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Apple MacBook Pro 16-Inch Review & Rating

The story’s not just the new screen size. From small changes such as the ability to adjust the display refresh rate, to major overhauls like a long-in-coming keyboard redesign and a new AMD Radeon graphics processor, Apple has made its flagship laptop even better as 2019 rolls to a close. The 16-inch MacBook Pro’s considerable expense—it starts at $2,399 and costs $3,899 in our test configuration—means it is suited mainly to well-heeled creative types, music producers, software developers, and people with similarly demanding mobile-compute needs. If you can afford it, though, it’s one of the most powerful, capable, and feature-rich large-screen laptops you can buy.

Bigger Screen, Same Starting Price

For the same price as the old 15-inch MacBook Pro, which Apple has discontinued, you now get the significantly upgraded 16-inch model. The two laptops look very similar, since the overall MacBook Pro design language hasn’t changed much since 2016. That means the new MacBook Pro is a Space Gray-colored metal slab just like its predecessor. But there are some key differences, if you examine it closely.

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You can tell the first and highest-profile difference by feel, not sight: the keyboard. After years of using a unique, and oft-maligned, keyboard with “butterfly”-style switches and extremely shallow key travel in its laptops, Apple has returned to the traditional scissor-style switch that many laptop keyboards have used for ages. Scissor-style switches are inherently less stable than Apple’s butterfly ones, but these here address that issue and offer much greater vertical travel. (That said, it would be hard for any key design to offer less travel than the butterfly switches.)

By stability, we’re referring to the tendency of scissor and other keys to wobble a bit if hit off-center. The new MacBook Pro keyboard design has a scissor mechanism that locks into the keycap while the keys aren’t pressed, which helps eliminate the stability problem. The result is a very good keyfeel, at least as good as can be expected from a laptop keyboard. The keys feel sturdy, the vertical travel distance is adequate at 1mm, and the typing experience is much quieter than on the previous 15-inch MacBook Pro models.

However, the new keyboard simply returns the MacBook Pro to a state of typing normalcy, rather than leapfrogging it forward to best-in-class. After typing this entire review on the keyboard, I found the experience to be less satisfying than using, say, a Lenovo ThinkPad, whose keyboards have long been the gold standard in mobile typing, primarily for their generous travel distance and fine-tuned feedback.

I actually appreciate the new MacBook Pro keyboard’s minor changes—the addition of a physical Escape key and arrow keys rearranged in an inverted-“T” layout—just as much as I appreciate the new key switches. The Escape and directional arrow keys are workhorses I use constantly, for everything from selecting a line of text to dismissing a Siri window. The 13-inch MacBook Pro has no physical Escape key, instead displaying a virtual one in the Touch Bar.

The Biggest Deal? The Redesigned Keyboard

The Touch Bar itself is largely unchanged on the new MacBook Pro. It’s Apple’s answer to full-touch-screen capabilities that have been available on Windows laptops for years. Depending on which app you’re using, the Touch Bar displays an assortment of additional controls, such as buttons for fast-forwarding through a video in Preview or switching between tabs in the Safari web browser.

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The only minor change to the Touch Bar is that there is now a physical space between it and the Touch ID sensor to the right of it. (This sensor lets you use your fingerprint to log into your macOS account, authenticate Apple Pay purchase, and other similar tasks.) The 13-inch MacBook Pro has a Touch ID sensor that’s part of the Touch Bar.

Gimme a Little More Screen?

Apart from the keyboard, the other significant physical change to the MacBook Pro is its new, larger 16-inch display. The size difference may sound like more than it actually is, though.

The MacBook Pro was often categorized as a “15-inch”-class laptop. Most such machines actually have screens that measure 15.6 inches on the diagonal, but the older MacBook Pros were slightly smaller 15.4-inchers. While a full extra inch from 15 to 16 might sound significant in absolute terms, it’s not a full-inch uptick in practice; it’s a 0.6-inch increase from the previous MacBook Pro’s screen to the new one.

But the new screen feels appreciably bigger when you’re sitting in front of it. I discovered there’s enough room to display a Microsoft Word document and a full-width web page side-by-side, something I didn’t find to be comfortably possible on the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The narrower bezels around the display also contribute to the bigger feel.

Meet the Apple MacBook Pro 16-Inch

These slimmer borders also let Apple increase the size of the screen without adding much bulk—and therefore weight—to the laptop. This is a tried-and-true strategy, and many manufacturers have employed it to fit larger screens into existing laptop designs without increasing their footprints at all. Apple hasn’t quite accomplished that no-spreading feat. The new MacBook Pro is both larger and heavier than its predecessor, though not by much. The new laptop measures 0.64 by 14.1 by 9.7 inches (HWD) and weighs 4.3 pounds, versus the 0.61 by 13.75 by 9.5 inches and 4 pounds of its 15-inch predecessor. Both models feel hefty, dense, and substantial—they might look sleek and modern, but they’re not ultraportable laptops by any means. (We define that category of laptops as weighing 3 pounds or less and measuring less than half an inch thick.)

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Beyond the trimmer bezels, the larger size, and a slightly higher pixel density of 226 pixels per inch, the display’s features are mostly the same as those of the Retina Displays that have graced previous MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models. Rated for a maximum of 500 nits of brightness, the panel is easily viewable in a brightly lit room. It can also display the entire P3 color gamut, which is useful for photographers and video editors performing color-correction work.

Video editors may also appreciate that Apple has added a tool for adjusting the display’s refresh rate in System Preferences. The usage case here is to better match the refresh rate with the frame rate of video footage. It’s a bit cumbersome to activate, however. You’ll need to hold down the Option key while you click the Scaled option in the Displays pane of the System Preferences app. (Options range from 47.95Hz to the full 60Hz of which the screen is capable.)

Brace Yourself: Gut-Punch Bass

Next to the slightly better display and keyboard, the 16-inch MacBook Pro’s improvement in audio quality is positively drastic. I’ve never heard such robust sound quality from a laptop, including from the already-excellent speakers on the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The improvement is almost entirely down to the addition of two subwoofers at the bottom left and right edges of the new MacBook Pro’s chassis. They offer astounding levels of bass, even on our punishing test tracks, which include Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild” and “Silent Shout” by The Knife.

