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Apple Card Launches Today For All US Customers

Apple Card, a new kind of credit card created by Apple and designed to help customers lead a healthier financial life, is available1 in the US starting today. Customers can apply for Apple Card through the Wallet app on iPhone in minutes and start using it right away2 with Apple Pay in stores, in apps and on websites. Built on simplicity, transparency and privacy, Apple Card has no fees,3 encourages customers to pay less interest, offers an easy-to-understand view of spending and provides a new level of privacy and security. This launch follows the Apple Card preview earlier this month, during which a limited number of customers were invited to apply early.

With no card number, CVV security code, expiration date or signature on the card, Apple Card is more secure than any other physical credit card.

Apple Card’s compelling rewards program, Daily Cash, gives back a percentage of every purchase as cash on customers’ Apple Cash card each day. Customers will receive 2 percent Daily Cash every time they use Apple Card with Apple Pay, and 3 percent Daily Cash on all purchases made directly with Apple, including at Apple Stores, apple.com, the App Store, the iTunes Store and for Apple services.

Apple Card is extending 3 percent Daily Cash to more merchants and apps. Starting today, customers will receive 3 percent Daily Cash when they use Apple Card with Apple Pay for Uber and Uber Eats.4 Customers can request a ride through Uber in more than 700 cities across the globe and order a meal through Uber Eats in more than 500 cities around the world. Apple Card will continue to add more popular merchants and apps in the coming months. For purchases made with the titanium Apple Card, customers will get 1 percent Daily Cash.

Unlike other cash back rewards, Daily Cash is added to customers’ Apple Cash card each day and can be used right away for purchases using Apple Pay, to put toward their Apple Card balance or send to friends and family in Messages.

Apple Card delivers new experiences only possible with the power of iPhone, including reaching support 24/7 by simply sending a text from Messages. To help customers better understand their spending, Apple Card uses machine learning and Apple Maps to clearly label transactions with merchant names and locations in Wallet,5 and provides weekly and monthly spending summaries.

There are absolutely no fees associated with Apple Card: no annual, late,6 international or over-the-limit fees. To help customers make informed choices, Apple Card shows a range of payment options and calculates the interest cost on different payment amounts in real time.

Apple Card also provides a new level of privacy and security. The unique security and privacy architecture created for Apple Card means Apple does not know where a customer shopped, what they bought or how much they paid.

Apple is partnering with Goldman Sachs as its issuing bank. Goldman Sachs will never share or sell data to third parties for marketing and advertising. Apple is also partnering with Mastercard to provide the support of a global payments network.

Availability

Apple Card is now available to qualified customers in the US with iPhone 6 and later. To apply, customers can update to iOS 12.4 on iPhone, open Wallet and tap +. Learn more about Apple Card HERE.

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Apple Releases The Morning Show Trailer

The first trailer for Apple’s upcoming The Morning Show is here.

The series, which has already received a two-season and 20-episode order and created by Michael Ellenberg (The Leftovers) with Kerry Ehrin serving as the series’ writer. 

What happens when the people you trust to tell the truth prove themselves to be dishonest? The Morning Show follows the free fall of an early morning newscast in the wake of a scandal, and its struggle to survive in an era when news arrives in the palm of your hand.

The Morning Show stars Steve Carell (Beautiful Boy, Welcome to Marwen), Jennifer Aniston (Murder Mystery), Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies), Billy Crudup (Titanic), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Black Mirror), Nestor Carbonell (The Dark Knight) and Mark Duplass (Big Mouth).

The series also marks Carell’s first foray back into the small screen after seven seasons starring on The Office. It also marks Aniston’s return to television for the first time in 15 years since starring in one of the main roles on the hit NBC sitcom Friends, with the actress also choosing to focus on film roles. While she’s had bit-parts on TV in years past, (including Friends), Witherspoon made her debut in a starring TV role in last year’s Big Little Lies, which she also executive produced.

The Morning Show will premiere this fall, along with the launch of Apple TV+.

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Snoopy In Space Coming This Fall To Apple TV+

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, the official Peanuts YouTube channel has released a trailer for Snoopy in Space. Everyone’s favorite melodramatic beagle will make his exclusive appearance on Apple TV this fall. 

