Apple celebrates a groundbreaking yr in leisure

January 10, 2023


Apple celebrates a groundbreaking yr in leisure

Apple’s Eddy Cue displays on the yr in providers

2022 was a groundbreaking yr for leisure. In some unspecified time in the future over the previous yr, you in all probability found a brand new app, a brand new music, a brand new TV present or film, or sport. An expertise that made you chortle, taught you one thing new, or helped you see the world in a brand new approach — and moved you to share it with others.

It’s outstanding how a lot nice content material is at our fingertips; that’s a testomony to the extraordinary work of creators worldwide. By no means earlier than have we loved immediate entry to extra cinematic unique collection, extra participating movies, extra international music, extra artistic apps, extra important journalism, and extra immersive video games and sports activities — regardless of the place you’re, throughout all of your favourite units.

At Apple, we’ve the privilege of partnering with creators of all types, whereas constructing services that allow much more creativity. Our mission has at all times been to complement individuals’s lives and to depart the world higher than we discovered it, and we all know that takes greater than technical ability. It requires main with our values in the whole lot we do.

We imagine that our services must be made for everybody. We imagine that privateness is a basic human proper, and that our highest obligation to our prospects is safety. We imagine {that a} tradition the place all people belongs can drive innovation, and that we should rise up for the change we wish to see on the earth.

Once we began Apple TV+ a number of years in the past, we did so to inform tales that mirror our broader humanity. And whether or not it was CODA profitable the Oscar for Finest Image or Ted Lasso profitable back-to-back Emmys for Finest Comedy, we’ve seen, in so some ways, the validation of this sort of storytelling and the sturdy want for extra of it.

And imagine me: There’s way more to return. Moments to anticipate, take pleasure in, and mirror upon. Moments that can have us leaping up with pleasure or on the fringe of our seats, or that make us wish to stand up and dance. Moments that may create lasting reminiscences and convey us nearer to at least one one other.

Final week marked my thirty fourth anniversary at Apple, and I’ve by no means been extra enthusiastic about what’s forward. This new yr of Apple providers shall be our most enjoyable but — and we are able to’t wait to share it with you.

— Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vp of Providers

This yr, extra individuals than ever visited the App Retailer to find and obtain the world’s most artistic and cutting-edge apps and video games in a protected and trusted setting. Powering a sturdy international financial system, the App Retailer connects builders of all sizes, from rising solo creators to massive worldwide groups, with greater than 650 million guests throughout 175 areas every week. Builders promoting digital items and providers on the App Retailer have earned greater than $320 billion for the reason that platform’s 2008 launch, marking one other yr of document earnings. And this appreciable quantity represents only a fraction of the general commerce the app ecosystem facilitates. All year long, new apps and video games delivered contemporary methods to attach. Progressive social app BeReal, which garnered international recognition for deepening genuine connections amongst household and buddies, burst onto the scene, whereas Apex Legends introduced its fast-paced hit battle royale sport to iPhone, and Dot’s Residence, which spotlights systemic injustices by means of considerate interplay, used the ability of code to impression tradition — incomes their builders 2022 App Retailer Awards. Reflecting how apps have offered customers ongoing providers for the whole lot from productiveness to leisure to social connection and past, subscriptions on the App Retailer drive a good portion of greater than 900 million paid subscriptions throughout Apple providers. Charts of the yr’s most downloaded apps and video games can be found on the App Retailer.

Apple Arcade continues to be a standout sport subscription service that includes award-winning and extremely rated titles, from new releases to beloved favorites from the App Retailer. Subscribers have limitless entry to an evolving assortment of over 200 video games, with enjoyable new content material added weekly. The service additionally presents distinctive advantages gamers love — together with no advertisements or in-app purchases — and help for Apple’s excessive privateness requirements. In 2022, the Apple Arcade catalog expanded with greater than 50 thrilling new titles, together with Warped Kart Racers, Jetpack Joyride 2, Gibbon: Past the Bushes, Wylde Flowers, and Cooking Mama: Delicacies! The service additionally launched over 300 updates and expansions for a lot of current hits, together with Sneaky Sasquatch, The Oregon Path, Mini Motorways, LEGO Brawls, and Indignant Birds Reloaded.