In addition to the new subwoofers, two tweeters are located in each of the generously sized speaker grilles that flank the keyboard. The upward-firing nature of these tweeters helps sound quality, as well, compared with the downward-firing speakers mounted on the bottom of many other competing laptops, including the Dell XPS 15. The MacBook Pro’s speaker placement, unfortunately, means there is no room for a dedicated number pad next to the keyboard. With sound quality this good, I’m OK with the omission, though spreadsheet jockeys may disagree.

Incredibly Robust Bass

The 16-inch MacBook Pro’s port selection, touchpad, and webcam are the same as previous versions. That’s a good thing in the case of the touchpad, with its spacious glass surface that provides uniform haptic feedback no matter where you click. It’s a merely okay thing in the case of the webcam, which offers reasonably good 720p video quality, though it can’t match the superior quality of some laptops and all-in-one PCs—including the Apple iMac—that feature 1080p cameras. And it’s a bad thing in the case of the port selection. It’s nice to have four USB Type-C ports, all of which support Thunderbolt 3 speeds, but those and a headphone jack are all you get. Professional media editors will almost certainly need to buy special adapters for their SD cards, external hard drives, mice, external displays, and other peripherals.

Wireless connectivity includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0. Support for next-generation 802.11ax Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi 6) is conspicuously absent.

Robust CPU, Graphics Options

With an Intel Core i9 processor, an AMD Radeon Pro 5500M graphics chip with 8GB of video memory, and 32GB of system RAM, our MacBook Pro review unit is a performance powerhouse. The main configuration option our review unit lacks that might boost performance further is the maximum 64GB of system RAM. The entry-level version of the machine features an Intel Core i7, 16GB of memory, and an AMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB of video memory. Storage options range from a 512GB SSD to a whopping 8TB SSD, the roomiest SSD on any laptop we’ve seen to date, Apple or otherwise. (Our review unit has a 2TB SSD.) The preceding model topped out at a 4TB drive.

Most of these specs are overkill for casual use, such as checking emails and browsing the web. It’s a pity that Apple doesn’t offer a version of the MacBook Pro 16-Inch with cheaper, less-powerful computing components. If you just want a large-screen laptop and don’t need professional-grade levels of computing performance, you’re stuck overpaying for the MacBook Pro or choosing a Windows laptop instead.

The CPU options are the same as the ones in the previous 15-inch MacBook Pro. Although Apple doesn’t disclose the exact CPU models it uses in its computers, we know that the processor in our review unit is an eight-core, 9th Generation Core i9 running at a base clock speed of 2.4GHz. Those specs suggest that it is the “Coffee Lake”-class Intel Core i9-9980HK, or something similar. (At this writing, Intel had not yet released equivalent 10th Generation versions of its high-powered laptop CPUs, only chips intended for ultramobile and mainstream systems.)

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Memory speeds have increased slightly, to 2,666MHz, but the biggest performance improvement is the adoption of the new Radeon Pro 5000M-series graphics chips, based on AMD’s latest 7-nanometer microarchitecture. Announced in October, the chips are also available in some gaming laptops, among them the MSI Alpha 15.

Testing the 16: Solid Multimedia Performance

While that new GPU is likely no slouch, as we’ll see below, the MacBook Pro is decidedly not marketed as a gaming laptop. You can certainly play games on it, but this machine is all about the power for creative types.

Following from that, I compared its benchmark performance on our multimedia tests with other similarly priced, professional-level machines, including the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo (an out-there, dual-screen creator’s mega machine), the Dell XPS 15 (probably the MacBook Pro’s purest Windows-based competitor, this one with an OLED panel), and the Lenovo ThinkPad P53 (a muscular Xeon/Quadro workstation laptop that recently came through our labs). I also added in one gaming laptop, the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model, since the Blade configuration we reviewed is attractive to gamers and content creators alike. The key specs of all these machines are summarized in the chart below.

Apple MacBook Pro 16-Inch Performance Chart

Three of the most common media-manipulation tasks are editing images, transcoding video, and rendering 3D graphics and animations. We test these using a variety of synthetic and real-world benchmarks. In each case, the MacBook Pro was competitive, though it was only the best-performing in one of our three multimedia tests.

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First is Maxon’s CPU-crunching Cinebench R15 test, which is based on workflows from the company’s Cinema 4D editing suite and fully threaded to make use of all available processor cores and threads. Cinebench stresses the CPU rather than the GPU to render a complex image. The result is a proprietary score indicating a PC’s suitability for processor-intensive workloads.

Apple MacBook Pro 16-Inch Performance Chart

Cinebench is often a good predictor of our Handbrake video-editing trial, another tough, threaded workout that’s highly CPU-dependent and scales well with more cores and threads. In it, we put a stopwatch on test systems as they transcode a standard 12-minute clip of 4K video (the open source Blender demo movie Tears of Steel) to a 1080p MP4 file. It’s a timed test, and lower results are better.

Apple MacBook Pro 16-Inch Performance Chart

We also run a custom Adobe Photoshop image-editing benchmark. We typically use an early 2018 release of the Creative Cloud version of Photoshop to apply a series of 10 complex filters and effects to a standard JPEG test image. In the MacBook Pro’s case, we used the most current macOS version of Photoshop, since older versions are 32-bit and therefore incompatible, barring workarounds, with the 64-bit-only macOS Catalina. We time each operation and, at the end, add up the total execution time. As with Handbrake, lower times are better here, and the difference in Photoshop versions should not materially affect the results.

Apple MacBook Pro 16-Inch Performance Chart

The Photoshop test stresses CPU, storage subsystem, and RAM, but it can also take advantage of most GPUs to speed up the process of applying filters, so systems with powerful graphics chips or cards may see a boost. In this case, the Radeon Pro 5500M did not help the MacBook Pro achieve the fastest time.

However, the raw power of this GPU is without question. It achieved an average frame rate of 47 frames per second (fps) on the Unigine Heaven gaming simulation at the Retina Display’s native resolution (3,072 by 1,920 pixels) and the Ultra graphics quality setting. This is below the 60fps or more that high-end gaming laptops can display, but still better than its predecessor’s result of 38fps. The fact that it achieved this at such a high resolution is another feather in its cap.

The performance of the 2TB SSD is also formidable. It logged average read speeds of 2,489MBps and write speeds of 2,725MBps on the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test, which measures the suitability of the storage subsystem for processing large, high-resolution video files. This largely matches the performance of the 4TB SSD we tested in the 15-inch MacBook Pro, which achieved read and write speeds of around 2,600MBps.

