Apple has spent over $6 billion for original TV shows and movies for its upcoming Apple TV+ streaming service, set to launch later this year. Apple originally set a budget of $1 billion for Apple TV+ execs Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, who head up the project, but according to a source that spoke to The Financial Times, that budget has now grown to more than $6 billion. Hundreds of millions…

Apple today announced that it is celebrating America’s national parks in August ahead of the 103rd anniversary of the US National Park Service, introducing new parks-related content to encourage park attendance. “The beauty in our parks is obvious to all observers but their most profound contribution is to our spirit,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are proud to support them.” As announced over the weekend, from August 17 to August 25,…

Apple today seeded the sixth beta of macOS 10.15 Catalina for testing purposes, more than two weeks after seeding the fifth macOS Catalina beta and over a month after the new Mac operating system update was first unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference. The new macOS Catalina beta can be downloaded using the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences. As with all new betas, macOS Catalina should not be installed on a…

Apple plans to start selling Powerbeats Pro in Ivory, Moss, and Navy starting starting on August 22 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time from the online Apple Store. After orders for the new colors open on August 22, Apple plans to ship the headphones out on August 30, the same day the Powerbeats Pro will be available in retail stores. Apple started selling Powerbeats Pro in May after introducing them in April, but…

Apple CEO Tim Cook and U.S. President Donald Trump met for dinner on Friday evening, and Trump has since told reporters that the two discussed the impact of U.S. tariffs on Apple products imported from China. Melania Trump, Donald Trump, and Tim Cook in August 2018 Trump said Cook “made a good case” that tariffs could put Apple at a disadvantage given that rival Samsung’s products would be less impacted by the…

Apple today sent out emails to customers about its latest Apple Pay promo, which will see the company donating $10 to the National Park Foundation for Apple Pay purchases made from the Apple Store. From August 17 to August 25, Apple will make a $10 donation with every Apple Pay purchase made at any Apple retail store, the Apple.com website, or the Apple Store app. The National Park Foundation is the charitable…

Apple Arcade, Apple’s upcoming subscription-based gaming service, was first introduced in March and is set to launch this fall. Ahead of the upcoming launch, Apple has debuted an early access program for its employees, with screenshots and details shared by 9to5Mac this morning. Apple employees are able to access Apple Arcade for $0.49 per month, with a one month free trial available. Apple Arcade games will be available on the Mac, iOS…

New leaked assets from the watchOS 6 beta suggest Apple plans to launch new ceramic and titanium Apple Watch models as early as next month. Discovered by iHelpBR, the assets belong to the initial Apple Watch setup screen animation, which resembles the rear design of the watch including the model type and the words “Designed by Apple in California.” The firmware assets clearly reference a 44mm titanium case and a 44mm ceramic…

We’re just a few weeks away from the unveiling of this year’s iPhone lineup as well as the official release of iOS 13 and Apple’s other new operating system versions, and we’re continuing to hear hardware rumors as Apple tidies up its software. Apple Card continues to roll out to more users in the U.S., while there’s a new controversy over Apple preventing users of its latest iPhones with batteries replaced outside…

Apple in iOS 13 made changes to the way location tracking permissions work, and there’s no longer an option for apps to ask to “Always Allow” location tracking. Instead, Apple allows users to select “Allow While Using the App,” “Allow Once,” or “Don’t Allow,” which some app creators have taken offense to. The leaders of seven companies that make apps for iOS devices banded together to write an email to Apple CEO…