AWT News Update

The AWT News Update brings you Apple-related news that you may not read about on the Apple World Today website. Updated M-F (except on US holidays), we'll keep you on top of the news in five minutes or less!
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Now displaying: October, 2015
Oct 30, 2015

It's the last AWT News Update before Halloween, which means it's time for costumes and black cats (on the video) and some frighteningly good news:

  • The 12.9-inch iPad Pro has a delivery date
  • New iMacs (and one older model) have a new 10-bit graphics driver
  • Apple opens two security-related open source libraries to developers
Oct 29, 2015

Stories from both sides of the pond on today's AWT News Update!

  • Apple has petitioned the Supreme Court to have the 2013 guilty verdict on antitrust and conspiracy charges heard. 
  • iPad Pro is coming soon! Training for AppleCare support staff is underway and will finish by November 6.
  • BBC has confirmed that iPlayer will be available "soon" for the new Apple TV
  • Siri will be coming to Apple Music on Apple TV in early 2016
Oct 28, 2015

Things have settled down after yesterday's amazing earnings call. There was no AWT News Update yesterday, but feast your ears (and eyes) on today's news:

  • Walgreens is launching support for Walgreens Balance Reward loyalty card in Apple Pay
  • Why the iPhone doesn't use wireless charging
  • Didn't pre-order an Apple TV? Don't fret, just get to an Apple Store on Friday
  • Digital scale app "Gravity" gets rejected by Apple
Oct 26, 2015

Finance, Facebook, MFi controllers, and faux data fill our report today:

  • One Wall Street investment research company is betting big on Apple
  • Facebook to update its apps with more notifications
  • Siri remotes can't be used for multiplayer games
  • Low or High: How many Apple Pay users are there?
Oct 23, 2015

Friday means a slow news day, so this is a short podcast today before we go into the weekend:

  • Apple's 4th quarter earnings will be released next Tuesday, and Wall Street expects good numbers
  • iCloud for Windows 5 is released, bringing support for iCloud Photo Library and two-factor authentication
  • Guess what smartphone one a blind camera shootout on an Android website?
  • The Watch will launch in India on November 6, just before Diwali!
Oct 22, 2015

A lot of news for what was a slow news day:

  • Chrome web browser for iOS has been updated to support Split View and other multitasking features
  • iMovie for iOS also received an update today, bringing 4K video editing to the iPad Air 2
  • Comcast is rumored to be looking at a wireless phone product, using a combo of its own Wi-Fi hotspots and Verizon's network
  • iOS 9 adoption rate numbers from Mixpanel show the new OS at well over 60% adoption
  • AAA says that even Siri can be distracting
Oct 21, 2015

We've been out looking for that McFly kid, and gathering Apple news for you as well:

  • Find My Friends appears in
  • Sprint customers now get Wi-Fi calling that expands on Apple's Continuity feature
  • YouTube announces a subscription service
  • The chairman of Ferrari thinks an Apple car is definitely in the works
Oct 20, 2015

There's a lot of media-related Apple news today...

  • Tim Cook reports on how many Apple Music subscribers the company now has paying for the service
  • The 4th-generation Apple TV is on the way next week, and current Apple TVs get three new channels
  • Apple Pay adds 72 more US banks and credit unions, bringing the total to over 600.
  • A 1Password file was displaying unencrypted metadata
Oct 19, 2015

Apps seem to be in the news a lot today!

  • Would you be surprised to find out that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are popular in Samsung's home country of South Korea?
  • Apple Maps adds Amtrak routes, Boston transit, and Canadian local business data
  • A new app adds the ability to tap in a phone number on the Apple Watch
  • Waze got a major update to version 4.0
  • Have you downloaded your free copy of MyApple Magazine yet?
Oct 16, 2015

A slow news Friday, but we have a few stories to bring to you anyway!

  • A pair of Apple Stores will open in the UAE on October 29
  • iWork for iCloud is out of beta
  • The next time you need an electrocardiogram, your cardiologist may just hand you an Apple Watch band
Oct 15, 2015

What's at the top of the Apple News today?

  • Yahoo releases a new Yahoo Mail client for iOS
  • Facebook's iOS app is eating power when it's not supposed to be
  • Samsung isn't copying Apple's popular rose gold finish on its premium Galaxy line... really...
  • IBM finds that Macs are saving the company money
Oct 14, 2015

Among the tidbits of news we've gathered today:

  • The launch of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus has been delayed in Turkey due to last week's deadly terrorist bombing in Ankara
  • You won't need to be an Apple executive to be granted blocks of Apple stock
  • Bell Canada is being fined for having employees make fake ratings of its app in the App Store
  • August announces a HomeKit-friendly version of the August Smart Lock
Oct 13, 2015

In the news today -- 1TB Fusion Drives are missing flash storage, Apple gets rid of a pest, and iTunes Store downtime continues:

  • The 1TB Fusion Drives in the new iMacs have 104GB less flash storage than previously
  • A court-appointed antitrust monitor who has been overseeing Apple for the past two years can leave
  • iTunes Store was down for three hours today after some issues yesterday as well.
Oct 12, 2015

After a long weekend, the AWT News Update returns with news of the A9 chip manufacturing controversy that wasn't... and more:

  • It doesn't matter who made the A9 system-on-a-chip that's in your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. Really.
  • iOS 9.1 is getting closer to release with the release today of beta 5.
  • releases an updated list of iOS 9 Safari content blocker apps.
Oct 7, 2015

Today's news sounds more like Apple is a media company than a consumer electronics firm:

  • Amazon is rumored to be in discussions to bring a competing live TV streaming service to its world, similar to the service that will be available for the 4th-generation Apple TV
  • ABC News shows video of a "kinder, gentler" Steve Jobs prior to this Friday's limited distribution kickoff of "Steve Jobs"
  • The movie's director thinks Apple and other tech companies are scary
  • Synology is known for making network-attached storage, but they've just announced two new watchOS apps.
Oct 6, 2015

Artists, Wi-Fi calling, and taxes are all on the AWT News Update today:

  • A group of Disney artists give the iPad Pro a test-drive
  • AT&T gets the legal waiver needed to start implementing Wi-Fi calling
  • Apple has a lot of cash just sitting around overseas
Oct 5, 2015

A short AWT News Update today on a slow October news day...

  • Evernote, once a darling of tech investors everywhere, is apparently having issues with finances
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook tells BuzzFeed a universal search API for Apple TV is on the way
Oct 2, 2015

Just a short podcast today with three news stories for your Apple fix:

  • Apple purchases VocalIQ, a company that's been working on a conversational man-machine voice interface API
  • iCloud Data Centers are being expanded around the globe to hold your photos, videos, and other data
  • The Apple Watch is coming to five European countries next Friday, and two countries in South America the following week.
Oct 1, 2015

All sorts of news from all over the place today:

  • Apple might be thinking about wireless earphones, as hinted by some poorly hidden trademark filings
  • Amazon is apparently dropping Apple TV and Google Chromecast from its store and any marketplace sellers
  • We bid a fond adieu to Disk Utility's "Repair Disk Permissions" command