Then there’s the battery runtime. The MacBook Pro’s 100-watt-hour battery helped it achieve an excellent battery life of nearly 19 hours on our video rundown test. This is especially impressive considering the laptop’s powerful CPU and GPU, paired with the high-resolution panel.

Apple MacBook Pro 16-Inch Performance Chart

Of course, most users will employ their MacBook Pro for pursuits more active than passive video-watching. Based on Apple’s own testing, the MacBook Pro is rated to last for up to 11 hours of continuous web browsing.

2019’s Peak MacBook Pro

Some of the improvements Apple made to its latest MacBook Pro are minor, but the most consequential one addresses one of our (and many users’) main quibbles with its predecessor: the shallow, unsatisfying keyboard. Beyond the board, the other major improvements, especially those to audio quality, are impressive, and they make what was already an excellent laptop even better.

Before, we were a bit grudging in our recommendation of the MacBook Pro due to the keyboard issue and Apple’s merely incremental responses to it. The butterfly keyboard was widely panned on the fronts of comfort and, in early iterations, durability, and Apple tweaked it only by half-measures generation to generation. This model shows Apple finally listening to its loyal users (and to many reviewers).

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With that change and the advances on the component and display fronts, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is easy to recommend to well-heeled content creators, whether they’re editing 8K video footage or compiling mission-critical code updates. It’s a pity that Apple doesn’t offer an easier-entry version of this laptop with less-expensive components, though. As it stands, we simply can’t recommend this expensive laptop for mainstream users, since its specs are overkill and its port selection will require too much in the way of accommodations and extra expense.

On the other hand, if your pockets are deep enough that you don’t mind buying a fistful of dongles and adapters, and you’re seeking a powerful, well-designed, full-featured, big-screen laptop for content-creation tasks, the 16-inch MacBook Pro has plenty of sizzle. It’s our Editors’ Choice and your best option if macOS is your world.

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Sorry, Apple: For the education market, Chromebook is the clear winner

Wow. It’s been a long time since we’ve heard any desktop smack talk, but here we are.

In a CNET interview, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said that kids “need to have these cutting-edge learning tools.” For Apple, that means, of course, iPads and MacBooks. Fair enough. But then he added, “Chromebooks don’t do that. Chromebooks have gotten to the classroom because, frankly, they’re cheap testing tools for required testing. If all you want to do is test kids, well, maybe a cheap notebook will do that. But they’re not going to succeed.”

Oh me. Oh my.

I guess Apple is in the first stage of grief over the state of its education market share: denial. As my colleague Mike Elgan noted recently, “Google schooled Apple and Microsoft in the education market by growing market share from zero to 60 in eight years.”

He’s right. Apple has been taking it on the chin from Chromebooks since 2013. The numbers back him up. Last year, Chromebooks made up 60% of all educational laptops and tablets purchased in the U.S.

And, no, it’s not all about price. Chromebooks are great machines, and vendors are adding features to push them into the enterprise.

Where it is about money, the culprit is the Mac’s outrageously high prices. I mean, sure, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro is great, but an entry-level price of $2,399 for finally updating the hardware and adding an escape key and arrow keys? Please.

But there’s a bigger issue here, a meta-issue as it were. Apple is the last champion of the old-style fat-client desktop, and the Chromebook is at the forefront of the new cloud-based desktop.

Even Microsoft is throwing in the towel. Instead of selling users Windows on the PC, it’s following — oh, the irony — Google’s lead by replacing it with the Azure cloud-based Windows Virtual Desktop.

For classrooms, the Chromebook is far more than a cheap notebook. It’s a gateway to all of Google’s services. And when it comes to services, Google beats Apple hands down. Its iCloud, for example, is useless to anyone with an Android phone, among other complaints, and Apple simply has nothing to compare to Google Docs.

Personally, I’m fond of the old-style desktop. That’s a big reason why I’m still using Linux desktops.

But I’m also a fan of Chromebooks. Why? One reason that immediately comes to mind is that I’m writing this while on a business trip to Barcelona. I started writing it, in fact, on my beloved Google Pixelbook, but its screen started blacking out on me. If I had been traveling with a fat-client laptop, using installed software, I would have had to try to re-create all the prose I had composed for this column. Argh! So much for using my spare moments to wander through this amazing city.

Instead, I was able to carry on while losing barely a minute. How? I just borrowed my partner’s Chromebook and logged into my Google Docs account. I had my notes, my web page history, everything.

Now, tell me, which group of users are the most likely to damage their hardware? To drop it on the way to, say, school? Or to perhaps have the dog, for some improbable reason, try to eat it. Would that be kids? Why, yes, I’d say it would be.

Therefore, doesn’t it make sense for woefully underfunded schools to choose hardware they can afford without needing a tax override? And a computing model that lets the kid who forgets her laptop at home still present her homework by simply accessing it on a different machine?

For the young students in my life — my grandsons — I think Chromebooks will do just fine, thank you very much.

The fact is, old-school PCs, including Macs and Linux desktops, increasingly will be used only by office workers and other professionals. For the rest of us, when we’re not using smartphones, we’ll be using cloud-based Windows PCs and, oh yes, Chromebooks.

Copyright © 2019 IDG Communications, Inc.

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Apple Music Replay Highlights Your Favorite Songs

Apple has launched a new Apple Music feature. In a nutshell, Apple Music Replay compiles your favorite songs into playlists. Replay also provides you with statistics based on your listening habits. Providing a fascinating insight into your music tastes.

While we usually rail against companies collecting data on its users, it’s one of the benefits of music streaming services

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. They can use this data to recommend new music they think you’ll enjoy and build playlists around what you’ve already listened to.

And that’s exactly what Apple is now doing with Apple Music Replay.

What Is Apple Music Replay?

Apple Music Replay is a new Apple Music feature which condenses your listening habits down to various statistics. The headline feature is a playlist full of your favorite tracks from any given year. Starting with your most played songs of 2019.

As well as playlists for each year you’ve been subscribed to Apple Music, you can view other statistics based on your Apple Music usage. This includes which songs you played on repeat and how many albums the songs you’ve listened to come from, etc.

However, unlike offerings from other music streaming services, Apple Music Replay is going to be updated every week. On a Sunday, your playlists and listening statistics will be updated, so you can keep an eye on your favorite tracks throughout the year.

