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Apple expands sci-fi repertoire with ‘Murderbot’ series and settles family sharing lawsuit

Apple TV+ is set to adapt the Hugo Award-winning “The Murderbot Diaries” by Martha Wells into a 10-episode series. This science fiction narrative, helmed by creators Chris and Paul Weitz, showcases a self-aware security android named Murderbot. Struggling with human emotions and yearning for independence, Murderbot aspires to understand its place in the universe while being drawn to protect its human clients.

This series, promising action and introspection, adds to Apple TV+’s growing sci-fi repertoire, which includes “Silo” and “For All Mankind.” Amidst a hike in subscription fees, Apple seems to be curating its content carefully, avoiding controversial themes while enriching its offerings.

Apple’s Family Sharing Settlement

In a different domain, Apple has agreed to a $25 million settlement over a class-action lawsuit concerning its Family Sharing feature. The lawsuit emerged from allegations that Apple misled consumers about the feature’s application. Introduced to allow family members to share app subscriptions, it was not universally applicable across all apps in the App Store, contrary to customer expectations.

Notable examples like YouTube Red and Brainwell couldn’t be shared, leading to customer dissatisfaction. This settlement, while not an admission of wrongdoing by Apple, highlights the tech giant’s efforts to resolve legal disputes efficiently, avoiding the uncertainties of a jury trial.

These developments reflect Apple’s strategic balancing act between expanding its entertainment offerings and navigating the complex legal landscape of tech services. The “Murderbot” series signifies a commitment to quality content, possibly aiming to attract a wider audience to its streaming platform.

Meanwhile, the Family Sharing settlement underscores Apple’s acknowledgment of consumer expectations and its willingness to address concerns, even if it means financial compensation. These moves are crucial for Apple’s sustained growth in both entertainment and technology sectors, where consumer trust and innovative content are key to success.

Bilgesu Erdem
Bilgesu Erdem
Bilgesu graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Communication, Department of Radio, Television and Cinema. After working as a reporter for various television channels and a newspaper, Bilgesu is currently working as a content editor at Newslinker. She loves technology and animals.