Apple TV Plus Review: The Tech Giant Enters the Streaming War With Only 4 Shows? – AppleTV 4 Jailbreak (

With an abundance of streaming providers out there, including the newly released Disney+ and Apple TV+ platforms, all competing for your hard-earned cash, knowing which streaming service is the best can be a pretty daunting task. If you still have questions about the future of streaming, then you’ve come to the right place. All week long, as part of IGN’s State of Streaming series, we’ll be debuting reviews and in-depth analysis about current streaming providers like Netflix and Amazon, as well as upcoming services like NBCUniversal’s Peacock and WarnerMedia’s HBO Max. So keep it locked on IGN this week for all of your streaming needs.

Today, we’re reviewing Apple TV+ to find out how the tech giant’s new platform compares to the rest.Of all the top-tier streaming services currently available (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu) and those still in development (Peacock, HBO Max), Apple’s new platform is by far the most perplexing. Unlike its aforementioned competitors, Apple TV+ does not include an impressive library of old movies and TV shows to stream at launch. And apart from a nature documentary called The Elephant Queen and four adult original series —For All Mankind (review here),See (review here),Dickinson (review here), andThe Morning Show (review here)— there’s not much to watch for $4.99 per month in the US.

But when you’re a tech giant like Apple with a market value of $1 trillion, why not debut your own shiny new streaming service? (All the cool kids are doing it these days.) Apple may not have existing IP like Disney Plus’ Marvel and Star Wars, or HBO Max’s Game of Thrones and Gossip Girl, but it does have one enviable advantage – its install base is massive: 1.4 billion active Apple devices in existence (as of January 2019), and 217.72 million iPhones sold in 2018 alone. And if you’ve purchased a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod after September 10, 2019, then you get a year of free Apple TV+ service included (check out where and how to watch Apple TV+ here).

In its infancy, Apple TV+ appears to be an attempt for the company to keep its millions of customers locked within its vast tech ecosystem via free subscriptions with new Apple purchases. But even if you are a current Apple device owner or thinking of picking up a piece of its hardware in the future, is Apple TV+ the right streaming platform for you? Let’s weigh the pros and cons.

Apple TV Plus Movies and TV Shows

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Apple TV Plus’ lack of content at launch puts the streamer at a colossal disadvantage when it comes to attracting new subscribers. At the time of publication, Apple’s meager library includes four adult-themed originals (mentioned above), one nature documentary (The Elephant Queen), three kids’ shows (Helpsters, Ghostwriter, Snoopy in Space), and Oprah’s Book Club. Of the four adult originals,…