To access your Apple Music Replay, go to replay.music.apple.com, sign into your Apple Music account, and click “Get Your Replay Mix”. This will generate your playlists, which you can then share with others just like other Apple Music playlists.

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JNUC 2019: For enterprise pros, it’s like the old days of Apple events

MINNEAPOLIS – “This reminds me of one of the old Apple events,” Apple’s one-time product manager of automation technologies, Sal Soghoian said as we entered the opening Jamf keynote speech at JNUC 2019 earlier this week.

I couldn’t help but agree with him by the time the event was winding down.

Enterprise and Apple evangelism

All of the old Apple event ingredients were there: Enthusiasm, knowledge, curiosity, interest, excitement and for nearly all of the 2,500 Mac professionals at this year’s  show, the added attraction about JNUC is that they get to talk how they make their living.

These are professional Mac admins, enterprise IT support staff, enterprise-focused software developers, managers, purchasers, CIOs, CTOs and others who now realize that Apple’s foot print is seriously growing in the enterprise.

Jamf’s commitment to this community and a great selection of partners and speakers (including IBM, SAP, Apple and others) mean that everyone I spoke to across the event was learning, doing business and having a good time. It had a real community “vibe.”

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IBM CIO Fletcher Previn at Jamf’s 2019 conference.

There were also several big announcements at the show:

  • IBM CIO Fletcher Previn unveiled a wealth of compelling statistics that suggest Mac users are happier and more productive in the office.
  • SAP Martin Lang appeared several times during the event, confirming the success of his company’s huge migration of tens of thousands of Apple devices and promising to use Catalyst to port some of its iPad apps to Mac.
  • Microsoft ran through some of the many recent improvements made in Office 365 (Hint: Use the Ideas button next time you make a PowerPoint), and confirmed that with Jamf Pro it’s easy to use Microsoft Azure to deliver authorization on Apple’s platforms.
  • Jamf talked up Jamf Protect, a unique product that puts the company at the cutting-edge of situational awareness for Macs.
  • And Apple Product Marketing’s Jeremy Butcher discussed some of the security and other enhancements across the company’s platforms, noting that all of the top Fortune 500 companies now use Apple products.

All of these announcements reflect the significant change in Apple’s enterprise credentials in recent years. They also completely justify the vision Jamf founder Zach Halmstad showed when he decided to launch the company back in 2002, when the iPod was still young and then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs had yet to freeze Hell over with iTunes for Windows.

This is a strong community

I was impressed at the vibrancy of this event. I’ve attended literally hundreds of technology trade shows, and (as Soghoian observed) this one has had energy. This energy reflects the focus of the event, but also the growing size of the Apple enterprise market and the fast-growing opportunities show attendees are already seeing in that market.

This energy extends to include the many partners and enterprise/education-focused software vendors who exhibited here. There were quite literally dozens of vendors, which absolutely reflects the difference a few years has made to the Apple-in-the-enterprise story.

Apple has an enterprise business. That business is growing. And supporting that business relies heavily on strategic partnerships between Apple, Jamf, Microsoft, SAP, IBM and other names (big and small) in enterprise computing.

These vendors aren’t in the business of consumer computing; instead, they offer sophisticated solutions designed to appeal to the needs of Fortune 500 firms, SMBs, school districts and more. This is reflected by the kind of problems the vendors try to solve.

To illustrate this, here is a short (incomplete and randomly chosen) selection of the many exhibitors attending the show:

Code 42

Code42 is most widely known for its CrashPlan online backup product, but it has pivoted on that solution to also offer powerful protection for corporate data assets. The basic premise: after an employee leaves a company, it becomes possible to monitor file activity in order to detect and investigate suspicious use of external media, USB sticks, browsers or cloud services in scenarios in which that employee might try to take intellectual property or other confidential company data when they depart. This matters because 60% of the 40 million people who changed jobs last year say they took data with them.

Diamond Assets

Diamond Assets offers a service that tracks the resale prices of an enterprise or an institution’s tech assets, which means companies looking to upgrade their infrastructure enjoy granular insight into the second user price of any equipment they need to replace –  and can sell at that price. This kind of insight helps manage budgets more effectively.


SetApp, curates compelling collections of apps from multiple developers, making all these apps available for a monthly fee. This model helps business users take control of what apps are installed across their fleet, making budgets easier to manage while also giving employees flexibility to choose tools that meet personalized needs.


As SaaS enterprise app provision expands, larger firms find themselves handling relationships with multiple service providers while having very little insight into what services employees actually use. Torii aims to meet this need by providing its own way  to manage all those SaaS solutions, enabling better insights and budget control.


The future of tech support isn’t going to be completely automated, but it will be AI augmented. This is why vendors such as Electric provide Slack chat-based support for networks, applications and devices. The idea here is that by outsourcing mundane tech support problems, IT departments can focus on the bigger challenges.


Services to help leverage existing tech investments were also on display at the show, including the extremely user-friendly Kitcast digital signage solution that works with Apple TV. With a clear user interface and a variety of useful templates, it makes it easy to turn any screen in your company into a presentation or marketing tool.


JumpCloud is a powerful directory-as-a-service offering that acts as an authoritative identity provider for Mac, Windows, Linux, networks, apps, infrastructure, file servers and more.

Up next: Seize the opportunity

There are so many ways to see what’s happened here.

Apple is now indisputably an enterprise company, and (in the U.S., at least) if you combine iOS with macOS to account for Internet traffic share, you’ll find that Apple is now more widely used online than Windows.

In part, this is driven by the demographic of users.

New employees coming into the jobs market today are more likely to have used an Apple product than they are to have used a Windows machine. This is driving firms to provide BYOD schemes and user choice so they can better recruit new employees — Apple provision has become an HR challenge.

Feeding this enterprise need is a strong and growing business for all parties able to play a part; I certainly overheard an array of business arrangements being made during the show.

Across at least the past decade, Apple has painstakingly built partnerships, developer tools, and complementary platforms – all with this outcome in mind. And Microsoft has remained a strong partner during much of this time.

The result? At JNUC, Jamf demonstrated a solution that lets you use Touch ID on your iPhone with Azure to unlock your Windows PC.