Snoopy in Space follows Snoopy as his dreams of being an astronaut become a reality when he and Woodstock tag along with the Peanuts gang on a field trip to NASA and are chosen for an elite mission into space. As Snoopy and Woodstock fulfill their dreams of astronaut training and space travel, Charlie Brown and the gang assist their friends from mission control.

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Apple’s Chief Design Officer, Jony Ive, Is Leaving The Company

Apple today announced that Sir Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, will depart the company as an employee later this year to form an independent design company called LoveFrom which will count Apple among its primary clients. While he pursues personal projects, Ive in his new company will continue to work closely and on a range of projects with Apple.

“Jony is a singular figure in the design world and his role in Apple’s revival cannot be overstated, from 1998’s groundbreaking iMac to the iPhone and the unprecedented ambition of Apple Park, where recently he has been putting so much of his energy and care,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Apple will continue to benefit from Jony’s talents by working directly with him on exclusive projects, and through the ongoing work of the brilliant and passionate design team he has built. After so many years working closely together, I’m happy that our relationship continues to evolve and I look forward to working with Jony long into the future.”

Design team leaders Evans Hankey, vice president of Industrial Design, and Alan Dye, vice president of Human Interface Design, will report to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. Both Dye and Hankey have played key leadership roles on Apple’s design team for many years. Williams has led the development of Apple Watch since its inception and will spend more of his time working with the design team in their studio.

“After nearly 30 years and countless projects, I am most proud of the lasting work we have done to create a design team, process and culture at Apple that is without peer. Today it is stronger, more vibrant and more talented than at any point in Apple’s history,” said Ive. “The team will certainly thrive under the excellent leadership of Evans, Alan and Jeff, who have been among my closest collaborators. I have the utmost confidence in my designer colleagues at Apple, who remain my closest friends, and I look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

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Watch For All Mankind  First Look Trailer

What if the space race had never ended? Watch an official first look at For All Mankind, an Apple Original drama series coming this Fall to Apple TV+.

For All Mankind is created by Emmy Award winner Ronald D. Moore (Outlander, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica), Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi. Told through the lives of NASA astronauts, engineers and their families, For All Mankind presents an aspirational world where NASA and the space program remained a priority and a focal point of our hopes and dreams.

For All Mankind stars Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Wrenn Schmidt, Shantel VanSanten, Sarah Jones and Jodi Balfour. 

Get notified when Apple TV+ premieres on the Apple TV app: http://apple.co/_AppleTVPlus.

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Is Apple Really Getting Rid of iTunes?

On January 9, 2001, Steve Jobs announced iTunes from Apple, a single media player and library that would play, download and organize music, movies, and podcasts.

Jobs said in 2003, “We think people want to buy their music on the internet by buying downloads, just like they bought LPs, just like they bought cassettes, just like they bought CDs”.

But according to the New York Times Mr. Jobs’s prophecy was wrong. People wanted to rent access to a centralized streaming library, not pay a small fee to own every song. As streaming services grew, sales of music downloads plummeted. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, downloads now make up a smaller percentage of recording sales than physical albums — a twist Mr. Jobs could never have seen coming.

Now 18 years later at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced that with the upcoming macOS Catalina due this Fall, iTunes will be replaced with three all-new apps that greatly simplify and improve the way Mac users discover and enjoy their favorite music, TV shows, movies and podcasts.

The new Music app for Mac is lightning fast, fun and easy to use. Apple Music will help users discover great new music with over 50 million songs, playlists and music videos. And users will have access to their entire music library, whether they downloaded the songs, purchased them or ripped them from a CD. For those who like to own their music, the iTunes Music Store is just a click away.

The all-new Apple TV app brings together different ways to find and watch movies and TV shows into one powerful app. The Apple TV app features Apple TV channels, personalized recommendations and over 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows to browse, buy or rent — so users can enjoy 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos-supported movies.1 The Watch Now section features Up Next, where viewers can keep track of what they are currently watching and resume on any screen. This fall, Apple TV+, Apple’s original video subscription service, will be available in the Apple TV app.

The popular Apple Podcasts app offers more than 700,000 shows in its catalog and the option to automatically be notified of new episodes as soon as they become available. The app also features new categories, curated collections by editors around the world and advanced search tools that can find episodes by host, guest or even discussion topic.

For users who sync their media to their devices using a cable, they can quickly and easily do so in the new entertainment apps. And when users connect a device to their Mac, it will immediately show up in the sidebar of Finder, enabling them to backup, update or restore their device.

