

The idea of gloves with haptic feedback isn’t new, but a newly-received patent shows Apple continues to put considerable research and development effort into cutting-edge VR and AR.

Want a 16-inch MacBook Pro? Sell your old model for the best price!


Selling your old MacBook is easier than you think.
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Apple’s long-awaited 16-inch MacBook Pro is on sale now, and it’s (almost) everything we hoped it would be. If you’re lusting after one, Cult of Mac’s buyback program can help make it more affordable.

We pay great prices for used MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro units — and we make the whole process quick and simple. We also cough up real cash, so you can spend it anywhere you like.