This new Apple enterprise reality is built into the DNA at JNUC. To my eyes, the show has become a unique event that pairs some of the best parts of Apple events of yore with the kind of enthusiasm you get when everyone is in a growth market.

Planning ahead? JNUC 2020 takes place in San Diego.

Please follow me on Twitter, or join me in the AppleHolic’s bar & grill and Apple Discussions groups on MeWe.

Copyright © 2019 IDG Communications, Inc.

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Apple introduces its new 16-in. MacBook Pro

MINNEAPOLIS – Apple’s new 16-in. MacBook Pro, unveiled today, replaces the 15-in. model with revamped hardware that delivers up to 80% better performance – and a new Magic Keyboard. The company also confirmed that it plans to ship the long-expected Mac Pro in “December.”

Everyone is talking about the new laptop

I’m at the Jamf JNUC conference here this week and the new Mac is the talk of the day among delegates, many of whom are already trying to figure out if they can convince their companies to order one for them.

The new MacBook Pro brings a 16-in. Retina Display, the latest 8-core processors, up to 64GB of memory, up to 8GB of VRAM and a new advanced thermal design. 

Butterfly, butterfly, fly away

Apple has improved the keyboard. The new Magic Keyboard boasts a redesigned scissor mechanism and 1mm travel for a more satisfying key feel. The keyboard also provides a physical Escape key and arrow keys.

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The new keyboard should give users a “stable key feel,” the company said. “It features an Apple-designed rubber dome that stores more potential energy for a responsive key press. Critics had not liked the lack of responsiveness of the original butterfly design.

The Mac also features a six-speaker sound system and promises better battery life. The Touch Bar (and Touch ID) is part of the package, as is the T2 Security chip.

What Apple says

Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac and iPad Product Marketing, delivered Apple’s boilerplate statement for this release:

“Our pro customers tell us they want their next MacBook Pro to have a larger display, blazing-fast performance, the biggest battery possible, the best notebook keyboard ever, awesome speakers and massive amounts of storage, and the 16-inch MacBook Pro delivers all of that and more.

“With its brilliant 16-inch Retina display, 8-core processors, next-gen pro graphics, even better thermal design, new Magic Keyboard, six-speaker sound system, 100Wh battery, up to 8TB of storage and 64GB of fast memory, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is the world’s best pro notebook.”

Big storage

The MacBook Pro doubles the SSD storage to 512GB and 1TB on standard configurations and it can be configured with 8TB of SSD storage — the largest SSD ever in a notebook.

This also means the Mac includes powerful graphics and the largest ever Mac notebook battery (100Wh), which should deliver an additional hour of battery life.

Graphics performance is provided by the 7nm AMD Radeon Pro 5000M equipped with GDDR6 video memory with an 8GB VRAM option. Apple says users should get up to 80% faster performance than with the previous high-end Mac – good for gamers, video editors and game developers.

Cool runnings

Of course, a bigger display, greater storage and memory capacity mean these machines pose certain power demands, and that led Apple to improve thermal design in these systems. (With typical Apple modesty, Apple calls this “the most advanced thermal architecture ever in a Mac notebook.”)

“The sophisticated fan design features a larger impeller with extended blades along with bigger vents, resulting in a 28 percent increase in airflow, while the heat sink is 35 percent larger, enabling significantly more heat dissipation than before,” the company said.

Sound improvements

Apple’s HomePod audio system development teams are clearly at work. These new Macs introduce a completely redesigned six-speaker, high-fidelity sound system the company says provides the most advanced audio experience ever in a notebook.

The system uses Apple-patented force-canceling woofers that employ dual opposed speaker drivers to reduce unwanted vibrations that distort sound. So music sounds better and bass gets deeper.

The microphone has also been improved – Apple says this now rivals the quality you get from professional grade digital mics, so podcasters will likely take an interest in these machines. I assume FaceTime conversations and online meetings will sound better, too.

Additional hardware details

Processors: 6- and 8-core 9th-generation processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 5.0 GHz. That means you get up to around twice as fast performance than the quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro in most pro workflows.

Memory: Up to 64GB.

Display: 500nit, P3 colour gamut, factory calibrated, 16-inch Retina Display.

Resolution: 3,072 x 1,920 and a higher pixel density of 226 ppi for nearly 6 million pixels.

Price: From $2,399. Available now online and in U.S. stores later this week.

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You Can Now Control Roku With Your Apple Watch

The Roku app now supports Apple Watch. This means you can use your Apple Watch to control your Roku device, launch channels on your TV, issue voice commands, and even find your Roku remote. All from the smartwatch wrapped around your wrist.

What Can You Do With the Roku App on Apple Watch?

Roku announced that its free app is now available on Apple Watch in a post on The Roku Blog. The company outlines what you can do with the Roku app on your Apple Watch…

You can use your Apple Watch as a remote control for your Roku. This works in the same way as the remote from the mobile app (available on Android and iOS). However, you can also use the Apple Watch’s circular crown to control the volume on your Roku device.

You can also launch channels on your TV using the Roku app on your Apple Watch. Channels are listed in order of the most recently launched, keeping your regular channels at or near the top. Simply tap on a channel once to launch it on your TV.

If you own an Apple Watch Series 1 through 5 you can also issue voice commands using the app. Simply tap the voice icon and speak into your Apple Watch. Voice commands include “Launch Hulu,” “search for comedies,” and “switch to HDMI 1”.

Last but not least, you can use the Roku app on your Apple Watch to search for your actual Roku remote control if you lose it down the back of the sofa. Unfortunately, this feature is only available on the Roku Ultra and select Roku TV models.

How to Install the Roku App on Your Apple Watch

You should be able to install the Roku app on your Apple Watch by updating the Roku app on your iPhone to version 6.1.3. The app will then appear on your Apple Watch. However, if you have disabled automatic installs you’ll have to install the app manually instead.

Installing the Roku app on your Apple Watch is a no-brainer. Especially as it’s free. And while we’d probably still use the Roku remote over the Apple Watch app, if your Roku remote has stopped working

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, the Roku app on your Apple Watch is a solid backup.

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Apple is changing the world of enterprise IT

I spoke with the CEO of one of Apple’s most recently announced enterprise mobility partners, Sunil Patro, founder and CEO at SignEasy, to learn more about Apple’s commitment to enterprise technology – and the growing importance of India to the tech economy.

