From “Apple services entertain, inform, and connect the world in unprecedented year” posted Wednesday:
As the world navigated an ever-changing new normal of virtual learning, grocery deliveries, and drive-by birthday celebrations, customers relied on Apple services in new ways, turning to expertly curated apps, news, music, podcasts, TV shows, movies, and more to stay entertained, informed, connected, and fit.
Apps like ShareTheMeal, FaceTime, and Wakeout! inspired people to give back, stay in touch with loved ones, and take care of themselves. Ted lassoed the hearts of Apple TV+ viewers with his unremitting positive attitude, while Tom Hanks guided them through choppy waters in “Greyhound,” and Apple Music fans searched for the “Dance Monkey” lyrics while watching their favorite artists livestream from their homes. There were podcasts like “SmartLess” and NPR’s “Code Switch” to binge, Apple Arcade games like “Sneaky Sasquatch” to play, and a new favorite Apple Fitness+ workout waiting to be discovered…
“Now more than ever before, customers around the world have found inspiration and value in the breadth and quality of Apple’s services, which have impacted their lives in big and small ways every day,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re incredibly optimistic about where we’re headed, and we believe that the opportunities for developers and the creative community are endless, as are the positive and meaningful benefits to our customers.”
Highlights — the App Store, Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple News+, Fitness+, Apple Pay, Apple Arcade, Apple Books, Apple Podcasts, iCloud, Family Sharing, the whole grab bag of revenue-generating services — follow.
My take: Eddy Cue is still around?