So fear not, Apple Music and Movies in macOS Catalina will import users’ existing libraries from iTunes in their entirety. That includes not just music and movies purchased on iTunes, but rips from CDs, MP3s, and the like added from other sources. The iTunes Store will still remain and people can still purchase music and movies if they choose to however it’s obvious with this strategy that streaming, not purchasing is the current direction most want to get their media.

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New iPod Touch Delivers Even Greater Performance

Apple today introduced the new iPod touch with enhancements to power, capability and communication at a remarkable price. The Apple-designed A10 Fusion chip brings improved performance in games, and for the first time on iPod, immersive augmented reality (AR) experiences and Group FaceTime, making it easy to chat with family members, friends or colleagues simultaneously. The new iPod touch is available to order on apple.com and in the Apple Store app starting today and in stores later this week.

“We’re making the most affordable iOS device even better with performance that is twice as fast as before, Group FaceTime and augmented reality starting at just $199,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “The ultra-thin and lightweight design of iPod touch has always made it ideal for enjoying games, music and so much more wherever you go.”

iPod touch comes in a new 256GB capacity, giving plenty of space to download music for offline listening through Apple Music or the iTunes Store. With Apple Music, subscribers can access a catalog of over 50 million songs, thousands of playlists, Beats 1 Radio and daily editorial selections from the world’s best music experts. Subscribers can create their own playlists, watch music videos, listen to exclusive Beats 1 shows from their favorite artists on demand and share music with their friends. Now available in over 100 countries, Apple Music offers the most comprehensive music experience ever.

Pricing and Availability

The new iPod touch starts at $199 (US) for the 32GB model, $299 (US) for the 128GB model and $399 (US) for the 256GB model from apple.com, in the Apple Store app and Apple Stores, and is also available through Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary). iPod touch is available in six finishes; space gray, white, gold, blue, pink and (PRODUCT)RED.

The new iPod touch models are available to order starting today from apple.com and in the Apple Store app.

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Apple Sends Out Media Invites For WWDC Keynote On June 3

Apple today sent out media invites for the keynote event of its 30th annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which takes place at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. 

The WWDC keynote will provide a first look at new software that Apple is debuting in 2019, including iOS 13, macOS 10.15, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13. 

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Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10 Coming To Apple TV In May

“Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10” is set to be available through the Apple TV app in May. 

Described as a “documentary of sorts,” the short aims to solve the mystery of of whether Snoopy was a world famous top-secret astronaut. Director Ron Howard and actor Jeff Goldblum star in the documentary.

Imagine’s Ron Howard stars as himself along with Jeff Goldblum as a self-published NASA historian to take on the quest, which lightly spoofs the May 1969 NASA Apollo 10 mission that required the lunar module to skim the moon’s surface within 50,000 feet and “snoop around” scouting a site for the upcoming Apollo 11 moon-landing.

On the Apollo 10 mission, NASA and the Apollo 10 crew named the lunar module “Snoopy” and the command module “Charlie Brown.” Ahead of the mission, Peanuts creator Charles Schultz had been approached by NASA to incorporate his characters into NASA missions, which is one of the facts that formed the basis for the short film. 

Peanuts and NASA in 2018 announced a partnership designed to “share the excitement of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with the next generation of explorers and thinkers,” which is what led to the Snoopy in space content. 

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Stephen King Bringing Lisey’s Story To Apple TV+ 

JJ Abrams and Bad Robot is turning Stephen King’s 2006 best-selling novel Lisey’s Story into a limited series event for Apple TV+. Oscar winner Julianne Moore will star as the titular lead with Stephen King writing all eight episodes.

Inspired by King’s near-death experience in 1999, the novel tells the story Lisey, a widow who’s coming to grips with the sudden loss of her husband and the realities and revelations that come with those harrowing meditations. It’s often been described a romantic horror thriller.

The series marks the third project that Abrams is developing for Apple TV+. As previously reported, Abrams is teaming up with Sara Bareilles for Little Voice, and also reuniting with Alias’ Jennifer Garner for an adaptation of the 2017 memoir My Glory Was I Had Such Friends.

This is also the third King adaptation for Abrams, following Hulu’s 2016 adaptation of 11.22.63, starring James Franco, and their ensuing anthology series Castle Rock, which returns for a second second later this year or early 2020.

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