iPhone SE 2 is getting BIG upgrades… We fill you in, on The CultCast

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According a reliable analyst, iPhone SE 2's specs and price will be shockingly good.
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This week on The CultCast: iPhone SE 2 is almost here! And its specs and price are surprisingly good… Plus: finally! Long awaited camera upgrades are coming to iOS 13; Apple TV+ finally lays out the details of their launch shows; and AMC’s new movie streaming is going to take on Apple Movies with a genius feature Apple can’t possibly match.

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Apple shows off its kids shows in latest batch of Apple TV+ trailers

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Snoopy in Space looks like Apple's best kids' show.
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Apple’s full lineup of shows for the upcoming launch of Apple TV+ is starting to come into clearer focus ahead of the big November 1 launch. The iPhone-maker shared three new teaser trailers this morning showcasing what it has in store for kids and its educational shows might be some of Apple’s best content.

The new minute-length teaser trailers for Ghostwriter and Helpsters don’t divulge much details about the plot. However, the new Snoopy in Space trailer provides a solid peek at the Peanuts gang as they help Snoopy try to become a NASA astronaut.

Watch all three:

Details emerge about Servant, the creepy M. Night Shyamalan Apple TV+ show

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Servant is M. Night Shyamalan's new Apple TV+ show.
Details about M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming Apple TV+ show start to trickle out.
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A new photo and a few fresh plot details shed light on Servant, the mysterious M. Night Shyamalan TV show coming soon to Apple TV+.

The picture shows Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint, who stars in the show, which Shyamalan describes as a potboiler fueled by paranoia. And then there’s those creepy baby feet …

Terry Gilliam still hasn’t signed contract to remake Time Bandits with Apple

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The time-traveling dwarves of Time Bandits.
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Terry Gilliam’s 1981 movie Time Bandits is set to get the TV series treatment by Apple, but in a recent interview, Gilliam revealed he’s still not sure how involved he will be in the project.

Despite already getting an executive producer credit for the series, Gilliam says he still hasn’t signed his contract for the show. Even though he claims he’s delighted that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is taking the lead on the pilot episode, Gilliam is concerned about the overall tone of the show.

Stephen King bringing haunting Lisey’s Story to Apple TV+

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Julianne Moore will star in a series of love and horror on Apple TV+.
Julianne Moore will star in a series of love and horror on Apple TV+.
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Horror master Stephen King will adapt his favorite novel, Lisey’s Story, into a TV series staring Oscar-winner Julianne Moore. This will be presented on the recently unveiled Apple TV+ service.

Lisey’s Story combines romance and psychological horror, and earned King a nomination for the World Fantasy Award in 2007.

All the services Apple unveiled at its ‘show time’ event

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Today's keynote didn't feature any new hardware.
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Apple’s services business is about to kick things into overdrive in 2019. During the company’s “It’s show time” event at Apple Park this morning the company unveil a slew of new services that cover everything from news to credit cards.

There was something for everyone to get excited about at today’s event that packed more celebrity power than any Apple event ever. Tim Cook finally gave us a look at the original TV shows Apple has been brewing up for years, but there are still a lot of questions surrounding Apple’s new services.

Everyone from Netflix to big banks were put on notice today with Apple’s new services lineup. Only one of the new services are launching today, but there’s still a lot to look forward too.

Apple’s original TV shows will get a sneak preview at March 25 event

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Don't expect them to officially debut until later in 2019, however.
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Apple’s March 25 media event will be dedicated to services — and that will include the first glimpses of video content from Apple’s original TV series.

While we’ll get a look at some video clips, however, customers shouldn’t expect the series to debut immediately after the event.

Apple snags another TV insider

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The guy that created Parenthood is joining Apple's TV team.
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Apple may have found the perfect TV executive to help it produce a bevy of squeaky-clean TV shows for its upcoming streaming service.

Jason Katims, who created Parenthood and produced Friday Night Lights inked a multi-year deal with Apple will have the award-winning TV veteran develop and produce a number of shows for Apple.

Rupert Grint will get terrified in M. Night Shyamalan’s Apple TV series

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This is what Rupert Grint does best, and he’s bringing that talent to Apple TV.
This is what Rupert Grint does best, and he’s bringing that talent to Apple TV.
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One of Rupert Grint’s jobs playing Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies was looking terrified whenever appropriate. That might be the reason he’s been hired to be in the TV series M. Night Shyamalan is helping create for Apple.

This, like all the programs being filmed for Apple, will reportedly be free to watch on any Mac, iPad, iPhone, etc.

Apple TV streaming service coming to 100+ countries

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A reboot of Amazong Stories is one of the many shows coming to the Apple TV service.
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The streaming TV service Apple is almost certainly developing won’t be just for Americans. A new report indicates the company will make its content available in over 100 countries around the world.

After years of silence, details of this streaming service are starting to leak out, and this is just the latest good news for Apple fans.