2022 was a giant yr for Apple Music, which now options over 100 million songs, representing practically your complete historical past of recorded music. That’s 100,000 instances “1,000 songs in your pocket.” And with Spatial Audio, Apple Music set a brand new high quality bar for music streaming, giving followers a deeperand extra immersive expertise than ever earlier than. Since launch, the variety of month-to-month Spatial Audio listeners has greater than tripled, with greater than 80 % of worldwide subscribers having fun with the expertise, whereas month-to-month performs in Spatial Audio have grown by over 1,000 %. Moreover, this yr Apple Music partnered with Mercedes-Benz to convey Spatial Audio to drivers worldwide for the primary time. Apple Music Reside provides followers entry to unique reside performances by a few of the greatest international stars in music, together with Harry Kinds, Lil Durk, Mary J. Blige, Billie Eilish, Luke Combs, Wizkid, and Alicia Keys. Following every broadcast, listeners can take pleasure in every present anytime on demand in immersive Spatial Audio. And simply final month, Apple launched Apple Music Sing, giving subscribers the flexibility to sing alongside to their favourite songs. With adjustable vocals and Apple Music’s unparalleled real-time lyrics expertise, customers can simply carry out duets, sing backup, or take the lead utilizing an ever-expanding catalog of the world’s most singable songs.

2022 was additionally a milestone yr for Shazam, marking the service’s twentieth anniversary with 70 billion all-time Shazams. Final yr, Shazam launched 17 new nationwide charts and 58 new metropolis charts, increasing protection of the world’s most found music to extra elements of the world, as customers found over 40 million completely different songs and greater than 1 million artists obtained their very first Shazam. Final yr, the songs on Shazam’s International Prime 200 have been extra numerous than ever earlier than, illustrating {that a} new technology of followers more and more linked with older songs, with “Working Up That Hill” by Kate Bush (1985) being the oldest music to achieve No. 1. Shazam additionally launched a set of latest options, together with a brand-new library sync utilizing iCloud, enhanced Siri integration, and the flexibility to seek out live performance particulars, making it straightforward for customers to discover upcoming reside reveals whereas growing publicity for artists. Final week, Shazam launched its 2023 Predictions, a 50-song playlist that includes artists who’re poised to have a breakthrough yr. Shazam’s predictions have uncovered expertise from each nook of the globe sooner than some other service, with artists like Ayra Starr, who was one among Shazam’s 5 featured predictions in 2022, making Shazam’s International Prime 10 final fall.

All through 2022, Apple TV+ premiered a few of the most celebrated collection of the yr, together with The Afterparty, Dangerous Sisters, Black Chook, Echo 3, For All Mankind, Loot, The Final Days of Ptolemy Gray, Pachinko, Gradual Horses, Making an attempt, and the 14-time Emmy Award-nominated Severance. International phenomenon Ted Lasso continued its streak as probably the most Emmy Award-winning comedy for the second yr in a row, with its second season touchdown the award for Excellent Comedy Collection, whereas Pachinko and Severance landed prestigious AFI Program of the 12 months honors.

Apple TV+ made historical past as the primary streaming service honored with the Academy Award for Finest Image with CODA, and debuted broadly acclaimed movies together with Cha Cha Actual Clean, Luck, Selena Gomez: My Thoughts & Me, and Spirited, which has change into the most important movie ever on the service. Causeway, Emancipation, and Sidney have been acknowledged with African-American Movie Critics Affiliation honors, and the acclaimed documentary Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues landed the IDA Documentary Award for Finest Music Documentary.

This yr, Apple TV+ is about to premiere extremely anticipated unique collection and movies from the world’s greatest storytellers, together with new Apple Originals Pricey Edward, Whats up Tomorrow!, The Reluctant Traveler, and Shrinking; new seasons of award-winning and extensively celebrated collection reminiscent of The Afterparty, Schmigadoon!, Servant, Swagger, and Reality Be Advised; and new movies Argylle, Killers of the Flower Moon, Sharper, and extra.

In 2022, Apple made vital strikes into reside sports activities, first with the debut of “Friday Evening Baseball” on Apple TV+, which solely confirmed two marquee Main League Baseball video games each Friday night time in the course of the common season. Apple additionally introduced an unprecedented 10-year partnership with Main League Soccer. In a historic first for sports activities, followers all over the world can stream each single MLS match by means of the MLS Season Go service on the Apple TV app, with none native blackouts, beginning February 1, 2023. MLS Season Go will convey MLS to its greatest worldwide viewers ever, as all matches shall be obtainable on billions of units by means of the Apple TV app and on the net.

