The Year-of-Free Edition Friday, November 1, 2019

Apple TV+ Streaming Service Launches With 'Dickinson,' 'For All Mankind,' 'See' And More, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

The rollout today will include iPhone, iPad, ‌Apple TV‌, Mac, and devices like Smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire TV sticks, and the web at

Priced at $4.99 per month for up to six family members, ‌Apple TV‌+ provides unlimited access to original Apple-created TV shows and movies. Apple is also bundling a year of free service with any recent (since Sept 10th) purchase of am iPhone, ‌iPad‌, ‌Apple TV‌, iPod touch, or Mac.

What To Do If You're Not Seeing Your Apple TV+ 1-Year Free Trial Offer, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Also today, Apple quietly added a one-year subscription offer to its subscription options for the video streaming service.

Fitting In

Apple AirPods Pro Review: Perfect Fit, by Chris Welch, The Verge

The AirPod Pros do come close to perfecting the original AirPods concept, though: the in-ear design will fit more ears; the noise cancellation outperforms what you’d expect from tiny earbuds; and they sound better than ever (and the old ones already sounded good enough for millions of people).

Why I’m Returning My AirPods Pro, by Charlie Sorrel, Cult of Mac

If the AirPods Pro don’t fit in your ears, then tough. There’s pretty much nothing you can do about it short of returning them to Apple. However, if you’re prepared to wait, then there might be some hope.

There will almost certainly be custom AirPod Pro tips available sooner rather than later. They have a custom, rigid snap-in base that is nothing like most other earbud tips, but that won’t stop manufacturers selling these things in all kinds of shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. As long as the new tips are small enough — or squishy enough — to fit into the charging case, then they’ll be great.


iPhone 11 Night Mode Brings Good Things To Light, by Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS

But the beauty of Night Mode relying so heavily on machine learning is that Apple’s algorithms will keep improving. Plus, we’ll learn what conditions produce optimum results—or use Photos or Lightroom to tweak the results better to our liking.

Next Is A New App That Brings Dynamic Playlists To Apple Music, by Filipe Espósito, 9to5Mac

In my experience, the app has selected over 800 songs for “Magic DJ” with a mix of my most played songs and more from my favorite artists. It’s great when I want to listen to the songs that I like in shuffle mode. And there’s still much more on Next.

Review: Mophie's Latest Wireless Chargers Will Juice Up Multiple Devices At Once, But Are Expensive, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Mophie's charging products are always good quality and are typically reliable, but Mophie is known for its premium pricing and these wireless chargers are no exception.


Tim Cook And Apple: Bullish On China And On Apple’s Holiday Prospects, by Jason Snell, Macworld

But I keep listening, because amid the scripted declarations about how great Apple’s latest quarter was—this one was Apple’s best fiscal fourth quarter ever—Apple’s executives will give you a few tidbits about how they view their business that’s just not available anywhere else. Here’s what we learned this quarter.

When The Web Was Weird, by Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics

In 1997, the web got weird.

That was the year designer Ben Benjamin created, a website that was as much performance art back then as it is a functional museum of evergreen web design today. In 2019, the most engaging and vital interactive features on the internet wouldn’t be possible without Benjamin’s work, or that of the other “weird” web designers who came to prominence in the late ‘90s.

Bottom of the Page

1) I launched the TV app on my iPhone and I was offered a 7-days trial of Apple TV+.
2) I switched on my Apple TV, go into Control Centre, and switched the current user to my wife's Apple ID.
3) I launched the Apple TV app on the Apple TV and I was offered a 1-year trial.
4) I quitted Apple TV app.
5) I switched the current user on my Apple TV back to my Apple ID.
6) I launched the Apple TV app, and I was offered a 1-year trial.

And that's how my family subscribed to Apple TV+ under my account.


"Snoopy in Space" is not what I was expecting.


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