App Store | iOS | Entertainment | 9+
Built using Apple's ARKit framework, 'For All Mankind: Time Capsule' bridges the ten year gap between season 1 and next week's season 2 debut of the alt-history space-race Apple original drama series from Ron Moore. The first TV+ AR experience comes from the perspective of a teenage Danny Stevens, the son of astronauts Tracy and Gordo Stevens in the series.
The app lets users interact with virtual objects (including an Apple II) and is full to the brim with little easter-eggs for fans of the show. Users with the latest iPad Pro, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max can experience additional content in the app that relies on LiDAR sensors available on those devices.
Fitness App | Apple Watch & Apple Fitness+ Required
Apple Fitness+ celebrates its three month anniversary this weekend. It's a service I have only really just begun to dip my toe into and I am already starting to see the benefits. Apple Watch users that enjoy collecting the timed limited edition awards can get their 2021 Heart Month Challenge reward by earning 60 minutes on their exercise ring on valentines day.
Apple TV+ | S2, E5 | 27 min | TV-MA
'Cake' is this week's episode of the Tony Basgallop thriller directed by Lisa Brühlmann. Following a ransom note, the Turners scramble to prepare for a pivitol meeting. As a bonus for this week M.Night Shyamalan took part in an insightful hour-long AMA earlier this week which can be viewed on YouTube.
Apple TV+ | S1, E6 | 49 min | TV-MA
As the bodies begin to pile up and filming is set to begin, Alice can't shake her suspicion that Sophie's script is based on actual events she's trying to hide. 'The Bad Reader' sees the Israeli thriller crawl to a devastating end with the series finale set for next week.
Apple TV+ | S2, E8 | 32 min | TV-14
'I'm Nobody! Who are you?' sees Emily Dickinson's poem published on the front page of the Springfield Republican, but she is shocked to discover that despite new found fame she has become invisible to the world and in return gives us a deeper look into that world surrounding her.
Other Apple TV Highlights:
HBO Max | 1 hr 25 min | PG
Inspired by the work of the late artist David Driskell, this original HBO documentary explores the contributions of the world's leading African American artists to contemporary art today. From Theaster Gates and Kerry James Marshall to Faith Ringgold, Amy Sherald and many more, the film highlights the cultural contribution of the pioneering works of these great artists.
Mubi | 2 hrs 3 min | R
Cathy Yan's dramady mixes colourful characters and tales of corruption and class-disperity through several stories inspired by true events including an incident in which thousands of pig carcasses were found in the Huangpu River. This 2018 film may predate 'Birds of Prey' but it shows Yan's famed stylisation is not confined to big studio budget.
HBO Max | 2 hrs 5 min | R
In Shaka King’s historical drama, multi-award nominated Daniel Kaluuya plays the radical leader Fred Hampton, with Lakeith Stanfield as the informer who betrayed him at the commands of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. The awards contender streams for a limited time until March 14th.
Epix | 1 hr 24 min | R
This british horror follows a reclusive young nurse whose impressionable demeanour causes her to pursue a pious path of Christian devotion after an obscure trauma. Now charged with the hospice care of Amanda, a retired dancer ravaged by cancer, Maud's faith quickly inspires an obsessive conviction that she must save her ward's soul from eternal damnation, whatever the cost.
Last week's recipient of the British Independent Film Award for Best Cinematography was originally set to release on iTunes (I had a pre-order) but will now enjoy one month of exclusivity on Epix - the Apple channel currently offers a 7 day free trial.
Apple Arcade Updates:
In a week that sadly sees no new Apple Arcade titles there are lots and lots of updates. Charrua Soccer celebrates it's 1 year anniversary giving players a chance of unlocking characters they may have missed throughout the year through March 14th. Lego Brawls celebrates 10 years of Ninjago with exclusive anniversary content. A new update to Manifold Garden adds an improved photo mode, a colourblind mode and improved stability on Apple TV HD.
Other updates of note include Crossy Road Castle's new 'The Great Treehouse' tower with unlockables and challenges, Red Reign's introduction of new maps 'The Dread Swamp' and 'The Mud Pit', Slash Quest with its new mini games and gamepad customisation, more puzzle levels and mini stages for Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes and a new bonus chapter for A Fold Apart with the introduction of the games latest character: Her Royal Majesty, Princess Maggie Pupperpants!