With iOS 16, Apple Information launched My Sports activities, permitting sports activities followers to simply discover information and in-depth protection of their favourite leagues, groups, and gamers, and watch highlights proper within the Information app. Followers may sync their favourite groups throughout Apple Information and the Apple TV app to observe updates, get tune-in reminders, and extra. And with iOS 16.2, Reside Actions for the Apple TV app lets customers observe their favourite sports activities groups from choose leagues with reside scores proper on their Lock Display and the Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Professional and iPhone 14 Professional Max.1

In 2022, Apple Health+ turned obtainable to iPhone customers to subscribe to and revel in in 21 international locations, even when they don’t have an Apple Watch, and grew the library to three,500 exercises and meditations. Health+ additionally launched Time to Run; Collections; an Artist Highlight collection with exercises that includes music by Taylor Swift; the exercise program Yoga for Each Runner, that includes and designed with ultramarathoner Scott Jurek; and way more. To kick off 2023, Health+ introduced new methods for customers to enhance their health and general well-being, together with Kickboxing, a brand new total-body cardio exercise kind; a brand new Artist Highlight collection with exercises that includes music by Beyoncé; a brand-new meditation theme, Sleep, together with a brand new program to assist customers get began, Introduction to Meditations for Sleep; the fifth season of Time to Stroll, starting with Jamie Lee Curtis; two new Collections; and three new Health+ trainers.

From breaking information updates on a very powerful tales of the day to fascinating in-depth characteristic reporting and fantastically narrated audio tales, Apple Information continued to ship high quality information to thousands and thousands of individuals, and stays the highest information app within the US, the UK, Australia, and Canada. In November, Apple Information launched After the Whistle, a limited-series podcast hosted by Ted Lasso’s Brendan Hunt and NBC Sports activities’ Rebecca Lowe that supplied listeners entertaining and informative takes all through the World Cup match.

Apple Information+ subscribers continued to take pleasure in full entry to journalism from tons of of the world’s prime shops, together with The Atlantic, Nationwide Geographic, Individuals, TIME, The Wall Road Journal, and Vogue, in addition to dozens of native and regional shops, together with The Charlotte Observer, The Houston Chronicle, The Miami Herald, and extra, all within the Information app. Information+ subscribers have additionally tuned in to thousands and thousands of hours of professionally narrated audio tales, with a few of the most-listened-to tales coming from New York Journal, Sports activities Illustrated, Texas Month-to-month, The Los Angeles Instances, and The New Yorker.

Apple One is the simplest and finest method to get Apple’s subscription providers in a single easy plan at the perfect worth, together with Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple Health+, Apple Information+, and iCloud+.

Apple Podcasts continued to assist listeners uncover nice new podcasts, take pleasure in their favorites, and help the creators who make them attainable whereas receiving new exclusives, early entry, ad-free listening, and extra premium advantages by means of Apple Podcasts Subscriptions. Over the approaching weeks, listeners will have the ability to take pleasure in new premium audio experiences from the Brains On! universe for youths, the economists behind Freakonomics Radio, The Pitch with Josh Muccio, and NPR’s each day information program, Up First, plus new collection from prime creators together with iHeartMedia, SmartLess Media, Sony Music Leisure, and Wondery.

Apple Books is the place customers learn, hear, and uncover books and audiobooks throughout an unlimited catalog of over 10 million titles. From the unputdownable fiction of Colleen Hoover to the candid memoirs of Jennette McCurdy and Matthew Perry, 2022 was full of high-profile bestsellers for readers and listeners, and the launch of the Apple Books “Learn Extra…” editorial assortment spotlighted works of authors from historically underrepresented teams all year long. Final yr additionally noticed enhancements to the studying expertise that make Apple Books a good higher platform for customers to uncover the leisure, connection, and reflection that books and audiobooks present. Readers can look again at The 12 months in Books, and browse probably the most anticipated books for 2023.

Apple Maps has been rebuilt from the bottom up with extra correct navigation, richer element, and wonderful options like Look Round and Pure Language Steerage. In 2022, the brand new map rolled out in 13 extra international locations and territories all over the world, together with France, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, and Singapore. The three-dimensional metropolis expertise can be now obtainable in Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Montreal, Las Vegas, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver, permitting Maps customers to discover much more cities in vivid element. With iOS 16, Maps launched multistop routing, in addition to enhanced public transit updates, making it straightforward for riders to see how a lot their journey will value, add transit playing cards to Pockets, see low balances, and replenish transit playing cards, all with out leaving Maps. Customers throughout the US may now make the most of detailed, turn-by-turn biking instructions for bike lanes and different bike-friendly routes.

The 2022 vacation procuring season noticed a record-breaking variety of purchases made utilizing Apple Pay globally. Final yr, Apple enhanced customers’ procuring experiences with Apple Pay Order Monitoring, which helps customers monitor the cargo of purchases made with Apple Pay with taking part retailers. Apple Pay is now obtainable to thousands and thousands of retailers in practically 70 international locations and areas, and works with greater than 10,000 financial institution and community companions worldwide.

