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Earth at Night in Color’s stunning imagery will render you speechless [Apple TV+ review]


Earth at Night in Color
Season 2 of Apple's nighttime nature doc delivers amazing new delights.
Photo: Apple TV+

Apple TV+ docuseries Earth at Night in Color delivers a fresh batch of majestic nighttime sights, cruel natural phenomena and fascinating perspectives in its second season, which premieres today. The show didn’t quite reinvent the nature documentary wheel, but it still offers a welcome retreat from the horrors of 2021.

Apple TV+ preps stunning nature documentaries for Earth Day


‘ The Year Earth Changed’ premieres on Apple TV+ on April 15, 2021.
The Year Earth Changed is just one of the nature documentaries coming to Apple’s streaming service in April.
Graphic: Apple

The Year Earth Changed is a fresh documentary showing how animals around the world recovered during the year COVID-19 kept humans in lockdown. The show, which will be narrated by David Attenborough, will premiere on Apple TV+ in time for Earth Day.

The streaming service is also about to air the second seasons of its documentary series Tiny World and Earth At Night In Color.

Behold, Apple’s best of 2020 [Cult of Mac Magazine 378]


Apple picks the year's winners.
Apple picks the year's winners.
Cover: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

It’s December, so it’s time to brace yourself for the annual onslaught of “best of” recommendations. Cupertino came out of the gate early this week, crowning its favorite 15 apps and games of the year.

Separately, the company also highlighted the biggest hits on Apple Music, diced in a variety of ways, as well as the best podcasts, books and audiobooks of 2020. And, like last year, Apple Music users can check out their own personal hit lists. Take a look at your Replay 2020 playlist for insight into what you streamed with abandon during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Get the lowdown in this week’s free edition of Cult of Mac Magazine. It’s loaded with the week’s top Apple news, plus plenty of how-tos for iPhone, HomePod and Mac users.

We’ve also got reviews of three new Apple TV+ shows this week: astonishing nature docuseries Earth at Night in Color, uplifting kids show Stillwater and Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special.

Feast your eyes on Earth at Night in Color [Apple TV+ review]


The Earth At Night in Color
Brace yourself for an unequaled eyeful of nature.
Photo: Apple TV+

Apple TV+ steps up its nature doc game again with Earth at Night in Color. Exciting, beautiful and cute, the show is as easy to watch as it is cumbersome to say.

Narrated by Tom Hiddleston, the series looks at parts of the natural world previously only revealed in grainy and intense night vision. It’s as exciting and revealing as anyone could hope for.

PSA: Apple TV+ gets festive with Mariah Carey and A Charlie Brown Christmas


Charlie Brown Christmas
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Photo: Apple

Apple TV+ is getting into the holiday spirit with a number of family friendly new shows (and one beloved classic) arriving on the streaming service to kickstart the festive season.

The big two festive-themed debuts are the one-off Mariah Carey’s Magic Christmas Special (reviewed here) and the Apple TV+ debut of the 1965 animated television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas. (The latter will also air on PBS and PBS Kids on Sunday, December 13.)

Get wowed by amazing camera tech in Earth at Night in Color on Apple TV+


‘Earth At Night In Color’ premiers December 4 on Apple TV+.
Earth At Night In Color journeys into the night , and makes it like day.
Photo: Apple

Apple’s next nature docuseries goes where ordinary cameras fear to tread: the darkness. Earth at Night in Color uses cutting-edge camera technology to explore life after dark in ways not possible before.

Watch the official trailer for the Apple TV+ series to get a first glimpse.