Apple is an enterprise company

Apple’s focus on enterprise computing is intensifying, much to the surprise of the old guard in IT, for whom Macs, iPads and iPhones will always be “toys,” despite their proven effectiveness in the real world.

I believe it was the iPad that really drove Apple into the enterprise; that trickle has become a flood and it means you’ll find Apple platforms in most businesses today.

SignEasy was recently named an Apple mobility partner. Among other things, this means Apple’s enterprise developer relations worked with the company to help SignEasy become a better app for enterprises.

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Sunil Patro

“We have deep respect for how Apple works with partners to ensure users are always given the best experience on Apple platforms. Their focus on beautiful product experiences trickles down to everything that they do, including this program, which makes us doubly honored to be a part of it,” Patro told me.

“More than half of our business customers use SignEasy on their iOS devices, and we expect that number to grow as we leverage our new status as an Apple mobility partner,” he explained.

Integration matters.

Consumer-friendly apps for business pros

In today’s enterprise environment, it’s not appropriate to balkanize user experiences, offering different UIs across different platforms. What works on one device needs to work the same on other devices.

“Today’s business software solutions need to be optimized to work equally well on a mobile device, laptop computer or desktop computer. It also needs to integrate with other software solutions and systems at work where the exchange of data and files are as seamless as possible,” he said.

Design matters, too.

It’s not enough to have poorly designed solutions that work equally badly across platforms, the implementations need to be up to consumer standards — even for internal enterprise provisions.

“Poor design just doesn’t fly anymore,” he said. “With the proliferation of SaaS and ease of high-quality app development, consumers and businesses have innumerable options for digital solutions. Great design and user experience has become one of the biggest criteria that software can compete on, and more often than not becomes the deciding factor for a buyer because the end user demands it.”

Apple’s winning message

It seems clear that Apple’s enterprise appeal has always been, and continues to be, the attempt to provide superior user experiences. This gives it an advantage in a more digital economy.

“Apple wants to increasingly deliver more value to enterprise users because of their belief that the user should benefit from the same experience and delight that he or she is used to on their iPhones and iPads at work,” Patro said. “Since they are one of the biggest consumer brands in the world, many of the enterprise users come across the iOS experience first in their personal lives.

“So these users automatically become the champions in their workplace for carrying their business tasks using an iPhone, iPad or Mac on the go. That’s why you will see programs like ‘Apple at Work’ being promoted in Retail Stores, Channel partners and also online on their website.”

Digital transformation, boosted productivity

I asked about other rising technology implementations, such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA).

Patro admitted that his company is seeing tremendous adoption of RPA — customers come on board to use SignEasy as a SaaS solution for one department, and then learn the value of using the the company’s APIs to create business-wide solutions to provide automated or simplified processes across their business.

“We have customers like Rappi who on-board thousands of restaurant partners every month on their website and they have eliminated the repetitive and mundane human work involved in getting the

SignEasy SignEasy

SignEasy is designed to automate workflows involving legal and commercial contracts.

signed by automating that workflow using SignEasy. In another example, we have customers like OnBlick with a SaaS solution for customers who simplify the HR processes required for compliance and onboarding of new employees,” he said.

Like many tech giants, Apple is becoming increasingly active in India, where SignEasy’s development center is based.

The importance of India

“Bangalore is also home to Apple’s app accelerator in India, the very first to open anywhere in the world, where Apple’s team works directly with app developers to build solutions on its platforms,” he noted. “This is a strong acknowledgement by Apple that it recognizes the skill that exists in India, especially for developing solutions on its platforms.”

He explained a little about how the tech industry is evolving in India, where demand for skilled and experienced developers is high.

“India is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, with the tech industry being one of the biggest contributors. India is also the largest off-shore destination for IT services, so technology skill-development is a big focus for the country.”

India is also investing in the industry: “Programming is being inculcated at the grassroots level, with kids learning to code in schools of all sizes and in the smallest of towns,” Patro explained.

I’ll be reporting extensively on Apple technologies in the enterprise in this week as I’ll be at JAMF Software’s annual JNUC event, the world’s largest event for Apple pros in enterprise IT. To keep up with news from this event, please follow me on Twitter, or join me in the AppleHolic’s bar & grill and Apple Discussions groups on MeWe.

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Why you should begin using Sign in with Apple

Apple has published lots of information explaining how its newly introduced Sign in With Apple service solves a problem most of us didn’t know existed and which many of us would very much like to solve.

Who watches the watchmen?

The issue:

Most social sign-in services act a little like people-tracking honey pots: You come to use a website or service and stay because the people providing the authorization use that moment to gather even more information about what you do.

What happens is that the persistent identity used by those services can be combined with other data to identify where you go, what you look for and more.

This sounds innocuous enough, but over time the individual profiles collected grow, and can be leaked, stolen or sold – and you don’t know who by or who to.

It is I think fair to say that this particular problem is not one that most people thought we had.

Apple’s Sign in With Apple service helps draw attention to it – while also providing a constructive solution.

No one knows

Apple philosophically disagrees with the idea that user data is required to make systems work.

Instead, it sees its role as being that of a trusted intermediary capable of providing a source of authorization data that can be used by both end users and service/app providers.

“Apple believes that great user experiences and great privacy can go hand-in- hand, and that users should be able to enjoy the convenience and security of one-tap sign-in without compromising their privacy,” the company explains inside its detailed Sign In With Apple white paper, published this week.

Apple says it has built is service specifically, “To limit the amount of information that users are required to share, and to provide them with the peace of mind that Apple will not track them as they interact with their apps.”

How does no tracking work?

When you use Sign in with Apple to access a website, service or app, Apple generates a unique token for the user/developer pair and also stores the email address you choose to use with that developer.

In future, you get to use the service without interruption, so long as you remain signed into iCloud on your device. You should never need to share any more data.

Developers also benefit, as Apple’s system shares a binary ‘bot/not bot’ message with them to let them know you are real, it calls this its Real User Indicator.

There are some services that need more insight – particularly financial services apps that log users out after a certain time.

Apple has developed a solution for this (called ASAuthorizationAppleIDRequest). This requires more information (such as Apple ID and IP address), but this is deleted after 30-days and is not shared with the service provider. Apple simply confirms the legitimacy of the request, acting as an agent of trust in the exchange.

