One year on: The very best of Apple TV+

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Apple TV+ offers up some real gems.
Apple TV+ offers up some real gems.
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When Apple TV+ launched in November 2019, Cupertino had its sights firmly set on creating a serious Netflix rival. One year on, it may not have conquered the world like fellow streaming newcomer Disney+ did. But in that time, Apple TV+ did deliver a stream of top-notch shows — and some must-see movies.

Where should you start? Here’s our guide to the best shows and movies Apple TV+.

Apple TV+ could pivot to place the focus on movies

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“Greyhound” is a hit, which may inspire many more Apple TV+ movies.
“Set course for more movies!” Greyhound may have inspired a new strategy for Apple TV+.
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Tom Hanks’ WWII flick Greyhound is the biggest hit Apple has enjoyed so far. And it’s reportedly made the company serious about blockbuster Apple TV+ movies for the first time.

The iPhone maker is supposedly considering debuting a movie each month on its streaming service. And several of those are expected to be blockbusters.

Tom Hanks’ Greyhound sails into Apple TV+’s strongest opening weekend ever

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‘Greyhound’ will be Apple’s first summer bLockbuster.
Instead of theaters, Tom Hanks’ WWII movie Greyhound debuted on Apple TV+... where it did very well.
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Tom Hanks’ feature film about World War II brought in the largest opening-weekend audience Apple TV+ has netted so far. Even better for Apple, Greyhound reportedly brought plenty of fresh customers to its still-new streaming video service.

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Time to bone up on your App Store trivia.
Time to bone up on your App Store trivia.
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Tom Hanks dives deep into Greyhound‘s thrilling sea battles

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‘Greyhound’ launches on Apple TV+ on July 10.
Tom Hanks gives us an inside look at the naval action shown in his new Apple TV+ film, Greyhound.
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Tom Hanks wrote and stars in Greyhound, a feature film about World War II debuting Friday on Apple TV+. In a new video, the beloved actor talks about the real-life story it depicts: the challenges of Allied ships crossing the Atlantic infested with Nazi submarines.

Watch Hanks’ inside look at his upcoming film now:

Tom Hanks says Apple TV+ ‘saved the day’ by snapping up Greyhound

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Tom Hanks saves Apple TV+ threw Greyhound a lifeline.
Tom Hanks thanks Apple TV+ for throwing his new World War II movie a lifeline.
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Tom Hanks said Tuesday that Apple TV+ “saved the day” by releasing his new World War II movie during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the actor couldn’t say enough good things about Apple when he hit The Today Show to promo Greyhound, which debuts on Apple TV+ this Friday.

All the happy talk came a day after Hanks made headlines for calling Greyhound’s upcoming streaming debut an “absolute heartbreak.”

Greyhound is a totally Tom Hanks war movie [Apple TV+ review]

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Greyhound review Apple TV+: Tom Hanks World War II movie: Tom Hanks wrote this nuts-and-bolts movie about naval warfare.
Tom Hanks wrote this nuts-and-bolts movie about naval warfare.
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Tom Hanks is here to rescue a cargo convoy from the Nazis — and presumably you from your free time. His new movie, Greyhound, is being released straight to Apple TV+ this Friday after COVID-19 scuttled the film’s theatrical release. This means there’s nothing between you and some old-school, flag-waving thrills.

In fact, Greyhound is the very definition of old school. There’s no fuss, no muss: just a man, his crew and some German U-boats hiding out in the gray fog of World War II, ready to pounce on American soldiers.

Tom Hanks thinks having his new movie debut on Apple TV+ is an ‘absolute heartbreak’

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Tom Hanks in Greyhound
Hanks talks about his "Apple overlords" in new interview.
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Tom Hanks made a few not-so-flattering comments about the “Apple overlords” in an interview about his new World War II movie Greyhound. The film, which was originally supposed to launch in theaters, was pulled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, it will premiere on Apple TV+ this Friday.

In an interview with The Guardian, Hanks describes the shift to Apple TV+ as “an absolute heartbreak.” He also spills the beans on one of Apple’s slightly unusual requests for his press interviews.

Tom Hanks’ WWII movie Greyhound sets sail for Apple TV+ next month

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‘Greyhound’ will be Apple’s first summer bLockbuster.
Instead of theaters, Tom Hanks’ WWII movie Greyhound will debut on Apple TV+.
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Greyhound, written by and starring Tom Hanks, was originally headed for theatres. But the World War II film set in the Atlantic changed course to be an Apple TV+ exclusive.

Apple announced Thursday that the drama, with Hanks portraying a navy captain struggling to get a convoy through submarine-infested waters, will debut Friday, July 10.