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Apple TV+ is on one billion screens, Apple says at WWDC

By Stephen Silver

Beyond the one billion screens figure, Apple gave a first look at the high-profile original series "Foundation,"which will debut in 2021.

An image from "Foundation," coming soon to Apple TV+

At its virtual WWDC keynote on June 22, Apple touted the success of Apple TV+, stating that the service is now on 1 billion screens, nearly eight months after its launch. The "1 billion screens" figure referred to televisions and devices, although Apple has not said exactly how many subscribers the service has.

The company also provided a first look at one of its highest-profile upcoming series, Foundation, which has been in the works since 2018. Apple is collaborating with Skydance Television on the series.

Apple TV+ is now on 1 billion screens, Apple says

The show, a science fiction series based on the work of Isaac Asimov, stars Jared Harris and Lee Pace, and comes from a production team that includes David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman. The show began production earlier this year in Limerick, Ireland, but halted it in March, due to coronavirus.

The teaser was also posted to Apple's website and YouTube channel.

Apple's Cindy Lin said that the series will arrive "next year." When Apple first announced Foundation, it received a first-season order of ten episodes.

"Almost 70 years ago, Isaac Asimov introduced the world to a series of epic novels that spanned hundreds of worlds and thousands of years," Lin said. "Many consider it to be the best science fiction series of all time."

Throughout the keynote, Apple also showed glimpses of various Apple TV+ shows in demonstration slides, including Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet, Amazing Stories, and Defending Jacob.

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