“Apple does not provide any tracking tools to developers or receive data from any analytics or advertising tools that might be employed by any particular app. As a result, users can take advantage of the convenience of Sign in with Apple with the peace of mind that Apple is not tracking or profiling them,” said Apple.

How it works

Apple’s authorization system works on all the company’s platforms, can be accessed with popular web browsers, and can be used on Android and Windows (with Apple ID).

  • First you should make sure you have enabled two-factor authentication on your Apple ID (as around three quarters of users already have).
  • When you use a website or service that requires you to set up an account, you’ll be shown a Sign in with Apple button.
  • Tap the button and you’ll be shown what you are agreeing to, usually this will say something like “Create an account” and use your Apple ID email.
  • You authenticate the request using your passcode, Touch ID or Face ID.
  • If using the web you can authenticate using a sign-in sheet.
  • When using third-party browsers or a non-Apple platform, sign-in takes place using an Apple-hosted website.

You don’t need to share any personal information as Apple has that data. All you are providing is an identifier that allows you to sign in with your Apple ID in future.

Hide your email

Some services and sites will want your email address.

Apple’s system lets you provide these from your Apple ID, but also lets you edit the name used and offers the Hide My Email, which creates a unique and private relay address.

Emails sent to you via this address will reach you (and will be checked by Apple for spam), but the service provider will not have your real address. 

How to revoke permissions for apps and services

You can review all the apps and services you have authorized with the service in your Apple ID account, both on the device and online.

Here you can review what information you have shared with an app, review its privacy policy, turn off the private email address or simply stop using the Apple ID.

Sign in with Apple will be required in any app in the App Store that uses 
 third-party sign-in services to set up and authenticate user accounts.

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The bottom line is that Sign in with Apple is part of a parcel of privacy enhancing tools Apple provides.

While these tools aren’t foolproof – security is an ongoing battle – the fact they exist shows the company remains willing to use its power to disrupt the behaviors of existing data collectors while also pushing for more eductated conversations about privacy and the risks of losing it.

The strategy seems to be working.

There may be some who recall when the FBI tried to force Apple to open a back door into its devices following the San Bernardino shooting.

At that time many (including myself) argued that such systems did nothing to make people safer, as the details of any system weaknesses would eventually leak beyond law enforcement and into the hands or bad actors and rogue states. (You don’t even need to look too far to see this is what happens.)

Years later, it looks like there is a growing understanding that this is indeed the case.

Convenience is great, but not at any cost. The least we should know is what the cost and consequences of our convenience actually are.

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Apple updates its privacy pages, and you should take a look

Apple has updated its Privacy website and published several white papers explaining its approach to the topic and how its products protect your privacy.

Apple is offering more information than ever

The updated website delivers much more information than before with a broad overview of what the company is doing. It includes pages detailing features and controls as well as its privacy policy and transparency report. 

The site also offers a selection of approachable white papers that explain how the privacy controls in Safari, Location Services, Photos and Sign-in With Apple work. These contain a huge amount of information on Apple and its services.

Hey Siri, spell ‘debacle’

Apple likes to update users with more information concerning its ongoing attempts to protect user privacy annually, but the update is particularly significant this year following the debacle around Siri grading.

Since that story broke, Apple has taken steps to make the Siri grading process more transparent and to give users more control.

Not only can you now prevent the process completely, but you can also delete any recordings Siri’s system may have on you. The company has also taken the grading process in-house.

Apple’s decision to protect user privacy isn’t just altruistic:

It recognizes that each time you pick up a smartphone, make a call, check a message or visit anywhere the sensors inside the device can track that action.

This means your smartphones gather a huge quantity of information about you.  

Apple says it has designed its systems, so such information stays on your device and such data is not shared with the company (beyond what is required to make systems work – and even then it is encrypted).

That’s unique in the industry, as server-based smartphone platforms (you know who they are) do gather this information in order to make the OS (and their revenue models) work.

Not Apple.

Human/not human

Your iPhone does make use of this kind of information on a device level, but only in order to assess things like human/not human requests as are typical of developers and other service providers who ask for bot/not bot data.

(Apple calls this its Real User Indicator).

This kind of operation is what helps prevent large scale advertising click fraud, for example – if a device tells the service it thinks it is being run by a bot, then that click can be ignored.

Apple’s new website goes into plenty of detail concerning how you can use its platforms to protect your privacy, including a plea to the one-in-four iPhone users who have not yet done so to enable two-factor authentication.

The page also explains the many privacy improvements in iOS 13, including much tighter controls over location information.

For example, when you install a new app you now have the opportunity to share location data just once in order to try the app and make it work.

Apple’s system now provides users with highly visual reminders of what information specific apps gather about them as a way to jog us all into reviewing which apps gather what data from time-to-time.

Inside the white papers

Apple’s new white papers are relatively approachable documents for any iOS user.

They carry a wealth of detail concerning Apple’s products and its approach, including a few items I’d not been aware of before. Did you know that over a trillion photos and videos are captured every year on iPhones?.

I’ve gathered one interesting data point from each of the white papers, but please do Tweet me with any that catch your eye (as I’d urge you to read them):

Location Services White Paper:

“Apple Maps shows your current location using a blue marker. Because the precision with which your location can be determined is limited, a blue halo will appear around this marker. The size of the halo shows approximately how precisely your location can be determined: the smaller the halo, the greater the precision.”

Photos White Paper:

“In order for the Days view to highlight a user’s best shots, photos that are considered clutter are shown in the All Photos view and intelligently hidden in the Days view.

Days automatically hides:

— Screenshots

— Screen recordings

— Blurry photos

— Photos with bad framing and lighting

Photos also identifies specific objects likely considered clutter and hides them in the Days view. They include photos of:

— Whiteboards

— Receipts

— Documents

— Tickets

— Credit cards.”

Sign in with Apple white paper

“Apple has gone to great lengths to ensure the [Real User Indicator] is calculated in a privacy-preserving manner. First, on-device machine learning (ML) is employed to measure if the device the account is originating from is being used in a way that’s consistent with ordinary, everyday behavior such as moving from place to place, sending messages, receiving emails, or taking photos. This analysis yields a tamper-proof numerical score that is sent to Apple indicating a level of confidence that the device is being used by a real person. The score cannot be reverse-engineered by Apple to reveal any personal information, and none of the specific inputs to the ML models ever leaves the user’s device.”

