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Apple have started to roll out its new ‘under the sea’ screensavers to Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K users.

Produced in partnership with the BBC’s Natural History Unit and shot in 4K HDR, the new additions to Apple’s ‘Aerial’ screensavers offer multiple stunning looks at the underwater world.

Joining last years shots from space taken by the International Space Station and panoramic vistas shot around the world, the underwater clips round out what has fast become a signature feature of our favourite set-top box.

The beautiful footage which includes barracuda, palua coral and jellyfish is also joined by a handful of new shots from the International Space Station.

The complete list of new additions follow:

  • Space: Atlantic Ocean to Spain and France
  • Space: Australia
  • Space: Caribbean
  • Space: Nile Delta
  • Space: South Africa to North Asia
  • Sea: Barrucada
  • Sea: Bumpheads
  • Sea: Jacks
  • Sea: Kelp
  • Sea: Palau Coral
  • Sea: Palua Jellies
  • Sea: Sea Stars
  • Sea: Seals

To make sure you receive the new ‘Aerial’ screensavers promptly, simply hop into the screen saver settings and change the ‘Download New Video’ preference to daily.

Whilst you wait to for the download to appear, you can view all the new screensavers on demand by visiting the personal blog of Benjamin MayoOur esteemed friend hosts an archive of Apple TV’s signature screensavers which you can visit by clicking (Here).

 
 

During Apple’s March event, after the warmest of embraces from Tim Cook, Oprah took to the stage and teased a future book-club project as part of many projects planned for the company’s upcoming TV+ service.

Oprah’s Book Club took the literary world by storm when it launched in 1996, catapulting many of Oprah’s book-picks to number one best sellers. Apple have now shared full details for Oprah’s Book Club which launches today through Apple Books and will debut on Apple TV+ on November 1st. The special cross-platform celebration of literary achievment will utilise both services to introduce bi-monthly book picks and encourage a new global audience to read.

Apple and Oprah Winfrey today announced Oprah’s Book Club will connect a community of readers worldwide to stories that truly matter by today’s most thought-provoking authors. Winfrey, the esteemed producer, actress, talk show host, philanthropist and CEO of OWN, will partner with Apple to build a vibrant, global book club that has the power to both transport and transform people — turning every book into an opportunity for self-discovery, and bringing the world together through reading.

“Winfrey’s first book selection is “The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, available for pre-order now on Apple Books in both ebook and audiobook formats, and debuting tomorrow.1 Winfrey will interview Coates for the first installment of her new exclusive Apple TV+ series, “Oprah’s Book Club,” premiering November 1. A new episode will be available every two months. For every Oprah’s Book Club selection sold on Apple Books, Apple will make a contribution to the American Library Association to support local libraries, fund programs that give access to everyone and create lifelong readers at an early age.

In a perfect partnership of both Apple Books and Apple TV+,  the company will also be bringing the project to a live audience; hosting Oprah’s author interviews at a variety of venues – starting with Apple Carnegie Library.

We can expect to see more cross promotion in-store as reported by Michael Steeber for 9to5Mac – Apple have launched exclusive Today at Apple sessions at its newly reopened Fifth Avenue Store, highlighting upcoming TV+ originals The Elephant Queen and Snoopy in Space.

It’s an exciting time for Apple customers and Apple creatives, as the company utilises its assets to once again offer experiences and services that push us to try something different. As someone who doesn’t find it particularly easy to pick up a novel, I’m not only excited and encouraged to experience Oprah’s Book Club for the first time, I’m excited to see what comes next. 

The first selection for Oprah’s Book Club is “The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, available now in written word or as an audio book performed by Joe Morton via the Books App.

 
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With Apple TV+ mere weeks from launching, it was inevitable that Apple would make their presence felt at last nights Emmy Awards. The Emmys celebrate the previous years television accomplishments and with big names and big money being funnelled into the production of TV shows by the likes of Netflix, Amazon Video and HBO you may not be surprised to learn that not one award was taken home last night by a show available over-the-air.

Apple’s heads of Worldwide Video Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht will be more than aware that the company will want a healthy dose of nominations at next years awards show, with the hope that critical acclaim is forthcoming for the company’s original content lineup.

Joining the new 15 second spots for ‘Dickinson’, ‘For All Mankind’, ‘The Morning Show’, ‘See’ and ‘Snoopy in Space’ were the first teases for ‘Servant’ and ‘Truth Be Told’.

‘Servant’, from visionary M.Night Shyamalan received two creepy spots which whilst not giving away much, set the kind of foreboding tone expected from the writer/director. The supernatural show starring Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Rupert Grint and Nell Tiger Free follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning following a tragedy that creates a rift in their marriage whilst inviting a mysterious force into their home.

Truth Be Told stars Octavia Spencer and Aaron Paul in a true-crime thriller with the teaser highlighting the two leads. Octavia Spencer plays a podcaster who reopens her investigation into a murder. With doubts and new evidence coming to light after her original evidence leads to a conviction, she is forced to reevaluate her investigation which made her a media sensation.

Both shows will premiere in the weeks following the launch of Apple TV+.

You can view all the new spots that debuted during last nights after the jump.

 
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Apple TV+ Original Dickinson has followed last weeks debut at the Tribeca TV Festival with a second trailer to celebrate the release of new Hailee Steinfeld single ‘Afterlife’.

