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Technology Apple TV Plus reaches a billion screens, Apple says

21:45  22 june  2020
21:45  22 june  2020 Source:   cnet.com

Apple Music is available on Samsung Smart TVs

  Apple Music is available on Samsung Smart TVs You no longer need an Apple TV box to play Apple Music on the big screen in your living room. As of today, Apple Music is available on 2018 and newer Samsung Smart TVs — the first time it’s been available from a TV maker, or any third-party TV media player for that matter. You’ll have access to the same features you’d find on other devices, including Beats 1 radio and music videos. The interface will also be very, very familiar if you’ve used the Apple TV version. Apple Music on Samsung Smart TV The service has been on a wide variety of non-Apple platforms for a while, including Android and Alexa-powered smart speakers. This is relatively uncharted territory, however.

Apple TV Plus reaches a billion devices, a figure the company was touting even before the service launched, but Apple nonetheless called it out Monday during the keynote of the company's Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple also said the its TV app, which is where Apple TV Plus exists as a service, would be coming to Vizio and Sony smart TVs later this year.

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Apple announced new versions of its iOS software for the iPhone and iPad at the conference, as well as MacOS software for its desktops and laptops and WatchOS software for its wrist-worn devices. The event, known as WWDC, typically draws thousands of programmers, fans and press to a San Jose convention center, but the in-person event was cancelled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, Apple is holding an entirely virtual event this week.

Apple's online-only 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference gets opening date

  Apple's online-only 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference gets opening date Apple has announced that all of the proceedings of its 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will take place exclusively online. Developers from all over the world will be able to attend conferences given by teams from Apple, directly on the WWDC website and via the Apple developer app. As it has done every year for the last three decades, the  WWDC will provide Apple with a venue for the presentation of forthcoming innovations in its different operating systems (iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS).

Apple TV Plus is the gadget giant's subscription video streaming service featuring Apple's original TV shows and movies. With a reported budget of $6 billion to rope in some of Hollywood's biggest stars, Apple TV Plus was the first to the battle lines in the so-called streaming wars, a seven-month window when media giants and tech titans are releasing a raft of new streaming services to take on Netflix. These competitive battles -- pitting rookies like Apple TV Plus, HBO Max, Disney Plus and NBCUniversal's Peacock against heavyweights like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video -- have spurred huge corporations to pour billions of dollars into the hope of shaping the future of television.

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This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Apple plans to shut down iBooks Author and iTunes U

  Apple plans to shut down iBooks Author and iTunes U Apple is discontinuing two products you’ve probably forgotten about: iBooks Author and iTunes U. As of July 1st, iBooks Author will not be available to new users, and Apple plans to discontinue iTunes U at the end of 2021. Existing iBooks Author users will still have access to the app, but it will no longer be updated. Apple says it’s working on a tool that will allow users to transfer content into Pages, and that should be ready soon. As 9to5Mac notes, many of the iBooks Author functions have already been integrated into Pages.

--Ian Sherr contributed to this report.

Apple Music’s time-synced lyrics arrive on Samsung Smart TVs .
This spring, Samsung made Apple Music available on its smart TVs, becoming the first third-party smart TV platform to do so. Now, Samsung is adding Apple Music’s real-time synced lyrics to its Smart TVs, too. Beginning today, when customers with a 2018 to 2020 Samsung Smart TV begin playing a song through Apple Music, the real-time lyrics will appear. This feature is available for millions of songs in the Apple Music library. Users can scroll through songs by flipping through the lyrics, jump to a verse or skip to the chorus. Users can also search lyrics in order to find a song they can’t name.

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