Apple TV+ commits to second season of space drama For All Mankind


Apple starts shooting second season of For All Mankind next month
“For All Mankind” answers the question, what if the Soviets have reached the moon first?
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Apple is so confident about its space-based drama For All Mankind that the show has reportedly been renewed for a second season even before the launch date.

This is one of the programs premiering with Apple TV+ next month, and many of the others debuting at the same time have supposedly also been picked up for additional seasons.

First Apple TV+ movie trailer will give you all the feels


Kids and adults will dig Apple TV+'s first movie.
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Apple finally gave fans a glimpse of one of the first movies that will debut on Apple TV+ when the service launches next month.

Narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor (that guy from 12 Years a Slave and Doctor Strange), The Elephant Queen follows a family of elephants on their year-long journey across Africa as they face threats from poachers and drought. The film earned positive reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival. Based on the first trailer, it looks like it’s stuffed with the type of positive vibes Apple is gunning for.

Take a look:

Apple taps Black Panther star as lead in basketball TV show


Winston Duke speaks at Comic-Con International in 2017.
Winston Duke speaks at Comic-Con International in 2017.
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Swagger, the Apple TV+ series based on Kevin Durant’s experiences in youth basketball, finally found its lead actor. Winston Duke, most recognizable for his role as M’Baku in Marvel’s Black Panther movie, reportedly landed the top role in the show.

Swagger should start production later this month.

Official For All Mankind trailer gives biggest glimpse of spacey plot


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Imagine a world where the global space race never ended.
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The final trailer of For All Mankind gives us our clearest look yet at the plot of the alternate-history space-race TV show.

Apple TV+ is set to debut on November 1 with For All Mankind as one of its premiere shows. Previous trailers gave us a glimpse of the bad-guy Russians landing on the moon first — and the feminist angle with female astronaut candidates. Those two plot lines converge in the new trailer, which touched down on YouTube this morning. The new spot reveals President Richard Nixon’s decision to one-up the Russians by putting a woman on the moon first.

Watch the full thing here:

For All Mankind is Apple’s attempt to make space for inclusivity


New episodes of The Morning Show, See, and For All Mankind are up
Apple has a more diverse, inclusive view of space.
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Maybe Apple should tweak the title of For All Mankind, its space race sci-fi show. A new teaser for the upcoming Apple TV+ series reveals that the drama will inject a strong shot of female empowerment into its alternate-history storyline about Russians beating the United States to the moon.

The 15-second clip, released Friday, shows actress Sarah Jones in the role of Tracy Stevens. “Look at you, Tracy Stevens,” says an off-screen male character. “You’re going to be an astronaut candidate.”

“No,” Stevens says. “One day I’m going to be an astronaut.” Cue a shot of an all-female astronaut ensemble.

Fun new Dickinson trailer puts feminism front and center


Coming November 1.
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Downton Abbey fans may have a great new costume drama to jump ship to thanks to Apple TV+. A new trailer for Apple’s upcoming TV show Dickinson gives us our best glimpse yet of the new series, which stars Haile Steinfeld as iconic poet Emily Dickinson.

The fight for women’s rights lands front and center in the lengthy new trailer. It shows just how “eccentric” Dickinson’s peers consider her ideas at the time.

Check it out:

Buy a new Apple device and you’ll get 1 year free Apple TV+


Tim Cook does not think rivals are 'afraid' of Apple TV+
Tim Cook showing off some of the titles Apple TV+ will bring to users.
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Apple TV+ is coming to screens on November 1, with a surprisingly low price of just $4.99.

While only a few shows will be available on launch, more will be added every month. There’s also some great Apple TV+ pricing news for anyone thinking of buying a new Apple device in the future.

Apple renews Carpool Karaoke for another singalong season


Carpool Karaoke
Miss Piggy rides shotgun with Jason Sudeikis in the second season of Carpool Karaoke.
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Apple isn’t quite ready to pump the brakes on its celebrity singing TV show, Carpool Karaoke

The iPhone-maker has reportedly renewed Carpool Karaoke for a third season. Production on season three is already underway and we already know at least one group of TV stars that will be joining the show.

Apple celebrates Apollo 11 moon landing anniversary with new video


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This looks like one of Apple's best upcoming TV shows.
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Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing that put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on that big chunk of cheese in the sky. To celebrate, Apple has put out a new video that talks about the Apollo mission’s impact on the world while also offering some glimpses of its upcoming TV show about the space race.

For All Mankind‘s first trailer came out during the WWDC 2019 keynote and instantly shot up onto our must-watch list. This new video makes the hype even bigger.

We can’t wait to see this show:

Sketchnotes breeze through WWDC 2019’s biggest surprises


WWDC 2019 Keynote sketchnotes, part 1 of 4
A quick visual highlight of the WWDC 2019 keynote through sketchnotes.

WWDC 2019 bug The WWDC 2019 keynote came packed with exciting announcements.  As in past years, I ended up with four pages of drawings in my notebook. I sketched out the biggest new features coming to tvOS 13, iOS 13, macOS Catalina and watchOS 6. And then there’s the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR.

As seen in my first sketchnote, above, tvOS 13 adds multi-user support and support for Xbox One and PlayStation DualShock 4  game controllers for Apple Arcade. Meanwhile, watchOS 6 will bring an App Store directly to the Apple Watch, a new Noise app, and a new Cycle tracking app for women.

For a quick visual recap of the highlights  of the WWDC 2019 keynote, check out the rest of my sketchnotes below.