The new trailer introduces new cast members whilst giving a better taste of what to expect from the modern take on the American authors life.The show also stars Wiz-Khalifa as Death and Ella Hunt as Susan Gilbert, the Apple TV+ original looks set to explore a popularised theory about the eponymous poet.

Promoting her new single ‘Afterlife’; Hailee Steinfeld told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe:

“One of the things I love so much about this show is that of course its a period piece about Emily Dickinson which takes place in the 1850’s but it’s driven by contemporary and urban music. When I read the script for the first time that was one of the main things that stood out to me.”

The singer and actress spoke about the TV project and her executive producer role:

“It’s been so incredible working with Apple on this project as it’s a new venture for them and for me as-well. I’ve never really done anything before in the TV space. A lot of how this all works is new to me to”.”I’m executive producing the show which is my first time filling that role. I wanted to show up  in a way that wasn’t just as an actor. I wanted to be a part of the decision making processes and see things through from the beginning, middle and – to the – end.”

On Rap star Whiz Khalifa being unveiled as a cast member earlier this week, Steinfeld had this to say:

“We have some amazing guest stars. Whiz Khalifa is in our show, which is crazy and amazing and weird and wonderful. It’s so funny to see what people have had to say about him being in the show. People are a bit confused but they’re going to be very very happy.”

You can watch Hailee Steinfeld’s Beats 1 world exclusive interview in full, as-well-as the new trailer for the modern period piece below.

Hailee Steinfeld’s new single ‘Afterlife’ is available to stream on Apple Music.

Dickinson is part of the launch lineup for Apple TV+ which launches on November 1st in over 150 countries at $4.99/month.

 
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In a new report marking Mental Health Awareness Month, Britain’s Prince William has spoken about Oprah Winfrey’s upcoming show along with his hands on involvement with the project. The upcoming Apple TV+ original series began to take shape, following an impassioned conversation between himself and the American media mogul and humanitarian. Confirming numerous meetings in London with Oprah, The Duke of Sussex says he’s also been helping to select the projects creative team…

From The Telegraph:

The thing that is occupying much of Prince Harry’s headspace right now is mental health. His own, of course, but also everybody else’s, and how much better life is when you look after it.  It is the narrative that runs through absolutely everything he does, a subject he is so passionate about that he is currently working on a groundbreaking new documentary series on it with Oprah Winfrey, details of which the Telegraph is able to reveal today.
The series will focus on breaking down the stigma and shame surrounding mental illness – showing examples of the “human spirit fighting back from the darkest places,” as the Duke puts it. Alongside Oprah, he is co-creator and co-executive producer on the venture, which will launch on the new Apple TV+ streaming service next year.
Admitting struggles with his own mental health following the death of his mother, Prince Harry believes the show could save lives.
It is a matter of great importance to the Duke that he gets this right – that the series is meticulously researched and based in fact and evidence, as well as being human and relatable, too.  “When I did your podcast two years ago,” he tells me, “the response made me realise what an impact sharing my story could have, and what an impact other stories can have for so many who are suffering silently. If the viewers can relate to the pain and perhaps the experience, then it could save lives, as we will focus on prevention and positive outcomes.”

The Duke spoke of the huge responsibility he and Oprah felt they had to such an important subject with the show runners creating an advisory board of mental health professionals.

Two years on from the podcast we recorded together, it is easy to forget how genuinely groundbreaking his admission of being close to a “complete breakdown” was. As part of a family that had long reigned with a stiff upper lip, his openness was a watershed moment and gave many people – and in particular, young men – permission  to say the previously unsayable.

Oprah Winfrey has a long list of projects in the works for Apple TV+ after striking a multi-year content deal with the company last year. Apple TV+ will launch on November 1st in over 100 countries for $4.99/month.

 
 

Apple have today shared two new trailers for its upcoming original content coming to Apple TV+ at the service’s November 1st launch. Ghostwriter and Helpsters were confirmed to be a part of the family friendly portion of launch content yet until now no trailers were released. These previews can now be viewed via the company’s TV app or by visiting tv.apple.com.

Helpsters is an educational kids show, created by Tim McKeon (PBS Kids’ Odd Squad) and Sesame Workshop. The show aims to teach children about problem solving and coding concepts in a new fresh, fun way. The preview (Here) – set in a famous fictional Manhattan street – introduces the Helpsters; Cody, Mr. Primm, Scatter, Heart and Jackie as they wait patiently for someone to help whilst singing the shows theme song (already stuck in my head). The overall tone and charm should feel very familiar to existing fans of Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and Elmo.

Ghostwriter is one of a number of reboots coming to Apple TV+. Originally a American children’s mystery series in the 90’s. Ghostwriter sees four kids (equip with iPhones) team up to solve mysteries as fictional characters enter the real world via a haunted book store. The preview (<a href=”https://tv.apple.com/us/show/ghostwriter/umc.cmc.3z6okqcnxoo6ohte3k2z5vvrp”>Here</a>) suggests one such fictional character is White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, mixing animated CGI characters alongside a real life cast.

Helpsters and Ghostwriter showcase the family offerings coming at launch to Apple TV+ when the service debuts on November 1st in over 100 countries.