For companies large and small, Apple launched Faucet to Pay on iPhone, empowering retailers throughout the US to seamlessly and securely settle for Apple Pay, contactless credit score and debit playing cards, and different digital wallets with solely an iPhone — no extra {hardware} wanted. Fee platforms reminiscent of Adyen, Sq., and Stripe have already enabled Faucet to Pay on iPhone for thousands and thousands of app builders and retailers, with extra cost platforms to return.

For the second consecutive yr, Apple Card and Goldman Sachs topped the charts within the Midsize Credit score Card Issuer section of the annual J.D. Energy U.S. Credit score Card Satisfaction Examine.2 Apple Card’s fashionable Each day Money rewards program expanded with the addition of Ace {Hardware} as a brand new 3 % Bonus Each day Money Service provider when customers use Apple Card with Apple Pay,3 in addition to the introduction of a brand new Each day Money hub inside customers’ Apple Card account to assist customers simply view and monitor the lifetime Each day Money they’ve obtained utilizing Apple Card.

Apple expanded its Pockets choices with the launch of driver’s licenses and state IDs in Pockets, that are presently obtainable in Arizona, Colorado, and Maryland,4 with no less than 9 extra states deliberate to return. Customers may now share eligible keys in Pockets by means of their favourite messaging apps reminiscent of Messages, Mail, and extra. In 2022, using NFC tickets in Pockets throughout the US and Canada practically tripled yr over yr, with customers tapping their iPhone or Apple Watch to enter occasions like Main League Soccer video games within the US, and extra nice leisure {and professional} sporting occasions all over the world.

Apple made it even simpler to ship and obtain Apple Money by letting customers do it proper in Pockets,5 along with Messages. Apple Money customers may see pending requests in Pockets to remind them to ship an allowance, pay a roommate, or monitor requests they’ve despatched.

iCloud retains a consumer’s most vital data — like pictures, recordsdata, and apps — safe, updated, and obtainable throughout all of their Apple units. It powers vital options reminiscent of iCloud Pictures, which lets customers simply browse, search, and share pictures and movies. iCloud Shared Picture Library, launched in iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura, allows households to share pictures seamlessly utilizing a separate iCloud library that as much as six customers can collaborate on, contribute to, and revel in. Along with these and different useful options, iCloud leads the business in utilizing privacy-preserving safety applied sciences, together with two-factor authentication, which is utilized by over 95 % of iCloud customers, and Superior Information Safety for iCloud, which makes use of end-to-end encryption to maintain customers’ knowledge safe and beneath their management.

With iCloud+, prospects can get extra storage for all their data, plus premium options together with iCloud Personal Relay, which protects a consumer’s privateness on the net; Cover My E-mail, which presents a straightforward method to create a novel, random electronic mail addresses that ahead to a private inbox; customized electronic mail domains for iCloud Mail; and expanded help for HomeKit Safe Video recording.

These options can be found within the US and Canada. Apple Card and issuer Goldman Sachs obtained the best rating within the Midsize Credit score Card Issuer section within the J.D. Energy 2021-2022 U.S. Credit score Card Satisfaction Research of shoppers’ satisfaction with bank card issuers. Go to for extra particulars. Ace {Hardware}: 3 % Each day Money is obtainable in the US when utilizing Apple Card with Apple Pay on-line, within the cell app, and at taking part shops listed at Excludes on-line and cell app present card purchases and purchases from third-party retailers utilizing unbiased point-of-sale methods inside a taking part Ace Ironmongery store. Please examine with native taking part Ace {Hardware} shops whether or not purchases are eligible for 3 % Each day Money. ID playing cards in Pockets are presently obtainable to be used in choose TSA checkpoints. Vacationers ought to confer with checkpoint signage to verify availability. ID playing cards in Pockets requires an eligible system and OS. Apple Money providers are offered by Inexperienced Dot Financial institution, Member FDIC. Study extra concerning the Phrases and Situations. Apple Money providers are solely obtainable within the U.S. on eligible units. To ship and obtain cash with an Apple Money account, individuals should be 18 and a U.S. resident. If individual is beneath 18, a household organizer can arrange Apple Money as a part of their Apple Money Household account. Safety checks could require extra time to make funds obtainable. Apple Money Household accounts can ship or obtain as much as $2,000 per transaction or inside a seven-day interval. Sending cash from Pockets requires iOS 15.5 or later.

To entry and use all Apple Card options and merchandise obtainable solely to Apple Card customers, Apple Card to Pockets should be added on an iPhone or iPad that helps and has the newest model of iOS or iPadOS. Apple Card is topic to credit score approval, obtainable just for qualifying candidates in the US, and issued by Goldman Sachs Financial institution USA, Salt Lake Metropolis Department.

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