“The device score is then combined with select information on recent account activity. The sum of this information is abstracted into the binary Real User indicator that is passed to the developer at account setup time. Developers can incorporate this information into any existing anti-fraud systems they currently use to help make determinations about how to handle a new customer.”

In other words, your device figures out if you are a real person, or not. Developers/service providers can then choose not to demand additional verification, or to do so if you might be a bot.

Safari White Paper

“Safari now includes the ability to offer Private Click Measurement, an innovative way of doing ad click measurement that prevents cross-site tracking but still enables advertisers to measure the effectiveness of web campaigns.

“It is built into the browser itself and runs on device, which means that neither advertisers, merchants, nor Apple can see what ads are clicked or which purchases are made. This solution avoids placing trust in any of the parties involved—the ad network, the merchant, or other intermediaries—so none of them are able to track users as they click on ads and make purchases in Safari…. “Apple has proposed Private Click Measurement as a new web standard to the World Wide Web Consortium.”

You can explore all Apple’s latest resources at its revamped privacy site here.

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Apple TV+ is Available Now, Don’t Forget to Activate Your Free Year – Review Geek

If you purchased Apple hardware such as an iPhone after September 10, you’re probably eligible for a free year of Apple’s new subscription video streaming service, Apple TV+, which happens to be launching today (November 1).

Back in September, Apple announced that Apple TV+ would launch with eight original series and one original documentary, which would be expanded every month with new Apple originals. The content is served up ad-free and on-demand with streaming support for up to six family members. Features include the ability to download and watch content offline, and support for 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos.

Pricing is set at $4.99 per month and in addition to a free trial for seven days, Apple launched a promotion alongside its announcement in September that includes a free year of Apple TV+ with any purchase of a new iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or Apple TV. If you’ve purchased one of these qualifying devices, after you activate the device you have three months to claim the free year of Apple TV+.

Apple TV+ Offer
This is toward the bottom of Apple’s iPhone page. Apple

Folks who have purchased a new qualifying Apple device during the promotion can activate their free year of Apple TV+ by simply logging in to the service with the Apple ID that’s associated with your new device. Once logged in, you should see a tappable message that reads something like “Enjoy 1 Year Free.” Tap and enjoy.

Note that if you’re using the free year-long trial, you might want to set a reminder to unsubscribe toward the end of that trial if you don’t want to pay the $4.99 subscription fee, seeing as Apple already has your payment information. If you unsubscribe sooner, you’ll lose access to the service. Nothing unusual but it can be easy to lose track of a subscription over the course of a month much less a year.

Besides watching Apple TV+ through the Apple TV app on Apple’s own hardware, the app is also available through some Samsung smart TVs and there are plans to launch the software on more smart TVs and streaming devices going forward. Of note, the fine print on the offer for a free year of Apple TV+ also applies to refurbished iPhones including those from the iPhone Upgrade Program. It’s also not restricted to any specific location of purchase—resellers included.

“Customers who purchase any new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch starting September 10 can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. Beginning November 1, customers can initiate the one-year free offer in the Apple TV app on the device running the latest software. Customers have three months after device activation to claim the offer, or if the device was purchased and activated before the launch of Apple TV+, they will have three months starting November 1. The subscription will automatically renew at $4.99 per month after one year. Customers can cancel at any time in Settings at least one day before each renewal date. Customers who cancel during the offer period will forfeit the remainder of their offer. This limited time offer applies to both new and refurbished models, including devices from the iPhone Upgrade Program, is not restricted to any specific sales channel (e.g., Apple Store, resellers) and will be available in all countries where Apple TV+ will launch. Up to six family members can share one Apple TV+ subscription and watch using their own Apple ID and password. Only one one-year offer is available per family, regardless of the number of devices purchased.”

As mentioned, today marks the maiden voyage of Apple TV+ and whether you’ve purchased a subscription or gotten a year for free, the video streaming service should be open for business. Content available at launch includes all of the shows below, which are all-new exclusives for Apple TV+:

  • See, an epic drama starring Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard, is set 600 years in the future after a virus has decimated humankind and rendered the remaining population blind. When all humanity has lost the sense of sight, humans must adapt and find new ways to survive.
  • The Morning Show, a cutthroat drama starring and executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, and starring Steve Carell, explores the world of morning news and the ego, ambition and the misguided search for power behind the people who help America wake up in the morning.
  • Dickinson, a darkly comedic coming-of-age story, explores the constraints of society, gender and family through the lens of rebellious young poet, Emily Dickinson.
  • For All Mankind, a new series from Ronald D. Moore, imagines what would have happened if the global space race never ended and the space program remained the cultural centerpiece of America’s hopes and dreams.
  • Helpsters, a new children’s series from the makers of “Sesame Street,” stars Cody and a team of vibrant monsters who love to help solve problems. It all starts with a plan.
  • Snoopy in Space,  a new original from Peanuts Worldwide and DHX Media, takes viewers on a journey with Snoopy as he follows his dreams to become an astronaut. Together, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts crew take command of the International Space Station and explore the moon and beyond.
  • Ghostwriter, a reinvention of the beloved original series, follows four kids who are brought together by a mysterious ghost in a neighborhood bookstore, and must team up to release fictional characters from works of literature.
  • The Elephant Queen, an acclaimed documentary film and cinematic love letter to a species on the verge of extinction, follows a majestic matriarch elephant and her herd on an epic journey of life, loss and homecoming.
  • Oprah Winfrey joins the world’s most compelling authors in conversation as she builds a vibrant, global book club community and other projects to connect with people around the world and share meaningful ways to create positive change.

Here are some of the shows that will be added over the coming months:

  • Servant, a new psychological thriller from M. Night Shyamalan, follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home.
  • Truth Be Told, a gripping new series starring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer and Emmy Award winner Aaron Paul, explores America’s obsession with true crime podcasts and navigates urgent concerns about privacy, media and race.
  • Little America, inspired by the true stories featured in Epic Magazine, brings to life the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and surprising stories of immigrants in America.
  • The Banker, a feature film inspired by a true story, stars Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson as two African American entrepreneurs who try to circumvent the racial limitations of the 1950s and quietly provide housing loans to the African American community in Jim Crow Texas. Nia Long and Nicholas Hoult also star.
  • Hala, a feature film and official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, follows a high school senior struggling to balance being a suburban teenager with her traditional Muslim upbringing.

Source: Apple (2) via Gizmodo

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